Annual Report Shows Job Growth, Client Satisfaction
It is my pleasure to once again share some of the highlights and positive impacts the VtSBDC team brought to Vermont in 2016. Together, we celebrate the work of our dedicated team of experienced business advisors, the successes of our clients, and the collaboration with our partners.
A cornerstone of our one-on-one advising is to assist the state’s entrepreneurs in securing capital to start and grow businesses. In 2016, VtSBDC clients saw increases in financing secured as well as new jobs created over the previous year. VtSBDC clients reported an 11 percent average increase in sales last year, because of the VtSBDC’s assistance, which is 9 percent higher than sales experienced by the average Vermont business. This activity has strengthened Vermont’s economy, and we are proud to be a part of that success.
In 2017, we celebrate the 25th year of VtSBDC and see continued high demand for our services from entrepreneurs facing the critical decisions of growth and sustainability throughout the life cycle of their businesses. We have highlighted some of our clients in this report. You can find more client profiles and success stories on our website: vtsbdc.org/about/client-profiles.
As we look ahead to the next 25 years, we are focusing some attention on the future of Vermont small business. As part of this effort, to reach out to the next generation of business owners we are offering our small business start-up workshops to college students at no cost.
If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to contact me directly.
Linda Rossi, State Director