The City of Burlington Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) announces the release of the Chittenden County Resource Guide for Employers & Employees and the 2nd edition of the Guide to Doing Business in Burlington. The publication of both these guides is in coordination with Vermont’s Small Business Week. Both of these publications are invaluable tools for entrepreneurs, business owners, job seekers and employees in the greater Burlington area to find what they need to start a business, expand a business, find funding, meet other business owners, get training, organize labor unions and take advantage of the resources that Chittenden County offers the business community and it’s employees.The Chittenden County Resource Guide has been published since 1995. It includes non-profit organizations, educational organizations, and government offices. The Guide has been expanded from a 50-page directory to a 195-page guidebook to include many more organizations and more information about each resource, including photos and quotes from clients who have worked with each organization. The Guide is available for free through the CEDO office and on the web at www.cedoburlington.org(link is external).The Guide to Doing Business in Burlington, now in it’s 2nd edition, is a street smart guide geared to the small business looking to start, expand, or relocate in the Queen City. It includes sections and advice on financing, hiring, business plans, and navigating the city permitting process. Written by an experienced business owner, it provides a practical approach to navigating city permitting departments and offers helpful information on start-up issues.Mayor Peter Clavelle comments, “Small businesses and their employees are essential for a healthy community. We have a strong network of services to assist and support the business community and their workforce in the greater Burlington area. These publications are much-needed tools to connect people with the help and information they need to thrive.”Sarah Goodwin-Brown, owner of the soon-to-be opened Great Harvest Bread Co on Pine Street, says, “The Guide to Doing Business is amazingly comprehensive. It made the process of starting a business less intimidating by addressing all the essential considerations that any new business must face. It made us aware of the resources and people in Burlington who were not only willing to advise and inform us but also offer their encouragement and support for our venture. This guide served as the launch pad for our business.”The Chittenden County Resource Guide for Employers & Employees and the Guide to Doing Business in Burlington are produced by CEDO and sponsored by the Burlington Public Works, Burlington Electric Department, Burlington Free Press, Burlington Town Center, Chittenden Bank, John Davis & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, Lake Champlain Workforce Investment Board, Merritt and Merritt, Attorney’s at Law, Pomerleau Real Estate, ReproDigital, Vermont Department of Economic Development, Vermont Department of Employment & Training, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, Vermont Small Business Development Center and Vermont Technical College, Technology Extension Center. If you have any questions, contact CEDO at (802) 865-7144.