Castleton to hold business workshop

CASTLETON - A one-day workshop entitled "Grow Your Business Over-Easy in 2013" will be held at the Glenbrook Gymnasium at Castleton College on Monday, March 25.

This workshop will enable business executives and entrepreneurs to gain valuable insight from a distinguished panel of presenters and panelists sharing invaluable life experiences.

This forum combines brief but informative morning presentations and afternoon breakout sessions with industry-leading panelists in three key areas: high tech, energy, and specialty foods.

The format is designed so that the panels of experts can address specific issues that they've confronted and answer audience questions to help business leaders avoid common pitfalls, become better organized, and build leadership and teamwork skills to help grow their businesses over-easy in 2013 and beyond.

A partial list of morning presenters includes:David Wolk, President ofCastleton College; Chris Louras, the Mayor of the City of Rutland; Stuart Meyer, intellectual property attorney and partner at Fenwick & West, LLP; Robert Buzzell, Jr., CPA, President, Siliski & Buzzell, PC; Maureen "Kiki" Mcshane, Vice President of Business Development for Chris Fucci Associates, LTD./FarVision; Brennan Duffy, executive director of Rutland Redevelopment Authority; James Stewart, executive director of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation; Thomas Donahue, CEO/Executive VP, Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Governor Peter Shumline will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

Afternoon breakout sessions feature panelists in three specific areas:

VT Specialty Foods:

Whitney Lamy, Founder/President, Castleton Crackers; Bonnie Kelsey Quinn, Founder/President, Best of Vermont; John Schramm, Founder/President, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc. and Jim Harrison, President of the Vermont Grocers Association.

Business/High Tech:

Marquerite Dibble, Founder/ President, Birnam Wood Games; Stuart Meyer, Intellectual Property Attorney, Partner, Fenwick & West, LLC; Cairn G. Cross, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Fresh Tracks Capital; Matt Dunne, Head Of Community Affairs, GOOGLE; Don Mayer, Co-Owner, Small Dog Electronics and Brian Grady, GE of Rutland.


Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power: Matt Cota, Executive Director Vermont Fuel Dealers Association; Bradway Widing, VP, Energy Practice, Hickok & Boardman and Jeffrey Wolfe, Co-founder & Chairman, groSolar.

The "Grow Your Business Over-Easy in 2013" workshop is being presented by Chris Fucci Associates/FarVision in partnership with Castleton College, the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RDA), the Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event has also attracted a growing list of corporate sponsors, currently including the Vermont Investors Forum, Vermont Venture Network, GE, People's United Bank, Green Mountain Power, Neighborworks of Western Vermont, Puryear Business Development, and Smalley Contractors. The admissions fee is $40 per person, including lunch, with all net proceeds donated to the "Carly Ferro Memorial Fund." Space is limited, and a sellout crowd is expected, so it is advisable to register in advance. Registration forms are available at

For more information, or to inquire about becoming an event sponsor, contact the event coordinator Kiki McShane at 802-345-1252, kiki@fucciassociates .com.


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