The Rutland County community is recognized around the state for being dedicated, hardworking, and collaborative. At REDC, we are part of an extensive group of organizations that work together to make Rutland County the most collaborative, innovative, and friendly place in Vermont to live, work, play, and grow a business. We share our downtown Rutland offices with one of these devoted organizations, the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC).
VtSBDC provides technical assistance to new and growing businesses, combining one-on-one, no cost, confidential advising with training programs to give business owners the tools and insight they need to reach their business goals. The VtSBDC is a statewide program of the Vermont State Colleges, hosted by Vermont Technical College. VtSBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and nationally accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers. Brian DeClue represents the VtSBDC in Rutland as our area advisor, and he has been counseling small businesses and start-ups with VtSBDC since 2010.
REDC relies on our close relationship with Brian and the VtSBDC for small business development in our county to ensure entrepreneurs are supported throughout the entire ownership process. Each day is different for Brian as he meets one-on-one with clients across all types of industries and sectors to offer resources and guidance to help businesses reach their goals.
REDC sees many entrepreneurs across various stages of their development and can offer assistance with financing, property searches, and workforce training. When entrepreneurs work with us, they are also often connected with Brian to work through the complex levels of small business ownership. The most critical areas that Brian covers with clients include financing, marketing, scaling strategies, budgeting, hiring, and operations.
Brian and his team at the VtSBDC have proven results and continue to influence positive change for entrepreneurs across the state. The VtSBDC reported 98% client satisfaction in 2018. With $1.2 million in federal and state funding, VtSBDC was able to retain and create 444 jobs across Vermont while also infusing $21.4 million of new capital into client businesses in 2018. In Rutland County, Brian and the VtSBDC worked with 68 clients in 2018, secured $1,827,910 in capital, created 13.5 jobs, and retained 25 jobs. Read more about their year in review in the 2018 Annual Report here.