You can count on us to guide you from dreaming to doing, here are some ways to get started:

1. Starting Your Own Business workshop

Educate yourself on what it takes to start a business in Vermont.  Take our online workshop titled “Starting Your Own Business.  If you have never owned a business before, this is a great place to start.

“…I walked out of class with focus, excitement and clear next steps.” Greg Lowe (February 2019)

2. Business Model Canvas

Work through the Business Model Canvas to help you determine if there is a viable business within your business idea.

3. Does it have legs?

Is my idea viable-does it have legs?  VtSBDC has developed a helpful one-page guide called Does It Have Legs to help you make that initial assessment.

4. Business Plan

If you need capital to start your business, you’ll likely need a business plan. Click the link to begin writing your Business Plan at

5. Buying an Existing Business

If you are Buying an Existing Business – we can help.  Click on the Find Your Advisor button on this page to get connected directly to the advisor who serves your region of VT.

6. Read about other small business owners

We’d like you to be our next Featured Client!

7. Request Advising