Early bird registration for 2012 Financing the Working Landscape Conference open through Nov. 9

Early bird registration for 2012 Financing the Working Landscape Conference open through Nov. 9

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On Nov. 29, 2012, businesses connected to the working landscape will have the opportunity to meet with service providers, capital providers, and their fellow entrepreneurs for a day of networking, discussion, and education. Maple syrup producers, farmers, food manufacturers, woodworkers, and other regional business owners can explore ways to energize their plans and grow their businesses.

Three regional organizations, ACORN, ACEDC and ACRPC, will present the second annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middlebury American Legion. This year’s conference features panel discussions, case studies of entrepreneurs, open networking time and active feedback sessions for local start-ups and small business owners. Additional sessions focus on writing bank-ready business plans, exploring the different types of resources available, and preparing a business for capitalization.

Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will be the keynote lunchtime speaker, offering information on the newly created statewide Working Lands Enterprise Board. Attendees will enjoy a local foods lunch prepared and served by the student chefs of the Glass Onion Restaurant at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury.

Advance registration runs through Nov. 8 at $25 ($15 for students), and increases to $30/$20 on Nov. 9. To register by mail, please make your check payable to “ACORN” with your name, business and contact information and mail it to: PO Box 65, Middlebury, VT 05753.

In 2009, 97 percent of Vermonters polled by the Council on the Future of Vermont said that the working landscape is key to the state’s future. Last year, over 150 people participated in the conference, learning from each other and making useful connections for future collaboration.

Financing the Working Landscape would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors: the National Bank of Middlebury, People’s United Bank, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Co-operative Insurance Companies, the Vermont Economic Development Authority and Yankee Farm Credit.