The Way Forward to Economic Growth in Rutland

Sponsored by Evolve Rutland, the BizFit Conference will focus on the powerful interrelationship between healthy economic development and a healthy community by engaging all stakeholders in dynamic discussions and providing access to information on the challenges of women owned businesses, improving economic activity, growing a mid-size business, and enhancing our community.


The Bizfit conference will bring together leading experts, thought leaders and business professionals who can help establish a more dynamic business environment that empowers individuals to establish a proper life balance between career, family, and wellness.


Combining a
healthy economy

and a
healthy community


April 27, 2017





Mountain Top Inn

8:30 am - 3:45 pm

April 27


Session Topics


8-8:30          Registration and coffee


8:30-8:45     Welcome/Introduction


8:45-9:30     “Power Up Your Leadership Style”, Kiki McShane


9:35-10:30   Powering the Vermont Economy

The opportunities and challenges that face Vermont will be addressed by the panel members who are part of the Vermont Futures Project or Change the Story. The Vermont Futures Project promotes the long-term economic health of Vermont that provides opportunity for Vermonters. Through leadership, research and education, the Vermont Futures Project seeks to inform the conversation about Vermont’s economic future and demonstrate how a healthy economy contributes to Vermont’s vibrant communities and unique quality of life. Change the Story has published a series of briefs focusing on topics related to women’s economic wellbeing. Much of the data in the briefs is either new or not regularly collected or published. All of the data is specific to Vermont and all is critical-not just in what it reflects about women, but in its implications for the entire Vermont economy.


10:30-10:45 Break


10:45-11:20 EBITDA

Robert Buzzell, CPA; John Davis, CPA


11:30-1:00   Lunch and Networking,

Key Note Speaker:

Vermont Governor Phil Scott


1:10-2:10     Break Out Session (Topics at right)


2:15-3:15     Break Out Session (Topics at right)


3:25-3:45     Wrap Up

Social Media for Real Life Clients

The art of creating and delivering a consistent and compelling message in the social media world that results in strong sales is a must have in order to grow your business. Experts with proven track records will explore ways to execute an effective social media strategy. Moderator: Jessica Anderson


Fueling Growth, Valuing and Transitioning Your Business

A wide range of credit strategies will be covered to help fuel your business, including cash out, asset based, accounts receivable, home equity and securities based lending. Discussion will also focus on factors and methods for valuing your business, pre-business sales steps, controlling the process to find the right buyer, minimizing taxes and maximizing value. Panel: Hal Dursema, Executive Director, UBS; Ken Lesser, Director, UBS: Patrick Kane, Regional Vice President, USIS-Life Brokerage. Moderator: Tom Cosinuke.


Building Your Leadership Style

Women are key financial decision makers who impact professional and personal profit and success. Learn how businesses can gain momentum with women as part of the team. Panel: Kiki McShane, MA, Evolve Rutland; Yvonne Daley, author. Moderator: Kate Elliott.


How to Decide on Your Business Structure

All businesses need to take advantage of trends, stay flexible, accurate, strong and timely. Determining where your business is on its life cycle and the structure to optimize results is the take away. Panel: James B. Anderson, Attorney, Ryan, Smith and Carbine; John Davis, CPA, Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs; Robert Buzzell, Jr. CPA, Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs. Moderator: Margo Jones.


Achieving Work/Life Balance

Can we have it all? There is no one size fits all for balancing the hours in the day. Balance will be different for when you are single, married, have children and starting a career. Explore concepts with experts that are relevant in all life circumstances. Panel:  Jacki Becker, FNP, MSN; Bill Kelly, PhD, Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center. Moderator: Laurie Musick Wright.


Powering the Vermont Economy

Accurate, timely and pertinent data is part of the first step for identifying opportunities, gaps and next steps in any change initiative. The VT Futures Project was launched to improve Vermont’s economy through research, data and policy development and above all leadership to add vision consistency beyond Vermont’s two year political cycles. Information will focus on Growth Targets and Workforce Supply Gap. Panel: Jeff Lewis, Vermont Futures Project;  Jeff Couture, Vermont Technology Alliance; Cairn Cross, FreshTracks Capital; Stuart Arnet, ADG LLC. Moderator: Doug Racine.





Vermont Commission for Women

Neighbor Works of Western Vermont


Center for Women

and Enterprise



Rutland Region

Chamber of Commerce



Mountain Top photo credit: Gary Hall