Forestry & Forest Products Businesses




The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program (VFFVP) provides opportunities for Vermont forestry and forest products businesses to receive custom-tailored, on-site business planning and technical assistance. Our program staff works with forestry and forest products businesses to find a consultant, or team of consultants, with the skills required to help those businesses achieve their goals. In some cases participating businesses already have a consultant they wish to work with; in most cases we identify consultants or advisers from our broad network of service providers who specialize in the sector. Once the right consultant is identified, VFFVP pays him or her to work one-on-one with the participating business owner and follows up on their progress.Select businesses that need advanced venture coaching and meet additional criteria will be matched with the Vermont Agricultural Development Program, a program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.


We provide a range of services, from in-depth business planning to short-term specialized assistance, including:

  • Business Planning
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Financial Record-keeping and Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management Coaching
  • Retirement and Ownership Transition Planning


Eligible businesses include wood lot owners, foresters, logging operations, sawmill and kiln enterprises, and woodworking/manufacturing businesses of any scale. The following three conditions must also be met:

  • You must have at least 2 years of experience managing this or another related business,
  • Your business must be based in Vermont,
  • And, your business must be primarily involved in the harvesting, production, processing, storage, marketing, and/or distribution of local forest products.

Applications will be selected based on clarity of the proposal, how well the proposal meets the program’s objectives, and the readiness of the project. In some cases waivers are available for businesses that don’t meet the eligibility requirements.

Please contact Liz Gleason, Program Coordinator, for further information at 828-3370 or by email to:

Funding for this program comes from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative.

The Vermont Farm Viability Program is a program
of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.