There are two steps to applying for the Kick Start Middlebury program.


The first step is to submit a business idea, along with a Letter of Interest (details below). Letters of Interest will be reviewed by a committee that will then invite up to ten applicants to submit a full application--details will be provided at that time. 


Invited applicants will proceed to the second step. They will receive free business plan counseling and business projection review from a VT Small Business Development Center advisor, or another qualified mentor. Invited applicants will be required to submit an application, a business plan, and financial projections which will be evaluated by a committee against a set of criteria. Applications will be accepted and reviewed for any location in Middlebury, but preference will be given to projects located in the Middlebury designated downtown. See a list of available storefronts.




Submit a Letter of Interest/Business Idea to the Kick Start Middlebury program no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021. The Letter of Interest must include:

  • An expression of interest in the Kick Start Middlebury Program including and answer to the question “Why Middlebury and Why Now?” (No more than 200 words).

  • A description of the business you intend to start or expand and an indication of your status in the process to start or expand the business (No more than 200 words).

  • A description of the market and customer base your business intends to satisfy (No more than 200 words).

  • Your experience as a small business owner and information on other members of your team, if appropriate, including other owners, advisors, or mentors. Also, indicate if you desire the assistance of the Vt Small Business Development Center advisor to help you develop a business plan and business projections. (No more than 100 words).

  • The intended location(s) for the business and information on the status of your inquiries regarding the property(ies) (No more than 100 words). 

  • Your contact information, including Your Printed Name; Business Name (or proposed name), Phone Number, Email Address, Website Address (if exists).

  • Signature on Letter of Interest.

  • Format: MS Word or similar format (not a PDF) in a clear 11 or 12-point font, double-spaced. Document should not exceed four pages. 

Submit your Letter of Interest no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021 to info@kickstartmiddlebury.com.


If invited to submit a full application, details will be provided separately.