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.

Whether it's a sole proprietorship or large corporation, the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development -- working with our public and private partners -- will help you find the resources you need to start here and grow here.

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.

Assuring you have the correct business registrations is easily done through the Vermont Secretary of State's Office.

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.

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.

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.

Step-by-Step Checklist 

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

Regional Profiles (VermontEconomicDemographicProfile2010.pdf) Locate the region in Vermont with the workforce, infrastructure and other characteristics best suited to your business.  This resource contains detailed information on the demographic makeup of Vermont’s 14 counties.

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