- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a FREE &
confidential Statewide program dedicated to helping both new
businesses get started and existing businesses to succeed.
There are 12 Small Business Development Centers located throughout
Vermont, all co-located with Regional Development Corporation
David Rubel, the Area Business Advisor, representing all of
Washington County and three towns in Orange County, works out
of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation office,
with hours of 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM on Monday-Friday. Contact us
for a free appointment. 802-223-4654
QUALITY TRAINING PROGRAMS
- The Small Business Development Center offers a wide-range
of business related services. The following are many of the services
provided for free:
BUSINESS PLANNING: The SBDC
assists clients in developing business plans, but does not write
business plans for clients.
CAPITAL FORMATION: The SBDC
assists small businesses in developing capital via loan and grant
programs through specialized workshops and one-on-one counseling.
Please note that the SBDC does not have a loan program itself.
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:
The SBDC assists in the transfer of technology and
research findings from existing sources to small businesses.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE: The
SBDC conducts seminars and counseling to assist companies in
becoming involved in international trade.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: The
SBDC maintains a close working relationship and open communication
with local financial & investment communities, legal associates,
local & regional small business groups, and local & regional
private consultants, as well as foster & house local SCORE
chapters in order to help address various needs of small businesses.
MARKETING & RESEARCH:
The SBDC Specialist will help businesses conduct necessary research,
as well as refer appropriate research requests to the National
SBDC Research Network. The SBDC will also assist clients in developing
- The SBDC produces a wide variety of workshops, seminars and
conferences each year to meet the needs of both start-up and
existing businesses. Workshops and seminars are held at various
locations throughout the state or via Vermont Interactive Television
to minimize inconvenience and travel. Most are eight hours or
less and focus on the basic business management areas, which
include business planning, capital acquisition, marketing, financial
management, taxes, accounting & record keeping. Fees generally
run between $25.00 and $75.00.
Upcoming classes can be found online or by calling Jennifer at 802-223-4654.
- Business Start-Up Workshops are offered monthly in
our Montpelier office and around the state. They are generally
three hours and students are provided with a packet of business
startup information including a comprehensive workbook. There
is a $35.00 fee and registration and class information can be
found on the VT SBDC website
or by calling 802-223-4654. If you haven't owned or operated
a business in the past and want to know what is involved with
owning and operating a business in Vermont, this is the perfect
place to start!
ABOUT David Rubel,Area SBDC Advisor
David Rubel is the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) Area Business Advisor for Washington and Lamoille Counties. Dave is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and serves as VtSBDC’s International Trade Specialist.
Born and raised in Barre, Vermont, David comes from a family of entrepreneurs. He is passionate about helping Vermont businesses to grow and thrive while still maintaining their intimate connection to the state.
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