Thanks Moms

Mother’s Day weekend only comes once a year, but for many of us, the women in our lives are the key to every day. Whether they are physically with us or not, for many Vermonters, the skills we have learned from the women who raised us are part of us.
Women work hard inside and outside the home, often putting in time daily that would exceed any traditional double shift. We appreciate their support, advice, work, and love.
If there were ever a time to celebrate mothers it’s in 2021. They adapted quickly to our new world and skillfully navigated challenges. They did their best to keep us safe, fed, and focused. When routines ended, they figured it out at home and at work, whether it was on the farm or in their community.
With kids home, women continued to work. The classroom became the room on the other side of the wall, where children worked on their schoolwork and women became academic mentors, too. They loved hard and tough, telling kids that they could not see their friends, go to gatherings, and play sports as we all watched, stunned, the latest COVID-19 news. Mental health concerns were visited upon most homes and many women picked up that responsibility, too (although often needing support of their own).
As we emerge from the pandemic, we salute mothers, who have made us stronger. The world’s women keep our homes, businesses and families together. So on this day and every day, we celebrate them for their commitment to their families. Thank you.
                                         -Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts
Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Small Business Association is now accepting applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This RRF will provide restaurants, and other eligible businesses, with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Open Until Funds Are Exhausted

Dairy Marketing & Branding Grant

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is currently accepting applications for dairy processors to receive $10,000 - $50,000 grants. Funds may be used to hire marketing/branding professionals to provide services to improve their strategies or develop materials that will help them increase consumer awareness of their products, develop market channels, and/or distribution opportunities. 

Deadline to Apply: June 8 at 4 PM

Selling to the Federal Gov't 101

Interested in exploring opportunities to sell to the government? Join this free webinar to learn which federal agencies purchase food, alcohol and gifts. Discussion topics include: different purchasing processes used by federal agencies, how to locate which marketplace would be a good fit for your product, and how to market your product to different agencies and contractors. Participants must register in advance to attend.

Event Date: May 12, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Social Media Celebration of VT Ag

Governor Phil Scott recently declared May 12th Social Media, Agriculture, Food and Dairy Day. Join in the celebration through the #Farm24VT campaign, a twenty-four hour social media celebration of agriculture, food and dairy in Vermont. 
Farmers, food producers, agribusinesses, and others in the agricultural community can share photos, videos, and stories and participants can enter to win prizes throughout the day. 

Event Date: May 12

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