Come & learn simple solutions to today's business challenges from our panel of experts



Grow Your Business      ver-Easy in 2013


A One-Day Seminar

Monday, March 25, Castleton College

Glennbrook Gymnasium





Schedule: Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Morning Session 9:00 - 11:45, Glennbrook Gymnasium

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome Remarks

Maureen "Kiki" McShane, VP, Business Development, Chris Fucci Associates, LTD./FarVision

David Wolk, President, Castleton College


9:15 - 9:45

Morning Speakers

 "Why Rutland Region Makes Economic Sense Today"

Thomas Donahue, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce


"Funding and Other Support Available Through REDC"

James Stewart, Rutland Economic Development Corporation,


"Rutland City, We Want Your Business"

Brennan Duffy, Director, Rutland Redevelopment Authority 


9:45 - 10:20

"How to Minimize Risk in Business"

Stuart Meyer, Attorney & Partner, Intellectual Property Fenwick and West, LLP

10:20 - 10:30

Refreshment Break


10:30 - 11:05

"How to Grow Your EBITDA and the Value of Your Business "

Robert Buzzell, Jr., CPA & President, Siliski & Buzzell, PC


11:05 -11:45

"How to Lead Your Team Through Uncertainty"

Kiki McShane, VP, Business Development, Chris Fucci Associates, LTD. /FarVision


Lunch and Keynote Address 12:00 - 1:00

Keynote Speaker: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Afternoon Session 1:00 - 2:30

Specialty Foods/Agriculture

Moderator: Jim Harrison, President - Vermont Grocers Association 

Whitney Lamy, Senior Vice President - Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company and Castleton Crackers Specialty Foods 

Bonnie Kelsey Quinn, Founder/President - Best of Vermont 

John Schramm, Founder/President - Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.

Keith Dunn, Former Owner of Westminster Crackers


High Tech

Moderator: Cairn G. Cross, Co-Founder/Managing Director - Fresh Tracks Capital

Marguerite Dibble, Founder - Birnam Wood Games 

Stuart Meyer, Partner - Fenwick and West 

Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs - Google

Don Mayer, Co-Owner - Small Dog Electronics 

Brian Grady, Business Leader - GE of Rutland



Moderator: Mary Powell, CEO - Green Mountain Power,

Matt Cota, President - Vermont Fuel Dealers Assoc.

Bradway Widing, Vice President - Energy Practice Hickok & Boardman

Jeffrey Wolfe, Co-founder and Chairman, groSolar

Gregory Johnson, President, Kilawatt Technologies, Inc.

Town Meeting 2:45 - 3:45

This valuable one-day seminar will provide hands-on instruction on how to help growing businesses and start-ups succeed. Our distinguished group of presenters and panelists are prepared to "go deep" to assist you in finding solutions to your specific problems and challenges. These business leaders will share advice and practical knowledge that will benefit business owners, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. This forum will also focus on three specialty areas: High Tech, Specialty Foods/Agriculture, and Energy.


What You Will Gain


• Gain access to successful business owners who have experienced success and challenges.

• Support the growth of your business through idea sharing, education and learning from practical "how to" experience.

• Understand the need for calculated risk taking, hard work and commitment to building a sustainable business model.

• Showcase of the value of doing business in Rutland and regional assets such as Castleton College

• Networking with peers, potential clients and professional service providers

Presented by

Corporate Sponsors

Recap of the day's activities with Questions & Answers, led by presenters and panelists, in a unique Vermont style Town Meeting forum including peer-to-peer interaction, public discussion of personal challenges, sharing of "Aha" moments, and next steps for future conferences.

Closing Remarks 3:45 - 4:00

Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras


Reception 4:00 - 5:00 (cash bar)

This is the perfect opportunity for networking among our attendees, sponsors and presenters.