Micro Business Development

You want your business to stay healthy -- we are here to help!

COVID-19 and social distancing are effecting our economy and are effecting your small business. We know small business owners are resilient, resourceful, and wise. We also know that when major events happen, we all need more help. We are here to help. Your business coaches, Simeon, John, and Barrie are ready to meet with you by phone or video call. We will help you assess your current situation, troubleshoot and make short-term plans, apply for the funds you need to keep going, offer objective feedback, and plan for the future. Call for an appointment today! You can reach Simeon at (802) 860-1417 x116, John at (802) 860-1417 x120, Barrie at (802) 369-3134, and Diane at (802) 427-4427.

EMBRACE Grants Update

Thank you for your interest in the EMBRACE Grants for micro businesses. Due to the high number of applications, we are no longer accepting applications. We are processing applications in the order in which they were received. 

The State of Vermont has approved another round of grants for small businesses. These funds will be administered by the Agency for Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). Check their website periodically for more details: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-grants. These grants will have different eligibility requirements than the earlier rounds of grants from ACCD. The State is working to make it easier for small businesses to qualify for these grants. Check their website periodically for updates.

“Micro Business has been and still is a critical resource for me and my business. Simeon and other staff members have seen this process through to great success for me and my business. If not for the skills and professional advice, technical assistance and coaching abilities of this small staff of dedicated people, I doubt my business would be where it is today.”

Thinking about starting a business? Whether your plan is for a one person operation or includes employees, whether it’s part time or full time, whether it will be bootstrapped or loan funded, our knowledgeable and respectful business counselor is ready to assist with:

  • Thinking through your business idea
  • Discussing how ready you are to run a business
  • Educating you about essential business skills
  • Creating a business plan
  • Connecting you to other helpful resources
  • Getting your credit in order
  • Applying for business funding
  • Much more!

To schedule a first meeting, contact Simeon, John, Barrie, or Diane:


  Simeon Geigel

  (802) 860-1417 x116


John Gergely  

(802) 860-1417 x120  


  Barrie Rosalinda

  (802) 369-3134


Diane Ravenscroft  

(802) 427-4427  




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