America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.

See how the Vermont SBDC has served its communities.


The Flower Basket Spreads Sunshine during the Covid-19 Crisis

Nora DeMuth leaned on her VtSBDC advisor to help her pivot during the pandemic, revamping her website and offering curbside pick up. She credits her advisor for confirming her commitment to keeping the business open, enabling Nora to bring beautiful flowers, plants, seeds and positive connections to her community.


Keene Perspectives Use COVID19 Crisis for Introspection & Guidance

As owners of a behavioral health center serving children with autism and other developmental disorders, Cortney and Chris worked with their VtSBDC advisor to manage their business through the pandemic. With advice and research provided by their advisor, they were able to pause and close temporarily, getting creative around how to provide services safely and use loans within the forgiveness guidelines so that they can provide much needed services for children.


Strollrunner Founder Accelerates Launch from VT Incubator

VtSBDC client Heather Dalton works from VCET, a great option for starting and scaling a business, with 11,000 sq.ft. of accelerator space. Launching a jogging stroller accessory that allows parents to run hands-free, Heather says, "VtSBDC has helped my company go from concept to launch. They are like parents for entrepreneurs; supporting and guiding you toward success, but letting you learn the lessons along the way. Their knowledge and expertise are helpful at all stages."


Nu Chocolat Moves Its Business Online and Increases Domestic Exports

The family-owned business worked with FedEx for discounted shipping rates to enhance domestic exports and 7-day residential delivery across the U.S. Nu Chocolat can assess shipping rates based upon regions and demographics, enabling them to compete with chocolatiers across the country. With advice and guidance from their VtSBDC advisor, the Toohey family has expanded their business and is achieving their goals.


New App Developed by College Students Makes Runners Feel Safer Running Alone

College students Riley Seith and Mackenzie George count on their VtSBDC advisor as they plan the launch of Laces, a running app with the tools to help runners feel safer running alone. The app is currently in development. They rely on their VtSBDC advisor for invaluable support to their business connecting them with resources, helping organize their vision, and being incredibly communicative.


While struggling through our business closure and navigating loans and grants, our VtSBDC advisor was always available to answer questions and offer guidance. With her help, we were able to make smart financial decisions and keep our business alive.

Lisa Phelps and Megan Mandigo, founders, Parlour




Statewide distribution of COVID Business Lending Documents (the 01s) guided VT businesses in 2020


I learned so much about running a business, but there was still so much I didn't know. My VtSBDC advisors are awesome and no nonsense. I tell anyone starting a business to track down their small business development center and get educated.

Seth Barrows, Veteran & Business Owner, Farm Road Brewing


I could not have done this without my advisor whose knowledge and patience helped focus, streamline and articulate my vision. She taught me to create a plan, manage the numbers, and ask the right questions that led me forward to attain my goal.

Nadia Dole, Founder, Vergennes Laundry Cafe & Bakery


Brattleboro Company "Shapeshifts" to Make Face Masks

Shapeshifters co-owners Eli and Krista Coughlin-Galbraith turned to their long time VtSBDC advisor to help steer their chest-binder and sports bra company (focused on the trans and gender-nonconforming community) through the pandemic. The team pivoted to sewing masks, relying on their advisor's advice on loans, grants, and disaster recovery. Eli and Krista expressed that they would not have stayed on top of things without their VtSBDC advisor.

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