Our thousands of statewide businesses and their employees and families across all industries are facing hardships. Even in the face of these significant challenges, Vermont businesses have shown compassion, flexibility, innovation, and care for their communities.
Below are examples of how Vermont businesses are helping during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Distilleries around Vermont, including Green Mountain Distillers, SILO Distillery, Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, Mad River Distillers, and Smugglers' Notch Distillery began producing hand sanitizer and giving it to those in need (VPR report on Vermont distilleries making sanitizer)
- In a press conference on March 23, Governor Phil Scott made special note of the good work underway as communities respond to COVID-19 by Casella Waste Systems, Inc., Autumn Harp, General Dynamics, GlobalFoundries, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and others (watch Gov. Scott's press conference and comments here)
- Birchgrove Baking began offering pay-what-you-can soup at their bakery while stock lasted; they have since suspended daily operations (Facebook post about pay-what-you-can soup and rolls)
- Green Mountain Power is temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections through the end of April (information from Green Mountain Power)
- Spectrum Internet is offering two free months of internet and WiFi services for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't have internet or WiFi service (information from Spectrum)
- Effective until at least April 1, Green Mountain Transit is operating bus service fare free (information from Green Mountain Transit)
- Fat Hat Clothing Company is pitching in to make protective masks (report from WCAX)
- In response to the pandemic, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency is awarding $120,000 in grants to meet housing needs (news release in Vermont Business Magazine)
- Union Mutual is partnering with Montpelier businesses Langdon Street Tavern and Pinky’s Deli to sponsor meals each week for Montpelier and Central Vermont residents in need (Union Mutual on Facebook)
- Burlington maker space Generator started prototyping personal protective equipment for area hospitals in response to nationwide shortages (report from Seven Days Vermont)
- The National Life Group Foundation approved grants of $100,000 each to community foundations in Vermont and Texas (release in Vermont Business Magazine)
Retailers and grocers are making extraordinary changes to the way they do business in order to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association is updating this list of what retailers and grocers throughout the state are doing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Services range from delivery to curbside pickup and designated shopping hours for vulnerable populations.
Additionally, businesses looking to donate PPE (personal protective equipment) are advised:
- You can drop PPE off at the Vermont Emergency Management building at the Waterbury State Complex between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, at 45 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05676.
- If you can’t get to Waterbury, you can drop it off at the closest State Police Barracks with locations listed here.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is determined to continue ensuring the wellbeing of Vermont’s business community during these unique and trying times. Please contact us if you have any questions, and access our COVID-19 Resources page for the latest information and resources for businesses.