8 – 9:45 am – Senator Leahy Business Breakfast: The annual U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy's Business Breakfast hosts representatives from Facebook. Get practical tips about how to use Facebook to grow your business. Diamond Ballroom, $35 SPONSORED BY VELCO
10 am – 5 pm – The Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO : Visit northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show featuring 200 exhibitors. Stop by the Technology Pavilion on the second floor. Lake Champlain Exhibit Hall (Level 1)Emerald Ballroom & Promenade (Level 2), Free [$10 after May 18] PLATINUM SPONSORS – FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS & VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE
10 – 10:30 am – Presentation of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award: Governor Peter Shumlin will present the award. Sheraton Conference Center Foyer, Free PRESENTED BY VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE AND THE VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
12 noon – 2 pm – Business Luncheon: Online Marketing Strategies with Google: Join Google’s head of Global Cross-Product Solutions, Seth van der Swaagh, and learn about what’s new in online media and marketing, and how to stay relevant to your customers. Diamond Ballroom, $40 SPONSORED BY KSE PARTNERS & NPI
2 – 3:30 pm – 7 Experts – 7 Tips – 7 Minutes The Seven Blind Spots of Business and How to Prevent Them: As a business owner or leader, time and knowledge is critical. Recent news of financial misappropriation by employees, brand hijacking and natural disasters have left many businesses in the lurch and even closed many. This year’s 777 panel will explore the many blinds spots that exist and offer some simple tips for identifying and preventing them from doing further damage. Amphitheatre, $25 MODERATED BY VERMONT FAMILY BUSINESS INITIATIVE; SPONSORED BY FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS
5 – 7 pm – EXPO Networking Reception: An EXPO exclusive event that is FREE to all EXPO exhibitors and attendees. Come mingle and relax with your colleagues. G’s Restaurant, Free SPONSORED BY WAITSFIELD AND CHAMPLAIN VALLEY TELECOM
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.