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Whether you're looking to start a business in the area, grow an existing business or just learn new tools to help you run things more efficiently, there are many local resources available to help you along the way.  We encourage you to visit the VT Small Business Development Center, Northern Community Investment Corporation, Northeastern Vermont Development Association and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at Lyndon State College to find out about services, grants, funding, and other assistance available for local businesses. 

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 Upcoming Workshops


Beginner Computer Class - FREE. Thursdays from 10 - noon at the Cobleigh Library in Lyndonville. 626-5475


French Language Speaking Classes
Saturdays from 10:AM to 11:00 AM

Ben Clarke, French Teacher, now affiliated with Lyndon State College and L.I., will begin a new round of “Speak French”, an easy and innovative way to learn to speak French.
Located at the East Haven Community Building

Contact: Lorraine Willy at (802) 467-1327 or Dollinda Lund at (802) 467-3200


Center for Professional Studies at Lyndon State College - Professionals have new opportunities to advance their careers thanks to Lyndon State College’s new Center for Professional Studies (CPS). The Center offers non-degree education such as certificate, diploma, and licensure programs to professionals and those working to increase skills, catch up with technology, excel in their careers, advance to new positions, and enhance their communities. Classes are offered through traditional classroom learning and online platforms.  The first of Lyndon’s Center for Professional Studies programs begins this October with an online Project Management Fundamentals course. For a complete listing of courses and certificate testing dates, visit


Starting Your Own Business 

 September 25, 2018  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Starting Your Own Business can be challenging…are you ready to turn your idea into a real business opportunity? This workshop conducted by experienced business advisors, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend includes a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts, and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. Highlights of the workshop include using the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea, identifying your target customers and your “unique selling proposition”, consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options. Learn how to register your business, apply for tax numbers, ways to pitch your idea, develop a business plan plus more. By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to you and the “Next Steps” involved in launching a successful business.

Speaker(s): Ross Hart
Location: Northeastern Vermont Development Association, Eastern Ave. St. Johnsbury, VT
Fee: $ 129.00



Intuit QuickBooks Free Training Workshops
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free classes to give you the support you need to begin or to learn new tricks regarding: Intro to QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Payroll, Accounts Payable/Billing, Sales & Invoicing, Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them, Financial Reporting, and Performing Year-end Tasks. The fifth class is 'Sales & Invoicing.' (The following classes listed above will follow at later dates.) View this website for the dates. ProAdvisors, Tammy Letson and Elise St.Cyr, are presenting with free workshops. Computers and training materials will be supplied. Registration is required.
Location: Littleton Regional Hospital, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton, NH
Contact: Lisa Stinson at Crane & Bell, PLLC
Phone: 603-788-4928

VT Small Business Roundtable Series: St. Johnsbury
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5:30-7:30PM
Main Street Alliance of Vermont, in partnership with Northern Community Investment Corporation, the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, and the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce, invite you to attend this roundtable event. Join fellow Vermont business owners to share your challenges and ideas about how Vermont state policy could support locally-owned small businesses, vibrant downtowns, and help foster a thriving local economy. Your participation will inform the development of the Main Street Alliance of Vermont's 2019 legislative agenda. MSA-VT's mission is to elevate the voices of small business owners on important public policy issues in Vermont. They are committed to bringing business owners to the table to engage in and develop policies that reflect the interconnected nature of small businesses and the communities they serve.
Questions? Contact Molly Gleason, Business Outreach Coordinator at
Location: Catamount Film & Arts, 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury





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