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Commerce Connection

  • Introducing Our New Website
  • Chamber President Meets With Senator Sanders
  • 2 Questions in 2 Minutes - Vermont Futures Project
  • RRF Replenishment

READ THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

  • Inspired Discussions About Vermont's Economy 
  • 2 Questions in 2 Minutes: Economic Recovery Bridge
  • Vermont Chamber on NPR
  • Find & Grow Your Workforce at Our Annual Manufacturing Summit

READ THE AUGUST ISSUE

  • Vermont Chamber Co-Presents Deane C. Davis Award 
  • Pushing for RRF Replenishment
  • 2 Questions in 2 Minutes - Business Recovery Needs
  • The Future of Electric Aviation

READ THE JULY ISSUE

  • Investments in Economic Future, but Little Immediate Business Relief 
  • Tourism & Hospitality Worker Vaccine Clinics
  • 2 Questions in 2 Minutes - Alcohol To-Go
  • Vermont Futures Project Survey

READ THE JUNE ISSUE

  • Senator Leahy Announces Earmarks at Chamber Event
  • 2 Questions in 2 Minutes - Manufacturing Tax Exemption
  • Act 250 & the Stifling of Economic Opportunity
  • Improving the Health of Vermont's Housing

READ THE MAY ISSUE

  • Future of Remote Work in Vermont
  • UI Changes Would Harm Economic Recovery
  • Virtual Policy Series Recordings
  • Manufacturing Summit Registration Open for Suppliers

READ THE APRIL ISSUE

  • Launch of Our Second Virtual Policy Series
  • Vermont Employers Embracing Change
  • Racial Diversity and Equity Data Sets
  • Broadband Access and Needs

READ THE MARCH ISSUE

  • Positive Steps for Vermont's Aerospace Sector
  • Civility: Is it Too Much to Ask? Not in Vermont
  • Join Us at Our Vermont Economic Conference
  • Working Bridges Launches to Support Restaurant Workforce

READ THE FEBRUARY ISSUE

  • 2021 Vermont Economic Conference
  • Business Not as Usual: 2021 Legislative Priorities
  • Annual Business Economic Survey
  • Tourism and Hospitality Roundtable

READ THE JANUARY ISSUE

  • Additional $75 Million for Vermont Businesses
  • December Events in Our Virtual Policy Series
  • Legislative Updates Across Vermont
  • Vermont Chamber Supporting Workforce

READ THE DECEMBER ISSUE

  • Last Chance to Vote
  • Apply for Expanded Grants
  • Explore Vermont and Win
  • Pushing for More Relief for Businesses

READ THE NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE

  • Seal, Sign, and Send!
  • Vermont Chamber Cohosts Candidate Forums
  • Socially Distant Ways to Enjoy Vermont This Fall
  • Successful Opposition to U.S. Tariff on Canadian Aluminum

READ THE OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE

  • Seal, Sign, and Send!
  • Enroll Your Business in Gift Card Program
  • Our Tourism Team Launches Improved Directory
  • Virtual Manufacturing Summit
  • Vermont Could Lead Nation in Remote Work

READ THE SEPTEMBER 2020 ISSUE

  • Vermont Chamber Hosting Legislative Webinars
  • Apply Now for Recovery Grants
  • Recovery Passport Continues Into August
  • Chris Carrigan Wins SBA Award

READ THE AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

  • Forging a Way Forward
  • Chamber Strengthened Relief for Businesses
  • Vice President of Tourism on Mass Appeal
  • Vermont Chamber Joins U.S. Chamber Initiative

READ THE JULY 2020 ISSUE

  • The Way Through is Together
  • Our Advocacy Influenced Relief Package
  • Vermont Chamber President on VPR
  • Congressman Welch at Lodging Town Hall

READ THE JUNE 2020 ISSUE

  • Over 40 Members Among 2020 Best of Business Recipients
  • Vermont Futures Project Recovery Dashboard
  • Vermont Chamber Readies Manufacturers for Reopening
  • Welcoming Three New Hires

READ THE MAY 2020 ISSUE

State to Main

  • Legislature Sends Lodging Bill to Governor

State to Main – Veto Session

  • Legislature Adjourns After Passing Several Vermont Chamber Priorities
  • Budget Makes Meaningful Investment in Vermont Economy
  • Budget Includes $15 Million for Utility Customer Relief
  • Legislature Invests $150 Million in Rural Broadband Buildouts

State to Main – Adjournment

  • Legislature Proposes $100 Million Tax on Employers to Fund UI Benefits Increase
  • Tourism and Hospitality Worker Vaccine Clinics Announced
  • Eligible Organizations Can Submit Earmark Proposals Through May 21
  • Committee Finalizes Economic Bill with Inadequate Business Reliefs

State to Main – Week 18

  • House Committee Advances Unemployment Insurance Fix
  • S.88 Will Result in Significant Savings on Health Care Premiums for Small Businesses
  • Funding for Montreal Trade Office Advances
  • Vermont Chamber Urges Congressional Delegation To Expedite J1 Visa Process

    State to Main – Week 17

 

  • Vermont Chamber Supporting Bill to Expand Workforce
  • Businesses Need More Relief Grants
  • Work Search Requirement Returning for UI Claimants
  • Vermont’s Workforce Shortage Could Benefit from Expediting J-1 Visa Applications

State to Main – Week 16

  • Vermont Chamber Testifies on UI Changes
  • Businesses Weigh In on PPP Taxability
  • Senate Hears Testimony on BIPOC-Owned Business Provisions
  • Senate Committee Aims to Create Equity for Vermont Distillers

State to Main – Week 15

  • Opposition to Paycheck Protection Program Tax Continues
  • House Advances Cloud Tax
  • Business Groups Call for Increased Relief Grant Funding
  • Small Businesses Will Save on Health Care Costs in 2022

State to Main – Week 14

  • Future of Remote Work in Vermont
  • UI Changes Would Harm Economic Recovery
  • Virtual Policy Series Recordings
  • Manufacturing Summit Registration Open for Suppliers

State to Main – Week 13

  • VT Chamber Priority Short-Term Rental Registry Clears Senate
  • Unemployment Insurance Changes Narrowly Advance
  • Changes to Gap Recovery Grants for Businesses
  • Child Care Investments at the State or Federal Level?

State to Main – Week 12

  • $2.5 Million Tourism Marketing Boost in Economic Bill
  • Senate Delays Vote on Unemployment Insurance Bill
  • Bill Would Impose New Property Tax, Expand Manufacturing Credit and Exemption
  • House Passes Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

State to Main – Week 11

  • Senate Delays $50 Million UI Tax Increase Proposal
  • Senate Advances Changes to Relief Grant Proposal
  • Economic Bill Advances
  • Speaker and Treasurer Prioritize Pension Reform

State to Main – Week 10

  • Increased Tourism Funding Receives Unanimous Support
  • Senate Committee Advances $50 Million in UI Benefits Increases
  • Rental Registry Advances
  • New Act 250 Bill Includes Widely Agreed Upon Modernization

State to Main – Week 9

  • Business Grants Included in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Package
  • Tech Industry Representatives Rally to Oppose Cloud Tax
  • Vermont Chamber Testifies on Unemployment Insurance Proposal
  • Vermont Chamber Briefs Caucus on Military Retirement Pay Tax Exemption Proposal

State to Main – Week 8

  • House Committee Advances Economic Relief Grants
  • Senate Considers House-Approved Brownfield Funds
  • Scott Administration Proposal Would Prevent Unemployment Insurance Cost Hike
  • Tourism Marketing Funds Advance

State to Main – Week 7

  • Business Organizations Call for Additional Economic Recovery Grants
  • Expanding Manufacturing Tax Exemption Vital to Economic Development
  • Marketing Proposal Would Boost Economic Recovery
  • House Considers Exempting Military Retirement Pay from Personal Income Tax

State to Main – Week 6

  • Vermont Chamber Advocates for Additional Business Grants
  • House Committee Briefed on State of Vermont Manufacturing
  • Temporary Workers’ Compensation Changes Extended
  • Expansion of Manufacturing Tax Exemption Essential for Economic Development

State to Main – Week 5

  • Governor Offers Good News for Economic Recovery
  • New Business Grant Proposal Essential to Recovery
  • Unemployment Insurance Changes Considered in Senate
  • Vermont Chamber Shares Tourism & Hospitality Priorities with Tourism Caucus

State to Main – Week 4

  • Scott Administration Provides Details on Latest Grant Proposal
  • Emergency Board Receives Mixed Prognosis from State Economists
  • Legislature Reviews Latest Act 250 Executive Order
  • Vermont Chamber Requests Caution in Public Comment to Tax Structure Commission

State to Main – Week 3

  • Vermont Chamber Hosts Virtual Roundtable with Congressman Welch
  • Vermont Chamber Shares Business Priorities with House Legislators
  • Senate Committee Advances Extension of Workers’ Compensation Changes
  • Department of Labor Recommends Implementing Application Process for UI Rate Relief

State to Main – Week 2

  • Civility: Is it Too Much to Ask? Not in Vermont
  • State of the State Address Includes Focus on Economic Recovery
  • Legislature Formalizes New Leadership
  • Little Change in Committee Chair Assignments

State to Main – Week 1