Stowe Business Resources & Community Updates
Business Resources and Community Updates on COVID-19
SAA is here to help Stowe area businesses during this time of uncertainty. We are actively monitoring the fast-evolving circumstances around Coronavirus, and are serving as a central source of information for the most up-to-date information and resources for the local business community. The Town of Stowe and key public safety partners are in communication about ongoing developments for COVID-19. Refer to the CDC Coronavirus Travel Updates and Travel Guidelines for updates. View ways to support Stowe businesses.
What if I have urgent questions about Coronavirus?
For general information about COVID-19, dial 2-1-1. If you are sick or concerned about your health, contact your health care provider by phone. Please avoid going to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation, and you have called in advance. Local hospitals include Copley Hospital Morrisville, VT and UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT.
“Be Smart, Stay Safe” Order until June 15
All hotels/lodging/short term rental properties may accept overnight reservations from people who have met 14-day quarantine requirements, hotels/lodging properties have to stay at 25% of capacity, responsible for making sure there are no more than 10 people gathered at a time. For all other businesses, view updates to area business operations and event schedules.
- VT Gov. Phil Scott: “Be Smart, Stay Safe” Order until June 15, 2020
- Latest Disaster Lending Information (VtSBDC)
- Tips for Managing Cash Flow during a crisis (VtSBDC)
- Center for Women and Enterprise Resource Guide.
- Vermont Department of Labor Town Hall Recordings on Youtube (For employers, claimants, and self-employed folks)
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- USDA Resource List (United States Department of Agriculture)
- Coronavirus Emergecny Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (US Chamber of Commerce)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers ( US Department of Labor)
What Businesses and Employees Can Do:
1) Refer to resources on business operations below.
- Reopening: Do It Right The First Time (Walt Frame)
- Getting Back To Work Guidelines (Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce)
- Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers (U.S. Travel Association)
- Cleaning Guidance (Ecolab)
- Restart Vermont Resources (ACCD)
- Work Safe Guidance memo (ACCD)
- Mandatory Training Materials (VT Dept. of Labor)
- Reopening Template Plans (ACCD)
- Recovery Roadmap (VT SBDC)
- Where to buy cloth face coverings (VT Dept. of Public Safety)
- Resources for Reopening (National Retail Federation)
- COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (National Restaurant Association)
- Face Covering (VT Dept. of Public Safety)
- COVID-19 Employer-Employee/Business Assistance Information (Heidi Scheuermann)
- SAA COVID-19 Business Checklist: Employees/Unemployment, Cash flow/Lending Options & more’
- Vermont Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Relief Letter to Congress
- Main Street Alliance has just launched a website for story collection as they work to advocate on a national level. Please share your experience and view the policy platform that Main Street Alliance is advocating for.
- Bourne’s Energy fuel pricing member benefit update: The fuel oil futures market has dropped significantly and fixed pricing contracts for the 2021 season are available at very attractive rates. Please contact Jon Whittle for more information.
- Governor Phil Scott’s Emergency Declaration, including information on: gatherings, restaurant/bar closures, take-out/curbside alcohol pickup
- Guidelines for Non-Essential Mass Gatherings DC guidelines (CDC)
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, according to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines
- Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due
- Keep record of any steps you are taking as a business and steps you plan to take in the future as a result of COVID-19.
- Vermont Chamber of Commerce Resources and Advocacy Information
Department of Labor
- Unemployment FAQs (Department of Labor)
- New online application for unemployment insurance (for initial intake of new claims)
- Layoffs or furloughs of 10+ employees
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- Refusal to Return to Work Information
- DOL Town Hall recordings
- Small Business Disaster Loan Information For more information, call the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or through email. For local SBA information, call (802) 828-4422.
Updated business guidance from VtSBDC
- Open/Closing Resources for Retailers/Grocers (Vermont Retails and Grocer’s Association)
- National Retail Federation Resources for Reopening
- Congress Action form for lodging properties (American Hotel & Lodging Association)
- National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- State Advocacy contact form
- Call to Congress form (National Restaurant Association
- Restaurant-Specific Guidelines (National Restaurant Association)
- Vermont is authorized for take-out, curbside pickup and delivery of beverage alcohol, including spirit-based drinks and malt and vinous product accompanying food orders for off premise consumption. Learn more.
2) Attend the weekly Waterbury-Stowe Small Business Meetings.
- Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/
Meeting ID: 802 793 6029
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3) Prepare your business and staff.
- Learn about the virus, How it spreads and How to prevent it (CDC)
- Preventing the spread in communities (CDC)
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Small Business Association)
- Refer to the Pandemic checklist for businesses (CDC)
- If you are interested being on the COVID-19 Stowe/Lamoille County Volunteer Team please contact Heidi Scheuermann.
4) Stay informed and monitor the status of Coronavirus.
- Situation Summary (CDC)
- Status of Coronavirus in Vermont (VT Dept. of Health)
- CDC guidelines on Travel in the U.S.
- Town of Stowe Website
- Stowe Public Safety COVID-19 Information
- Stowe Public Safety Facebook page
- Sign up for State VT-Alerts. VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations.
- Sign up for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development COVID-19 newsletter
5) Plan and communicate with staff.
- Let SAA know of any cancellations or issues you are experiencing. Send updates to email@example.com.
- Communicate changes you are making and updated information to your staff.
- Resources for uninsured staff without a medical home (CHSLV’s Community Health Team)
6) Communicate with guests.