Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is a statewide program of the Vermont State Colleges, hosted by Vermont Technical College with a mission to positively impact and strengthen established business and start-up entrepreneurs through one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising services. For the past 23 years, VtSBDC has leveraged its partnership of government, education and business to help business owners create jobs, secure capital, build wealth and grow the Vermont economy. During the last 12 months, the organization has helped businesses create 193 new jobs, start 69 new businesses and access over $23,000,000 in new capital.
VtSBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development and is nationally accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.
A business advisor serves each county, and is co-located with the 12 Regional Development Corporations. VtSBDC also has specialty advising focused on: exporting, youth entrepreneurship, commercialization, agribusiness, e-commerce & digital strategies, procurement technical assistance, hospitality, disaster preparedness & recovery, craft beverage businesses, and an environmental assistance program.
The advisors are experienced business professionals committed, as individuals and as a team, to working with business owners. Advising topics may include: growing the business, starting or buying a business, funding the business, marketing the business, increasing the profitability of the business, and transitioning out of the business. In addition to these services, VtSBDC offers a wide range of training programs both on-line and in-person.
VTSBDC has recently implemented a Southern Vermont Business Initiative.
Businesses in Bennington County have access to expanded business advising services for growing existing businesses and helping aspiring entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality.
Utilizing the services of VtSBDC can be an educational and transformative experience. Many have called it "one of their best business strategies".