SBA Kicks Off Annual SmallBiz Class

Vermont District Office  - July 22,  2022

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SBA Kicks Off Annual SmallBiz Class

The SBA Vermont District Office kicked off Emerging Leaders July 20 at Vermont Technical College in Williston.  The annual executive-level training class assists Vermont entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the state.

During the course, the 20 small business owners selected will learn to create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

Since 2016, VTC has provided classrooms for the annual class. The SBA offers the course for free. 

triple play job fest

The Vermont Department of Labor and State Workforce Development Board have partnered with prominent baseball teams in Vermont to host Triple Play Job Fest this July.

Job Fest hiring events will take place in partnership with the Upper Valley Nighthawks in White River Junction July 22, the Vermont Mountaineers in Montpelier July 27 and the Vermont Lake Monsters in Burlington July 28. 

Job Fest events in all locations are free to attend. By registering, attendees have the chance to speak with employers in some of Vermont’s most in-demand industries, including health care, education, construction, manufacturing, and more. Attendees will be able to track their conversations with employers with a ‘scorecard’ provided by the Department. By speaking with at least four employers, attendees will earn additional incentives sponsored by VDOL and SWDB, including free game admission and concessions vouchers.

To register in-advance for Triple Play Job Fest events, visit or call 802-828-4394. Additional details can be found below.


SmallBiz Legal Q&A July 27

The Vermont Law School is hosting a webinar at 12:30 p.m. July 27 for small business owners to define what their problems are and whether legal solutions will help resolve them.

Come away with a basic overview of common legal questions for entrepreneurs, and the first steps on figuring out whether legal services can help you start up, limit risks, protect your rights, and grow your business.

This webinar is part of the Community Navigator Program, which offers various resources to small businesses. 

To register, click here

Navigating Equity In Procurement July 26-27

Join the Small Business Administration for a two-day virtual workshop about upcoming federal contracting opportunities and doing business with GSA, while expanding your network at the GSA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s National Small Business Training and Matchmaking event.

The two-day virtual event will provide training opportunities for the small business community and federal acquisition workforce.

July 26: Plan to attend several workshops that will provide valuable and vital information to help small businesses navigate the federal government marketplace. Small businesses will also be able to expand their network during the afternoon matchmaking event.

July 27: Training about small business programs will be provided for the Federal acquisition workforce highlighting how each acquisition professional delivers equity in procurement within their own Federal agency.

To register, click here.

SBIR/STTR Workshop July 28

Learn how to access federal Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program grant & contract opportunities 9 a.m. July 28.

Each year, 11 federal agencies set aside more than $3 billion to fund research and development at small businesses through the SBIR Program and the STTR Program. Federal agencies issue solicitations to small companies, including start-ups, for proposals on specific research and product development that has strong commercialization potential.

Join this webinar for an overview of the SBIR/STTR program and to learn how you can apply for SBIR and STTR grants to fund your research and new product development.

Who Should Attend:

• Entrepreneurs seeking to start a technology business

• University researchers commercializing their technology

• Phase I award winners planning a Phase II proposal

• Past Phase I applicants who have not yet won an award

To register, click here