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It's worth noting that in a state where small businesses dominate the economy, there is already a culture that supports self-starters with ideas. It just needs to grow.

Vermont recently ranked last in a survey of the Best Place to Start a Small Business in 2021, yet our state needs more entrepreneurship to grow jobs and economic prosperity—particularly in rural areas. Our latest brief shares three actions you can take today to help Vermont entrepreneurs succeed.

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Meeting in the Middle: How philanthropy can expand access to homeownership

Vermont needs additional housing of all types. An important piece of the puzzle is the creation of homeownership opportunities for the missing middle—buyers who don't qualify for income-restricted housing programs but can't afford market-rate homes. Philanthropy can help preserve Vermont's high homeownership rate with strategies that target middle income buyers.

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Future of Farming: A chat with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

On July 26th, the Vermont Community Foundation’s Insight Hub hosted a webinar that examined the future of farming in Vermont, including strategies to build new markets and reduce reliance on conventional dairy. Here are some highlights from the conversation and tips for charitable individuals who want to help support a strong and resilient agricultural sector.

Learn about the event "Future of Farming: A chat with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board" »