Partners

Addison County Economic Development Corporation partners and collaborates with many regional, state, and federal agencies and organizations to advance community and economic development in the region.

ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development

ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development

ACCD helps Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.

Collaboration is central to carrying out this mission and we work with other state Agencies as well as businesses of all sizes, communities, educators, non-profits, students, recreational venues and many others. We at ACCD “set the table” for opportunity. So whether you are a business owner seeking to relocate here, a developer interested in building a new project, an individual hoping to restore an historic gem or a community hoping to increase the livability of your town, you have come to the right place.

ACCD Key Contacts:

Michael Schirling, Secretary   michael.schirling@vermont.gov

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary   ted.brady@vermont.gov

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of Economic Development  802-272-2399  joan.goldstein@vermont.gov

Kitty Sweet, Executive Assistant 802-828-3080

Full staff contacts list 

Agency Departments 

The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD)

At DEHCD, we work to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, and support vibrant and resilient communities. Our staff provides training, technical and financial assistance designed to enhance local community and economic development programs and practices.

Our economic development staff can help you learn more about our strong workforce, walk you through the permitting process, connect you with local networks and share more about our programs, and capital and investment opportunities. The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an arm of the department.

Our housing program focuses on developing housing policy and overseeing the Mobile Home Park Program. The Vermont Community Development Program helps municipalities provide housing, jobs, public services and facilities to their residents. Promoting and preserving our historic resources are the focus of our historic preservation program and our state-owned historic sites.

We are the state’s central office for local and regional land use, including our smart growth designations, designed to enhance our unique landscape of compact centers surrounded by working landscapes. DEHCD also funds and supports regional development efforts through the Regional Planning Commissions, Regional Development Corporations and through other partners. The State of Vermont also maintains a statewide available Commercial/Industrial Site Locator to help new or growing businesses find a suitable property. 

The Department of Tourism and Marketing (DT&M)

The Vermont Brand is associated with environmental quality, “green values,” local, strong community centers, an active agricultural economy and world class, four-season recreation. Our tourism staff promotes Vermont as a travel destination for Vermonters and visitors alike which in turn supports a diverse and vital part of the state’s economy. We work with our partners to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that integrates television, radio, newspaper and magazine print. 

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is responsible for ensuring coordination and consistency of statewide marketing activity. This is accomplished by providing direct support to state government organizations and offering marketing specific resources and tools to enable state programs to successfully meet their marketing and outreach objectives. State marketing activity is also guided by marketing policies, standards, and guidelines developed by the CMO that support the goals of efficiency and consistency.

Think Vermont Ambassador Program 

The State of Vermont has a new digital marketing program, Think VT Ambassadors, designed to spread the word via social media about Vermont’s assets as a place to live, work and do business.
 
Through their social networks, Think VT Ambassadors can share national rankings and news coverage of Vermont's thriving industries, game-changing entrepreneurs, socially responsible companies, vibrant communities, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, education, culture and so much more. Click HERE to learn more and participate.

Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC):

PTAC exists to help Vermont businesses succeed in obtaining government contracts. The center offers free counseling services to Vermont businesses and provides assistance on how to bid on government contracts at the federal, state and local levels. The VT Bid Board is a free way for buyers and sellers to connect for products & services needed by the state: www.vermontbidsystem.com

One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602-3377

(802) 828-5237

http://ptac.vermont.gov

Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Addison County Regional Planning Commission

About ACRPC

ACRPC serves the 21 towns of the Addison Region and provides assistance on a range of community development activities and issues. ACRPC provides leadership and technical expertise to encourage cooperative planning within and among the region’s communities and area-wide interests.

What We Do

Along with ten other regional planning commissions around the state, ACRPC was established by the legislature to:

  • Promote economic development, increasing jobs and income
  • Preserve the natural beauty of Vermont
  • Obtain and maintain efficiency in government expenditure
  • Safeguard and extend local autonomy in planning and development decisions

ACRPC does this through commissioners who are appointed by town selectboards. This group of town delegates and alternates meets monthly and each commissioner serves on at least one committee.

Commission

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) consists of delegates and alternates appointed to the Commission by the legislative body of each of the region’s 21 municipalities. Larger municipalities may be represented by up to three delegates. Smaller municipalities appoint one delegate. Municipalities appoint delegates and alternates to the ACRPC shortly after town meeting for a one-year term beginning July 1st of each year. Alternates exist to act in the shoes of the delegate if an appointed delegate is unable to attend a meeting.

Both delegates and alternates participate in ACRPC’s committee structure and are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in work on and discussions concerning the Region’s business.

Addison
Del: Frank Galgano
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Orwell
Del: Andrea Ochs
Del: Ray Papandrea
Alt: David King
Alt: Clyde Park
Bridport
Del: Andrew Manning
Del: Edward Payne
Alt: Mark Pumiglia
Alt: Paul Miller
Panton
Del: James Dayton
Alt: David Raphael
Bristol
Del: Peter Grant
Del: William Sayre
Del: Garland “Chico” Martin
Alt: Chris Lathrop
Alt:
Ripton
Del: Jeremy Grip
Alt: Marty Kulczyk
Cornwall
Del: Jim Duclos
Del: Holly Noordsy
Alt: Colin Kriwox
Alt: Stan Grzyb
Salisbury
Del: Tom Scanlon
Del: Mary Anne Sullivan
Alt: Barrie Bailey
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Ferrisburgh
Del: Tim Davis
Del: Arabella Holzafel
Del: Robert Peisch
Alt: 
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Shoreham
Del: Colin Davis
Del: Nick Causton
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Goshen
Del: Jim Pulver
Alt: Chad Chamberlain
Starksboro
Del: Richard Warren
Del:
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Leicester
Del: Diane Benware
Del: Ronald Fiske      

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Vergennes
Del: Mel Hawley
Del: Bill Benton
Alt: Shannon Haggett
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Lincoln
Del: Steve Revell
Del: Tommy Thompson
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Waltham
Del: Thomas Yager
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Middlebury
Del: Ted Davis
Del: Karl Neuse
Del: David Hamilton
Alt: Kathleen Ramsey
Alt: Ross Conrad
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Weybridge
Del: Ron Crawford
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Monkton
Del: Thea Gaudette
Del: Wendy Sue Harper
Alt: Charles Huizenga
Alt: Stephen Pilcher
Whiting
Del: Ellen Kurrelmeyer
Alt: 
New Haven
Del: Harvey Smith
Del: Jim Walsh
Alt: Susan Smiley
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Interest Group Representatives

H.O.P.E.

Del:
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Addison County Chamber of Commerce

Del: Sue Hoxie
Alt: Geoff Conrad

Addison County Economic Development Corporation 

Del: Harvey Smith
Alt:

Addison County Farm Bureau

Del: Kent Wright
Alt: William Scott

Otter Creek Audubon Society

Del: Ron Payne
Alt: Marcia Parker

Otter Creek Natural Resource Conservation District

Del: Jonathan Chamberlain
Alt: Paul Wagner

ACRPC Committees

Delegates and alternates, aided by ACRPC staff, conduct much of the policy making and project implementation business of ACRPC within its committee structure.  Addison County Regional Planning Commission currently has six committees. A brief introduction of each committee and a link to their work is provided below:

Executive Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Executive Board implements and supervises ACRPC policies and programs and it makes recommendations to the Full Commission.
Act 250 Committee:
The Act 250 Committee reviews all Act 250 applications for any Substantial Regional Impacts* as defined in the Regional Plan and supports municipalities in the Act 250 process.
Energy Committee:
The Energy Committee sets priorities for regional energy policies, projects and issues, co-sponsors monthly energy programs, and supports Town Energy Coordinators and their Committees.
Local Government Committee:
The Local Government Committee conducts reviews of municipal plans for communities requesting regional confirmation of their planning process and regional approval of their municipal plan.
Natural Resources Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Natural Resources Committee recently completed a complete revision of the Natural Resource Section of the Regional Plan and shall work with staff and committees to review and create projects that implement the plan’s goals.
Transportation Advisory Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) focuses on transportation planning within the region. The TAC constitutes a special committee of the ACRPC because its members are appointed directly by each Selectboard and may or may not also be members of ACRPC’s Commission.

* In the context of the State of Vermont planning practice, a proposed development has a Substantial Regional Impact (SRI) if a policy of this Regional Plan that is relevant to the determination of an issue in an Act 250 or Section 248 proceeding makes recommendations that are more specific about one or more characteristics, features, standards, or conditions relating to the proposed development than the recommendations of the municipal plan. SRI is an impact of Land Development that triggers the requirements of 24 VSA 4345a (16), (17), and 4348 (h). An SRI is not automatically in conflict with a regional plan. An SRI is not always an Adverse Impact. 24 VSA 4345a (17) requires each RPC to define SRI as the term is to be used with respect to its region in its Regional Plan.

Addison County Workforce Development Task Force

The new Addison County Workforce Development Task Force (ACWDTF), of which the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is a member, was formed by regional agencies and organizations interested in tackling issues impacting workforce development in Addison County. To learn more about the Task Force, click here. To become a member of the Task Force, which meets monthly, email Fred Kenney at fkenney@addisoncountyedc.org.

The Task Force recently hosted the Addison County Workforce Development Stakeholder Summit at the Basin Harbor Resort in Vergennes. This Summit convened 75 workforce development partners including employers, industry groups, business organizations, secondary & post-secondary career & technical education providers, private & public training providers, secondary education leaders & guidance counselors, higher education representatives, economic development practitioners, municipal officials, and regional elected officials. 

A SWOT analysis was developed during a panel session and the participants identified solutions. View the SWOT and Rountable reports here.

Prior to the Summit, a survey of workforce stakeholders was also taken. Click here to see the findings.

Summit presenter Mat Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Chief with the VT Department of Labor (DOL), spoke about Workforce Data. Click HERE for a link to his remarks. A great deal of data is also available on the Economic & Labor Market Information website at http://www.vtlmi.info/.

This Summit was co-sponsored by these Task Force members: Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC), Community College of Vermont (CCV), Hannaford Career Center (HCC), Middlebury College, Northlands Job Corps, United Way of Addison County (UWAC), Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) and the State of Vermont (Department of Labor, Agency of Commerce & Community Development and Agency of Education).
 
The Summit was made possible by a grant from the VT Department of Labor.
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE) is to help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting & empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With their roots and hearts in rural America, they help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity. Their solutions empower community leaders to find their own answers to the economic development challenges and opportunities they face.

Don Macke from the Center spoke at the ACEDC 2017 Annual Meeting on “The Road Ahead for Rural Economic Development in Addison County”. Click here for a link to his presentation and here for the Addison County Development Opportunity Profile

Center for Women & Enterprise

Center for Women & Enterprise

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) opened a Women's Business Center in Vermont in 2016.  Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), CWE works with the SBA in Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Eastern and Central Massachusetts to deliver quality services to current and prospective women entrepreneurs.  As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, CWE works hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services.

CWE Vermont helps women in the state start and grow their own business. They also offer scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women. For more info about CWE VT please call 802-391-4870 or email them at  info.Vermont@cweonline.org.

Partner Member: Addison County Chamber of Commerce

Partner Member: Addison County Chamber of Commerce

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce unites more than 650 members whose shared goal is to build a better community through a strong economic base. We’re blessed with a robust economy that is not dependent on a single industry. Manufacturers, service organizations, agribusiness, retailers, educational and financial institutions, restaurants, lodging properties and small, locally-owned businesses all contribute to the region’s economic vitality.

The Chamber’s mission is to promote both individual businesses and the region as a whole—to current and prospective residents, business owners, as well as tourists visiting our area from neighboring states, the rest of the U.S and beyond. We do that by offering business resources, educational programs, a referral network, services, products, information and opportunities to promote enhance and strengthen your brand and attract customers.

 

Partner Member: Better Middlebury Partnership

Partner Member: Better Middlebury Partnership

The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is a civic organization dedicated to making the Greater Middlebury community a better place to live, work and play. The BMP builds partnerships with the town, Middlebury College, and the business community to promote a vibrant and thriving Middlebury. 

We support local businesses through signature events, initiatives and the Middlebury Money program. We protect the integrity and vitality of Middlebury's downtown by running the State's Designated Downtown program, and overseeing the Downtown Improvement District. We advocate for projects and initiatives that will contribute to smart economic growth. And, we build community because we believe that it's the most important thing we can do.

Partner Member: Bristol Core

Partner Member: Bristol Core

Bristol CORE (formerly Bristol Downtown Community Partnership), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is a group of area business people, property owners and community members committed to increasing and maintaining the economic vitality of the Bristol downtown area and to organize and promote community events for Bristol citizens. We do this via beautification, marketing and economic development projects and programs. Bristol CORE and its Board of Directors were created as part of the requirements to become a Vermont Designated Downtown, a status Bristol earned in 2006.

Bristol’s Main Street and town green, historic buildings and local enterprises, and, above all, the unique character of its people are the core of our COmmunity – physically, culturally and economically. Bristol CORE’s mission, and passion, is to bring people together to rally the REsources to keep that core strong, to celebrate its history and to plan for its future. Bristol CORE (formerly Bristol Downtown Community Partnership), a non-profit 501(c)(3), was created as one of the requirements to become a Vermont Designated Downtown, a status Bristol earned in 2006.

In 2015, Bristol CORE engaged in significant restructuring – launched a major organizational re-branding, sought community feedback in a variety of ways, actively worked to increase its board and volunteer Team participation, hired a new Executive Director, and restructured both its internal operations and its fundraising strategies.

Volunteer Teams

Economic Development

  • Installation (ongoing as of December 2015) of a brand new Downtown Wireless system, in partnership with Green Mountain Access.
  • Pursuing multiple avenues to improve cell service for community members, visitors, and businesses.
  • Exploring options to revitalize local food connections to counterbalance the loss of Mountain Greens and the Farmers Market.
  • Gathering information about financial resources available to local businesses and discussing avenues to make it more widely available.
    Team Members: Carolyn Ashby, Danelle Birong, Amy Piasecki, Reed Prescott, Carol Wells

Promotions (Events and Marketing)

  • Took advantage of the Neighborhood Champion program to bring local business resources, marketing materials, and extra pizzazz to (a very chilly) Main Street on Small Business Saturday® November 28th.
  • The 8th Annual Chocolate Walk on December 4th set records for business participation, community turnout, chocolate consumed, dollars spent locally and holiday festivity!
  • Pocock Rocks! took 2015 off to recharge and will be returning in 2016, bigger and better than ever.
  • Continuing to maintain www.discoverbristolvt.com as the place to go to find things to do and places to shop, dine and have fun in Bristol, with a business directory, calendar of events and other useful information.
  • Expanded social media activity leading up to and during events and on behalf of local businesses, with paid promotions and sponsored content.
    Team Members: John Kromer, Matthew Ham-Ellis, Reed Prescott, Darla Senecal

Collaborations (Town & Community Relationships)

  • Surveyed community members via Front Porch Forum and at Town Meeting in March to learn more about the activities, habits, needs, desires, and priorities of our community for the future.
  • Held a community forum in May to continue to seek community feedback, to educate about the downtown designation and its benefits, and to launch our organizational re-branding as Bristol CORE.
  • Attended statewide Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference and Downtown Retreat in September to learn about best practices & new ideas, access state resources, and make useful connections for future opportunities.
  • Partnered with the Local Community Initiatives capstone class, taught by Bristol resident Kelly Hamshaw, in the Department of Community Development & Applied Economics at UVM. The fall semester class had teams of students tackling 4 key areas: local foods, local business, signature events, and downtown designation renewal.
  • Continued regular conversations with the Planning Commission, regularly included Town staff in meetings, and provided assistance with town office technical upgrades taking place alongside the WiFi improvements.
    Team Members: Ian Albinson, Carolyn Ashby, Kelly Hamshaw, Kate Selby

Design (Historic Preservation & Public Improvements)

  • Completed a long-term grant collaboration with the Vermont Department of Transportation that included the beautification of the entry corner of the Town Green; new lamp posts to improve lighting and safety through the green; park benches and picnic tables; and trash/recycling receptacles on Main Street.
  • The Playground received its final touches during the spring, was busy all summer and fall, and was lit and decorated for Cool Yule. A child-size picnic table was added in conjunction with the grant project above.
  • Yearly Winter decorating of Main Street, including holiday lights on lamp posts and bandstand, and garland on the bandstand, Howden Hall, and Holley Hall.
    Team Members: Ian Albinson, Carol Wells

Our hardworking Executive Director is only able to pound the pavement 10 hours a week, and the appropriation from the town covers only a portion of the budget. All other funds and person-power to make the projects pictured below – and those in the future – come from the community. We are currently seeking new Board and Team members, and welcome your involvement, your enthusiasm and your financial support.

The Town’s funding of Bristol CORE makes it possible for the non-profit to exist. We are truly grateful for the support of the Town Administrator, the Select Board, and the taxpayers in our amazing community.

Bristol CORE Board of Directors

Partner Member: United Way of Addison County

Partner Member: United Way of Addison County

Their Mission

United Way of Addison County is committed to mobilizing the compassion and generosity of individuals and organizations to improve lives and strengthen Addison County.

They focus our efforts on three foundations of better lives: Health, Education, and Financial Stability. Together with their partners, they are:

Health: Increasing access to health care and healthy foods. Providing resources to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Encouraging connection to one another and to our community to combat isolation. Reducing youth substance use rates.

Education: Preparing children so they enter school ready to learn. Providing the support students need to stay in school and graduate. Encouraging lifelong learning and skill-building.

Financial Stability: Ensuring that all families have safe housing, healthy food, transportation, and quality childcare. Providing access to financial tools and coaching to help build a better future. Supporting employees in crisis so they can maintain employment and grow professionally.

They need YOUR to help them make this shared vision for Addison County a reality. Your financial gifts are the critical funding needed to launch innovative solutions to social challenges. Your time and talents are what make change happen. Your voice is what will help us make this change last for future generations of Addison County residents.

THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE UNITED

Partner Member: Vergennes Partnership

Partner Member: Vergennes Partnership

The Vergennes Partnership was born in 1999 after Vergennes earned the coveted status of an official Vermont State Designated Downtown.  As one of 24 Designated Downtowns in the State, we benefit from tax credits, grants, and programs that other Vermont communities are not eligible for.  As a direct result of our Downtown Designation, business owners and property developers in our downtown have been able to take advantage of over $400,000 in state tax credits to rehabilitate, upgrade and improve their properties.   Additionally, the City of Vergennes has received close to $150,000 in Downtown Transportation grants to make our streets and sidewalks more visually pleasing and accessible to residents and visitors. The tax credits have leveraged over 5 million dollars in additional private investments and the grants have resulted in over $300,000 in downtown streetscape projects.  The City of Vergennes has noticeably improved as a result of these investments.  The Vergennes Partnership must remain in existence in order for Vergennes to keep its Designated Downtown status.  With the continued success of the Vergennes Partnership and its supporters, the opportunities for our little city are endless.

Our Mission

To enhance the economic viability of Vergennes and preserve the beauty and character of its downtown.

Partner Member: Vermont Economic Development Authority

Partner Member: Vermont Economic Development Authority

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont's economic development finance lender.   VEDA manages a wide range of low-cost lending programs for eligible Vermont businesses of all sizes, including manufacturing, research and development, information technology, travel and tourism, agricultural, and other enterprises as defined in statute.  VEDA’s lending solutions are customized to each client’s individual needs.  A comprehensive listing of VEDA programs and eligible borrowers can be found on VEDA’s website.  Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. 

VACC – Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation

VACC, a program of VEDA, is a nonprofit corporation that provides credit to Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities, forestry and forest product-based businesses. Farm loans are available to strengthen existing farm operations, encourage diversification, support beginning farmers, and to encourage marketing and processing of Vermont agricultural and forestry products.  “Farm Operations” means the cultivation of land or other uses of land for the production of (among other things) food, orchard products, maple syrup or forest crops.  Also included is the raising, boarding and training of equines and the raising of livestock.

Partner Member: Vermont Small Business Development Center

Partner Member: Vermont Small Business Development Center

In partnership with the 12 Regional Development Corporations VT Small Business Development Centers (VtSBDCs) provide free technical assistance to starting and growing small businesses. Operated through the Vermont State College System, VtSBDC links businesses with higher education, state and federal programs, as well as other businesses. The VT Small Business Development Centers offer in-depth counseling assistance at no cost to ensure more successful startups of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms.

With access to a comprehensive resource and information library, the VtSBDCs can also provide business planning assistance, marketing help, referrals, and much more. They also produce many publications of interest to businesses, such as their Disaster Recovery Guide for Business.

VtSBDC periodically sponsors low-cost seminars on a variety of topics. Click here to see their calendar of training workshops. They also offer FREE certificates for students to attend their periodic "Starting Your Own Business" Workshops. Click here for a certificate.  

VtSBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs to help them develop, market, and grow their businesses throughout Vermont. Our Area Business Advisor for Addison County is Sarah Kearns. Click here for her contact info.

Click here for a copy of their annual report.


Exploring business ownership:

Twice-monthly free webinar for people exploring the opportunity (offered by SBA)

Learn the basics of starting a small business from anywhere during a free Exploring Business Ownership webinar on the 1st Wednesday each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (EST) and the 3rd Wednesday each month from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. (EST).

To join the webinar, log onto http://www.connectmeeting.att.com and use the meeting number 888-294-8505 and the code 3426809.

To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 3426809.

For more information, email chris.herriman@sba.gov at the Vermont office of SBA.

Additional Info:

SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives)

  • 11 Lincoln Street, Rm 106
  • Essex Junction, VT
  • Website

Champlain Valley SCORE is an all-volunteer organization serving western Vermont. Their home office is in Chittenden County but they also have branches in Manchester, Rutland, Middlebury, and St. Albans. Counselors with extensive and wide-ranging business experience provide face-to-face and online counseling for new and existing businesses. They also offer workshops and seminars covering topics ranging from how to write a business plan to marketing to business valuations.

Whether: 

  • you have an idea or a new business you would like to explore, 
  • you are starting a new business and need guidance, or 
  • you have an existing business and are trying to weather the current economic climate,

SCORE can help you realize your dream.

Since 1973, Champlain Valley SCORE has assisted over 5,000 Vermonters to start, run, and grow businesses. Their services are free and confidential and they are ready to help you!

Vermont Agency of Agriculture

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture's mission is to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of agriculture while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets (VAAFM)

VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

The VAAFM is organized into four divisions:

  • The Division of Administration oversees and coordinates agency policy and promotes interests of consumers and producers.
  • The Division of Agricultural Development provides a role in developing local, regional, national and global markets for Vermont's agricultural products.
  • The Division of Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) regulates pesticides, feed, seed and fertilizers. The division administers Vermont's agricultural water quality programs and enforcement of environmental and safety laws.
  • The Division of Food Safety and Consumer Protection is organized into the following sections providing oversight in the areas of: livestock heath, consumer safety and protection, dairy inspection, and meat inspection.

 

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

VCET is a leading-edge technology incubator serving all of Vermont under a mandate to increase technology start-ups and accelerate next generation job creation for this generation of Vermonters.

VCET offers a targeted business incubator program designed to foster the success of high opportunity technology firms by providing firms with substantive business mentoring along with traditional incubator services such as low cost, flexible office space, shared resources, capital, networking, and training.

VCET is an independent 501 c (3) public benefit corporation in affiliation with the University of Vermont and partners with Norwich University, Middlebury College, Champlain College and the five Vermont State Colleges.

Contact David Bradbury at david@vermonttechnologies.com or 802-656-3880.

Vermont Employee Ownership Center

Vermont Employee Ownership Center

The Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.

They provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.

They are funded through government and foundation grants, and contributions from individuals and businesses. The VEOC is a tax-exempt non-profit educational organization. 

Vermont Futures Project

Vermont Futures Project

Creating a shared vision for a robust economic future

The Vermont Futures Project has been convening a statewide discussion series regarding the future of Vermont with a goal of enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Vermont Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy—one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment and for our social safety net. In balance, these three components create a strong foundation for Vermont’s future. To help build this vision the Vermont Futures Project has been holding forums led by the Vermont Futures Project research team of Jeff Lewis and Jennifer Stromsten who have been discussing key economic indicators on the recently launched economic dashboard focused at www.VTFuturesProject.org. They are exploring Vermont’s unique challenge in balancing our commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to our people, and growth of opportunity. 

The Vermont Futures Project was launched by the Vermont Chamber Foundation to build a shared vision for the economy in collaboration with partner organizations, academic institutions and thought leaders. They are setting a course toward a vibrant economic future through research, policy development and long-term strategies in order to realize that vision. The Vermont Futures Project is committed to addressing the challenges facing Vermont in workforce, demographics, productivity, industrial mix, and infrastructure.

Area partnering organizations of the Addison County Forum include the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCoC) and Middlebury College. To view the video from this event, click here. To see a summary of the Addison County presentation, click here.  

Vermont Futures Project: A data-driven initiative to secure Vermont’s economic future and to provide opportunity for Vermonters. For more info, go to www.VTFuturesProject.org

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Their primary mission - "To strengthen & empower Vermont manufacturers”

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has operated statewide as a not-for-profit Center since 1995, collaborating with public and private partners in business, government and education to bring world-class assistance and resources to Vermont manufacturers and other enterprises of all sizes, helping them overcome ever-changing challenges, become more competitive and grow their profitability. A valuable local Resource and Trusted Advisor, VMEC holds a 20+ years track record of achieving measured results and quantified impact for its clients, with a high average Return on Investment (ROI) reported by clients as a direct result of VMEC assistance. The VMEC Team brings expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation, continuing support, and training and education for leaders and workers – helping them to innovate, plan, perform and accelerate profitable growth in ways that drive increasing enterprise value. The VMEC Team provides proven systems and solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People. VMEC is the official Vermont representative and part of the nationwide MEP National Network (Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership) within the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce

While the physical address of VMEC is at the VT Tech Enterprise Center in Randolph, their mailing address is:  P.O. Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061. For more info, email them at vmec@vmec.org.
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, located in Montpelier, Vermont, was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. They provide early stage grant funding, technical assistance, and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing jobs and markets in the green economy.

Contact Ellen Kahler at info@vsjf.org or 802-828-1260.