What We Offer
Community Barn Ventures was established to help entrepreneurs and growing businesses succeed, as well as to support the community in which we live and work. We have four buckets: Community Barn Development, the App Farm, Community Barn Raisings, and in the future, Community Barn Provisions.
Community Barn Development
Offers strategy, business and brand development for entrepreneurs, local makers and creative producers. Community Barn supports those who are thinking of ways to grow revenue, investigate product development and branding, as well as companies looking for leadership development or new marketing strategies.
Community Barn Raisings
Curated and produced events focused on introducing local expertise, artistry and offerings from select providers in the Community Barn Ventures network and beyond.
Community Barn App Farm
Creates and distributes innovative software apps to support entrepreneurs, local makers and producers, solving problems for small businesses that have yet to be solved through technology.
Community Barn Provisions
Our future vision is to reinvent the next generation community hub and creative market, providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with a curated commercial space for producers to transact, entertain, and engage. This space will also offer a gathering place to discover new ideas and opportunities and offer freelance workers a vibrant shared workspace to create and benefit from a mixed community of workers.
Community Barn Development Offerings
As part of our Development stable of service offerings, we offer project-based fees or monthly retainers to support the following types of engagements:
Is it worth it? How is my business doing? Where should I invest? Am I making the right financial decision? These are all questions we hear from our clients and others. Our experience in creating financial models that inform better decisions and uncover unknown opportunities helps our clients reach their goals faster and with greater ease.
Marketing and Social Media Strategy & Support
If no one knows, does it matter? Getting the word out in today’s noisy world is hard. We work with organizations to create a concise framework, consistent voice and broad awareness of their ideas, products or services. We focus on matching the right message with the right audience.
How do we inspire discretionary effort from our teams? How do we hire the right people for the right job? How do we create an environment where people want to go that extra mile? How do we ensure we are growing as leaders and improving as a team? These things happen with purposeful effort, not because we hoped they would. We work with organizations to help identify ways they can better support their employees, attract new talent, and develop new leaders.
Making the Pitch
Do you need to tell your story? Are you ready to start taking on investors? Making a strong pitch that differentiates your product or service is critical. You must tell your story with passion and purpose. But you must be able to back up your promises with data and details. We’ve been through this process ourselves and can help you as well!
Community Barn Raisings
We love a good party! Every month we offer a variety of Barn Raising events, highlighting a new idea, a new product or something we believe our community would enjoy. From our space at 44 Main Street in downtown Middlebury, Vermont, we bring together a variety of talented and gifted producers throughout the year to celebrate and enjoy.
Click below to see what is coming up and make sure you mark your calendars!
The App Farm
We’ve heard it before… “Hey, there’s an app for that!” Well, sometimes, there isn’t. And there should be! Our app farm helps to identify challenges or opportunities our clients are encountering that could be addressed with technology. We articulate the idea and help develop and design monetization strategies, wireframes, personas, and requirements. We then work with a developer community to bring these ideas to market.
Have an idea?
Community Barn Provisions - Our Vision
Community Barn Provisions represents our long-term vision for the next generation creative market and community hub.
Communities that gather, grow stronger. Community Barn Provisions will focus on providing space and opportunity for people to access local makers’ provisions and offerings in a vibrant environment with space to convene and connect.
Along with access to creativity, the space will also provide the local network of freelancers with a solution to work in a shared environment. As more companies support flexible work arrangements, the need for community, access to reliable connectivity and a vibrant environment to work from is increasing.
And finally, this next generation creative market will provide people with the opportunity to come together, share ideas, and give voice to new thought. Our vision for Community Barn Provisions is to celebrate where we live, the spirit of a small town and the people who live and work here. We hope our blueprint will provide other communities with practices and approaches that can benefit their development as well.
Let's work together.
There is a lot of work to be done, there are many opportunities swirling around and there are people to connect, businesses to grow, and ideas to share. Let’s get to work.