Best Small Business Resources in the Bennington Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Vermont has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Bennington area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Vermont.

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Bennington County SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

215 South Street, PO Box 923
Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-8975


Bennington Free Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

This library offers a myriad of print resources useful to someone looking to start a business. They also have access to research databases and online classes that could be of use. Meeting rooms are available to reserve.

Restrictions

A library card may be required to access certain amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

101 Silver St
Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-9051


Bennington SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


The Lightning Jar

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

This Bennington coworking space fosters a collaborative community of innovators and creators. They offer all the amenities you would expect in an office, including a kitchenette, fast internet, and printing capabilities. The space hosts frequent events on professional development and casual networking. Membership options are tiered to accommodate a variety of work needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

194 North St.
Bennington, VT 05201
802-321-3070
dimitri@lightningjarvt.com