Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
In an effort to provide assistance to our members and the community during our current health crisis, we have brought together a list of resources helpful for businesses and their employees. Rather than providing content, we have provided a list of resources and related links, so you can go directly to the source of information, which in most cases is being updated on a regular basis.
- Better Middlebury Partnership is providing a list of local businesses and their status.
- Bristol Core is providing a similar list, including what local businesses are doing to continue serving the public.
- Vergennes Partnership has a joint list of information with the City of Vergennes and a list of all local businesses with their phone numbers.
- The Addison Independent is providing COVID-19 updates to their email list and has taken down their paywall for all COVID-19 related articles. You can sign up for their COVID-19 related email list here.
- UVM Porter Medical Center is posting daily updates relating to COVID-19 cases, patient access and other services to the community.
- The Vermont Department of Health has the most up-to-date information on the status of health issues throughout the state.
- Age Well Helpline is available if you need help with getting on Meals on Wheels, Grocery Shopping, accessing 3SquaresVT Benefits, Options Counseling, Accessing Care Services and Medicare Counseling.
- For childcare issues you can find important information on the Let’s Grow Kids website, along with a form provided by the state to match essential workers with childcare option.
- Addison County Worship Directory - while many websites are providing health and business support, during a crisis like this one we can also use support for our soul. The Chamber is providing a worship directory as a resource for those seeking spiritual support, encouragement and community.
- Vermont Department of Taxes has a new webpage for Coronavirus updates to help relay timely tax information to taxpayers. The page is updated frequently
- Counseling Services of Addison County continues to provide essential services in mental health, substance use treatment and developmental services to clients and the residents of Addison County. All therapists, psychiatric providers, case managers, community support staff and others are equipped to offer telemedicine or telephone appointments and support. Their emergency crisis support is 24/7 and can be reached at 802-388-7641.
- Middlebury College provides regular, ongoing communication with the community, staff, employees and students.
- Questions and requests for general information about COVID-19 can be directed to Vermont 2-1-1’s online database or by dialing 211 on your phone.
- Within the first week of working less than 35 hours in a week, employees should file an unemployment claim. If this is the first time your employee is filing you will need to begin the process over the phone. Call 1-877-214-3330 Monday through Thursday 8:30am - 4:00pm and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm. Employers should inform employees if there is an established return date. Here is the information they will need to have on hand.
- The Department of Labor's COVID-19 FAQ for employees can be found here.
- Get in touch with any lenders (banks, VEDA, ACEDC, etc.) to seek temporary debt relief if needed. Businesses can also file for a US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) if desired. To help Vermont receive a Federal disaster declaration, complete an SBA assessment form, available on the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) website and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- You may seek to contact your insurance agent to file a disruption of business loss claim and suspend worker's comp and liability insurance and obtain rebates. If you rent your building, you may also want to have a conversation with your landlord about your plans.
Other Steps To Take
- Be sure to cancel any unnecessary vendor deliveries; you may attempt to seek relief from trade accounts if applicable. Businesses may also want to pursue all accounts receivable at this time. Keep your social media accounts and Google My Business pages updated with changes if possible.
- For food service businesses, you might look to return all alcohol that can be returned. Freeze whatever can be frozen and be sure to cancel all food and beverage delivery, trash removal, recycling, propane delivery, linen delivery, soda/Co2 delivery, cleaners, etc. if you are not doing take-out. You might also find it helpful to connect with other business owners in your industry to make sure you've remembered to do everything needed. Vermont businesses are great at supporting one another!
- Addison County Economic Development Corporation is maintaining and updating a COVID-19 related resource list for businesses; check that regularly!
- The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce has brought together a great set of resources and information especially for businesses.
- The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) continues to assess and respond to the community impacts of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses.
- Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is offering individual mentoring to help businesses move through the steps to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
- LoveVermont.org - Buy a gift card, shop their online store, pick-up take out or donate to them. Stay home while supporting your favorite local businesses throughout the COVID-19 crisis. You can also Sign Up to offer your business services on this site.
Stay Home, Stay Safe
- If you have questions about whether your business or place of employment is allowed to stay open for normal, in-person operations, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development has created a Stay Safe Stay Home FAQs for Businesses resource page with a link to a "yes or no critical" list of most types of businesses.
- For support and resources to help you and your employees with the challenges of working remotely, join the Addison County Chamber of Commerce’s remote workers support group.
- Find local wifi hotspots throughout Vermont on the Public Wifi Hot Spot Map.
- Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing will be scheduling industry calls next week to make sure that we understand not only the short-term impacts of this crisis on the tourism industry in Vermont, but also to start gathering ideas on longer term recovery strategies. Please pre-register to be notified when call in details are available.
- The Vermont Small Business Development Center (vtSBDC) is providing information about the new financial programs available to small businesses through the CARE Act.
- The Vermont Community Loan Fund is also ready to assist with available programs.
- Facebook Small Business Grants are available directly from Facebook.
- Addison County Regional Planning Commission has a list of resources for municipal officials and first responders.
- United Way of Addison County provides a volunteer matching service on their site. Organizations can set up a profile to seek volunteers, and individuals can sign up to volunteer.
- The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is organizing volunteers with farming skills to help any farms that lose workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Please respond to Bill Cavanaugh on the Farmer Services team.
- The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak COVID-19, rise in the U.S. As the number of coronavirus cases grow in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could decrease further. It is SAFE to Donate. They have implemented all types of safety precautions! Search for a local blood drive.