Start a Small Business
Starting a business requires enthusiasm, commitment and a wide variety of skills. VtSBDC is here to help you in a variety of ways:
- The Community Business Connections' website
- The Starting Your Own Small Business Workshop
- The all-important Business Plan
- An appointment with your local Business Advisor for no cost, confidential advising.
- Additional on-line trainings
1. The Community Business Connections' website
Go to https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/start-or-register-a-business.aspx first. It is your one-stop-information shop for starting a business in Vermont. It provides you with step-by-step instructions -- in easy to use checklist format-- to help you with everything from developing a business plan to obtaining financing to navigating tax requirements and regulations, and more.
Community Business Connections is a partnership of Secretary of State the Small Business Administration (SBA), and Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC).
2. The Starting Your Own Small Business Workshop
The Starting Your Own Small Business workshop is a comprehensive 4-hour introduction to the basics of starting your business. It is offered in person with a local Business Advisor.
Taking this workshop is the only step required before meeting individually with your business advisor for no cost, confidential one-on-one business advising.
3. The all-important Business Plan.
Our Business Advisors can tell you that entrepreneurs who take the time to write a business plan have greater success. It is an important and necessary step in making your dream a reality. It is also a must if you are going to be seeking financing. Using the information discussed at the workshop, along with your own research, begin writing your draft business plan and then review with it with your business advisor. Get started on your business plan by using VtSBDC's Business Plan Guidelines.
4. An appointment with your local Business Advisor for no cost, confidential advising.
Establishing a relationship with your local Business Advisor gives you access to no cost, one-on-one business mentoring for the life of your business. Our trained and experienced Advisors are committed to helping you succeed. Contact your local Business Advisor and make an appointment.
There are a variety of training workshops aimed specifically at start-up skill sets. These classes are offered on-line and at no cost. Take a class