Business Resources

Quality of life is priceless, and here in St. Johnsbury, you’ll find a balance of work and relaxation that suits all kinds of interests. Jobs in healthcare, legal practice, financial services, education and the arts lead the way in our diverse community. There are opportunities for entrepreneurs and all levels of manufacturing.  You’ll find employers who are invested in and engaged with the people they support.

All Roads Lead to St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury has been a regional hub for culture and commerce in Northeastern Vermont for well over a century and continues to offer a welcoming business climate for new and established businesses. Today, Interstates 91 and 93, State Routes 2 and 5, and freight rail infrastructure continue to support St. Johnsbury’s centrality.

Although St. Johnsbury has access to major transportation infrastructure that supports larger commercial developments, it also maintains the historic integrity of its 19th century downtown and is an active member of the Main Street America national network recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As such, businesses within the designated Downtown in St. Johnsbury receive technical support by the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce (the official Downtown organization) and have access to a host of tax credits that reward business owners for making capital investments in their business properties.

Membership in the Downtown program also makes St. Johnsbury eligible for priority consideration for State grants, which fund a variety of projects such as streetscape improvements and bike lane construction that enhance the commercial downtown.

Thinking of relocating your existing business to St. Johnsbury, or starting a new one? Here are some resources and perks:

  • The Vermont office of Northern Communities Investment Corporation (NCIC) is located in the Pomerleau Building in downtown St. Johnsbury. NCIC provides loans and coaching to businesses, and can cost share with businesses for certain professional services such as feasibility studies and marketing plans.
  • The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), located on Eastern Avenue in downtown St. Johnsbury, is both the Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Regional Planning Commission for the Northeast Kingdom. NVDA is dedicated to helping businesses succeed, and provides assistance with site selection and financing, as well as information on a host of grant and incentive programs available to businesses. NVDA is also a point of contact for two innovative programs that assist businesses relocating or expanding to the region: the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #286 and the Vermont Quebec Enterprise initiative (VQEI). Location in a FTZ allows manufacturers to reduce, defer or eliminate duties on imported parts and achieve “best practices” in supply chain security.   The VQEI partnership is focused on bilateral, value-added economic development. Contact David Snedeker, NVDA Executive Director, at (802)748-5181, dsnedeker@nvda.net.
  • The Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park is located just off Interstate 91 and provides spaces to lease and lots on which to build to suit the particular needs of your business. Join a community of businesses such as UPS, the Charles E. Carter Business Resource Center, and a 24-7 child care facility. The Charles E. Carter Business Resource Center contains warehouse and manufacturing space, and hosts a variety of small and start-up businesses that co-exist within the 16,000 sq. ft. facility. The building also contains four office suites and two conference rooms. Contact Dave Snedeker, NVDA, at (802)748-5181, dsnedeker@nvda.net.
  • The Vermont Small Business Development Center, hosted at NVDA’s office on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury, provides advising and training to small businesses, including assistance with writing a business plan. Contact Ross Hart, Area Business Advisor, at (802)748-1014 or rhart@vtsbdc.org.
  • For business owners in Johnsbury’s designated Downtown, Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development can provide information on available tax incentives: 802-828-3047, caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov
  • From January through June in 2016, Legislative Breakfasts are hosted from 8 to 9 AM on the last Monday of every month at the St. Johnsbury House on Main Street in downtown St. Johnsbury, allowing business owners and residents stay abreast of the latest developments in the State legislature.