Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced on September 18th a new grant program to provide technical assistance to businesses. The Restart Vermont Technical Assistance Program will commence accepting applications from businesses on Monday, September 21st.
The purpose of the program is to help the small business sector, including non-profit organizations, recover from the decline in income resulting from Covid-19 by providing grants so that the impacted businesses can hire consultants and businesses to help solve problems that impede their ability to grow and prosper. The range of services that businesses can access is broad. Interested businesses and professionals who wish to provide the assistance must also register with the program. Regional Development Corporations have been contracted to perform the role of "Navigators" to review applications and assist applicants.
For more information and apply for assistance or register as a technical assistance provider, go HERE. The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation is the Navigator for the Barre Area and contact Jamie Stewart to answer specific questions.
Information for low interest loans are below:
In an effort to deliver much needed resources, Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) and Barre Town, in cooperation with Barre Area Development (BADC) and Vermont Community Loan Fund, have modified existing loan programs to support regional businesses. We are now accepting applications for loans to businesses impacted by the economic conditions we now face. Technical assistance in preparing your loan application is available at no cost:
- Businesses located in Barre Town and Barre City
- For profit or non-profit businesses with up to 20 employees and annual gross sales not to exceed $1,250,000.
- Borrowers must demonstrate a 50% loss of revenue in any one month in March, April or May of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
- Loans between $5,000 and $15,000
- 2% loan origination fee up to maximum of $300. No application fee.
- 1% fixed interest for the term of the loan, 6 months deferred payments, with up to 5 year amortization of the loan.
- Personal guarantee for loans of $5,000 or less. Personal guarantee and UCC lien for loans over $5,000
The total amount of funds available from this Covid-19 program is $75,000 and applications will be accepted until December 31st, 202. Additional terms and application information can be downloaded HERE.
- For profit businesses located in Washington County or the Towns of Washington, Williamstown, and Orange in Orange County.
- Businesses with 10 or fewer employees (not including owners)
- Must have been in business for a minimum of 1 year at time of application.
- Be able to demonstrate ability to service the loan with a plan for business operations under an economic restart.
- Loans between $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000
- 1% loan origination cost. Document preparation fees waived. Loan Application fee waived.
- 2% fixed interest for 6 months, payments deferred, followed by up to a 5 year term at 3.5% fixed interest.
- Personal guarantee of principles (20% or more ownership stake), UCC lien on business assets ($35 cost paid by borrower)
Loans can be used for working capital, renovations to support safe operations for customers and staff, inventory, and marketing. (CVEDC can help you create or expand your digital marketing efforts at no cost to eligible borrowers). These loan funds are unrelated to the Federal and State response, so businesses having received prior assistance are still eligible for these loans.
Application is available on-line at https://cvedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CVEDC-RLF.pdf. Additional information is available by contacting CVEDC’s Executive Director at email@example.com, or by calling (802)223-4654.
Borrowers can apply for loans from either source described above or from both to meet their needs.
We anticipate additional loan programs will be activated in the region in the coming weeks. Updates will be posted on CVEDC’s website under the resources section as they become available. Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation and Barre Area Development stand ready to support your business with a variety of resources, information, and access to programs. We are here to help.