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 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 at the Vermont office of SBA.

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