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.

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The 14th Annual & 3rd

2023 Virtual Vermont Entrepreneurship Day

Governor's Institute of Vermont – Entrepreneurship “Creativity & Innovation”

Vermont Technical College, Randolph Campus 

June 26 – July 1, 2022 (residential program)

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

Teacher Professional Development

Creativity and Innovation

Fall 2022 – Lake Morey Resort – Oct 17 & 18 (and follow on) with grad and/or without credits from Castleton University or PD credits only
For those new to program – and for those returning from fall 2021.

Past Events and Programs

14th Annual Student Business/Entrepreneurship 2022 Competitions - Submission deadline: May 2nd

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


2022 Virtual Entrepreneurship Day

Wednesday, February 9

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

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 […]