Laurel Butler

Specialty Advisor

Start-Up and Student Entrepreneurship

VtSBDC, in partnership with Vermont Business Education Corporation (VBEC), is committed to the students of Vermont becoming entrepreneurs invested in the growth of our state.

VBEC hosts statewide student and teacher entrepreneurship programs. It provides teacher trainings and programs within schools and showcases annual entrepreneurship events as high school/career technical center business plan and pitch competitions, etc. It utilizes many of the VtSBDC resources plus incorporates VT REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning), an experiential learning curriculum that develops entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, while guiding participants through the process of planning, creating and operating a business of their own design. Programs are designed to foster the students’ entrepreneurial mindset so they are able to see problems as opportunities to create social and economic value and act on them now.

To reach our Student Entrepreneurship Advisor Laurel Butler click on her image, this will provide contact information and more about Laurel’s skills in student and educator entrepreneurship and more. You can also contact her by e-mail using the icon on the left of this screen.

Teacher Professional Development

Creativity and Innovation

Fall 2021 – with 3 grad credits from Castleton University or without grad credits

IMPORTANT: course is currently scheduled in person Oct 18 & 19 at Lake Morey Resort with follow on virtual sessions.   We will be following the State of Vermont Health Department guidelines/protocols.   And, as we get closer to the date, if it does not make sense to run the program in person, we will still offer it as a virtual course and adjust the costs accordingly.  

Visual Media Competitions

2022 Entrepreneurship Day

13th Annual Student Business/Entrepreneurship 2021 Competitions

1. Business Model Canvas (BMC) Plans
2. Business Video Pitch Plans

12th Annual Student Entrepreneurship Day – Feb 10th, 2021 [Virtual Event] – and Visual Media Competition

Entries due January 12th, 2021

2020 – Student Entrepreneurship Day - Visual Media Competition – Results and Entries

2020 Vermont Entrepreneurship Day in Montpelier

At the Statehouse and Pavilion Building – Thursday, February 6, 2020 – Celebrate entrepreneurship in Vermont; hear from young Vermont entrepreneurs and more.


VT REAL Entrepreneurship Statewide Business Plan & Pitch Competition (12th Annual)

View 2020 Competition Details

Examples of past Business Pitches

Governor's Institute of Vermont - Entrepreneurship

Vermont Technical College, Randolph Campus

Join this, hands-on experiential entrepreneurial program and learn what it takes to create a successful business to compete in today’s market.

Click to View 2019 Flyer

High School/Career Technical Center Students from around the State celebrated Entrepreneurship Day – February 5, 2019

2 minute read “Vermont Entrepreneurs….. Creating Solutions” Hosted by: the Vermont Small Business Development Center, VT Career & Technical Center Student Organizations, VT SBA and the Vermont Business Education Corps. Over 225 secondary students and their teachers from around the state participated in the 10th annual Entrepreneurship Day/Event February 5, 2019 in Montpelier to celebrate the importance of Vermont […]