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2017 VRGA Convention & Expo

April 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - April 28, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

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!

A block of rooms has been reserved for April 27, 2017 – April 30, 2017. The special room rate will be available until April 7th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Use Group code: VRGA



8:30 – 5:00 PM ServSafe® Certification Class & Exam – SOLDWho wants a night out with local beer, wine, and cider tastings, casino games, and plenty of food for you and all your friends? If you work in retail or the restaurant industry, or if you own a store and want an evening of fun and networking, join us next Friday, April 28th from 6pm to 9pm at the Hilton Burlington for Vermonte Carlo! Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for non-members. We’re looking forward to seeing you next Friday! OUT
6:00 PM Laughs at Vermont Comedy Club – presented by Farrell Distributing Fine Wines & Craft Beers: Pre-register and qualiy for free tickets to Michelle Wolf at Vermont Comedy Club
7:00 – 10:00 PM Brewery Hop: Switchback Brewing Company, Queen City Brewery, LLC, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Citizen Cider & Foam Brewers
9:00 PM Late Night at Nectar’s – presented by Baker Distributing : Pre-register and qualiy for free tickets to the Clever Ruse a Phish cover band


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 new 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 non-members 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 – 9:00 PM Vermonte Carlo: Network the night away with unlimited samples of local beer, cider, wine and a cash bar, plus a buffet dinner with carving stations and $250 of casino chips for casino games & fantastic raffle prizes from our wonderful partners!

Proceeds from raffle ticket sales & casino games helps fund the VRGA Scholarship Program.

Cash bar open until midnight both nights

This event is made possible by the following partnerships:

Welcome Sponsor: C&S Wholesale Grocers
Seminar Sponsor: Associated Grocers of New England
Registration Sponsor: Hannaford Supermarkets
ID Badge Sponsor: McKenzie Deli
Lanyard Sponsor: Mac’s Market
Laughs at Vermont Comedy Club: Farrell Distributing
Night out at Nectar’s: Baker Distributing
Brewery Hop: Noyle Johnson Group & Acadia Insurance, Jolley,Switchback Brewing Company, Queen City Brewery, LLC, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Citizen Cider & Foam Brewers
Charging Station: National Retail Federation
Relaxation Lounge: Casella
Vermonte Carlo Co-sponsors: Frito-Lay, Shaw’s Supermarket, Farrell Distributing, HP Hood, McKenzie Deli Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England


April 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
April 28, 2017 @ 10:00 pm