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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 Professional Studies at Northern Vermont University - Lyndon 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 NVU - 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


 Seminar on Selling a Business to Employees

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 This seminar offers the opportunity to learn about the possibility of selling to your employees. It will give an overview of the two most common forms of broad-based employee owners used for ownership succession.

 Event is free but seating is limited. Registration is required. Presented by Matt Cropp of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center and Lane Fury of the Cooperataive Fund of New England.
Location: Northeast Vermont Development Association, 36 Eastern Ave, Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: David Snedeker, NDVA
Phone: 802-748-8303


NEK Chamber Annual Meeting & Business Celebration

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 Two of our business luncheons combined into one!

 Join us!
Location: Northern Vermont University, Lyndon, VT
Contact: NEK Chamber
Phone: 802-748-3678


Starting Your Own Business 

 March 17, 2020  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

 Starting your own business can be challenging, especially for first time business owners. If you’re ready to take the next step and explore turning your idea into a real business opportunity, then this is the workshop for you. By the end of the workshop you’ll be well informed about the “next steps” in navigating the entrepreneurial landscape to move your business idea forward. Delivered by our own experienced Business Advisors, you’ll go through the process of what you need to consider, and do, to launch a successful business in Vermont.  Highlights: learn to use effective tools such as the “Business Model Canvas” to create your value proposition and make your business stand out from others in the marketplace; learn how to register your business; consider startup costs, expenses, and financing options. You’ll also gain practical tips, work with business tools, get some of your questions answered, plus network with others going into business.
(No charge to veterans or students)

Speaker(s): Ross Hart

Location:   Northeastern Vermont Development Association, 36 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury
Fee: $ 129.00





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