Posted by Charity on November 30th, 2007

As you may have heard, Vermont Tiger held a symposium today entitled: Entrepreneurs or Entitlements: the future of Vermont’s economy.

Panelist, and editor-at-large of, Art Woolf clarified what is meant by “entrepreneurs” in that title as “market solutions to public policy problems.”

The symposium featured addresses by national personalities David Audretsch, Amity Shlaes, and P.J. O’Rourke. There were also two panel discussions, each moderated by a member of the Vermont media, made up of members of the Vermont business and economics communities.

I took copious notes of all but P.J. O’Rourke’s fast-paced, hysterically funny closing speech, only because I was too busy laughing.

A lot of issues came up during the panel discussions that I will be devoting full posts to in the coming days.

I would love to get into more now, but I have a killer sinus headache.

This morning when I was getting ready to go, I had such a stuffy head and such a bad headache that I almost didn’t go. My husband suggested I go take some Sudafed, something I almost never do.

As I was looking at the Pfizer logo on the box, I imagined myself writing this post with a “Brought to you by Pfizer, the makers of Sudafed” on the top because I knew there was no way I would make it through this all-day event without it.

Imagine my surprise when I looked in the program at the symposium and saw that one of their sponsors was none other than Pfizer.

I thought that was pretty funny.

I commend Vermont Tiger for putting on this event. I am sure it was no small task to find sponsors and assemble such an impressive group of speakers and panelists, not to mention all of the other details.

One thing I learned today, among many, is that there is hope for the economic future of Vermont as long as there are people who care enough to try to do something about it.

And there are.

Part one of my in-depth coverage of the symposium is here.  And part two is here.

One Response to “The Vermont Tiger Symposium”

  1. I hope you feel better Charity. I wouldn’t be surprised at all that one of the biggest medical mega-corporations in the world (Pfizer) was sponsoring a Republican-type event. Their issues go almost hand-in-hand with each other these days IMO.