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Start your Business in Addison County


Vermont is a great place to start and grow a business, in part because we have so many innovative, hard working, and entrepreneurial people living here or who want to live here.

Whether it's a bootstrapped start-up, a sole proprietorship, or a large corporation, ACEDC will help you find the resources you need to start here and grow here.

If you are thinking of starting a small business in Addison County, Vermont, call the Vermont Small Business Development Center.  They offer comprehensive counseling and trainings to help you get your business started on the right foot.

Call us to get started today: 802-388-7953.


There is no better time to start your business than right now.

There is no better place for your business than Addison County.

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State of Vermont Online Business Registration System

New businesses in Vermont can now register their businesses digitally. A comprehensive online business registration system, called the Vermont Business Portal, puts the entire process of creating and running a business under one umbrella.


Exploring Business Ownership?

Do you have an idea to start your own business? Learn what it takes to pursue a small business venture and where to find local resources to help you.

Learn the basics of starting a small business from anywhere during this free Exploring Business Ownership webinar on the


When: 1st Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m (EST)


Where: Participate from your home or office via webinar, or just dial in by phone. No registration required. 


How: On the phone dial toll-free 1-202-765-1264. When prompted enter access code 47975374. On the internet, go to and use Access Number 47975374. Note: Internet access requires Skype for Business 


Questions or need more information?

Call (202)868 - 3202 or email




If you have a business idea to develop you can access many tools online, and we can help you access counselors, advisors, capital, and organizations equipped with the experience and connections that can help you and your business to succeed.

We work closely with many organizational partners. You’ll find help with:

We also provide guidance to available resources that may work for you, such as revolving loan funds, state development banking, and tax incentive programs.

You can be certain you have the correct business registrations through the Vermont Secretary of State's Office.

When you are ready to hire employees, the Vermont Department of Labor can help you set up necessary employer accounts and help you find the right people to help grow your business, and ACEDC can help you find local talent.

The Vermont Department of Taxes provides businesses with a variety of tools and services to navigate and comply with Vermont’s tax laws and regulations. 

The Makery at the Hannaford Career Center is a membership-based collaborative for experimenting, networking + creating in Middlebury, VT.  Currently offering Building Trades, STEM + Sewing Labs. Every Thursday 5:00-9:00 pm

Interested in learning more?  Come take a tour or get started on a project!

Type of Business

The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn more about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business here.

Permits and Regulations

Different types of businesses require different types of permits or regulations. For example, a refrigerated storage operation or a distillery may require approvals from the Vermont Department of Health.  A new manufacturing business may require certain permits specific to the type of manufacturing.  Vermont has permit assistance located throughout the state that can help identify what, if any, permits or regulatory compliance you may have to address.

The Environmental Assistance Office provides permit assistance through Permit Specialists located in the Agency of Natural Resources' (ANR) five regional offices. The Permit Specialist’s primary job duty is to serve as the initial state contact for applicants and assist them in identifying all necessary state permits or approvals for any given project. This allows applicants to make informed business decisions about the cost and length of time to comply with all state regulations. This also increases the likelihood that projects will meet requirements, ensuring environmental and public health protection.


Cell phone service and broadband connectivity are critical to your business.  The Vermont Telecommunications Authority's mission is to bring broadband to every home and business in Vermont. is the place on the internet where you can go to find out what is going on with broadband in Vermont.

Click here for the State of Vermont checklist for STARTING YOUR BUSINESS

Find the Ideal Location for Your Business

Use the searchable database tools on our web site and on the Agency of Commerce and Community Development web site to find a sampling of available commercial real estate by region.


Great  starts here!