Why Go It Alone?
Why Go It Alone?
CEOs and entrepreneurs have a natural tendency towards self-sufficiency, which often breeds success. However, that same self-sufficiency can also lead to decision making in a vacuum or the feeling that “no one understands what I’m going through.” Where can an entrepreneur talk frankly about tough issues, or think strategically about the direction of their business?
In Vermont, you don’t need to go it alone.
We understand the value of relationships in connecting businesses with the resources and capital they need to grow in Vermont. We’re all about entrepreneurs learning from other entrepreneurs and business leaders. We partner with regional development corporations, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, higher education, state agencies, the investment community, and many others to build capacity in Vermont’s natural resource and green markets. We make it our business to look ahead for new market trends and find key connections to help enterprises and markets grow.
The links below, while not exhaustive, offer you access to the great partners and networks dedicated to helping companies grow, stay and be successful in Vermont.
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Peer to Peer Collaborative
The Peer to Peer Collaborative, is a CEO advisory program under the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, that gives growing companies access to a confidential, supportive team of experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who have been in your shoes and can share lessons learned (often the hard way) and strategies for success. Peer to Peer matches accomplished Peer Advisors (CEOs, COOs, and CFOs) in teams of three with CEOs of growing companies. Peer Advisors work over a 12- to 18-month period to help CEOs define business strategy, better understand company financial drivers and opportunities, and grow their leadership skills in keeping with the company’s needs. Peer to Peer companies complete the program with a strategy for building a stronger operational structure, improving profitability and supporting livable wages for their Vermont employees.
As a Peer to Peer Client, you’ll gain instant access to Peer to Peer’s network of 17 alumni companies and over 20 peer advisors who, in turn, have their own extensive peer networks. To learn more about the Peer to Peer program, click here.
Vermont Agricultural Development Program
The Vermont Agricultural Development Program (VADP) will provide
critical venture coaching to a small number of select
businesses each year to help them obtain the right match of growth
capital for their stage of business. VADP’s services are designed to help these promising
enterprises reach success and scale sooner than they otherwise might. Eligible applicants include value-added producers,
processors and distributors of Vermont-grown food and fiber and
agricultural infrastructure businesses such as cheese aging, on- or
off-farm processing, composting, marketing or distribution. In
addition to adding value to Vermont’s working landscape, preferred
companies will have seasoned managers, at least two years of
operating history and average annual sales in excess of $250,000.
To learn more about VADP, click here.
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Partners and Resources
Community and Economic Development Lenders
Venture Capital and Angel Investors
- Fresh Tracks Capital
- Brook Venture Partners
- North Country Angel Investors
- Vermont Investors Forum
- CEI Ventures
- CEI Community Ventures
- Clear Venture Partners
- Launch Capital
- Borealis Ventures
- Investors Circle
- Golden Seeds Angel Network
- Vermont Entrepreneurs Seed Capital Fund
Other Non-Traditional Financing Sources
- Opportunities Credit Union
- Cooperative Fund of New England
- Cooperative Capital Fund
- Vermont Employee Ownership Center Loan Fund
- Clean Energy Development Fund
- Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
- Vermont Training Program
- Workforce Employment Training Fund
- Vermont EPSCoR Phase 0 Program
- Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
- The Carrot Project
- Yankee Farm Credit
- NOFA Vermont Revolving Loan Fund
Federal Funding Programs
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Program
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan and Grant Programs
- U.S. Small Business Administration Loan and Guaranty Programs
- Vermont Small Business Development Center
- Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center
- Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center
- Vermont Department of Economic Development
- Regional Development Corporations
- Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
- Vermont Global Trade Partnership
- Vermont Employee Ownership Center
- Vermont Family Business Initiative
- Vermont Business Environmental Partnership
- Vistage CEO Leadership Program
Education and Training
- Vermont Business Center Leadership & Management Programs
- Champlain College Workforce Development Center
- Vermont Technical College Technology Extension Division
- University of Vermont MBA Program
- Marlboro College MBA in Managing for Sustainability
- Green Mountain College MBA
Networks and Associations
- Vermont Venture Network
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
- Vermont Software Developers Alliance
- Invent Vermont
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
- Vermont Fresh Network
- Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association
- Vermont Green Building Network
For a link to the VSJF’s comprehensive Business Assistance Directory, click here.
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