The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) continues to assess and respond to the community impacts of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses. A separate newsletter has been established to share the latest information ACCD has available. We apologize if you have already subscribed to that newsletter and have received this information from us previously. To ensure that you continue to receive these updates, please subscribe to the ACCD COVID-19 Response Newsletter.

Stay Informed

The most current information on the full response to COVID-19 in Vermont can be found on the Department of Health website at: The latest amendments to Governor Scott’s emergency declaration include:

Business Impact and SBA Disaster Declaration

We want to thank all businesses who emailed in SBA Disaster Declaration forms earlier this week. Those forms are now being processed and we should hear from the SBA by the end of the week. ACCD is also working with other units of state government, the federal government, and non-profit organizations to identify resources to help you recover. We will continue to share information on such programs as they become available.

We are still interested in hearing from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to share these impacts via the Agency Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.

If you have other inquiries, please contact us through our dedicated email address:

The Agency has also established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guidance from the Department of Labor

The Vermont Department of Labor has launched an online portal for employees who may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits as a result of COVID-19. This new process means initial unemployment insurance claims can now be filed online.

The Vermont Department of Labor also recently created a set of COVID-19 FAQs for Employers and Employees. New updates will be posted on the Department of Labor website. If you have specific questions, you may wish to contact the Vermont Department of Labor Employer Services line at 802 828-4344. Please understand that they are experiencing high call volume.

Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

The Department of Financial Regulation has posted new Business Income Insurance Guidance. Details will vary from policy to policy, so if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance agent or broker.

Small Business Assistance

If your business is looking for technical assistance, the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is providing various resources to help support small business during the COVID-19 outbreak. VtSBDC’s team of advisors is actively working remotely to help you navigate this crisis. Click here to learn more and to request assistance.

In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, the VtSBDC created a Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses, available on their website. This document may also help you begin your recovery.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

For the full list of employer and business guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit:

We know these are difficult times for many Vermont businesses. If you have specific suggestions on what kind of targeted assistance might be most impactful to the continuity of your operations in the next 30 days, please use the Agency Business Impact Form so your ideas can be shared with the leadership of the Agency and with Governor Scott.