List of business resources and guides. 

Professional & Business Organizations
 
Starting a Business
 

1. Draft a Business Plan - Your business plan is the foundation of your business.  SBA.gov has great resources to get you started.

2. Research - Uncover hard questions: Is there a desire for your product or service?  How many similar options are already available? SBA.gov has great resources to get you started.

 

3. Funding - Self-funding, investors, or loans there are lots of local, state, and federal to help you get started. FCIDC VTSBDC VT Economic Development VEDA

 

4. Find a Location - Check out our interactive map for commercial real estate for sale and for lease in Enosburgh, VT.  

5. Choose your Business Structure - Your business structure affects how much you pay in taxes, your ability to raise money, the paperwork you need to file, and your personal liability. 

6. Name your Business and Register - If you are starting a new business, it is vital to register your business name. Visit the VT Department of Commerce for details.

7.Get Federal and State Tax IDs -  It’s like a social security number for your business.  This handy IRS tool makes it easy.

 

8. Apply for Licenses and Permits - Local Zoning Info, depending on the business type the required permits can vary.

 

9. Open a Business Bank Account - A small business checking account can help you handle legal, tax, and day-to-day issues. Enosburgh has 4 local bank branches; Community Bank,  Peoples Trust, Community National Bank, TD Bank.

Training & Education
 

Vermont Training Program (VTP) - The Vermont Training Partnership (VTP) partners with employers and training providers to prepare Vermont's employees for the jobs of tomorrow. VTP provides performance-based workforce grants for pre-employment training, training for new hires, and training for incumbent workers. This training can either be on-site or offered through an outside provider.  VTP grants may cover up to 50% of the training cost.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) - Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.


The Vermont Manufacturing Extension CenterHelps institute lean manufacturing and innovation engineering at an employer’s workplace.


Vermont’s Apprenticeship Program -  An employer-sponsored training program that includes both supervised work experience and related instruction. There are nearly 700 active apprentices in Vermont in over 25 different occupations. Employers participate in Registered Apprenticeship by "sponsoring" individuals as apprentices. The employer sets a progressive wage scale, agrees to provide supervised OJT, and helps financially support the related instruction component of the program.

The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility - Program to match employers and students for paid internships. 


Northland Job Corps - A no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.


Department of Labor’s Veteran Services - Available to assist transitioning veterans in their job search and help employers find qualified veterans to fill vacancies at their companies.


Boots to Business (B2B) - An entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP).