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Business Support

One-on-one counseling, free business planning courses, networking events, connections to statewide and federal resources, and more. We’re here to support entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether you’re just starting out or pivoting after decades of persistence. Learn how we can help.

VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: LABOR ON LOCATION | WEDNESDAYS 12-3PM

On-site support services for employers and job seekers. Call your local Job Center for more info at 802-295-8805 and stop by to learn more about their services.

RISE: FREE 10-WEEK BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE

Now accepting 2022-2023 applications for RISE: Core’s 10-week business program, powered by CO.STARTERS. RISE: Core offers a variety of FREE business support programs through The Space On Main. Made possible with support from the US Department of Agriculture and Vermont Women’s Fund. Have a business idea that you’ve always wanted to try? We’ll provide everything you need to figure out how to turn your idea into a reality. RISE: Core is offered both in-person (Bradford, VT) and remote via Zoom.

Matthew joined us for our very first CO.STARTERS cohort in Spring 2020. After completing the course, he was able to transition from his career as a full-time nurse to one as a full-time arborist. Matthew has since hired additional employees and is living his dream. Matthew joins us regularly to share his experiences with new cohorts.

Heidi joined us during one of our first hybrid cohorts of CO.STARTERS. Although she has run a highly successful business for 30 years, she enrolled in the course in order to plan a brand new product line with a cohort of peers who offered support and accountability. Heidi’s experience was an incredible asset in our peer-to-peer program.

RISE: GENERATOR for Student Entrepreneurs

Looking for students with passion, purpose, and creativity. Want to make money off your hobby? Have a really cool business idea? Want to find ways to solve problems you see around you? Join the RISE Generator powered by CO.STARTERS to make your ideas happen. RISE Generator helps teens generate, test, and launch ideas. Our 10-week series is offered as a free after school program to youth in grades 10-12. We have 10 spots available. To reserve a spot, submit an application here. This program is offered at no cost thanks to support from the NH Charitable Foundation & Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.