* Please note that due to the indefinite Montpelier Postal Office closure, mail delivery to VHCB is sporadic and unpredictable. We request that applications be submitted via email if possible. If email submission poses a challenge for you, please call Jillian Conner, Program Assistant, at (802) 828 5587.
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 business adviser 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.
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.