Micro Business Development Program

Have you ever considered launching a business?  Do you have a business but still have questions and would like to learn more about business management?From startup to long-term sustainability, we support new and established entrepreneurs to make their dreams and aspirations a reality.

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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. Please click on the PDFs below for details:





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 mferguson@capstonevt.org.

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.

Below are more FREE business workshops at Capstone:



Funding for these workshops is made possible in part with a Rural Business Develoment Grant from USDA Rural Development.


Contact Us at Micro Business

To discuss your business vision or to request counseling on an existing business, Contact Margaret Ferguson at 802-477-5214, mferguson@capstonevt.org or Laura Sudhoff at 802-477-5176, lsudhoff@capstonevt.org.


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Upcoming Events

Oct 10 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Dec 12 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

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