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Roundtable Discussions - 2017 Fall Conference


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The Business Climate in Context: Navigating External Issues

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Roundtable Discussion Topics 

Each roundtable will focus on a facet of the external business environment and will feature a subject matter expert who's deeply involved. Table experts will share updates and experience that will deepen the conversation and allow for direction so you can leave with real strategies for tackling that arena in your business.

Political - The political landscape is vast and rapidly changing. Did you know WBON has a policy committee leading the conversation in VT around women-business-friendly policies? This roundtable will address policy issues pertaining to business, including healthcare, tax policy changes, minimum wage, family-friendly policies like child care, paid maternity/family leave , housing, and retirement.

Economic - The economy holds all of business. With the subject matter expert at the Economics table, you'll look at issues of business infrastructure, workforce investment, women's business certification, and international trade.

Social/Cultural - This is the first time in history that there is a convergence of 3 generations in the workplace, there are record numbers of women in leadership and business ownership, and issues of gender, race, and religious diversity are all over the news. At this roundtable, hear from other business owners about how they're building diversity throughout the stakeholders in their businesses (supply chain, customers, employees). You'll also look at business's role in addressing social issues,

Technological - How can you build a competitive edge through new technological advances in your business? At this roundtable, you'll talk about issues of cybersecurity, stories of women in the tech field, and businesses currently utilizing technology to better position themselves in the marketplace

Legal - As regulations rapidly change, it is imperative for businesses to be aware of the standards and rules impacting resource allocation within the business. The legal roundtable will address issues such as hiring & employee relations, health and food regulations, product liability, customer issues, and intellectual property considerations.

Environmental - Sustainable business is no longer simply a publicity stunt; it's necessary to keep revenues flowing and costs down. Discuss issues of business's impact on the environment (and vice versa!), including issues of building certification, alternative energy, public and private programs to assist adoption of environmental practices, cost-savings strategies, and examples of businesses leading in environmental innovation.

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