Educational Resources for Businesses

For almost 50 years Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation’s mission has been to strengthen our economy through the creation and retention of new jobs and build a business environment suitable to host capital investment. Our focus has largely been on the manufacturing sector but with businesses of all sizes and in all sectors being deeply affected by the pandemic FCIDC has decided to expand its services to provide educational opportunities to existing businesses and to individuals looking to start a business.

Topics will include how to start a business, financial literacy, and creating and maintaining an online presence.

We are also sharing videos from the Vermont Small Business Development Center, SCORE Vermont, and Others.*

Starting Your Own Business

April 21, 2021 – Components of a Business Plan

  • The business concept
  • Legal structure
    • Registration: federal and state
    • Taxes/licenses/permits

May 12, 2021 – Financial Plan

  • Balance sheet
  • Income statement
  • Cash flow
  • Break-even analysis
  • Charts/graphs
  • Bookkeeping systems

April 28, 2021 – Marketing

  • Industry research and trends
  • Target market
  • Competitive analysis
  • Marketing strategy
  • Sales projections and pricing

May 19, 2021 – Funding

  • Identify funding needs
  • Credit scores
  • Loan requirements:
    • Loan package
    • Lenders/investors/crowdfunding

May 5, 2021 – Operations

  • Location
  • Employees/payroll basics
  • Start-up needs/costs
  • Identify expenses

May 26, 2021 – Putting It all Together

  • Contingency Plans
  • Exit plan
  • Managing growth
  • The Executive Summary

Federal law prohibits discrimination. Complaints for discrimination may be filed with the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410. This series is funded through USDA, Community Facilities.

Creating Your Digital Storefront

Enjoy a series of 7 short videos provided by FCIDC, produced by BENT Media, and funded by USDA Community Facilities.

Need additional assistance?  Please visit our partners:

BENT Media

Driven marketing solutions

Local Brew

O’Rourke Media Group

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