Start Your Business

There is no better time to start your business than right now.
There is no better place for your business than 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 an LLC, ACEDC will help you find the resources you need to start here and grow here.

If you have a business idea to develop you can access many tools online (see below), 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.

Contact us to get started today: 802-388-7953 •

Start your business in Addison County Vermont

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Resources for Business Start-up:

Vermont Small Business Development Center

A great place to start to learn about owning your own business and to start a business is the Vermont Small Business Development Center. They offer Business Plan and Business Projection development, comprehensive counseling, and trainings such as “Starting Your Own Business.”

The VtSBDC advisor for Addison County is Sarah Kearns: (802)771-5820 or

State of Vermont Online Business Registration System

New businesses in Vermont must register with the Vermont Secretary of State. You can now register online using the Vermont Business Portal. Follow the step-by-step registration process (click on the “Business Start-up Guide on the left of the page) to register your business with the Vermont Secretary of State and other State entities that are appropriate for your business.

Local Business to Business Resources 

As you get started, you will need an attorney, a bookkeeper or CPA, a bank and other business services. Check out our business to business resource list to find local service providers.

Other Resources

The US Small Business Administration offers many resources for business start-ups.

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.

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. 

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.

Contact ACEDC today! or (802) 388-7953.