Online Meeting on Future of Career Technical Education in Vermont

The Governor’s Office and Agency of Education are reaching out to extend an invitation for you to participate in a presentation and discussion focused on proposed finance and governance changes to Career Technical Education (CTE) this legislative session. The presentation will be led by Agency of Education, which will be joined by partners at the […]

SBA Economic Injury Loans

The opportunity to apply for an SBA loan for physical damage from July’s flood has passed, but SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are still available. May 6, 2024 is the EIDL filing deadline for businesses and nonprofits in all of Vermont’s 14 counties that cannot meet financial obligations because of the flood. If you […]

Legislation and Rules Impacting Energy Costs | Information and Engagement for Affected Companies

As the 2024 legislative session approaches, there are several ongoing and pending legislative and regulatory processes that will impact the cost of energy, both electric and fossil fuels, for manufacturers and other businesses. The following is a brief overview of two of these tracks, and we encourage you to contact us at if you […]

SBA/FEMA Deadlines Looming

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance and SBA disaster loans for physical damage from flooding that occurred July 7 through July 21 is October 31, 2023. To be eligible for FEMA grants (click here) you need to live in Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, or Windsor County. For SBA loans, (click […]

Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program Portal Closing

A reminder that the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (click here) application portal is closing at 5:00 pm on Monday, October 23. All applications must be completed and submitted by then, including those that are currently considered incomplete. Please check the portal.  If your application is visible that means it is incomplete.  Please open it […]

Continuing Work on Tax Reform in Vermont and Washington

After leading efforts for reform over the last decade or more, AIV was recently successful in convincing the Legislature to enact single sales apportionment for state corporate income tax liability, which can significantly reduce state corporate income taxes for manufacturers and other exporting businesses, as well as an expansion of the sales tax exemption for […]

State to Increase Flood Assistance Program for Impacted Businesses; SBA Assistance Extended to Addison County

The state is increasing Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (BEGAP) (click here for related website) awards for most recipients, included retroactive changes. The previous BEGAP formula awarded most grantees 20% of their net uncovered damages (damages less insurance proceeds, donations, or other grants) with a cap of $20,000.  The new rules will allow up to […]

DEC Financial Support for Diesel Emissions Reduction Coming This Fall

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will once again be offering incentive funding this fall through the Vermont Diesel Emissions Reduction Financial Assistance Program.  This funding will be competitively awarded to projects that reduce emissions from diesel-powered vehicles, engines, and nonroad equipment.  Click here for more. Funding will be available for: Replacement of diesel-powered […]

Webinar | How to MAKE Your Company Military Ready

AIV’s national partner and ally, the Manufacturing Institute, is hosting an upcoming webinar that should be of interest to many members: The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program will be presenting a virtual workshop focused on “How to MAKE Your Company Military Ready.” American Manufacturing has a skills gap, and our military community can help […]

Economic Injury Data Still Needed

Is summer flooding cutting into your bottom line? ACCD needs your help to assess all the damage.  Please click here to take a 10 minute survey on lost revenue and ongoing financial challenges. There is currently no grant program for organizations that exclusively suffered economic damage. The more responses to this survey, however, the better the chances of getting […]