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South Burlington is part of a thriving greater metro area of over 214,000 residents. We are proud to be part of the most important economic hub in the State.

New and expanding businesses enjoy an unsaturated market and potential to grow in South Burlington. 

Our community proudly supports the Chittenden County economy with 23% of all sales in a five mile radius of South Burlington's downtown. Our City Center business district is home to many national and local, retail and non-retail businesses, including Vermont’s largest indoor shopping mall.  We currently house one third of all retail space in Chittenden County and 25% of all office space

South Burlington is in the process of developing a central downtown area for people to live, work, and play. The City Center Initiative  is creating huge opportunities for businesses and residents to move into the City and experience a walkable lifestyle convenient to jobs, services, and commercial, social and cultural activities.  The City’s implementation of the City Center Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Plan is our commitment to maintain South Burlington as one of Vermont’s premier livable communities.  

South Burlington has a current daytime population of 25,000 including residents, employees, and visitors.  Commerce and transportation of goods are efficient with major Vermont thoroughfares in close proximity to our business districts (Ridgeline - Interstate 89, Williston Road/US Route 2, Hinesburg Road, Lakeshore - Shelburne Road/US Route 7, City Center - Dorset Street, Williston Road/US Route 2 and Hinesburg Road).  South Burlington is also home to Vermont’s one and only international airport which serves both commercial and private airlines and is home to the Vermont National Guard (Army and Air  National Guard).  Our City Center business district enjoys all day 20 minute public transit service, making travel for everyone convenient and reliable.  All business districts are served by high speed data, three phase power, natural gas, and first class City utilities for water, stormwater and sewer.

In South Burlington, we are committed to business development and have made it easy for existing businesses and forward-thinking entrepreneurs to do business in South Burlington. Check out resources for starting a business in South Burlington. 

South Burlington Opportunity Zone

South Burlington also contains a designated Opportunity Zone - census tract 50007003600 - an area in which investors receive preferential tax treatment when investing in Opportunity Funds.

South Burlington Opportunity Zone

Where do businesses locate in South Burlington?

While some businesses operate out of their homes, such as coffee roasters and top notch realtors, South Burlington is home to many mid-size and growing businesses:

The City Center District is creating huge opportunities for businesses and residents to move to the City. Home to Target, H&M, Trader Joe's and other nationally recognized brands and regionally iconic treasures such as Healthy Living, Al's French Fries, Higher Ground and the Alpine Shop, City Center is open to meet your needs, while newer developments are taking advantage of flexible zoning and a Federally designated Opportunity Zone. 

The Ridgeline District, located along the uplands between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains features spectacular views enjoyed by corporate headquarters and families alike.  Several business parks offer campus like environment for office and light manufacturing.

Bordering Shelburne Road/Route 7 and providing a gateway from all communities to the south, the Lakeshore District boasts of engineering firms, major retail, a strong mix of newer apartments and condominiums with older neighborhoods known for strong connections to the nearby elementary school, and views of Lake Champlain.

We hope that this website is helpful in answering questions and informing both prospective and established business owners about the amazing opportunities in our City!