New Resources to Help You Launch A Start Up Business

Experts ready to guide you, and the price is right

By Stewart Ledbetter, NBC5 Senior Reporter, WPTZ Burlington Vermont

 

Updated: 6:50 PM EST Dec 1, 2016

Ever dreamed of starting a business, of being your own boss, but had no idea how? Or if it would ever fly?

A new resource opened Thursday to help you find answers.

The Center for Women and Enterprise, based in Boston, opened its fifth New England office in Burlington's South End. Also known as the Vermont Women's Business Center, it's funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Despite its name, its resources are available to entrepreneurs of both sexes who want to launch a new enterprise or expand an existing one.

"We offer education, training and consulting at any level of where your idea is," explained Susan Rittscher, CEO of the Boston center, who attended Thursday's opening. "You can just have five ideas about things you might want to do, come in and we'll help you. We have 'visioning' courses that help you clarify what you want to do, and then once clarified, we help you with business planning."

The Burlington center, located in the Maltex Building, offers one-one-one coaching, two-hour group training sessions and longer courses on everything from legal issues to marketing 101.

"Once you're established and growing, you can come back for resources to help you grow, how to hire your first employee and improve your social media," Rittscher said.

Connie Coleman, co-owner of Alchemy Jewelry Arts Gallery in Burlington, turned to business center experts for help when restructuring her business.

"There are so many questions that come up along the way and it's wonderful to have the support of business advisers," Coleman said. "Especially given it's at no cost and they're women who relate to our experiences."