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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Ascutney
Southern Windsor Country Regional Planning Commission
Advocates for the needs of member towns and seeks collaborative strategies to address local, regional, and state opportunities and concerns. Provides technical services to town officials and...View details

Bellows Falls
Town of Rockingham Community Development Office
The role of the Office is to advocate for the Town’s economic interests on the state level, obtain and manage grants on behalf of our local partners, and do whatever it can to improve the economic...View details

Brattleboro
Windham Regional Planning Commission
Assists towns in Southeastern Vermont to provide effective local government and works cooperatively with them to address regional issues. Contact: James Matteau, Executive Director...View details

Burlington
Center for Rural Studies
A nonprofit, fee-for-service research organization which addresses social, economic, and resource-based problems of rural people and communities by providing consulting, research, and program...View details

Burlington
Vermont Information Technology Center
VITC serves as a resource point for Vermont individuals and organizations with an interest in the various aspects of information technology (IT) to support the expansion and improvement of the...View details

Burlington
Vermont Lodging and Restaurant Association (VLRA)
Involved in the promotion and advancement of the hospitality and tourism industry in Vermont. VLRA is the only statewide association dedicated solely to the hospitality industry, keeping close...View details

Burlington & Montpelier
Vermont World Trade Office, Inc.

Essex Junction
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Lebanon
Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
Promotes coordinated development of the 30-town area through the provision of technical planning assistance to member communities and through the preparation of comprehensive plans and studies...View details

Middlebury
Addison County Regional Planning Commission
Contact: Adam Lougee, Executive Director...View details

Milton
Milton Economic Development Commission
Acts in an advisory capacity to the Select Board in developing alternatives and solutions for the Town's economic future, and to act as a communications network in actively and postively promoting...View details

Montpelier
Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT)
Contact: Thorn Serrani, Executive VP A membership-based organization representing the interests of more than 32,000 construction industry professionals as an advocate for the highway and building...View details

Montpelier
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
Contact: Susan M. Sinclair, Executive Director...View details

Montpelier
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
NFIB is a membership-based small-business association focused on advocating for small business on key issues such as health insurance, paid family leave and workplace mandates, health care, shipping,...View details

Montpelier
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Montpelier
Vermont Association of Realtors
Contact: Gar Anderson, Executive VP...View details

Montpelier
Vermont Community Development Program
Assists communities by providing financial and technical assistance to identify and address local needs and priorities in the areas of housing, economic development, public facilities and public...View details

Montpelier
Vermont Community Loan Fund
Offers a variety of small business loans and grants to Vermont area businesses. Contact: Tom Appel, Vice President...View details

Montpelier
Vermont Society of Association Executives
Provides a statewide medium for the exchange of experience and opinions among Vermont's community of trade associations, professional societies and other nonprofit organizations. Contact:...View details

Morrisville
Lamoille County Planning Commission
Contact: Boomhower, Executive Director...View details

Morrisville
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation
Assists in job development through the provision of technical assistance to Vermont communities in planning for economic growth and stability, through the support of existing business and industry...View details

Newfane
Vermont Business Materials Exchange
VBMeX is a free service whose goal is to minimize waste by fostering the exchange of reusable resources. Through VBMeX, companies with surplus or by-product materials connect with other businesses...View details

Poultney
Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association
Supports the wood manufacturing industry by expanding presence of members in the marketplace, ensuring a dependable supply of raw materials, and increasing workforce skill and creativity....View details

Randolph Center

Vermont Technical College
VTC offers programs in engineering technology, agriculture, business technology and management, biotechnology, nursing, automotive technology, and veterinary medicine....View details

Rutland
Rutland Economic Development Corporation
Contact: Wendy Wilton, Area Business Specialist...View details

Rutland
Rutland Regional Planning Commission
Provides leadership and technical expertise to encourage cooperative planning within and among the region's communities and area wide interests. Contact: Mark Blucher, Executive Director...View details

St. Albans
Northwest Regional Planning Commission
Contacts: Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director Bonnie Waninger, Administration Tim Beaucage, Local Planning & Zoning and Regional Planning Bill Rose, Transportation Bethany...View details

St. Johnsbury

Northeast Employment and Training Organization (NETO)
NETO delivers educational, energy, and self-employment programs to low-income Vermonters. Programs include no-cost home weatherization for qualified Vermont applicants, an Entrepreneurial Training...View details

St. Johnsbury

Northeastern Vermont Development Association
The regional planning commission and economic development corporation for Vermont's Northeast kingdom. Contact: Steve Patterson, Executive Director SBDC Collaborator: Jon Freeman...View details

Waterbury
Reach Up Program
The Reach Up Program is the state's welfare to work programs which helps welfare recipients access education, vocational training, and job placement. In addition to being a good source of potential...View details

Waterbury
Vermont Environmental Assistance Partnership
Provides cost-effective and sustainable environmental assistance to Vermont businesses, with the emphasis on long-term pollution prevention methods and processes wherever feasible. VEAP offers...View details

White River Jct.

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
Provides small business counseling including site selection assistance for businesses new to the area, assistance with permitting from regulatory agencies and loans for start-ups, expansions...View details

Winooski
Vermont Council for Quality
A private sector, not-for-profit organization formed as a service company that specializes in marketing organizational assessments, education and training, and awards for excellence. Contact:...View details

Woodstock
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Advocates for the needs of member towns, and helps bridge the opportunities and concerns that exist between towns and the State. Provides technical planning services to town officials, and acts...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Administers the patent and trademark laws as they relate to the granting of patents for utility inventions, designs and plants and the issuing of trademark registrations. The USPTO examines applications...View details

Nationwide
Center for Women's Business Research
Provides research to document the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms, and consulting and public relations services to maximize the benefits of this knowledge....View details

Nationwide
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE offers free, confidential small business advice for anyone looking to start, grow and succeed in business. With a national volunteer network of over 13,000 business mentors and 350 chapters,...View details

Nationwide
United States Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts
Provides census information for each state...View details

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