SVEP Webinar Series

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month at noon!


Starting July 2017, the Southern Vermont Economy Project at BDCC will be hosting a bi-monthly quick hit webinar series called “Knowledge Bites,” focused on providing introductory information about economic and community development tools, programs, and funding opportunities.  These webinars will be held virtually at 12pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. The individual webinars will be 30 minutes long, including 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of questions from participants.


Through (desktop app or web viewer)

Online Meeting Invitation Link:

Online Meeting ID: svep

Step by Step:
1) Go to
2) In the Menu, select “Join Meeting”
3) Enter the online meeting code, “svep” (case sensitive)
4) Enter name and email address in pop-up then click “Join”
5) To activate audio, click on Phone icon. It should ask you if you want to use your phone to dial in or your mic and speakers on your computer.
6) Choose audio preference and connect to webinar audio (FYI: audience will be muted the entire time and can use the chat function to communicate)

If you need help connecting, call 802-257-7731 x222 up to 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time


When you RSVP through Eventbrite, it sends you a reminder two days prior to the webinar, gives you the details to connect, and gives us a good idea of who will be attending!


If there is a program or assistance that you would like to be a part of this series or learn more about, we’d love to hear your suggestions! Please follow the general guidelines below:

  • Webinar must be conducted by representative of the program or expert on the topic
  • Cannot focus on sales of product or service
  • Must be applicable to CEDS objectives[1] or SVEP Survey results[2]

Send suggestions to Sarah Lang, SVEP manager,


Here you will find details on each session: what the presentation will cover, who will be presenting, and who their target audience is.

When the session is complete, we will archive the presentation here along with any contact information or resources discussed.


Lightning Bold Icon signifies a webinar session that is additional to the typical Knowledge Bites series

Topic: Understanding Labor Market Information Data and Resources

Presenter: Kevin Stapelton, Vermont Department of Labor

Audience: Economic development professionals, grant writers, researchers and anyone who frequently uses data from sources such as Census or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Download Power Point Here: KB1 Stapleton VTDOL

Topic: USDA Rural Development programs overview, in depth on housing or audience choice

Presenter: Jon-Michael Muise, USDA Rural Development VT/NH Office

Audience: municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, regional agencies, private entities

Download Power Point Here: Vermont USDA Rural Development Vermont Overview

Topic: Windham County Economic Development Program, RFP submission

Presenter: RT Brown, BDCC

Audience: Non-profit organizations

Download Power Point: 2017 WCEDP RFP Webinar

Resource Link:

Topic: BDCC & Six College Collaborative Internship Program and the BCRC Internship Program

Presenter: Kristin Mehalick, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Michelle Marrocco, Bennington County Regional Commission

Audience: Business owners in Bennington and Windham counties, college students/recent grads


Download Power Point: BDCC & Six College Collaborative Internship Program – SVEP Presentation 8.2017


Topic: Engaging your state delegation

Presenters: Senator Jeanette White (D-Windham) and Representative Brian Keefe (R- Bennington)

Audience: Residents of Bennington and Windham Counties

Topic: Structured Problem Solving

Presenter: Jon Bates, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Audience: People who manage people and people who manage processes

Download Presentation Here: KB_Problem Solving_Bates

Topic: Utilizing the Vermont Downtown/Village Designation Program to leverage funding and benefits

Presenter: Gary Holloway, Downtown Program Coordinator, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development

Audience: Municipalities who are interested in applying for the downtown/village designation and municipalities who already have designated downtowns/villages


Topic: Vermont Small Business Development Center

Presenters: Deb Boudrieau and Steve Paddock, VTSBDC

Audience: Vermont resident that is looking to start a small business

Power Point: BMC & FIN Knowledge Bites 10.4.17

Topic: Easing Pain Points for Growing Organizations

Presenter: Emily Blistein, Marlboro Center for New Leadership

Audience: Nonprofit and mission driven organizations that are at a crossroads and need to know what action to take to move forward. For example: what do do when your founder is ready to retire? How do you engage a board that doesn’t want to help fundraise? You’ve heard about B-Corps, but how does your mission driven business get certified?

Presentation: CNLforBDCCOct2017

Topic: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy project submission

Presenter: Laura Sibilia, BDCC

Audience: Anyone interested in submitting or updating a project to the region’s CEDS

Presentation: 11.7.2017 – CEDS Knowledge Bites Presentation

Topic: Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program

Presenter: Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Audience: Businesses contemplating investment in new payroll and capital in Vermont to by starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or relocating or expanding a business into Vermont.

Power Point: VEGI PPT 2017

Topic: Workforce Development Grants with the Vermont Training Program

Presenter: John Young, VTP

Audience: Employers

Topic: Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative (WRBRI) and ACCD Brownfield Revitalization Fund

Presenter: Susan McMahon, Windham Regional Commission and Brett Long, ACCD

Audience:  Municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, regional agencies, private entities who have a brownfield site or are interested in a brownfield site and how to remediate it

Topic: Town Officers Education Conference (TOEC)

Presenter: Briset Flores, UVM Extension

Audience: Municipal Leaders, Local government

Download PowerPoint here: BDC Webinar Presentation 1.9.18 Briset & Leslie

Topic: The Consumer Assistance Program, a small business initiative through the VT Office of the Attorney General

Presenter: Whytnee Bush, Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program

Audience: Small businesses



Audience: Business owners, municipal staff/leaders, general public

Presenter: Elaine Haney Sopchak, VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development


Topic: Marketing opportunities for Vermont’s tourism businesses

Audience: Hospitality, tourism and consumer goods businesses and organizations interested in reaching Vermont’s visitors

Presenter: Hilary DelRoss, Heritage & Recreation Specialist, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing

Topic: SBA Hubzone Program and PTAC Assistance

Audience: Small Businesses in Vermont

Presenter: Edward Williams, Vermont Procurement and Technical Assistance Center

PTAC Presentation


[1] Objective 1. Act regionally.

Objective 2. Create an entrepreneurial environment and culture to enhance existing businesses and grow new business.

Objective 3. Improve wage parity with the surrounding laborshed.

Objective 4. Increase the size and quality of the Workforce.

Objective 5. Retain and attract younger talent through engagement linkages, lifestyle amenities, and meaningful career opportunities.

Objective 6. Develop immediate VY-specific workforce and site mitigation strategies prior to the 2014 closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

[2] Developing/Sustaining Collaborations, Legal, Communications/Marketing/Social Media, Finance, Fundraising, Leadership, Organizational Development, Project Coordination, and Strategic Planning