Micro Business Development

You want your business to stay healthy -- we are here to help!

COVID-19 and social distancing are effecting our economy and are effecting your small business. We know small business owners are resilient, resourceful, and wise. We also know that when major events happen, we all need more help. We are here to meet with you by phone or video call. We will help you assess your current situation, troubleshoot and make short-term plans, apply for the funds you need to keep going, offer objective feedback, and plan for the future. Call for an appointment today! You can reach Simeon at (802) 860-1417 x116 or John at (802) 860-1417 x120. Prefer email? You can find coaches' emails alongside their photos, below.

EMBRACE Grants: Coming Soon!

Thank you for your interest in the EMBRACE Grants for micro businesses. New opportunities for EMBRACE grants are on the way. Check back soon for more details!

“Micro Business has been and still is a critical resource for me and my business. Simeon and other staff members have seen this process through to great success for me and my business. If not for the skills and professional advice, technical assistance and coaching abilities of this small staff of dedicated people, I doubt my business would be where it is today.”

Thinking about starting a business? We offer personalized coaching, technical assistance, and group workshops to help you create and grow a business that works for you! Our Micro Business counselors work with residents of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties to: 

  • Thinking through your business idea
  • Discussing how ready you are to run a business
  • Educating you about essential business skills
  • Creating a business plan
  • Connecting you to other helpful resources
  • Getting your credit in order
  • Applying for business funding
  • Much more!

Classes and Workshops are held throughout the year!

Our team will help you connect with the in-depth information you need from local industry experts. All sessions have been moved online for now, giving you the convenience of joining from anywhere!

Topics may include: 
•    Accounting
•    Small business taxes
•    Social media marketing
•    Establishing an in-home business

To schedule a first meeting, contact Simeon or John:


  Simeon Geigel

  (802) 860-1417 x116


John Gergely  

(802) 860-1417 x120  


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CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, environmental, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 23,000 individuals