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Two rounds of Capital Investment Program (CIP) funding has been approved and seven Vermont Chamber members have been awarded grants. Funding will support the education, outdoor recreation, childcare, healthcare, arts & culture, and housing sectors. The program aims to strengthen and revitalize communities by reversing the harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding assistance for capital investments will help businesses recover, retain existing jobs and spur economic growth.
Read more about CIP funding here.
Below are the Vermont Chamber members who received CIP grants:
Our legislative successes would not be possible without the incredible engagement of our members. This year, we called upon members to offer their expertise to the Legislature by testifying on issues including the VEDA forgivable loan program, liquor law changes, and the manufacturing tax exemption, just to name a few. This testimony was invaluable in providing legislators with the on-the-ground state of the industry needed to make important policy decisions. We also could not have achieved our outcomes without our members reaching out to their local legislators at critical moments, providing timely responses to our questions, advising, sharing feedback in our industry focus groups, and of course supporting our work financially.
More than 70 businesses and organizations that employ Vermont workers have been selected to receive a 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness, 29 of which are Vermont Chamber members.
The annual award is an opportunity for Governor Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine to thank businesses and organizations for their efforts to support the health of Vermonters and in making Vermont a great place to live and work.
Read more about the 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness here.
Below are the Vermont Chamber members who received the 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness:
Vermont Chamber member, and co-founder of the Vermont Independent Restaurants, Sue Bette, has been ranked one of the most influential restaurant executives nationwide. The annual list is voted on by peers in the restaurant industry and released by Nation’s Restaurant News. The 2022 selection emphasized “people who are evolving the restaurant industry through fresh ideas and game-changing approaches to leadership, workforce, equity and inclusion, investment, restaurant technology, supply chain, growth models and more.”
Sue, the Founder and Head Coach of Bluebird Hospitality, has been a champion for the industry throughout the pandemic, leading the advocacy effort that prompted the creation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. She remains outspoken on the need for replenishment of the fund, as the industry continues to suffer the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The complete list of restaurant executives is available here.
This month, we are spotlighting Freeman French Freeman, Architects.
Founded in 1937, FFF is Vermont’s oldest architectural firm. They are best known for tackling Vermont’s largest projects, such as the Waterbury State Office Complex and UVM’s cutting-edge STEM buildings. But FFF delivers the same degree of attention and care to projects of all sizes, in every corner of the state. Their staff of 20 is currently working on projects in 25 Vermont communities, with the same common goal: To design beautiful, sustainable spaces that remain useful and relevant for decades to come.
This month, we are spotlighting Fothergill Segale & Valley, CPAs.
This month, we are spotlighting Vermont Chamber member The Vermont Country Store.
In 1946, Vrest and Mildred Orton printed and mailed The Vermont Country Store’s first catalog of 36 items to 1,000 people on their Christmas card list. Inspired by childhood memories of his father’s general store in North Calais, Vermont, Vrest, a frugal Yankee at heart, insisted that what they sold must be useful, work and make sense.
Today the company is owned by Lyman Orton and his sons Cabot, Gardner and Eliot, 7th and 8th generation Vermonters and 4th and 5th generation storekeepers who still hold true to this principle. The Vermont Country Store is known as The Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find, serving customers online at www.vermontcountrystore.com, through its catalogs, and in their two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vt., that are open daily from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.