Vermont Small Businesses: Your Community Connection is Here

Together, the Vermont Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) partners are connectors, ensuring that every small business owner knows about and has access to the services and support available to help you succeed. The program is specifically designed to break through barriers that have kept small business owners from accessing assistance, resources, financing, and a network of support.

Why Reach Out

CNPP partners have joined together to support the growth of small businesses. We are especially focused on helping Vermonters who identify as BIPOC, women and gender expansive individuals, veterans, and/or live in our rural towns. We want to hear about your challenges and opportunities so that we can work together to find the best solutions for your business.

Connect with All of Us or Any of Us Today!

Whether you own a small business, or you work for a Vermont service organization, please visit vtsbdc.org/find-cnpp to contact us and more details about how we can support your small business.

Vermont Law School (VLS) https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-legal-innovation/community-partnership 
The Vermont Law School Entrepreneurship Legal Lab (VLSell) offers support, education, and outreach on legal topics impacting diverse and disadvantaged businesses and business owners.

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) https://www.cvoeo.org/community-navigator-pilot-program
CVOEO’s Micro Business Development Program supports rural Vermonters, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, BIPOC Vermonters, and New American community members to successfully launch and grow businesses.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) https://www.vsjf.org/services/business-coaching/#CNPP 
VSJF offers Focused Business Coaching to businesses owned by veterans, BIPOC and females, and rural businesses. We provide highly focused, 9-12-months of services to businesses in specific economic sectors who have at least $250k in sales, and are ready to scale.

Center for Women and Enterprise (CWEVT) https://cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Vermont 
CWEVT serves entrepreneurs from across the state with training and individual business counseling to help women from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds successfully launch, lead, and grow companies. We also have custom support for people in the military, veterans, and spouses.

Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) & 
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) https://www.vermonteconomicdevelopment.com/cnpp 
The Regional Economic Development Corporations of Vermont provide statewide navigation support to businesses seeking to determine the best form of technical assistance to help each business on the path to COVID recovery.

Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) https://vpaonline.org/community-navigator-program/ 
VPA shares messages and awareness of opportunities provided by the CNPP partnership to schools K-12, youth, and communities.  

Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT POC) https://www.vtpoc.net/about/our-projects/ 
VT PoC is learning more about the current business environment for the BIPOC small business community through a small business survey and small group listening sessions. 

Main Street Alliance-Vermont (MSA-VT) https://mainstreetalliance.org/vermont/community-navigator 
Main Street Alliance conducts small business outreach through the small business survey in collaboration with VTPoC, 1:1 meetings, and small group listening sessions. We seek to further understand what is working well for small businesses and what gaps still exist.

Don’t Know Where to Start?

Contact our Community Navigator Program Coordinator, Sara Munro. 
Email: smunro@vtsbdc.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saramunrovt/

CNPP Vermont is made possible with funding [in part] through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration