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2017 VRGA Convention & Expo

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Hilton Burlington

60 Battery Street

Burlington, VT 05401

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This is an event for Retailers, Grocers, Specialty Food & Beverage Producers, Manufacturers & Business Service Providers. It is a business-to-business event loaded with multiple networking opportunities, information sessions, quality goods and services at every price point for businesses of all sizes!

Download the 2017 VRGA CONVENTION & EXPO Program

Enjoy:

  • 2 nights of NEW networking events inclusive of 5 fantatic options
  • redesign tradeshow with local and national exhibitors
  • 8 information sessions and fantastic giveaways! Schedule below
  • welcome bag of goodies when you book a room at the Hilton using Group Code "VRGA"

2-DAY CONVENTION & EXPO SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

  • 8:30 - 5:00 PM ServSafe® Certification Class & Exam - SOLD OUT
  • 6:00 PM Laughs & Drinks at Vermont Comedy Club
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM Brewery Hop: Switchback Brewery, Queen City Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery, Citizen Cider & Foam Brewers
  • 9:00 PM Dancing & Drinks at Nectar’s

FRIDAY

  • 9:00 AM |How to Tackle Waste Regulation to be Compliant: What the Universal Recycling & Composting Law means for your business | Green Mountain Ballroom A

  • 10:00 AM | The Future of Healthcare in Vermont: Understanding the drivers of health costs & how it impacts you | Green Mountain Ballroom A

  • 11:00 AM
    Invest in Your Hiring Strategy:
    Learn how to recruit, hire and retain engaged and dedicated talent | Green Mountain Ballroom A
    Improving the Customer Experience: Creating unique experiences to increase customer growth and loyalty | Montpelier Room

  • 1:00 PM
    Organized Retail Crime: Facts and Realities: What is the driving force of Organized Retail Crime & what tools and stories can help you prevent it from happening in your business | Green Mountain Ballroom A

  • 2:00 PM
    Smarter Energy Investing:
    Creative ways to save you money now while being an investment in your future | Green Mountain Ballroom A
    Social Media Strategies for Success: Quick tips for success at all experience levels | Montpelier Room

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM Tradeshow: Featuring 50+ exhibitors from local and national companies to answer your questions and provide quality solutions. Enjoy multiple raffle prize giveaways throughout the day and a GRAND PRIZE, product demonstrations, networking and so much more! Information Sessions & Tradeshow are FREE for members $10 for nonmembers or save 50% by registering online by April 21st.

  • 5:30 PM VIP Food & Beverage Pairing Workshop: Limited to 24 tickets. Presented by Farrell Distributing Cicerone Certified Beer Servers. This also includes your ticket to Vermonte Carlo afterwards.

  • 6:00 PM Vermonte Carlo: Network the night away with unlimited samples of local beer, cider, wine PLUS complimentary beverages, a cash bar, a buffet dinner and $250 of casino chips for a nigh of entertaining casino games. *This is a fundraising event in support of the VRGA Scholarship Fund* | Green Mountain Ballroom A

100% of proceeds from tradeshow raffle ticket sales & casino games helps fund the VRGA Scholarship Program.

Cash bar in lobby open until midnight both nights

This event is made possible by our sponsors:

  • Welcome Sponsor: C & S Wholesale Grocers
  • Seminar Sponsor: Associated Grocers of New England
  • Registration Sponsor: Hannaford Supermarkets
  • ID Badge Sponsor: McKenzie Country Classics
  • Lanyard Sponsor: Mac's Market
  • Laughs at Vermont Comedy Club: Farrell Distributing
  • Brewery Hop Premier Coach: Noyle W Johnson & Acadia Insurance
  • Brewery Hop: Switchback Brewery, Queen City Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery, Citizen Cider & Foam Brewer
  • Night out at Nectar's: Baker Distributing
  • Refreshment Sposnors: IamgeTek Labels, Upper Valley Group, Baker Distributing
  • ServeSafe Certification Class & Exa: The Richards Group
  • Charging Station: National Retail Federation
  • Relaxation Lounge: Casella Waste Management
  • Vermonte Carlo Sponsors: Frito Lay, Farrell Distributing, Shaws, HP Hood, Baker Distributing, McKenzie Country Classics
  • Raffle Prize Sponsors: Frito Lay, Vermont Coffee Company, Klingers Bread Company, Hannaford, AGNE, Koffee Kup Bakery, Core Mark New England, McKenzie Country Classics, Baker Distributing
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