Perfect pitch

I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many people for the success of the Young Professionals Mixer featuring FreshTracks Capital. Young Professionals from Burlington, Rut land, Brattleboro, Bennington and the Northshire, all gathered at the beautiful Wilburton Inn, on August 4.

This was the first time multiple groups of Young Professionals from around the state gathered in one location to celebrate entrepreneurship, economic growth, and discuss the collaborative opportunities available to each group and their future growth. The mixer took place after the FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch. Cairn Cross, co-founder of FreshTracks Capital, thank you for creating such a unique learning opportunity for entrepreneurs around Vermont. We look forward to hosting the Road Pitch next year! Brian McKenna, Director of the Bennington Young Professionals, thank you so much for being as excited as I was for this event.

The evening was a success because of your motivation and commitment to your established group of Young Professionals. Your Young Professionals are the energy behind Bennington County's revival. I look forward to our groups collaborating again in the future. Emily Piper, Director of Burlington Young Professionals, thank you for traveling the entire length of our state to mentor and lead our groups.

As the director of the largest Young Professional network in the state of Vermont, your experience and support are vital to the success of our communities groups. You have forged the path towards Montpelier and because of your success, Young Professionals will begin to have a voice in our states legislature. Sara Gilbert, Director of Rutland Young Professionals, thank you for using your groups' platform to highlight Rutland's unique areas of Professional development. You are unifying the stars of your community and succeeding in bringing together the future of your flourishing community. Your group sets the stage for community involvement and interactive events. Jan Copelan, Director of Brattleboro Young Professionals, thank you for bringing your groups leaders with questions and ideas on how to continue to build your areas Young Professionals. Now, more than ever, your community needs your commitment and dedication to your group and I believe you have the energy and power to use the amazing resources provided by your community, to grow your group into a successful and vital outlet for growth and development of Young Professionals within the city of Brattleboro.

The evening's sponsors came from all across our state- Global-Z International, based in Bennington, founded by Dimitri Garder; Sonnax, based in Bellows Falls, founded by Tommy Harmon; Dinse, Knapp, McAndrews, P.C. of Burlington with Leigh Cole as their representative; BMA Architects and Planners of Manchester, featuring Jedd Pellerin and Kirk Moore, principal Architects, and Chip Edson, owner of Flying Cow Signs in Manchester donated our colorful and customized name tags! Thank you Sponsors! The evening featured three guest speakers - Ben Hauben of Manchester Designer Outlets, Jeff Couture of Vermont Technology Alliance, and Pamela Cowan of StartupVT. Each encouraged the attendees to follow their dreams, work hard, and fail early. Mihali of Twiddle graced the group with his hip, smooth, and upbeat rhythms, Earth Sky Time Community Farm catered the evening with a delicious vegetarian arrangement, GNAT-TV producers and volunteer crew filmed the event and the Levis Family of the Wilburton Inn hosted the event. Thank you all. Thank you to the Manchester community members and business owners who came out to show their support for our developing organization, we could not, and will not, be successful without your attendance. And last, but certainly not least, Mark Puryear. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious. If we can plan an event like this in three weeks, next years is going to be monumental! Thank you.

The connections that were established should bring to the North and South Shire communities a new Young Professionals television show, produced by GNAT-TV, a continued effort to establish an entrepreneurial hub, and many more events focused on Young Professional development. Thank you everyone!

Erynn Hazlett

Director Northshire Young Professionals



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