A view of Bennington Monument in Vermont during the fall

Partners in advancing Vermont’s economy

Our colleagues are critical to building business in Vermont

Business investment and planning takes teamwork. At Community Capital, our staff and leadership work in partnership with a variety of colleagues who support small business growth. Whether through mutual referrals, participation loans where a borrower receives funds from multiple lenders, or training and advising, we join forces with numerous organizations to advance small business in Vermont, supporting and guiding people who have excellent business ideas and the will to make their dreams come true as they grow and sustain businesses.

Banks and Credit Unions

As a mission-based lender, Community Capital sees opportunity where other institutions see risk – supporting borrowers who banks and credit unions are not able to serve.


Vermont Small Business Development Center

Community capital offers business advising to our borrowers, and we also work with the advisers of the VT Small Business Development Center. Our approach and our goal is simply to find the best adviser for each business.

Economic Development Corporations, Downtown Associations and other Nonprofit Organizations

With Community Capital’s broad statewide reach, we assist in local and regional development by partnering with organizations such as Vermont’s robust network of Regional Development Corporations.

Jaquelyn Rieke, owner of Nutty Steph's chocolates, stands in front of a display of her granola

A Success Story: Jaqueline Stephanie Rieke, Nutty Steph’s, Middlesex

It was Steph’s Mom, Libby, who first suggested that Steph’s granola was amazing. And the rest was history! Nutty Steph’s operates a well-established specialty granola and chocolate business, for which Community Capital supplied working capital. The company supports international sustainability while also supporting local products. Partnering directly with a cooperative of farmer-landowners who grow the cocoa for their chocolate products in uncut forests in northeastern Ecuador, Nutty Steph’s also sources and incorporates Vermont products such as maple syrup, maple sugar, cow’s cream, butter, and goat milk caramel. Nutty Steph’s has a robust online presence, a flagship retail store in Middlesex and a loyal wholesale following.

How Will You Use Your Loan

Are you ready to pursue a new business idea, or expand your current business? Give Community Capital a call, stop by our office in Barre, or fill out an online Loan Inquiry. Let’s connect and see if Community Capital business financing and business advising support is right for you.