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.

RTCC Virtual Presentation, Tuesday, Nov. 10 7:00pm-8:00pm

Randolph Technical Career Center Presents:

“Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2020  7:00-8:00 pm

Virtual Presentation plus Q&A

Zoom Link   Meeting ID: 851 1523 6945  Passcode: 718837

See full info on flyer by clicking : MCP_Presentation_Randolph TC_11.10 (002)

Join bestselling author and generational expert Mark C. Perna as he unveils the
groundbreaking innovations and strategies for working with today’s younger generations.
You’ll discover why the synergy of robust academic knowledge, technical competency,
and professional skills is the single most important competitive advantage a young
person can possess — and how to help them achieve it.

Today’s young people are often painted in a negative light, but they
have incredible potential to change the world. Parents, educators,
employers, and young people themselves will benefit from Mark’s
perspective on the amazing promise of millennials and Generation
Z. A father to two successful millennials, Mark delivers key insights
on today’s younger generations, how to answer their all-important
question why, and how to connect with them at a deeper level.

With clear action steps you can implement immediately both in your
home and professional life, Mark’s message will help you motivate
young people, show them why education matters, and empower
them to achieve at a higher level. Recharge your passion for making
a difference and start motivating young people like never before!

Disaster COVID-19 Business Lending & State of VT Grants 1501 UPDATED 10.26.20

VtSBDC and the Vermont RDCs have once again updated as of October 26,2020 their guidance sheet with regard to the State of Vermont Grants and the SBA grant and loan programs to help you through the process. This includes information on the newly opened EXPANDED Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program. Updates are highlighted in yellow. Click the link below for the full document.

Disaster – Business 1501 10.26.20 VtSBDC v6

RDCs of Vermont to Deliver $1.17 Million in Small Business Technical Assistance

On September 18th, Governor Phil Scott and Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, announced the distribution of $2.5 million in federal CARES Act funding for Restart Vermont Technical Assistance. This funding will deliver robust support to Vermont businesses impacted by the economic downturn due to COVID-19. The funding, allocated by the Vermont General Assembly in Act 137, leverages existing statewide and regional assets to reach a broad range of companies and non-profits in every sector and region.

The Regional Development Corporations of Vermont (RDCs of VT) were among five organizations selected to implement Restart programming. The RDC program, Restart Vermont Technical Assistance (ReVTA), will leverage a regional and statewide network of for-profit and non-profit technical assistance providers to help small businesses. Each RDC will deploy a Recovery Navigator to work one-on-one with businesses and determine the best form of technical assistance to help each business on its path to recovery. The Navigator, client business, and technical assistance providers will develop a scope of work appropriate to solving the client’s issues. The cost of the work will be covered by the grant. The program is expected to assist over 250 businesses with grants averaging $3,000.

In Northern Windsor and Southern Orange Counties, the ReVTA Program will be administered by the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC). Businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to receive technical assistance as well as professional businesses that can provide technical assistance should register to participate in the program at:

It is estimated that 250 businesses will receive technical assistance through the ReVTA program between now and December 20th, the deadline to expend CARES Act funds. Technical Assistance providers and affected businesses are encouraged to register now.  Links to registration, webinar training, and more information about the RDCs of Vermont’s Restart Vermont Technical Assistance Program can be found at:

VT CDBG Cares Act Sole Proprietor Stabilization Grant Program Set to Launch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16,2020 Contact:

Vermont Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Cares Act Sole Proprietor Stabilization Grant Program Set to Launch

The current pandemic and necessary resulting public safety measures have taken a toll on businesses of many kinds in the State of Vermont, including Sole Proprietors. In order to provide some relief to the economic pain that Sole Proprietors have had to endure, the launch of an economic relief grant program has been announced which will provide grants of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 to qualifying Sole Proprietors through a Lottery draw. The program is funded through $1.5 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG Program, and passed through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). The application window will open Monday, July 20, 2020 and grants will be awarded through a lottery system on August 14, 2020.


Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) will be administering funds for the counties of Windham, Bennington, Rutland, Addison, Washington, and Lamoille. Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) will be administering funds for the counties of Windsor, Orange, Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Chittenden. This Program will use the Vermont based software development firm, Storm Petrel, LLC, and its Tempest-GEMS grant management application.


Among eligibility criteria businesses must:

  • Be a Sole Proprietor, do not issue W-2s to any employees.
  • Be a for-profit entity.
  • Have a physical establishment (mailing address only is not sufficient) in the Vermont city/town of application.
  • Provide goods or services to multiple clients or customers.
  • Have annual gross revenues greater than $25,000.
  • Have been legally established prior to or as of January 1, 2020.

Program breakdown, full eligibility requirements, application materials and timelines, as well as technical assistance and FAQs can be found at:


This program requires an applicant to have a DUNS # prior to registration for access to the grant management application. To request a free DUNS # go to Dun & Bradstreet at Potential applicants who meet all program criteria are strongly encouraged to start the DUNS # application process prior to the pre-application start date of July 20, 2020.


The registration window will be open from July 20, 2020 until July 27, 2020 and the Grant Application submission window will be open from July 20, 2020 until July 31, 2020. The lottery will take place on August 14, 2020.


CDBG-CV Press Release Final

Orange County COVID-19 Recovery Forum: From Recovery to Renewal and Resilience July 21st

Orange County COVID-19 Recovery Forum: From Recovery to Renewal and Resilience


On July 21st from 6:30-8:30pm, the Local Solutions and Community Action Team established by Governor Phil Scott invites you to join a virtual COVID-19 recovery discussion to connect with others in Orange County to:

  • Share challenges and ideas for community response and recovery
  • Connect to others working to respond, recover, and build long-term resilience
  • Meet with a “visiting team” of state, federal, business, and non-profit leaders who will share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support.


To Register Visit:



6:30pm – Opening Session

6:40pm – Breakouts

  • Supporting Orange County Businesses & Buying Local
  • Addressing Housing & Homelessness
  • Advancing Education & Childcare
  • Overcoming Isolation & Building Community Unity

8:10pm – Closing Session


All ARE WELCOME. Coming together to discuss recovery strategies and build ongoing resilience is vital and your voice is critical. Registration is required: Once you are registered, you will receive instructions to join via computer, mobile device, or phone.


For assistance with registration contact or 802-223-6091.


Recovery Visits  are hosted by the Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force, in partnership with regional and local leaders, with facilitation from the Vermont Council on Rural Development.



Disaster COVID-19 Business Lending & State of VT Grants 1001 July 9, 2020

Attached please find another updated guidance (updated July 9th, 2020) from VtSBDC and the Vermont RDCs with regard to the State of Vermont Grants and the SBA grant and loan programs to help you through the process. Updates are highlighted in yellow.

Disaster – Business 1001 7.7.20 VtSBDC v4

Mark Condon

Executive Assistant/Officer Manager

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation

office: 802-295-3710

cell: 347-247-8098

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