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Not only is the SVEP’s mission to strengthen the economic development network in Bennington and Windham Regions but it is also to help build capacity for those organizations. SVEP aims to increase capacity through workshops, events, trainings, and forums.

This programming is hosted around Bennington and Windham Regions by SVEP. Programming listed under “Other Programming” are relevant workshops, events, trainings, and forums in Southern Vermont hosted by other organizations.

SVEP Programming

  • September 12th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How do I solve problems quickly and keep them from reoccurring?”
    • Topic: Structured Problem Solving
    • Presenter: Jon Bates, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center
    • Audience: People who manage people and people who manage processes
    • For more information: Click Here

 

  • September 26th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How to I utilize the State downtown/village designation to leverage funding and benefits?”
    • 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
    • For more information: Click Here

 

Other Programming

  • September 6-8th: Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit
    • To bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. The event aims to accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change. 
    • Where: Burlington, VT
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • September 9th (all day): Young Professionals Summit of Vermont
    • Where: The Paramount Theater, Rutland, VT
    • For more information: Click Here

 

  • September 12th (9a-1p): Starting Your Own Business (VtSBDC)
    • This workshop conducted by experienced business advisors, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend includes a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts, and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations.
    • Fee: $129
    • Where: TD Bank, Bennington
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • September 12th (4-6p): Introduction to Business Succession Planning (Wilmington Works)
    • Attention all business owners: if you plan to retire, or think you might someday want to change gears in your life, you will eventually be faced with the task of selling or transferring ownership of your business!
    • Where: Memorial Hall, Wilmington, VT
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • September 18th (1-2:30pm): Housing Revenue Bond Regional Meeting
    • On June 28th, a significant achievement from this legislative session was signed into law: approval of a $35 million revenue bond to invest in affordable and workforce housing. The bond was proposed by Gov. Scott in January and was enthusiastically received by both the House and the Senate. (A summary of the proposed uses of the bond is attached.)The revenue bond will be issued by VHFA and administered by VHCB. As we outline the investment of bond proceeds in housing development projects, we are reaching out to communities around the state for help in identifying highest priority needs and projects.
    • Where: Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT
    • For more information, contact: Martin Hahn, mhahn@vhcb.org, (802) 828-3259

 

  • September 21st (10a-12p): Information Sessions for VHCB’s Water Quality Grants and Dairy Improvement Grants programs
    • Viability Program staff will hold sessions to talk about both grant programs and field questions from farmers considering to apply for funds
    • Where: Rutland- Neighborworks of Western Vermont, 110 Marble St.
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • September 22nd (10a-12p): Information Sessions for VHCB’s Water Quality Grants and Dairy Improvement Grants programs
    • Viability Program staff will hold sessions to talk about both grant programs and field questions from farmers considering to apply for funds
    • Where: Hartland- Hartland Public Library, 153 US 5
    • For more information: Click here

SVEP Programming

  • October 10th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “What does it take to start a small business in Vermont? And where do I start?”
    • Topic: Vermont Small Business Development Center
    • Presenters: Deb Boudrieau and Steve Paddock, VTSBDC
    • Audience: Vermont resident that is looking to start a small business
    • For more information: Click Here

 

  • October 20th (all day): 2017 Vermont Financing Working Landscapes Conference
    • All-day conference providing resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs of the farm, food, and forest industries
    • Where: Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm in Weston Vermont
    • Registration is FREE but you must register to attend the event
    • Click here for more information and to register

 

  • October 24th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “What do I do when my organization is at a crossroads?”
    • 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?
    • For more information: Click Here

 

Other Programming

  • October 16th (6-8pm): Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forum
    • The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) is hosting seven public forums around the state to gather feedback on ways to promote business opportunities, increase participation opportunities, and strengthen the quality, extent, and stewardship of our recreational resources.
    • Where: Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West St., East Dummerston, VT
    • For more information: Click here or contact Sarah Lang at slang@brattleborodevelopment.com

 

  • October 19th (1-5p): 5th Annual Windham County Career Expo
    • Each year, the Career Expo brings together dozens of prominent local businesses, colleges, and career service providers to promote and support exciting career opportunities right here in Southeastern Vermont.
    • Where: River Garden, Brattleboro, VT
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • October 24th (6-8pm): Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forum
    • The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) is hosting seven public forums around the state to gather feedback on ways to promote business opportunities, increase participation opportunities, and strengthen the quality, extent, and stewardship of our recreational resources.
    • Where: West Mountain Inn, 144 West Mountain Inn Rd., Arlington, VT
    • For more information: Click here or contact Sarah Lang at slang@brattleborodevelopment.com

SVEP Programming

  • November 1st (1-4pm): Economic Development for Town Leaders #3:: Connectivity 
    • Where: Dover Town Hall in East Dover, VT
    • Who: Town managers, administrators, select board members, planning/zoning commission member or anyone from the public who is interested in this topic
    • What: Will focus on the current state of connectivity in Southern Vermont will feature Clay Purvis, the Director of the Telecommunications and Connectivity Division of the Vermont Public Service Department and highlight current case studies from Southern Vermont.
    • To attend: RSVP here

 

  • November 14th (12-12:30p): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How can the VEGI program help grow and expand my business?”
    • 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
    • For more information: Click here

 

  • November 28th (12-12:30p): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- Vermont Training Program
    • Topic: Vermont Training Program
    • Presenter: John Young, VTP
    • Audience: TBD
    • For more information: Click here

 

Other Programming

SVEP Programming

  • December 12th (12-12:30p): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How do I utilize the regional and state programs for my brownfield site?”
    • 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
    • For more information: Click here

 

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  • January 9th (12-12:30p): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- TBD

 

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  • February 9th: Economic Development for Town Leaders #4
    • Where: Shaftsbury, VT
    • Topic and time TBD

 

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PAST PROGRAMMING

SVEP Programming

  • May 3rd: “Federal Policy Changes- What We Currently Know” Forum
    • Federal delegation staffers talk on potential changes to laws, policies, and procedures that would possibly affect economic development. Staffers will talk on expected relevant changes and audience will have time to ask specific questions.
      – 10 am, Putney, Landmark College (RSVP: Here)
      – 2 pm, Bennington, Oldcastle Theater (RSVP: Here)
  • May 8th-13th: National Economic Development Week
    • The International Economic Development Council has designated MAY 8TH-13TH as National Economic Development Week!
    • Visit their website to learn how your community or organization can participate! IEDC provides templates on press releases, advertising, resolutions, social media marketing, and event ideas! Use #EconDevWeek or #EDW2017 to highlight your community or organization’s economic development achievements!
  • May 10th (10a-12p): Quarterly SVEP Steering Committee Meeting 
    • GFRCC in Bellows Falls, VT
    • Housekeeping Items: Invoices, Progress Reports, Proposal Submission
    • CEDS projects overview
    • Mini-workshop: Leveraging Facebook to increase your organizations visibility (Mondo Mediaworks)
  •  May 12th (10a-12p): Economic Development for Town Leadership Quarterly
    • Putney Volunteer Fire Station, Putney, VT
    • Includes Town Managers, Town Admins, Select Boards
    • Ever feel like your definition of economic development is different than you neighboring town’s definition? Ever feel like there is a disconnect between the community leaders and economic development organizations? Ever feel like you have a vision for your town’s economy but aren’t sure how to get there? Ever feel like if only you had more capacity you could accomplish your projects? Then this meeting is for you!
    • RSVP Here
  • May 24th (all day): Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit
    • Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton, VT
    • A daylong event that will focus on the key projects and perspectives affecting economic development throughout the Southern Vermont region. Attendees will hear from experts on economic and workforce patterns affecting Vermont in general and Southern Vermont in particular; review innovative responses to emerging issues in community and regional development; and examine the ongoing partnership between planning and development groups in Bennington and Windham counties.
    • Registration: $30
    • Find more information at the SoVTED Summit website: (currently under construction

 

Other Programming

  • May 9th (5-7pm): FREE Intro to Adobe Photoshop
    • Hosted by Bennington County Regional Commission
    • Bennington, VT
    • RSVP or Questions: Michelle Marrocco, BCRC, mmarrocco@bcrcvt.org
  • May 11th (5-7pm): FREE Intro to Illustrator 
    • Hosted by Bennington County Regional Commission
    • Bennington, VT
    • RSVP or Questions: Michelle Marrocco, BCRC, mmarrocco@bcrcvt.org
  • May 18th (7pm): Facilitating Economic Development in Villages and Downtowns
    • Hosted by Windham Regional Commission
    • RSVP or Questions: Susan McMahon, WRC, susan@windhamregional.org

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Other Programming

  • June 8th (all day): Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference
    • Hosted by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
    • Keynote speaker: Joe Minicozzi, Urban3
    • White River Junction, VT
    • To register or for more information, click here.
    • Contact/Questions: Gary Holloway, gary.holloway@vermont.gov, 802-828-3220

SVEP Programming

  • July 11th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How do I find useful labor data on the new Department of Labor website?”
    • Topic: Navigating to useful labor data on the new Vermont Department of Labor website
    • Presenter: Kevin Stapelton, Vermont Department of Labor
    • Audience: municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, regional agencies, private entities
    • For more information: Click Here

 

  • July 25th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “USDA Rural Development has housing programs, can you tell me more about them?”
    • Topic: USDA Rural Development housing programs
    • Presenter: Jon-Michael Muise, USDA Rural Development VT/NH Office
    • Audience: municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, regional agencies, private entities
    • For more information: Click Here

 

Other Programming

SVEP Programming

  • August 8th (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How do I find an intern for my business/how do I become an intern?”
    • Topic: BDCC & Six College Collaborative Internship Program
    • Presenter: Kristin Mehalick, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
    • Audience: Business owners in Windham county, college students/recent grads
    • For more information: Click Here

 

  • August (12:00-12:30 pm): “Knowledge Bites” Webinar- “How do I utilize the Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative?”
    • Topic: Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative (WRBRI)
    • Presenter: Susan McMahon, Windham Regional Commission
    • Audience: Windham region municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, regional agencies, private entities
    • For more information: Click Here

 

Other Programming

  • July 31- August 4th: Fast Tracks Road Pitch 2017
    • Sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and BDCC
    • more than 40 motorcycle riders will be hitting the roads of Vermont and stopping in 10 towns to listen to at least 50 entrepreneurial pitches. Their goal is to find exciting opportunities for investment.
    • Towns: Brattleboro, Essex Junction, Rutland, Bennington, Barre, Randolph, St. Johnsbury, Lowell, Morrisville and Grand Isle
    • Apply here to pitch your idea!