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    Northbound Rest Area!

    Put your business in the path of over 69,000 visitors who visit this busy information center annually. Reasonable pricing, with advertising details facilitated by the Chamber staff. Information and details HERE or call us at 524-2444.

  • COVID-19 Chamber Office Update
    The Chamber Office will be temporarily closed and all staff will be working remotely until further notice.
    We apologize sincerely for this inconvenience.
    To reach either Lisamarie or Kent, please email them individually.
    Stay safe, practice good hygiene, and take good care of each other. We will get through this.
    For a comprehensive list of local resources, please visit our COVID-19 Resource page linked to the button below.

     

     

     

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    2020 Great Race
    Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am | St. Albans Bay Park
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    NOTE: At this point in time, we have not cancelled our race.

    We are awaiting the statewide April 15 cutoff for the Stay At Home order
    and will re-evaluate at this time.
    Additional information will be announced.
    We are so sorry for this!
    --The Great Race Team

  • COVID-19 Resources

    Below are relevant links and resources for individuals, businesses and volunteers during the current pandemic. Please contact our office if you require additional assistance. We are here to help

    Don't Know Where To Start?
    Dial 211
     
    Are You Sick with Covid-19? What should you do? HERE
    Do You Know Someone Who is Sick?  What should you do HERE
     
    Area Resources
    Governor Scott's Call for Assistance (April 1, 2020)
    Medical Reserve Corp Volunteers Needed to Bolster Existing Health Care Workers
    Those with medical experience or other health care background and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current health care workforce. The state’s volunteer website directs these individuals to Vermont’s MRC units, community-based groups of volunteers who can supplement local emergency, health care provider staff and public health resources. This is needed because Vermont’s existing health care workers are going above and beyond to respond to this challenge as it unfolds, and they are going to need reinforcements.
    The following skills are needed:
    • Licensed and certified health care professionals;
    • People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience;
    • Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and
    • People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs.
      Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can register through the state’s volunteer web portal and indicate their expertise and availability.

    In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:
    Donate PPE: Donations of N95 masks, medical and industrial grade or surgical masks can be brought to your nearest State Police Barracks.
    You can find the location nearest to you here: https://vsp.vermont.gov/stations.
    Give blood: Visit the American Red Cross to learn how to safely donate blood: https://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont.html.

    Governor Scott's Executive Order
    Governor Scott's Stay at Home Order
    Governor Scott's Travel Restriction Order
    Stay Home|Stay Safe FAC
    Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about the acceptable continuation of business operations should complete this online form: https://bit.ly/covid-vt-business-operations.

    Updated Detailed Guidance: HERE
    General Resources
    Department of Labor's responses to specific Covid 19, labor-related issues for businesses and employees: HERE
    Purchase locally made hand sanitizer at Smuggler's Notch, HERE
    Northwestern Medical Center's new guidelines and tips for staying healthy: HERE
    Vermont Department of Health: HERE
    Center for Disease Control/Prevention: HERE
    Hunger Free Vermont resource page: HERE
    Vermont Chamber of Commerce resource page: HERE
    Comprehensive List of Local Business Statuses (open/closed/delivery, etc.) HERE
    Seven Days List of food resources: HERE
    Submit to VT Digger's business directory list: HERE
     

    #Don't86Us Information for Restaurant Owners
    Governor Scott's email address
    Governor Scott's hotline: 800-649-6825
    List of VT Legislators:
    HERE

    VT Dept. of Labor phone numbers:
    Employer Assistance Line - 877-214-3331
    Employees with first-time claims - 1-877-214-3330 
    Employees with existing claims - 1-877-214-3332

    Business Disaster Relief
    Link to Paycheck Protection Program HERE
    Link to SBA's  Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
    The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is providing various resources to help support small business during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Link to SBA's Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses
    Business Financial Counseling Resources

    SBA disaster assistance customer service center: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
    e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
    Local SBA information: 802-828-4422.

    State Resources
    The State of VT advises you to fill out this Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet and email directly to commerce.covid19@vermont.gov
    Link to the State of VT's Resources for Business (State & Federal resource clearinghouse)
    There is also a hotline set up at (802) 461-5143.
    Here, you can report impacts directly or request other resources. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map: The Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing.
    CARE Act FAQ: HERE

    Tax Relief
    The IRS has announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
    Additional guidance, including how to claim the credits in advance, is being prepared and will post to the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief page as soon as it is available.

    The Department of Taxes announced relief for businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax until further notice.  Taxpayers who are unable to meet the March 25th and April 25th deadlines on these taxes due to COVID-19 mitigation steps, will not be charged any penalty or interest for late submissions of these taxes.
    Vermonters are advised as well that income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.

    How You Can Help
    The Town and City of St. Albans have partnered on a brief survey for potential volunteers and donors for local organizations.  The information will be shared with relevant organizations that could use your help.  Here is the survey link.


    The United Way of Northwest Vermont has established the COVID-19 United Response Fund to rapidly mobilize resources to support organizations on the front lines of supporting communities and families most impacted by COVID-19. All dollars given through this fund will be used to support organizations and people in our communities throughout Northwest Vermont. This includes Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

    Organizations Seeking Assistance
    Age Well, which does Meals on Wheels, at 1-800-642-5119
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    Martha's Community Kitchen (Community soup kitchen) at 524-9749.
    Northwest Family Foods (Food shelf) at 527-7392.
    Samaritan House (Transitional housing) 527-0847 and hannah.rose@samaritan-house.com.
    Laurie's House/Voices Against Violence (Transitional housing for women affected by domestic violence) 524-6575

    School District Updates
    Maple Run USD News page

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