Southern Vermont small business workshop set for Jan. 23

WILMINGTON — On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Wilmington Works and business educators and service providers from the region will host the Southern Vermont Small Business Resource Workshop, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Old School Community Center at 1 School St.

This event is free of charge and open to all current and prospective business owners. Whether you have been open for a while and want to grow, open for years and want to sell, or are thinking about opening your own business, there will be valuable information. Come make connections that will help you grow, start, or transition your business.

Presenters include Deb Boudrieau and Stephen Paddock, from the Vermont Small Business Development Center. They will talk about resources for businesses in various stages — from startup to growth to transition for retirement. They can answer questions about how and where can you can get assistance with expertise and financing.

Don Jamison, Executive Director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, will give a deeper talk about succession planning. To be discussed are various paths for succession, and the pros and cons of each. Also to be discussed are what resources (lawyer, accountant, etc.) are needed to get there.

Drew Kervick, attorney from Dunkiel Saunders, will answer some small business FAQs like "Should I incorporate and how?" John Meyer, C.P.A. from Piaciak and Co., will answer the most-asked accounting questions of small business owners. R.T. Brown and Adam Grinold of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation will also be on hand with more information about available loan programs and additional state and local resources.

Following a series of small-group, short-format presentations, there will be time for questions and networking. Find more information, and a link to register at


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