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Protect Your Intellectual Property

< 1 minute read LEARN WHY PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY is more important than ever If you are an innovator, inventor, or creator, your intellectual property (IP) is a vital component of your business and your livelihood. It is essential for you to understand what intellectual property is, and to know that your IP is a valuable component of […]

Are you considering a business transition?

4 minute read VEOC Executive Director Matt Cropp shares thoughts on employee ownership and announces 20th annual conference When Vermont’s small business owners are at the crossroads of a transition, there are a myriad of options to consider. In a family-owned business, the next step may result in passing the business on to the next generation. An alternate […]

Control Your Controllables: HR Pro Teresa Miele leads with clarity and kindness

3 minute read What if the job candidate ghosted the interview? Or your employee was late for the third day in a row. Even worse, your office manager left the customer hanging with no follow up…again. Although these scenarios sound disheartening for the small business owner, there are resources available to achieve more positive outcomes. Human Resources professional […]

Introducing Your Year-End Accounting Checklist: Be prepared and check all the boxes to ensure your business is “tax-ready”

< 1 minute read For Vermont’s small business owners, the arrival of 2022 means that it’s time to prepare your 2021 year-end items for your tax preparer. To make that process as easy as possible, Carol Feliciano, VtSBDC consultant and owner of 802 Books & Taxes, has created a complete checklist of everything you will need. As the business […]

Widewail founder weighs in on thinking big, shopping small, and helping businesses get ahead in an SEO world

3 minute read There was a time not too long ago when the term “reputation management” was used only by public relations pros shaping the perception of their corporate clients. With growth of the internet and the increasing prevalence of social media, online search results have jumped to the front burner for all businesses, no matter what their […]

Creativity & Innovation for Vermont educators: Course inspires entrepreneurial mindset in the classroom and beyond

3 minute read The lakeside conference room hummed with creativity and innovative ideas as VtSBDC Advisor and Student Entrepreneurship Specialist Laurel Butler and VtSBDC Consultant and CVU faculty member Tamie-Jo Dickinson facilitated the kickoff of Creativity and Innovation, a course that offers three graduate credits from Castleton University.  More than 20 Vermont educators and workforce development professionals gathered […]

3 Facebook Forward Tips to Engage Your Customers

4 minute read Plan it. Build it. Post it. Analyze it. Vermont’s small business owners recognize that social media now plays a starring role on the marketing stage. There are other important players, but the current trend shows that to successfully engage your customers, some form of social media is a must. There are many options to choose […]

See it. Understand it. Own it. Win it. Accomplish your business goals by Knowing Your Number$

4 minute read “Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of the business.”  – Sir Richard Branson, business magnate, author, investor, philanthropist Have you ever seen someone’s eyes light up when they talk about cash flow? That was the case during a recent conversation between The Starting Point and Vermont Small Business Development Center’s […]