Have a great idea? Does setting your own hours, your own rate of pay and your own performance standards sound appealing? Than why not consider working for yourself? As good as it sounds, starting a business is no small undertaking and we've gathered some helpful resources to help you step out on the path from concept to corporation.

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Getting Started
Writing a Business Plan
Raising Money
Vermont State Resources


Getting Started

Entrepreneurial Education Foundation
FastTrac is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business.


National Business Incubation Association
Business incubation catalyzes the process of starting and growing companies. A proven model, it provides entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful

Project for Creativity and Innovation
The ability to take intellectual risks, to think creatively, and to create new knowledge and thought are all necessary for leaders to meet 21st-century challenges. Yet, there have been too few structured, systematic initiatives at the college level that encourage the development of creative, innovative skills. To assist our students in developing these skills, Middlebury launched the Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI).

Yahoo! Small Business
One stop business solutions resource

Writing a Business Plan

Business Plan Consulting Services
BizPlanIt provides business plan consulting services to early-stage, emerging-growth and established companies. We partner with clients to prepare clear, concise and compelling business plans that get results. Our team has developed plans resulting in several hundred million dollars in start-up and expansion capital on behalf of our clients.

Vermont Online Business Registry
The Vermont Business Registry allows your company to list your products and services in a searchable database, which is used extensively by state, federal, and local municipalities, as well as the private sector to locate product manufacturers and service providers.

Raising Money

National Association of Seed and Venture Funds
The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds is an organization of private, public and nonprofit organizations committed to building their local economies by investing and facilitating investment in local entrepreneurs.

FreshTracks Capital, Middlebury, VT
FreshTracks Capital, L.P., is an early-stage venture fund, combining the financial resources of $20 million in venture capital with the strategic resources needed by entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses in the Champlain Valley and throughout Vermont.

Garage Technology Ventures is a venture capital investment bank that provides private placement services for high technology companies and investors.

Vermont State Resources

Starting a Business in Burlington
From the Community and Economic Development Office in Burlington, follow this link to learn all about starting your own business in the Burlington Area.

Vermont Department of Economic Development
The DED operates within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to preserve our heritage, promote vibrant communities, and create a sustainable economy that provides all Vermonters with the opportunity for meaningful employment.

Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)
Provides services and assistance to potential and new business start-ups.

Vermont Small Business Development Center
The SBDC mission is to assist start-ups and strengthen existing business entities through high quality, no cost counseling, and high quality, affordable.