Forest Based Business Planning Support

Interested in starting or growing a forest product enterprise in Vermont? Check out these programs designed to assist forest product businesses:

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative provides access to capital, technical assistance, workforce development, and value chain collaboration for forest products and agricultural businesses.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Business Support Program provides counseling for businesses on the various resources that are available to facilitate employee training, market expansion, facilities growth, and relocation.

The Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation’s Forest Product Utilization and Markets Program is well-versed in the economic and technical aspects of wood availability and processing, from forest to finished product, including the use of wood as an energy source.

The VT Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program and the VT Agriculture and Forest Products Development Program, housed at the VT Sustainable Jobs Fund, are working to support working lands businesses by providing business assistance, market development expertise, network development, and critical venture coaching.

The Northern Forest Center’s Wood Products Innovation Programs help to provide support for business-transforming innovations and workforce development.

The Vermont Small Business Development Center provides regional assistance in business coaching, advising, and training.

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program offers one-on-one, in-depth business planning, technical assistance, and management coaching to Vermont farm, food, and forestry enterprises in order to improve the economic viability of Vermont's working landscape.