Community Navigator Pilot Program
The Vermont Professionals of Color Network is pleased to announce our partnership with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) in the Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program, part of a national initiative introduced by the Biden Administration.
The role of VT PoC in this project is to learn more about the current business environment for the BIPOC small business community via survey data collection and small group listening sessions. Our goal is to better understand the challenges and resource gaps that exist for our community, and to fill those gaps by helping communities navigate the various resources available throughout the state, and specifically from VtSBDC and our eight organizational partners within the Community Navigator Pilot Program:
- Vermont Law School (VLS)
- Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Financial Futures Program
- Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF)
- Center for Women and Enterprise (CWEVT)
- Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC)
- Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC)
- Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA)
- Main Street Alliance (MSA)
The USSBA Community Navigator Pilot Program is designed to “reduce barriers that all small businesses — including those owned by disadvantaged groups such as veterans, women and those from rural communities — often face in accessing critical support.” Using a hub-and-spoke approach, VtSBDC will guide the nine spoke organizations (including VT PoC) to create impact through the central hub. Together, they will leverage partnerships with deeply trusted community-based organizations to help small businesses navigate government resources and tap into critical resources, according to the SBA’s plan.
Questions? Email us to learn more.
This project is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
We welcome requests for direct partnership and collaboration, and any questions you might have!