Business Planning & Technical Assistance

Planning for your business's success is a key piece of being a small business owner. Writing a business plan, receiving technical assistance, and understanding how the different aspects of running a business fit together will help you make the right decisions at the right time. While the Agency of Agriculture does not directly provide business planning or technical assistance services, we work with a number of partners who will be able to help.

VHCB's program enrolls 100 farm and forest business owners annually for a two-year program of technical assistance and planning where the business owner works one-on-one with a provider. Businesses must be farm or forest focused.

VSJF enrolls business owners for 12-18 months of technical assistance, typically focusing on capitalization and growth strategies. Businesses may be farm or forest focused, among other areas.

VtSBDC provides assistance and planning during all stages of a business's life cycle - from pre-venture to mature. Services include classes and workshops, one-on-one sessions, and a variety of resources such as templates for business plans and cash flow.


Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                            802.828.2433
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431