The Micro Business Development Program can provide you with training and technical assistance if you are planning to start or expand a small business.
Take advantage of numerous opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs, ongoing classes and group workshops, our technology resource center (with computers and business development resources), or meet one-on-one with our experienced business counselors.
Learn how to:
Develop and test your business concept
Select the best business entry option
Organize and manage your business
Research and market your business
Understand and get your financials in order
Finance for your business
Since 1988, we have assisted more than 3,000 low-income individuals with planning the startup or expansion of a small business, including over $2 million in financing leveraged for businesses.
Upcoming business workshops at Capstone include how to start your business and how to market your small business. Please click on the PDFs below:
In the central Vermont area, contact Capstone Community Action at 802-479-1053 and ask for MBDP (Micro Business Development Program).
The MBDP operates statewide through each of the five Community Action Agencies in Vermont.
We offer the following support to current and aspiring entrepreneurs:
Business Workshops: The Micro Business Development Program of Capstone Community Action offers a “Business Building Blocks” workshop series. Business experts will present information on a number of topics including assessing business opportunities, writing a business plan, balancing work and family life, record keeping and tax planning, determining insurance needs, setting the right price for your product or service, strategizing with cash flow projections, and developing a marketing plan.
One-to-one business counseling: Experienced counselors, who have owned their own businesses and intimately understand the challenges and rewards, can offer support from the start of your vision, through the planning stages, all the way to launch day. From there, our counselors can offer continued support to help you meet your goals and maintain and grow a successful business. For clients who have established businesses, we can offer assistance specific to your needs.
Financial Education: If you have ever wondered how to read your credit report or why your credit score matters, we can help. We offer financial education to help people establish credit or build their credit score so that they can begin to build assets and become financially secure.
Upcoming Workshops at Capstone (Free):
Join us for our "Ignite Your Business" workshops! Contact Margaret Ferguson to register or for more information at 477-5214 or email@example.com.
We are offering our workshop "From Dream to Reality: Starting Your Own Business" in Barre on the second Thursday of every month from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The same topics will be covered at each workshop. Pick the date that is most convenient for you! June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, 2019. See flyer below for more details.
Additionally we are offering "Ten-Step Marketing Plan" on Thursday, May 23 from 12-1:30 p.m. with guest instructor, Kim Dixon, owner of Insights Marketing. There is no charge to attend and the workshop is open to the public. See flyer below for more details.
Funding for these workshops is made possible in part with a Rural Business Develoment Grant from USDA Rural Development.