Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Let us help you create and maintain positive working relationships with your employees
Wednesdays, May 5 – June 2, 2021 9:00 – 11:30 am
Zoom meeting
$595 per person
Whether you are experienced or new to leadership, this training provides an introduction to proven methods along with practical experience and coaching related to a project from your work.  Gain confidence, stability and adaptability in your role!
The course goals focus on developing critical thinking skills and repeatable methods to:
  • Get results through people
  • Make improvements using a repeatable process
  • Document jobs and train employees
  • Communicate and address issues in a way that respects people and increases effectiveness with the problem solving and training methods
This training works well with 2-4 people from the company taking it at the same time. It is ideal for those who direct the work of others, new supervisors and lead people who want to get started quickly with fundamental skills as well as experienced supervisors that want a refresher on skills with practice and coaching. It is also a perfect lead-in to our TWI Job Relations and Job Instruction training, both offered later this spring and summer, respectively.
This workshop webinar series provides a comprehensive cyber threat overview, guidance on risk management planning, steps for policies and procedures documentation, and details to include in a system security plan.
April 27 – June 8, 2021
8:00 am – 12 Noon
Zoom meeting
$500 per company
Meet your NIST 800-171 compliance obligations as a prime or subcontract manufacturer for the defense industry by participating in the Cybersecurity Training Workshops, presented by your New England MEP Centers through the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration (NERDIC). Mitigating the cybersecurity risks and NIST 800-171 requirements facing defense industry manufacturers does not have to be a challenge. If you’re a New England-based defense manufacturer, register your company today!
For further information on this valuable opportunity, please contact Patricia Giavara, VMEC Assistant Director, at (802) 279-6103 or

Investment Club Webinar

Thursday, April 15, 5:30 pm: Interested in investing locally but don’t want to do it alone? Investment clubs pool money to collectively invest in local businesses and bring a social aspect to the process – they make investment fun! Join Matt Cropp from the Vermont Solidarity Investment Club to learn the ins and outs of starting your own investment club, as well as some ideas about what to look for if you want to join an established club and increase your power to do good by investing as a group.

Put Your Money to Work Locally: Investment Clubs 101

AmeriCorps Info Webinar

Are you passionate about community-building and poverty alleviation? Thousands of AmeriCorps VISTA members nationwide are united in our mission to lift people and communities out of poverty. Through capacity building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment, AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting and gain experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. As a VISTA with SerVermont, you’ll become part of a cohort of 30+ members who are serving at non-profit or public sector organizations throughout Vermont. Want to learn more? Register for an upcoming Info Session here (Wednesday 4/7 at 11am) or here (Thursday 4/8 at 7PM). You can also check out more info here.

Lets Grow Kids Webinar

Your Woman-Owned Business+Child Care: A webinar hosted by lets grow kids. This discussion is designed for women and non-binary business owners who want to learn more about how high-quality, affordable child care can support thriving businesses and communities. Share how child care impacts your business Learn about Let’s Grow Kids’ Policy Agenda Take action!
When: Thursday, April 8th | 12:00 – 1:00 PM Register at the link below. Attendees will receive a gift from Bee’s Wrap and Vermont Creamery!

Webinar – What you need to know: SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant — Tues, March 23rd 11am

What You Need to Know: SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

11:00 am

Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Independent Restaurants, and Regional Development Corporations of Vermont for a webinar to learn more about the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund, what you need to do to prepare your business to apply for the grant program, and technical assistance resources that are available to help with the process.

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will be an important recovery tool for the restaurant industry.


–          Bob Flint, Springfield Regional Development Corp.

–          Amy Spear, Vermont Chamber of Commerce/Vermont Independent Restaurants

Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance Survey

Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance Survey

Dear Vermont outdoor and outdoor-reliant businesses and organizations – The Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA) is seeking your help in better understanding the different types of outdoor businesses and organizations that contribute economic impact to our Vermont communities, as well as understand the state of Vermont’s outdoor economy one year into the pandemic. As such they have created a survey to help them to this end.

If you are an outdoor or outdoor-reliant business or non-profit organization that produces, provides, or sells outdoor recreation-related products, services and experiences to Vermonters, visitors, or other businesses, thank you in advance for taking the confidential survey below. Your responses will inform outdoor sector support and development in the coming months. Below you will find both a blurb from the VOBA and the link to the survey. Please note that the survey has a deadline of March 15th to record responses.

“Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy is one of Vermont’s fastest growing sectors, contributing 5.2% to Vermont’s GDP in 2019. The pandemic has only heightened the importance of the outdoors as an economic driver for Vermont’s communities as people turn to the outdoors for physical activity and mental health.

This outdoor renaissance has benefited many outdoor and outdoor-reliant businesses and non-profit organizations that produce, provide, and sell outdoor recreation-related products, services and experiences to Vermonters, visitors, and other businesses. At the same time, the challenges of the pandemic have negatively impacted other businesses within this sector.

This survey seeks to capture the current scope and state of Vermont’s outdoor businesses and non-profits by gathering benchmark data, change and growth trends, and needs for future sector development in the areas of financing, workforce, infrastructure, and branding.

Individual data will not be shared. Feel free to pass over sections if you don’t have the data handy or the topic is not applicable to your business. Thanks in advance for your time and we look forward to working together to strengthen Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy into the future.”

-Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance Board of Directors

Vermont’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Benchmark Survey 2021 (

Notice Requests for Proposals

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation seeks a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to manage an EPA-funded Brownfields cleanup grant ref. BF-00A00762-0 for the former Valley Motors site at 207 Pleasant Street (Route 107) Bethel, Vermont. Responses are due March 19, 2021 at 3 PM. Minority-owned, women-owned, Section 3 businesses and locally owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Complete copies of the RFP are available here: GMEDC RFP for QEP EPA Cleanup Grant Final

ReStart Vermont Technical Assistance Webinar

On December 22nd at 1 pm the Restart Vermont Technical Assistance Program will provide a free webinar to help employers navigate pandemic-related personnel questions. The panel will feature two experts from the state’s top HR and Benefits firm, Hickok Boardman; Managing Director Maribeth Spellman, J.D., LL.M. who specializes in the employment and personnel fields, and Karen Tierney, PHR, Director of Strategic HR Services who regularly conducts trainings at organizations on leadership development topics. The event will also feature legal experts from Downs Rachlin Martin; Attorney Timothy E. Copeland Jr., Director, who focuses exclusively on the representation of employers in all aspects of their relationships with employees, and Attorney F. David Harlow, Director, a labor and employment litigator in DRM’s Brattleboro office. Employers interested in participating can register at the link below.
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