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Vermont Small Business Development Center

VtSBDC is dedicated to the health and vitality of the Vermont agricultural community. Two advisors, with backgrounds in agri-business, are available to you for one-on-one advising.

Our advisors have extensive experience in organic farming, poultry, beef, forage production, agriculture business management, and planning. We work with dairy, agri-tourism, vegetable, apple, and horse farms as well as cheese, meat, and poultry producers and processors.  

1. The Farm Viability Program

Since 2004, VtSBDC has been a participant in the Farm Viability Enhancement Program of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. This program was created by the VHCB in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and other partners to provide technical assistance and business planning services to farmers to help you increase viability.

VtSBDC serves as a consultant to the program and works directly with you to help you achieve your personal and business goals.

2. Training

VtSBDC, in cooperation with UVM Extension, offers training around the state for entrepreneurs to plan for sustainable, value-added agriculture businesses. The four to twelve-week courses cover a broad range of planning and business topics for the value-added producer.

Click here for descriptions and registration.

To contact the VtSBDC Agribusiness Program Director: Steve Paddock at (802) 388-7953 or

3. Center for an Agricultural Economy


The Center for an Agricultural Economy, in conjunction with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), has hired Heidi Krantz as an Agricultural Business Advisor to provide regional support, counseling, training, and resource networking services to small food- and agriculture-based businesses owners and prospective business owners within the NEK region. Heidi also works with clients of the Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC) in Hardwick, VT. The VFVC is a food business incubator that provides a wide array of business development resources including production space and technical assistance. This partnership will increase farm vitality and provide support for a vibrant agriculture-based economy in the Northeast Kingdom.