Micro Business Workshops

The Micro Business Development Program is a program operating out of five community action agencies statewide. Here you will find classes and workshops designed and sponsored by the Micro Business Development Program at CVOEO. 

Classes and workshops will be announced 4-6 weeks prior to the event.

Upcoming Workshops:

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Sisterhood of the Dreaded Elevator Pitch

VT Works for Women, Mercy Connections, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, and Center for Women & Enterprise are hosting Sisterhood of the Dreaded Elevator Pitch on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM online via Zoom. Learn how to craft an elevator pitch that centers your passion and your purpose. We welcome all people who identify as women regardless of assignment at birth, or gender-expansive folks who are comfortable in a woman-centered space.

Business Plan Writing

If you are interested in starting a business and have questions on writing a business plan, this session is for you! Join us for a conversation with our business counselor John Gergely who will help guide you through the process. In this session, John will: Introduce what goes into creating a business plan; Review examples of different templates you might use; Answer your questions!

Business Taxes Webinar

Come learn about the elements of taxes and how to report them as a business owner. Some of the topics to be covered: Organizational structure and effect on taxes Types of taxes Self-employment Tax Sales Tax Income Taxes (Federal and Vermont) Do I need an EIN? What’s a Schedule C? Do I need an Accountant? John is not a CPA and cannot offer specific tax advice, but he has over 35 years of business experience and will help you understand tax basics.

Past Topics Have Included:

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Introduction to Business Taxes

  • What taxes do I need to pay?
  • What is self-employment tax?
  • How do I estimate my business taxes?
  • What other taxes do I pay if I have employees?
  • What should I ask an accountant before hiring them?
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Insurance Basics

  • Interactive workshop answering questions on business insurance.
  • Topics covered: General Liability, Workers’ Comp, Property Casualty, and other insurance needs that small businesses owners should know about.
  • How to obtain needed coverages at affordable prices.
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Business Lending and Loans

  • The programs and benefits offered by local organizations.
  • The application process and requirements.
  • What you need to know if you want to borrow a very small amount of money for your business.
  • What’s changed about business lending since COVID-19.
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What's a Business Plan?

  • Review the components of a business plan.
  • Learn why business plans are important.
  • View examples of different templates.
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