Resources for Businesses

Business Planning and Financial Analysis:

 

The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is a great resource offering advising and training for all types of businesses in Vermont.  Through one-to-one advising and coaching services, business owners discover, explore, and choose the options that are right for their business and in line with their goals. 

We seek long-term, in-depth relationships with business owners and provide no-cost, confidential advising throughout the state.  We recommend starting with the Area Advisor who can be found by visiting http://www.vtsbdc.org/location.

For pre-venture entrepreneurs, our “Starting Your Own Business” workshop gives people an understanding of what it takes to build a successful, sustainable business.  Additionally, we help connect early-stage business owners with a broad variety of state and local resources to help get them started right.

Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program

          Step by Step Guide by the Small Business Administration 

          Small Business Resource by the Small Business Administration

          Business Plan Template by the Small Business Administration

         Tools to conduct an initial Dairy Viability Analysis

Apply now for a 3-day intensive program giving good food entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need to thrive, plus the potential to win up to $10,000 in consulting servies. This program is for food system entrepreneurs who are remaking our food system to support the viability of small and mid-size farms in the Northeastern United States. The program will happen December 1-3, 2015, at Food Sol at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. 

  • Capital Continuum located in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, illustrates the entire realm of financing available. Below is a brief overview

General Resources

          Natural Resources Conservation Service

          Regional Planning Commissions
          Regional Development Corporations
                    Vermont Land Link - Buy, Lease, or Sell Agriculutural Land (underwritten by the Lamoille 
                    Economic Development Corporation)

          Northern Community Investment Corporation Small Business Technical Assistance Grants

          How to Become a Nonprofit in Vermont: A Short Guide to Vermont’s Nonprofit Corporations Law
          An Introduction to Doing Business in Vermont

 

Agriculture Resources

          Grant Writing Basics for Food Systems Projects – by Community and Regional Food Systems (webinar)

          Opportunity Knocks: Two Underutilized USDA Programs For Supporting Local and Regional 
          Food Systems – by the National Good Food Network (webinar)

           High Tunnel Initiative

           USDA's Small and Mid-Sized Farmer Resources webpage

          Vermont New Farmer Project – Farm Business Development 

          Recordings of Webinars 

          Coaching and Farm Financial Records

          New Farmer Network Resource Guide 

          Center for Sustainable Agriculture

          Peer to Peer Collaborative
          Vermont Agricultural Development Program

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

 

Forestry Resources