The Viability Program provides business planning and technical assistance to forest products businesses to bolster the economic viability of Vermont's forested landscape. Examples of eligible businesses include maple producers, consulting forestry firms, loggers, sawmills, craftspeople and wood manufacturers. Once a business is matched with a consultant, or team of consultants, whose skills are a good fit for its needs, the business owner and business adviser(s) conduct meetings for approximately one year to address the businesses strengths and weaknesses. Together, they can also explore possible management and enterprise changes that could increase net profitability.
Notice of COVID Response & Recovery Services beginning April 2020:
To support the resilience and long-term success of Vermont’s producers, the Viability Program is offering disaster response support to businesses with urgent needs related to COVID-19. For more information, see our COVID Response & Recovery Support page.
Watch the Across The Fence profile of UVM Extension adviser Chris Lindgren's work with Jon Parker of Brookside Timber Harvesting for a peek into what Viability Program services provide:
Forest Products Business Advising
Recent Success Stories
Young Logger Getting His Business Plan Together
Everett Thurston, from North Clarendon, is developing his business skills and writing his business plan with his team of Viability Program advisers.