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About Vermont Small Business Development Center

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is a statewide program of Vermont Technical College with a mission to positively impact and strengthen established business and start-up entrepreneurs through one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising services.  For the past 22 years, VtSBDC has leveraged its partnership of government, education and business to help business owners create jobs, secure capital, build wealth and grow the Vermont economy.  VtSBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development and is nationally accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

A business advisor serves each county, and is co-located with the 12 Regional Development Corporations.  VtSBDC also has specialty advising focused on:  Technology Commercialization, Exporting, Agribusiness, e-Commerce & Digital Strategies, Procurement Technical Assistance, Human resource management, Disaster preparedness & recovery, Hospitality and Craft beverage businesses, and an Environmental assistance program.   

The advisors are experienced business professionals committed, as individuals and as a team, to working with business owners at every stage. Advising topics may include:  Starting a new business, Growing the business, Funding the business, Marketing the business, Improving the operations of the business, Hiring, training and retaining employees in the business, and Transitioning out of the business.

In addition to these services, VtSBDC offers a wide range of training programs both on-line and in-person.

Clients of VtSBDC have access to additional resources, industry research and tools. One such example is a financial analysis tool which can help business owners compare their business to others in the same industry, explore options and test assumptions before putting them in action.  Another example is access to market research, including demographic and industry information, which can assist with data-driven analysis and decision making.  Utilizing the services of VtSBDC can be an enlightening and educational experience.  Many have called it "one of their best business strategies". 

The Small Business Development Center Program was initiated by the SBA in 1977. The Small Business Development Center Act of 1980, (PL 96-302), established this pilot project as a national program.