Retailers Hit the Town During VRGA’s B2B Convention & Expo April 27 and 28

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Retailers: Hit the Town During VRGA’s B2B Convention & Expo April 27 and 28

Networking and honoring former president Jim Harrison at Friday’s Vermonte Carlo

The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association will hold its annual business-to-business expo on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, offering networking opportunities and valuable seminars to help grow businesses in Vermont, and honor former VRGA president Jim Harrison with its Person of the Year Award.

The 2017 VRGA Convention & Expo will be held at the Hilton Burlington at 60 Battery Street. The expo will feature a business-to-business trade show format, exciting networking events around Burlington, and information sessions to keep business owners in the know. Business owners, buyers, management and staff are all invited to attend.

The networking events on April 27 include a brewery hop at five Burlington-based breweries, a show at the Vermont Comedy Club and Late Night networking at Nectars.

The event’s signature event Vermonte Carlo will be held on Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local beer, wine, and cider tastings, casino games, and appetizers and a buffet dinner will be available to attendees. Harrison, who served as association president for nearly thirty years,  will be honored at the Vermonte Carlo event. Attendees can register at

The information sessions will cover a wide variety of topics, including: 

  • The Future of Healthcare in Vermont;
  • Understanding the New Waste Regulations to ensure Compliance;
  • How to Recruit, Hire, and Engage employees;
  • Improving the Customer Experience;
  • Organized Retail Crime: Facts and Realities; 
  • Smarter Energy Investing;
  • Maximizing Your Customer Base; and, 
  • Digital Business Strategies to Attract Customers; and
  • Social Media Strategies for Success.

“Businesses are constantly in search for new ways to boost sales, hire and retain employees, and stay relevant in the everchanging landscape of retail. VRGA’s convention and expo provides a venue for retailers to network with fellow business owners, attend information sessions to keep up to date with new regulations or best practices, and learn about new business services,” said VRGA president Erin Sigrist. “And with new Thursday night networking events around town and Vermonte Carlo Night on Friday, we’re looking forward to plenty of fun at this year’s convention and expo.”

Online registration for the expo, information sessions, and networking events is available at Non-members who register online by April 21 for the expo and information sessions are asked to pay a $5 entrance fee. Registration the day of will be $10. VRGA members are admitted free of charge.

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association represents approximately 800 retail stores and 250 suppliers to the retail and grocery industries; including the Vermont Specialty Food Association. Current members include clothing stores, sports stores, supermarkets, food co-ops, beverage stores, convenience stores, and general and country stores among many other merchants. Associate members include manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, and service providers. To learn more visit

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 9:00am