Department of Economic Development

Start a Business

Thinking of starting a business in Vermont?  We can help.

Vermont is a great place to start and grow a business in part because we have so many innovative and entreprenuerial folks living here or who want to live here.

Step-by-Step Checklist 


If you are even thinking of starting a small business in Vermont, make your first call the Vermont Small Business Development Center.  They offer comprehensive counseling and trainings to help you get your business off on the right foot with regional business advisors located at Regional Development Corporations throughout the state.

Trade name and business registrations is easily done through the Vermont Secretary of State's Office.

Family Business and Self-Employment

The Internal Revenue Service has an online resource for your family business or self-employment issues.

When you need to hire employees, the Vermont Department of Labor can help you set up necessary employer accounts and help you find the right people to help grow your business.  Vermont JobLink and Great Jobs in VT are online tools to help recruit your workforce.

Permits and Regulations

Different types of businesses require different types of regulatioins. For example, a bakery may require approvals from the Vermont Department of Health.  A new manufacturing business may require certain permits depending on the nature of manufacturing.  Vermont has permit assistance located throughout the state that can help identify what, if any, permits or regulatory compliance you may have to address.  Visit for more information.

The Environmental Assistance Office provides permit assistance through Permit Specialists located in the Agency of Natural Resources' (ANR) five regional offices. The Permit Specialist’s primary job duty is to serve as the initial state contact for applicants and assist them in identifying all necessary state permits or approvals for any given project (see brochure). This allows applicants to make informed business decisions about the cost and length of time to comply with all state regulations. This also increases the likelihood that projects will meet requirements ensuring environmental and public health protection.


Here's a list of the major Vermont business taxes.


Cell phone service and broadband connectivity are critical to your business.  The Vermont Telecommunications Authority's mission is to bring broadband to every home and business in Vermont. is the place on the internet where you can go to find out what is going on with broadband in Vermont.

Find Your Business Location

Use our searchable database tool to find a sampling of available commercial real estate by region.  

Innovation Ecosystem

The Innovation Ecosystem is designed to help individuals and businesses advance entrepreneurial activity and to drive innovation throughout Vermont. The Ecosystem is composed of a multitude of programs, providers, and services designed to help at all stages of the innovation process. Whether you’re looking for mentoring or prototyping, capital sources or IP services, the Ecosystem is a network of organizations to help provide support resources.

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