The purpose of the group is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for Vermont, not just in Burlington or bigger cities, but across the state in small towns and mountainous regions. Vermont is unique and special, but it needs a thriving economy in order to preserve its resources and protect the quality of life.
The group would include innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and like-minded people interested in art, technology, science and business to collaborate on creative projects, share tools, learn, teach, make things, prototype new ideas, products and services, start ventures, meet new people and share knowledge.
With the advent of the internet, Vermont is uniquely positioned to allow workers to build their businesses here but reach a broader audience outside the state. And small local businesses can thrive within the state if they have the economic resources, work force, technology and services necessary to grow and remain profitable.
If you are interested in helping to build an entrepreneurial / maker community, join us!
Peter Sterling and Kayla Dewey of Vermont's Senate Economic Development Committee are holding a committee hearing at The Space On Main (174 Main Street, Bradford, VT) on Tuesday February 19th (9:15am to 12pm).
The tentative topic of the hearing is how the State of Vermont can spur rural economic growth by better promoting and supporting makerspaces and coworking spaces. They would like to hear from people around the state who are founders of spaces, users of spaces, and hosts in spaces.
They are working on putting an agenda together and would like a list of potential witnesses that would like to speak. The committee is interested in hearing witnesses’ "ideas for expansion of coworking spaces, downtown development, internet access in small rural towns, etc."
This is a public hearing, which is open to both those testifying as well as general public. In order to make sure everyone gets on the agenda who would like to speak, drop a note to Monique or add a comment below.