Free Business Help

Why Go it Alone, When There is Free Help?

The Northeast Kingdom’s Community Action Agency’s (NEKCA) Micro Business Development Program has a history of fighting poverty and helping people become self-sufficient. Since 1988, the Micro Business Development Program (MBDP) has provided technical assistance and training to individuals at or below 80% of Vermont’s median income, who are interested in starting, expanding or enhancing their business. Today, MBDP is one of Vermont’s leading micro-enterprise development organizations for low-income people.

What is a Micro Business?

A micro business is considered to be the smallest of small businesses: those that employ fewer than five people and generate less than $250,000.00 in annual revenue.

A micro business is usually a partnership, sole proprietorship, or family business. The owners are often engaged in a small scale, service, retail, manufacturing or agricultural business.

Our Goal Is To Help You! We Strive...

    • To foster self–employment as a route to economic self–sufficiency for residents in the Northeast Kingdom, who are facing economic, social, or medical challenges.
    • To provide assistance and education for business startups and expansions.
    • To offer business resources and on-going support to assist participants in achieving long term success.

Technical Assistance Is Critical To Business Success

The Micro Business program staff work one to one with individuals and offer guidance in evaluating their business concept and their readiness to undertake self-employment. Throughout the process the program participant and the MDBP staff work together to navigate the many steps and barriers of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Our FREE services include:

      • Business idea assessment, business plan and marketing plan development
      • Financial capacity and management
      • Budgeting and credit repair
      • Assistance with business loan applications
      • Assistance with marketing materials
      • Classes / Workshops / Seminars
      • Organizational structure development

Who Is Eligible?

There are income eligibility guidelines; please contact the MICRO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM to see if you qualify.
Amy Robinson
Director, NEKCA Micro Business Development Program