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.

2019 Visual Media-Entrepreneurship Education Competition

February 5th, 2019 event in Montpelier – Open to All Students – Grades 9-12 – Cash Prizes – Categories: Bumper Stickers, Short Videos

Bumper Sticker examples:

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A Sample of Previous Video Entries

Vermont Entrepreneurship Day in Montpelier

At the Statehouse and Pavilion Building – February 5th, 2019 – Celebrate entrepreneurship in Vermont; hear from young Vermont entrepreneurs and more

VT REAL Entrepreneurship Statewide Business Plan & Pitch Competition (10th annual)

Submission deadline mid May 2018

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.

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Vermont Educators Learn How to Assist Students Create an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Twenty eight middle, high school and career tech educators from around the state spent two full days –  Oct 22nd and 23rd at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT  immersed in learning how to support their students in developing an “entrepreneurial mindset”.  Some educators back for a second advanced round, many having been to the program […]