Business Resources

The Vermont Small Business Development Center
The Bennington County Regional Commission
USDA Rural Development
State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Bennington County Chamber of Commerce
Southern Vermont Economy Project
Vermont Community Foundation
The Lightning Jar
WAMC Northeast Public Radio

The Vermont Small Business Development Center

The Vermont Small Business Development Center
Steve Paddock, 
Area Advisor
Email • (802) 989-9605
     For the past 25 years, VtSBDC has worked to positively impact and strengthen established businesses and start-up entrepreneurs through one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising services.

The Bennington County Regional Commission
The Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC)
Jonathan Cooper, Community and Economic Development Specialist
Email • (802) 442-0713 x312
Bill Colvin, Assistant Director and Community Development and Program Coordinator
bcolvin@bcrcvt.org or (802) 442-0713
     Work with and on behalf of those municipalities to build strong, resilient, and sustainable communities, to foster economic prosperity, and to promote a high quality of life for residents of the region.

USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development
Rural Business Development Grant Program and Community Facilities Program
Ben Doyle, Community and Economic Development Director
Email • (802) 828-6080
We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
     We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.
     We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Richard Amore, Village Center Program and Community Development Program
Email • (802) 828-5229
     ACCD encompasses three major state departments and many programs that serve the Vermont public by enhancing the Vermont business climate, marketing Vermont to tourists and others, and strengthening our communities in a wide variety of ways.

Bennington County Chamber of Commerce
Bennington County Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Harrington, Executive Director
matt@benniEmailngton.com • (802) 447-3311
     The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce promotes, leads and advocates a unified effort, on behalf of its members, to maintain and a improve a healthy business climate and rewarding quality of life.

Southern Vermont Economy Project
Southern Vermont Economy Project
Sarah Lang, Southern Vermont Economy Project Manager
Email • (802) 257-7731 ext. 222
 The primary objective of the BDCC is to create and retain a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity, and improves the quality of life of all its residents.

Vermont Community Foundation
Vermont Community Foundation
Elisabeth Marx, Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Email • (802) 388-3355 ext. 241
     The Vermont Community Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities now and into the future. We are guided in our work by a Values Statement, an Ends Statement, and a Vision Statement, which together reflect the mission of our organization.

The Lightning Jar
The Lightning Jar
Dmitri Garder
Email • (802) 445-1011 ext. 205
     The Lightning Jar is a collaboration of business, non-profit, community, and government leaders from Bennington and across Vermont.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Ray Arsenault, Regional Account Executive
Email • (802) 681-5421
     WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.