COVID-19

 

In an effort to help Vermont small businesses through this crisis, we will update resources on this page.  

 

Advice: In the wake of this national crisis, it is critically important that you keep detailed documentation. From dates, times, who you spoke with, impacts on business, action items taken and action items to do, this information will help you as you navigate through this process more effectively. 

FEDERAL ADVOCACY - Main Street Alliance

Main Street Alliance COVID-19 Website:  The Main Street Alliance (Our National Organization) is advocating tirelessly on behalf of small businesses on the federal level. We ask that you go to our new website to read and sign onto our policy platform, sign up for emails, AND document the impacts of coronavirus on your business. 

https://smallbizcovid19.com 

Federal Policy Resources

Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave Resources - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200324

Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

SBA Loans - https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

IRS Tax Deadlines extended: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020?fbclid=IwAR0IHScea_22LIkxGNgEpnJVGbNZulW69Hj4nOX1Y8DdNA7VldwbkjnR1ow

CONTACT OUR FEDERAL DELEGATION: https://advocacy.kidney.org/congressional-social-media-accounts/

MSA Outline of All Three Bills: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e6a768131c8f538ad00b294/t/5e84ddd7a2cef862f17f7750/1585765847906/What%27s+In+the+Stim+3+Package+033120.pdf

PPP Fact Sheet from US Treasury: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e6a768131c8f538ad00b294/t/5e84ddd7a2cef862f17f7750/1585765847906/What%27s+In+the+Stim+3+Package+033120.pdf

SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Advance and Loan - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance 

US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e6a768131c8f538ad00b294/t/5e7e7655aff3dd2806a0036f/1585346134348/Small+Business+Owner%E2%80%99s+Guide+to+the+CARES+Act+%5Bfinal%5D.pdf

Helpful article for small business owners from the Kauffman Foundation: https://www.kauffman.org/currents/a-guide-to-helping-small-businesses-covid-19/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=currents-newsletter3_31_2020

Vermont Resources

Executive Orders from Governor Scott

https://governor.vermont.gov/document-types/executive-orders 

Department of Health:

https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

Agency of Commerce and Community Develop

Agency Resource Center: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19

Business Impact Email: commerce.covid19@vermont.gov

Business Impact Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vtcovid19

Agency Daily Updates Email Sign-On: https://vermont.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ff50346b45ae607c4e55c01ec&id=73312ef76e  

STAY HOME STAY SAFE SECTOR SPECIFIC GUIDANCE: https://accd.vermont.gov/content/stay-home-stay-safe-sector-specific-guidance

Continuation of Operation Request Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O5O0IK26PEOcAnDtzHVZxpZpCEHOHkZNmCwXH5xH5clURUZRTFRVQ0NMVDZWRlNDVEc0RjdNSzNJVS4u 

ACCD CARES Act FAQ's: https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CARES-Act-FAQ.pdf

ACCD Resources for Businesses: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business 

Department of Labor - Unemployment Insurance 

DOL FAQ's: https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions 

Establishing a new claim Online FORM: https://vermont.force.com/DOLClaim/s/

Establishing a "Mass Layoff" https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-employers/mass-layoff

Department of Taxes -  https://tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus

Commission on Public Utilities Statement: Order Granting Temporary Moratorium on Involuntary Natural Gas, Electric, and Telecommunications Service Disconnections: file:///Users/MainStreetAllianceofVermont/Downloads/20-0703-PET%20-%202020.03.20%20DPS%20Comments%20UPDATE.PDF 

HEALTH INSURANCE: MVP + BCBS have opened enrollment for those who lose insurance to get on an exchange plan. Out of work and reduced income folks may be eligible for Vermont Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Vermont will be temporarily waiving financial verifications required for those seeking to enroll in health insurance; Extending out coverage periods until after the emergency ends; Suspending certain terminations of health insurance; Offering a Special Enrollment Period (1 month) for those who do not currently have health insurance to enroll in a qualified health plan and receive premium and cost-sharing assistance, if eligible. Eligible Vermonters can continue to apply for, and enroll in, Medicaid at any time.

https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov/VTHBELand/welcome.action

SBDC Technical Support - 

The Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering support to small businesses as they navigate the resources available to them both through the state and federal governments - https://www.vtsbdc.org/coronavirus/ 

Resources and Information for Childcare - 

Let's Grow Kids Resource Website: https://www.letsgrowkids.org/coronavirus?emci=74722ff8-4f65-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=93e89670-6665-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=8248855

Essential Person List: https://vem.vermont.gov/sites/demhs/files/Essential%20Persons_03182020.pdf

Essential Person Childcare Webform: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers

Resources and Information for Food - 

Hunger Free Vermont -hungerfreevt.org/coronavirus

Vermont Foodbank - https://www.vtfoodbank.org/

CONTACT YOUR VT LEGISLATORS: 

https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ 

Any individual questions, please reach out to the Vermont State Director, Morgan Nichols at: morgan@mainstreetalliance org

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