RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Vermont’s small business owners and entrepreneurs now have access to a free updated resource to help guide critical business decisions during the pandemic. Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has introduced the 2021 COVID-19 Roadmap, refreshed and redesigned to help business owners assess and respond to their current situation.
The 2021 COVID-19 Roadmap is broken into two charts: a Master Flow Chart to use as an on-going navigational tool for business throughout the year and a Crucial Change Flow Chart if the business owner needs to immediately respond to a mandate from the government or if the business experiences a COVID-19 incident.
Using a flow chart the business owner takes carefully designed steps that address their current situation:
- The Crucial Change Chart encompasses immediately mandated steps and best practices to reach decisions about the next operational steps.
- The Master Flow Chart begins with an assessment of the state of the business entering 2021 and then guides the business owner through a series of exercises for creating the best plan possible to manage the coming year.
- Worksheets, checklists and spreadsheets are used to gather data and create informed next steps, including safety messaging for staff and customers, and business financials.
“VtSBDC continues to create a diverse online collection of helpful resources for our clients and partners,” said VtSBDC State Director Linda Rossi. “Our response to the impact of COVID-19 has included the addition of more digital tools like the Roadmap that are interactive and provide actionable steps, offering clients a self-guided approach in preparation for one-on-one VtSBDC advising. As always, VtSBDC’s statewide advisors are available to provide guidance.”
More about VtSBDC (Vermont Small Business Development Center)
Established in 1992, the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) works to positively impact and strengthen established businesses and start-ups throughout Vermont. Area advisors provide no-cost professional expertise and guidance, combining one-on-one confidential advising with training programs to give clients the tools they need to reach their business goals. VtSBDC is experienced in helping entrepreneurs and small business owners navigate disaster recovery, from Hurricane Irene in 2011 to COVID-19 today. The team has been nationally recognized for its expertise and proprietary resources, which can be found on the website. The VtSBDC is committed to helping business owners, including high school students and college-age entrepreneurs, make informed decisions so they can grow and sustain their business in Vermont. VtSBDC is hosted by Vermont Technical College, part of the Vermont State College System, and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a grant from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
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