Micro-Business Development

Have you ever considered launching a business? Do you have a business but still have questions and would like to learn more about business management? From startup to long-term sustainability, we support new and established entrepreneurs to make their dreams and aspirations a reality.

Since 1988, the Micro-business Development Program has helped to strengthen the economic self-sufficiency of more than 10,000 Vermonters as well as the economic vitality of our communities. We have helped launch or expand more than 2,100 Vermont businesses, created thousands of jobs, and helped entrepreneurs leverage more than $15 million in financing.

We can help with: 

  • One-to-one business counseling: Experienced counselors, who have owned their own businesses and intimately understand the challenges and rewards, offer support from the start of your vision, through the planning stages, all the way to launch day. From there, we offer continued support to help you meet your goals and maintain and grow a successful business. For clients who have established businesses, we can offer assistance specific to your needs.

  • Business Workshops: We offer periodic workshops covering every topic a budding or established entrepreneur needs to know in order to start, maintain, and grow a business. Check out our Workshops for more information!

  • Funding Opportunities: The NEK Prosperity Fund is a project of NEK Prosper, Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), and Community Capital of Vermont.  We created the NEK Prosperity Fund to organize and focus investment on equity and population health. The loan fund, administered by Community Capital of Vermont, will redistribute capital to qualified entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to grow in the Northeast Kingdom.  Loan recipients will receive enhanced business support services from financial and business counselors from NEKCA.

     

Please contact our Microbusiness Coach Dusty with any questions at dsmith@nekcavt.org or 802-323-9010. 

Contact Dustin, our
Micro-business Coach today!

(802) 323- 9010
dsmith@nekcavt.org

Saint Johnsbury Outreach
115 Lincoln Street
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819
Mon- Fri 8am-4pm

Newport Outreach
70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm

Canaan Outreach
253 Gale Street
Canaan, VT 05903
Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm

Island Pond Outreach
49 Mill Street Ext Lower
Island Pond, VT 05846
Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm

The NEK Prosperity Fund is Here!

A capital loan fund for small business owners in the NEK.

The NEK Prosperity Fund is a project of NEK Prosper, Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), and Community Capital of Vermont.  We created the NEK Prosperity Fund to organize and focus investment on equity and population health. The loan fund, administered by Community Capital of Vermont, will redistribute capital to qualified entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to grow in the Northeast Kingdom.  Loan recipients will receive enhanced business support services from financial and business counselors from NEKCA.

How to apply

A Community Capital of Vermont Business Resource Manager can assist you by phone or in person with any loan application. Call them at 802-479-0167 to discuss the application process or visit https://www.communitycapitalvt.org/borrowers/business-advisory-services/.

A NEKCA Business and Financial Counselor is able to assist you at every step of the loan application process. E-mail Dustin Smith at dsmith@nekcavt.org.

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