Vermont Small Business Development Center works to impact sustainable, economic development in Vermont by strengthening both established businesses and start-up entrepreneurs.  Certified professionals specialize in high quality, innovative advising and training to be responsive and serve the market.

Statewide Services

A business advisor serves each county, and is co-located with the 12 Regional Development Corporations near you.

  • General advising: 

o   Starting a new business,

o   Growing the business,

o   Funding the business,

o   Marketing the business,

o   Improving the operations of the business,

o   Hiring, training and retaining employees in the business,

o   Transitioning out of the business.

For certain industries, and business topics,  statewide specialists are on staff.  Your local business advisor can connect you with these specialty advisors as listed below:

  • Specialty advising:

o   Technology Commercialization,

o   Exporting, Agribusiness,

o   e-Commerce & Digital Strategies,

o   Procurement Technical Assistance,

o   Disaster preparedness & recovery,

o   Hospitality and Craft beverage businesses,

o   Environmental assistance program.


Experienced business professionals with real world experience, committed, as individuals and as a team, to working with business owners at every stage.

What else does VtSBDC offer to its Clients?

In addition to advising services, VtSBDC offers a wide range of training programs both on-line and in-person, as well as industry research and tools.

How can this service be low cost or no cost to my business?

Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development and hosted by the Vermont State Colleges.

How do they do this?

Nationally accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers, VtSBDC has leveraged its partnership of government, education and business for more than 22 years to help business owners create jobs, secure capital, build wealth and grow the Vermont economy.   


The Small Business Development Center Program was initiated by the SBA in 1977. The Small Business Development Center Act of 1980, (PL 96-302), established this pilot project as a national program.