Vermont Receives $300,000 for Small Business Exporting

ACCD has received a $300,000 exporting grant to assist small businesses in the state. The grant is awarded through the Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program, a federal-state partnership initiative to increase the number of small businesses exporting their products. Since STEP was established in 2010, Vermont has received a STEP grant each year. […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 12

Supply chain pros embrace AI for forecasting, inventory despite limitations during pandemic.  Supply Chain Dive 10/13 “Supply chain professionals are optimistic about the potential for artificial intelligence within their operations, but they have also struggled with the technology during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from Secondmind, which develops machine-learning applications for businesses. . […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Staying Safe in Flu Season Flu activity tends to rise in October and then peak between December and February. OSHA has tips to keep workers safe and limit the flu’s spread.  Click here. NDEAM Event Next Tuesday An online celebration on Oct. 20 will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month […]

Reminder | PPP Forgiveness Webinars Tuesdays and Thursdays

As noted in the past, the SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes. To streamline the PPP forgiveness process, a simpler forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 5

  Why Do So Many Lean Efforts Fail?  IndustryWeek 10/8 “There’s been a problem simmering in the lean world for years. The problem is the overwhelmingly high failure rate. What failure means is subject to interpretation but the available surveys and studies done reflect a large problem. In my view, it’s time for deeper reflection. […]

Travel FAQs and Employee Health Surveys Updates

ACCD has posted updated guidance for traveling to Vermont (click here) and essential travel (click here), as well as a clarification on which employees should complete health surveys (click here). Review the ACCD Work Safe memo for all current guidance in place.  Click here.

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

National Apprenticeship Week Dates Announced USDOL is recognizing National Apprenticeship Week November 8-14. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual event recognizing the value that apprenticeship offers employers, career seekers, and the communities.  Click here for more.   Combatting Forced Labor The Bureau of International Labor Affairs has added five goods produced in China to its […]

REMINDER | Technical Assistance Programs Available

Free technical assistance is now available through the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program with support in a variety of areas being provided by the state’s 12 regional development corporations and other partners. Click here for more.

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Independent Contractor Rule  A new proposed rule would clarify employee and independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Click here. Farm Safety and Health  Farm Safety and Health Week, observed every year during the third week of September, provides an opportunity to reflect on practices to keep agricultural workers safe and healthy all […]

Important Clarification on Economic Recovery Grant Guidance

ACCD guidance had previously stated that all businesses receiving a Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant must spend the grant money by December 30, 2020. They have now been able to clarify that such businesses do not need to have fully expended these grant funds by December 30, 2020. If businesses need and are able to, […]