RESCHEDULED! Rutland, VT Regional Economic Initiative "Feather Your Nest" Conference & Economic Development Summit to Be Held October 7 at Castleton University

Rescheduled - Castleton University in Rutland, Vermont to host "Feather Your Nest" regional economic summit featuring many top speakers.

RESCHEDULED till next spring - ​​A vital regional economic initiative will be launched in October 2016, beginning with the “Feather Your Nest” Conference and Economic Development Summit, to be held from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm on October 7 at the Rutland VT campus of Castleton University. Learn more by visiting the conference’s official website:

Presented by Evolve Rutland and Integrity Wealth Management (a team at UBS Financial Services, Inc.), this one-day, future-focused conference and networking opportunity will bring together visionary entrepreneurs, business executives, government officials, and others who are serious about doing business, attracting business, and building a sustainable business climate in the Rutland region.

The “Feather Your Nest” Conference and Economic Development Summit will also serve to jump-start long-term initiatives designed to encourage real and lasting change that is vital to the future of the Rutland regional economy.

The conference will feature an impressive array of keynote speakers and expert panelists, including: Anthony "AB" Bourke, CEO & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting; Jane Schwartzberg, Author of Naked Jane Bears All and Head of Field Leader Development at UBS Wealth Management Americas; Christopher Louras, Mayor of Rutland; Michael Solimano, President and General Manager of the Killington/Pico Golf & Ski Resort; Rose Kennedy, Rutland County State's Attorney; Kiki McShane, President/Managing Director of CFA/FarVision; Adam Epstein, Newtek Business Services Corp. Director of Strategic Alliances; Ken Lesser, Director and Banking Solutions Consultant at UBS Wealth Management; Stuart Arnett, Managing Partner of the ADG, LLC; Paul D'Aiutolo, Principal for the D’Aiutolo Institutional Consulting Team; Hal E. Dursema, Assistant Complex Director, Northern New England Complex for UBS; Izabella Goldenberg, Vice President in the Portfolio Strategy team of Strategic Advisory Solutions; Robert E. Buzzell, Jr, CPA, Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs, PLC; Patrick Kane, Regional Vice President, USIS – Life Brokerage, Principal Financial Group; Debra Augenthaler, psychotherapist and author; Jacki Becker, Nurse Practitioner, and manager of the Wellness Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center; Jeff Couture, Executive Director of the Vermont Technology Alliance; Cairn Cross, Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital; Kasia Karazim, President of Green Mountain Marketing & Advertising; John Anderson, attorney with Ryan Smith and Carbine; and Patricia Heffernan, President of Marketing Partners. The individual bios of all speakers and panelists can be found at

The “Feather Your Nest” Conference and Economic Development Summit will deliver expert insight on how to build a successful, sustainable, and entrepreneurial business, and more specifically, how to use this knowledge to become an agent of positive change for Rutland’s economic health. Afternoon Break-out Session topics will include:

·         Today’s Fresh Integrated Marketing to Grow Business

·         Fueling Growth, Valuing and Transitioning Your Business

·         Empowering Women in Business

·         Designing Retirement Plans to Attract and Retain Talent

·         How to Decide on Your Business Structure 

·         Achieving Work/Life Balance

·         Building a Sustainable Economic Community

Throughout the day, successful local, regional, and national business leaders and experts will share their real-life experiences, knowledge, and insight to “light the fire” within fellow entrepreneurs and business owners to help attract and retain young talent to the region by providing mentoring and guidance to inspire a new generation of community leaders. This event will also seek to spark the creation of problem-solving teams willing to work at the grass roots level to foster local economic development and to spur local business incubation.

The “Feather Your Nest” Conference has attracted an impressive and growing list of sponsors, including: Rutland Regional Medical Center; UBS, Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs, PLC; The Vermont Country Store; McDonalds; Ryan Smith & Carbine, LTD; Kinney Pike Insurance; Mountain Top Inn & Resort; and FirstLight Technologies.

Participating sponsors are demonstrating leadership in the effort to encourage regional economic development and are given an ideal networking platform to engage a hundreds of high profile attendees, including key decision makers for the area’s largest employers, along with economic development professionals, legislators, chamber of commerce executives, community leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals looking to stay or re-locate within the Rutland region.

The attendance fee for this one-day conference is just $125. For more information or to register, visit, or contact Kiki McShane at 802-345-1252 or by email at

Source: Evolve Rutland Vermont


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