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Friday, May 25, 2007

Business EXPO 2007 report...

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2007 at 10:23 AM

I may have missed the opening day due to my Wednesday chemotherapy on Hospital Hill, but I did feel fit enough to swing by the Sheraton Burlington Thursday afternoon and catch what was left. And surprisingly, a whole lot was!

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Who do I bump into on the way in, but the one and only Wayne Roberts [right], who "retired" as boss of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce last year [replaced by Tom Torti].

Had a great chat with Wayne. All the good stuff, unfortunately,  was off-the-record, but as always, enlightening.

Thanks, Wayno!

A very healthy Vermont Business EXPO this year [despite scant coverage in our local Gannett daily] and though I was feeling a little hang-over from the chemo (nothing like the hangovers of old, however), I can attest to it's vitality. Kudos to the Vermont Chamber, the major sponsor/organizer.

Never, ever, have the free pens been better or more plentiful!

I've got a year's supply and a SOVERNET Communications cloth bag to keep them in. But would you believe IBM didn't have any free pens to give away? IBM?

The surprise - ready for this - first time exhibitor: Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont.

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The old hippie school, right? Not only was Admissions Counselor Lara Duston [left] giving away the best free ball-point pens of the entire EXPO, but hers was the only exhibitor booth we saw that also was giving out free refrigerator magnets - good ones, too!

I appreciate a good refrigerator magnet.

Look, I confess that in the last few months I occasionally tune into the Goddard College radio station online. Quite the eclectic mix - I've gotten so sick and tired of the same-old, same-old on the regular dial that I've stopped listening to radio except for the odd "Switchboard" on VPR or classical.

Also, I learned from Lara that Goddard has completely restructured. It's a "low-residency" campus. That means you spend the first week of the semester on campus, design your program and then go home and complete it. They're targeting an older student body. Folks with jobs, marriages, kids. And the new Goddard student body comes from all over the world!

Very interesting.

They're also about to start an undergraduate degree program in creative writing, said Duston. 

Very creative eh?

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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