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Connectivity Lights the Spark: VtSBDC advisors explain why “hub” mindset is good for business, good for people

2 minute read “A team is not a group of people who work in the same place…a team is a group of people who trust each other.”-Simon Sinek One-on-one no cost advising. Helping businesses start, grow and thrive. These are the hallmark services of Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) that business owners and entrepreneurs rely on whether […]


Collegiate Entrepreneurship Part 3: A Look at the Next Generation of Vermont’s Business Owners

5 minute read Fledgling ideas take flight Helping Vermont’s young entrepreneurs transform a brilliant idea from a glimmer into an operational business is a vital component of Vermont Small Business Development Center’s (VtSBDC) mission and services. Since 1992, VtSBDC advisors have worked with entrepreneurs of all ages and stages, and value their amazing creativity and hard work that […]


Shark Tank: Real World Edition

3 minute read Shark Tank is a highly successful reality television competition showing earnest entrepreneurs delivering investment pitches to the program’s six celebrity investors affectionately known as “Sharks.” The show has helped many cash-strapped startups become success stories – even if deals between the company founders and one or more of the Sharks wasn’t struck. Simply the exposure […]


Collegiate Entrepreneurship Part 2 – The Inspiring Internship

4 minute read This is the second installment of a three part series focused on college-age entrepreneurs throughout Vermont. Click here to read Part 1.  Faculty, students, and advisors agree that the best preparation for the business world is hands on experience which can often take the form of an internship. According to VtSBDC area advisor for Addison […]


Collegiate Entrepreneurship Part 1 – Innovative Idea to Mindset

4 minute read This is the first installment of a three part series focused on college-age entrepreneurs throughout Vermont.  Most of us envision college students poring over laptops and textbooks, or attending class – in person or remotely. But throughout Vermont, there are hundreds of students who are looking beyond the campus, forging a path and building something […]


Brick-and-Mortar to E-Commerce

4 minute read It’s no secret that the future of business is digital. While we are all craving a return to ‘normalcy’ and look forward to visiting our favorite stores in person, online shopping will continue to grow. As business advisors, it’s imperative that we stay educated on the ever-evolving digital landscape so we can best support you, […]


Advising the Hospitality Industry Into 2021

5 minute read In 2020 the pandemic, and other world events, impacted businesses with unprecedented challenges, hitting the hospitality industry with particular force. But instead of retreating, VtSBDC advisor and hospitality expert, Steve Densham, says now is the time to move forward and take action by planning, getting financials in order, creating poignant messaging, and ensuring sustainability of […]


How Entrepreneurship Unlocks Economic Opportunities

3 minute read Entrepreneurship education plays a key role in empowering the next generation of business leaders. The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has worked to develop business skills in students through a variety of educational programs and initiatives over the past twelve years. During these events, students participate in hands-on activities that foster creativity and problem-solving. […]


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