The Micro Business Program (MBDP) offers personalized 1:1 coaching, technical assistance, and group workshops to help you create and grow a business that works for you! Our Micro Business counselors work with residents of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties to:
Discuss how ready you are to run a business – and what will help get you there.
Think through business ideas – and zero in on one that will work!
Learn essential business and financial skills.
Create business and marketing plans.
Apply for business funding – including grants!
Start, sustain, and grow your business.
Our team will help you connect with the in-depth information you need from local industry experts. Topics may include:
Small business taxes
Social media marketing
Establishing an in-home business
For a complete listing of upcoming workshops hosted by the CVOEO Micro Business Development Program and our partner organizations, visit the Micro Business Events page.
All services are free to those who meet our income eligibility qualifications (must make less than number indicated on chart for your household size to qualify for free services). Contact a business counselor directly to learn if you are eligible for our services. See the chart below for program specific requirements:
Creative Futures Grant Program Grant Deadline June 30
- The Vermont Arts Council final round of its Creative Futures Grants closes on June 30.
- These grants help the creative sector recover from economic losses due to the pandemic. Up to $200,000 will be available to creative sector nonprofits and for-profit entities that can demonstrate economic harm caused by or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The last grant seeker workshop will be held from 4-5 p.m., May 23. A wide range of “office hours” will be available for interested applicants to meet with program officers in advance of applying.
- The creative sector economy is defined as the collective enterprises, organizations, and individuals whose products and services are rooted in artistic and creative content. Seven segments comprise Vermont’s creative economy: culture and heritage; design; film and media; literary arts & publishing; performing arts; specialty foods; and visual arts and crafts.
- Details on their website
CVOEO's Micro Business Development Program has joined forces with small business programs across the state! We believe economic justice benefits all Vermonters, and will be coordinating our efforts to help rural Vermonters, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, BIPOC Vermonters, and New American community members successfully launch and grow businesses.
Watch this space for upcoming classes, workshops, and events! For questions, contact Pacifique Nsengiyumva, Business Coach for the Community Navigator Pilot Program.
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Our knowledgeable and respectful business counselors are ready to assist you, whether you are just getting started or have been running a business for years and are looking to make a change! MBDP has started in 1988 and the current counselors have over 25 years' experience in the program.
(802)860-1417 x 116
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Business Coach, Community Navigator Pilot Project
(802)860-1417 x 118