Keynote Speakers




Joe Minicozzi

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of downtown Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects. Prior to creating Urban3, he served as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association. Joe is an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design and economics. Joe founded Urban3 to explain and visualize market dynamics created by tax and land use policies. To learn more, visit http://www.urban-three.com/

Featured Presenters

Senior Trade Advisor,

A.N. Deringer


Managing Editor for Podcasts, VPR

Host of "Brave Little State" podcast


Executive Director,

Community Capitol of Vermont


Deputy Secretary,

VT Agency of Commerce and Community Develpment 



Vermont US Export Assistance Center


Executive Director,



Human Resource & Organizational Consultant, EAP Counselor,

Thrive, LLC.


Associate, CVA, CMAP

Country Business, Inc.


Executive Director,

Vermont Economic Progress Council


Helpful GIS Specialist,

Vermont Center for Geographic Information


Ms. Hetrick is a Senior Trade Advisor with A.N. Deringer. She is licensed customs broker in the International Trade business for 30 years working with clients to reduce compliance risk and leverage customs programs to their strategic advantage. Ms. Hetrick established Best in Class US compliance programs for Burton Snowboards, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Keurig Incorporated and has set up compliance programs in Canada, Europe, and Japan. She has extensive International Logistics experience, and has shepherded companies through ISA and C-TPAT certifications and validations, and customs audits in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Check out her Supply Chain Brain and Inbound Logistics podcasts! 

Angela Evancie is Vermont Public Radio's managing editor for podcasts, and the host and creator of VPR's award-winning podcast, Brave Little State, which answers audience questions about Vermont. Angela has contributed work to NPR, This American Life and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She attended Middlebury College and holds a master of arts degree from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. A native of Addison County, she now lives in the Upper Valley.

Continuing a lifelong career in working with small businesses, Rich’s focus is continuing to grow Community Capital while contributing to a healthy and diverse economy. With a background of working in and with small businesses as an employee, academic, business advisor, Rich most recently comes to Community Capital from the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center.

Governor Phil Scott appointed Ted Brady to be the Deputy Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of  Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) in January 2017. Brady served in the Obama Administration as the Vermont and New Hampshire State Director of USDA Rural Development.  Prior to that, Brady served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s senior economic development, international trade, community development, housing, and transportation field representative. Brady has a degree in Journalism and Political Science from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.  He spends his free time skiing, fishing, and hunting musing about making Vermont a better place to live, work, and play.

Susan Murray is Vermont Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center for the U.S. Commercial Service which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.   The U.S. Commercial Service is the lead international trade promotion agency of the federal government. Trade professionals for this agency are located in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. Murray has served as Director for the past 20 years.   As a Certified Global Business Professional, she provides direct export assistance to the Vermont business community.   

Richard is the co-founder and Executive Director of Food Connects. He has been leading food system development work in the Windham County area since 2008. He is a member of the Vermont Farm to Plate Steering Committee as well as the Vermont Farm to School Steering Committee. Richard holds a M.A. from SIT Graduate Institute in Sustainable Development with a focus on Food Security for Vermont, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College Graduate School. Berkfield was named one of Vermont’s Rising Stars by Vermont Business Magazine in 2014. 

Jennifer Jacobs owns and operates Thrive, LLC. Along with her team, Jennifer provides Human Resource Consulting, Employee Counseling, and a wide range of workshops on topics to help with the “people needs” in all types and sizes of organizations. The company slogan, Cultivating Great Places to Work, is the driving force behind how they support businesses to bring aspiration into action.

Tammy Richards is business broker with Country Business, Inc., a regional brokerage firm assisting buyers and sellers throughout New England. Prior to holding this position, she spent 5 years with Pieciak Company, P.C. focusing primarily on performing business valuations of closely held businesses. She
is a Certified Valuation Analyst (“CVA”) as designated by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Before moving to Vermont in 2004, Tammy spent eight years working at Citigroup in New York where she held various positions within the investment banking division focusing on acquisitions, valuations and global loan portfolio management.

Megan Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC), the approval and authorization body for the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program. She works with businesses through the VEGI program to incentivize business growth through quality job creation and capital investment that otherwise would not occur. TIF Districts in Vermont work with VPEC to use tax increment revenue to finance public infrastructure projects that will spur critical private development.

Prior to starting with VEPC in 2018 Megan has spent her career in economic development as Business Liaison in Congressman Peter Welch’s office and as an Economic Development Specialist with the State of Vermont.

Tim is VCGI's point of contact for users and creators of our geospatial information. He is responsible for education, outreach, and knowledge sharing activities, as well as for advancing the design and use of VCGI's data products and services.

Tim comes to VCGI as a GIS professional with a background as practicing urban designer, city and environmental planner, as well as a social scientist, and educator. Tim is excited by working with people of different goals, values, cultures, languages, and experiences to map shared interests and navigate complicated problems towards a common good. He comes to Vermont by way of eastern Pennsylvania, a similarly hilly geography also marked by small towns and working landscapes.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).  

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