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Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC)

Ed Williams, Procurement Counselor I – Springfield Office (Windham and Windsor Counties) 802-885-3061

The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) exists to help Vermont businesses succeed in obtaining government contracts. The center offers free counseling services to Vermont businesses and provides assistance on how to bid on government contracts at the federal, state and local levels.

Vermont Manufacturers Extension Center (VMEC)

The Vermont Manufacturers Extension Center is a nonprofit statewide resource for small to medium-sized manufacturers in Vermont. The mission of VMEC is to improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.

VMEC’s services include a free of charge “first step,” which might entail a site visit and a confidential needs assessment. Additional services include professional consulting, one-on-one coaching, and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness, according to VMEC’s website. VMEC program topics include growth and strategic management (such as needs assessment and market analysis), lean enterprise, supply chain, quality (such as ISO 9001:2000 certification), and the New England Manufacturing Supply Chain (NEMSC), a new resource to connect Vermont manufacturers to the U.S. Department of Defense supply chain.

For more information, visit the VMEC website.

SCORE

Originally launched as the Service Corps of Retired Executives in 1964, SCORE is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer business people — often Fortune 500 executives and successful entrepreneurs — with business owners who need expert and confidential advice for free. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The mission of SCORE is to provide resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

SCORE’s online learning center offers many how-to business-oriented articles for free.

SCORE also offers several entrepreneurial tools online, such as templates for start-up business plans, and business quizzes like “Can Internet Sales Help You?”

For more information, visit the SCORE website.