POINTS OF CONTACT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
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BARRE AREA DEVELOPMENT
Your point of entry into Barre.
Assists entrepreneurs, business owners and managers in obtaining labor force training, financing, real estate for sale or lease and networking opportunities. Provides information about permitting and regulatory requirements, energy savings opportunities, and continuation of operations. BADC also provides or obtains technical assistance and when needed, can act as a liaison between city and town departments and State agencies of government. We will work closely with business owners to provide advice to strengthen or expand their operations, find improved ways to achieve results, obtain solutions to business challenges and be introduced to others in the community who can help.
CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce actively markets Barre and surrounding communities as a great place to visit, live and do business. The Chamber has a 50-year history of partnering with Barre Area Development and maintains extensive economic and demographic data on the market area. Barre ranks first in the county in population and in retail sales. The Chamber is a membership organization that represents central Vermont businesses through events, lobbying and marketing.
CENTRAL VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CVEDC)
CVEDC is located at the National Life Building in Montpelier. An economic development corporation that serves as a catalyst for industrial and economic growth in Central Vermont and is an excellent resource for information about State of Vermont programs to assist businesses.
Local Zoning and Planning Information
Whenever considering any form of development, construction or improvements to property, it is essential that a business start by contacting planning and zoning personnel. Don’t assume anything! Mistakes and do-overs are time consuming, expensive and unnecessary.
TOWN OF BARRE
The Town of Barre has a Planning and Zoning Department with two full-time employees, a Zoning and Planning Administratoror and Administrative Assistant. For more information about land use in Barre Town, click here.
CITY OF BARRE
The City of Barre has a Department of Planning, Permitting and Inspection Services with a full-time Planning Director and full-time Permit Administrator. For more information about zoning and permits in Barre City, click here
Regional Planning Information
CENTRAL VERMONT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (CVRPC)
Assists member municipalities in providing effective local government and to work cooperatively with them to address regional issues.
Business and Technical Assistance Organizations
SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE)
A network of experienced business people who can provide small business owners with advice on business planning and management. Clients are matched with a SCORE counselor whose experience matches a business owner’s needs. To find a Mentor, cleck here.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)
Offers free business counseling for people with questions regarding starting a new business, acquisition of a business, marketing, expansion, and finance for businesses up to 500 employees, etc.
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Their financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.
VERMONT MANUFACTURING EXTENSION CENTER (VMEC)
Provides one-on-one support and services through field engineers to Vermont’s small and mid-sized (under 500 employees) manufacturers. VMEC’s goal is to assist Vermont manufacturers to increase productivity, modernize processes, and improve competitiveness. Ongoing training opportunities designed specifically for manufacturers are also offered. VMEC, Vermont Technical Center, Randolph Center
VERMONT TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE (VTTA)
A membership organization with a mission to represent and support the state’s growing number of technology companies that are creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs. Originally established as the Vermont Software Development Alliance, the organization offers networking opportunities and collaboration to help its members promote their products and services. They advocate on behalf of their members and help to organize collective marketing, increasing exposure to potential customers. To learn more, click here, or become a member and attend monthly meetings.
WOMEN’S AGRICULTURAL NETWORK
Assists women starting or expanding farms or agricultural-related businesses. Provides education, technical assistance and networking opportunities for each step of the development process.
WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER (WBC)
Offers a continuum of services that provides women with business skills and support to start, operate and expand microbusinesses. Offers business skills training programs, many workshops, and ‘Getting Serious’ – a one day workshop to explore business ownership.