Central Vermont Community Action Council's Community Economic Development program is bringing a one-to-one business counselor to Waterbury and the Mad River Valley who will connect flood-affected businesses with the right resources to move forward.

The Central Vermont Community Action Council has hired Lucinda Newman as a business and financial counselor to help businesses in the Waterbury and the Mad River Valley affected by the 2011 floods.

Newman has already begun advising a few businesses in Waterbury and is branching out to the Mad River Valley.

The Mad River Valley Planning District and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce supported an application to the Economic Development Administration on behalf of Waterbury to supplement and broaden Newman’s business and financial counseling services.

Lucinda Newman lives in Moretown and has many years of experience operating her own businesses, Newman Consulting, LLC and Horses and Pathfinders. She'll be available to help businesses figure out where they are financially, identify opportunities to get financing help and find ways to generate new revenues.

Newman has particular experience working with home-based and micro (one- or two-person) businesses; she specializes in organizational planning, government relations, non-government collaborations, executive coaching, funding development, financial coaching, business development and paralegal matters including forms and searches.

She holds a master's degree in environmental law & policy from Vermont Law School. She has also worked through CVCAC providing credit and personal financial counseling to individuals and business owners experiencing financial difficulties.

To make an appointment with Newman, send her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call her at 223-1903.