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Support for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Center for Businesses in Transition partnership provides support free of charge to qualifying individuals interested in taking over a small business in the North Country.

• Matchmaking services with potential businesses
• Connections with local free and low cost business planning services
• Support navigating the availability of local capital

Submit an inquiry form to get started with CBIT, and check out our current list of publicly available North Country businesses.


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I filled out the initial inquiry form… what now? 

You will be:

• Added to a mailing list to receive notifications about relevant events & workshops
• Contacted by a member of the CBIT team who will interview you about your future plans and needs.
• Presented with recommendations for next steps and available opportunities. Often this will be connecting you with publicly available businesses and experts in the region who can work with you to realize your goals.
• Supported by the CBIT team as needed throughout your process.

What CBIT doesn’t

• Act as your lawyer, banker, financial consultant, mortgage broker, etc. But we do help you build your team and learn about what questions to ask.
• Provide business valuations and/or build business plans for you. But we can provide templates and resources for you to get started before you meet with other professionals.


What if I want to take over the business where I am currently employed?

• We can help you too!
• Many businesses are unfamiliar with solutions such as employee ownership, particularly in the form of worker cooperatives. Worker Cooperatives provide a means through which a business may be transferred to individuals who are already invested in its success, keeping the business and jobs local. Interested in learning more? Contact us today.


Submit an Inquiry Form                    View Available Businesses


Contact us at or (518) 891-6200, and we’ll connect you with a liaison or partner who can assist you with your business transition needs.


* CBIT was established by ANCA in 2018 with grant funding from the Northern Regional Border Commission and has been partially funded by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative and National Grid.