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

VT Economic Recovery Grants Application Portals are OPEN!

The APPLICATIONS PORTALS ARE OPEN for the Vermont Economic Recovery Grants (as of 8:00am July 6, 2020)

Part one of the program is for businesses in two categories who have suffered more than a 75% identifiable loss due to COVID-19.

  1. One category is for businesses who pay sales and use or meals and rooms tax. Your access to the application process will be thru your current on-line tax account at:

    1. Log into your account and click “Apply for a Vermont Economic Recovery Grant” under the “I want to” section on your account landing page.
  1. Filing after logging in to your account will streamline the application by prefilling much of your business information and will also allow you to request your grant be issued by a direct deposit to your bank account.
  2. You will also receive information about the results of your application faster.
    1. If you do not have a myVTax account: You may still apply without creating an account. From the myVTax homepage, click “Apply for a Vermont Economic Recovery Grant” on the bottom of the page.
  1. The second category is for all other businesses (with the sector exceptions that have their own funds and applications {Agricultural producers and processors; health care providers, child care, government entities, forestry, and sole proprietors} that are listed in both the slide deck link below and on the ACCD site link).
    1. The Application will be accessed via the ACCD:

    1. Businesses are required to provide PDF copies of the following documents (these must be in PDF format so make sure you have these ready as PDF’s):
  1. 2019 income statement in monthly intervals
  2. 2020 income statement in monthly intervals
  • 2019 federal tax return (or Form 990 for organizations exempt from income taxation)
  1. 2019 Vermont state tax return.

The ACCD has prepared two documents to assist you in this process. We recommend you review these in detail.

  1. A slide deck (from the webinars on 7/2 & 7/3)):

  1. A FAQ list:


Part Two of the program as defined by legislation H.966 will add monies to the above grants and also earmark monies for women and minority owned businesses. In addition the required loss that must be proven will be reduced from 75% to 50% or greater loss.

We are awaiting a look at the full applications. As soon as we have them we will be providing further details.




Ross Hart
Area Business Advisor
Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC)
36 Eastern Avenue, PO Box 630
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

35 Railroad Row, White River Jct., VT  05001
(802) 535-4240 (cell)


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