Economic Development

6/25/2020 Service Delivery Update 

As a response to growing concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in order to keep community members and staff safe, SEVCA will revise program delivery for all programs, as follows:  All requests for services and appointments will be handled strictly by telephone or other methods not requiring in-person contact, and all SEVCA offices and program sites will be closed to the public. Please click on a preferred department name for more information. 


Phone calls from SEVCA may now be listed as coming from a 'PRIVATE' phone number. This MAY BE SEVCA: our staff our now working from home and will be returning calls from personal phone numbers which MAY appear as 'PRIVATE.'

Economic Development will continue to provide Micro Business, Financial Fitness, Matched Savings, and Ready for Work services by telephone. Online classes will be offered as well.

VITA tax prep clients will be contacted regarding remote services which will include client drop off, preparation and service follow up by telephone, and tax submssion.

Please call to schedule an appointment, 800-464-9951 or 802-722-4575,


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Economic Development is the hub of all of SEVCA’s Micro Business, Asset Development, and Workforce Development Programs. The department has provided leadership and guidance in efforts to promote regional equitable development that reduces social and economic disparities within our region by providing new opportunities for training, business ownership, job creation and retention, and asset development.

Micro Business Program. Since 1988, SEVCA’s has provided technical assistance to low-to-moderate income Vermonters to start, maintain, or expand a small business. We provide support and advice to individuals or groups through one-on-one business counseling, classroom training, and workshops to help the existing and potential entrepreneurs of Windham and Windsor counties to realize their dreams.

Workforce Development and Training. We offer job readiness training and support through our "Ready for Work" program through partnerships with Youth Services, Inc. and Tapestry (a program of Phoenix House), 

Our SaVermont Program (formerly IDA) provides asset building, "Financial Fitness" classes, and counseling services to low-income participants to achieve personal and professional goals, economic stability, and financial literacy. Using personal savings, which are matched by private and public sources, participants can purchase their first home, capitalize a small business, or pursue education and job training as a step towards self-sufficiency.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is offered in collaboration with the Granite United Way and the IRS to serve low-to moderate income households in Windham and Windsor counties. Highly trained volunteers provide free tax return assistance to income eligible individuals and families, with particular emphasis on helping them obtain Earned Income Tax Credits, Child Care Tax Credits, and any other tax credits, deductions, and refunds to which they are entitled, and encourage them to invest some of that money in asset building activities, such as our IDA Program.

The Health Navigator program provides advice and application assistance to facilitate access to health care coverage.

"If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well."

Maya Angelou