February 2017
Vermont Businesses for  
Social Responsibility
   
People. Planet. Prosperity.
Dear VBSR Members and Friends,

Please remember...we are here to serve you. And, we want to hear from you! If you haven't filled out our member survey, please take a minute to do so now. Your input helps us decide what programs/topics to offer, how to spend our time, and how to improve our offerings.

And speaking of offerings, we're excited to say that Jason Haber, author of The Business of Good, Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line, will be the keynoter at our spring conference on May 17th!

We're also pleased to announce two new VBSR awards. Please check out the VBSR Young Changemaker Award for individuals, and the VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award, which recognizes organizational achievement.

Last but not least, do you know anyone who wants to help strengthen Vermont's economy and support Vermont-based businesses? We're hiring a part-time Local First Vermont Program Manager; if you know someone who would be interested, please ask them to send a letter and resume to search@vbsr.org.

Lastly, as always, thank you for helping us improve the triple-bottom-line approach to business in Vermont... and beyond.

Sincerely,
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VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest Members!  
Individual Members:
John Boucher (Middlebury)
Michael Burak (Burlington)
Milagro Carranza (Johnson) 
Annie Monaghan (Montclair, NJ)
 
  *Also joined Local First Vermont! 
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Upcoming VBSR Events
We hope to see you soon! 
 
February 28:  Green Drinks Burlington (Skinny Pancake, Sponsored by VBSR)
 
March 11: Full Barrel's March Co-op Homebrew Social (Full Barrel Co-op, Sponsored by VBSR)
 
March 21: VBSR Networking Get-Together Hosted by The Alchemist (Stowe) 

May 17:
VBSR's 27th Annual Spring Conference (Burlington) - Sponsorships and Exhibit Tables Going Fast

Log-on to VBSR's website to post an event. Forgot your password? Send us an email! 
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This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
Let's Grow Kids    

Let's Grow Kids is working hard to reach business owners to convey the importance of early childhood care and education as it relates to our society and our current and future workforce(s). Click here to learn more. 
Jason Haber to Keynote 27t h Annual Spring Conference
Join us May 17th, Sponsors Needed

VBSR's Marquee event returns for the 27th year on May 17th! This year, we are thrilled to welcome Jason Haber as our Keynote Speaker. A serial and social entrepreneur, his extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. In 2016, he authored The Business of Good, a widely praised book on social entrepreneurship.
 
Registration opens April 1, so save the date... You won't want to miss this event! 

Looking to support VBSR and gain visibility with our highly engaged audience? We're looking for Underwriters for this year's annual conference. Underwriters receive:
  • 1 free pass to conference
  • logo in brochure to 2,000 businesses
  • complimentary exhibit table
  • company description, logo and link to sponsor's site on VBSR website
  • logo and link on 4 or more conference evites
  • logo on displays at event, and in participant's online app
  • mentioned in press releases and promotional publications
Interested? Learn more or contact Russ Elek to sign up today.  
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Terry Ehrich - Who do you know? VBSR Announces Two New Awards
Nominations Due March 31 

VBSR is pleased to announce two new awards to encourage the growth of SR business activity and bring awareness to our members' achievements by recognizing those who are pushing new ideas and initiatives forward, leading by outstanding example, and developing successful SR business models early in their careers.

VBSR Inspiration and Innovation Award
The VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award recognizes VBSR member organizations who have accomplished innovative and/or inspirational achievement in the following areas within the past three years: People (Social Impact), Planet (Environmental Impact), Prosperity (Economic Impact)

VBSR Young Changemaker Award
The VBSR Young Changemaker Award recognizes an individual under age 40 who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise that has been in operation 3 or more years. The awardee will be selected based on their ability to use the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society's challenges for the good of the planet, their employees, their community and economic growth in Vermont.

Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement
These new awards will be given along with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement (formerly the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsibility) at the 16th Annual VBSR Award Ceremony & Dinner on September 14th at Basin Harbor Club near Vergennes. Save the Date now, you won't want to miss this evening of celebration of all things SR!

Submit your nomination today! 
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Buy Local Book Helps Schools Raise $22,000
Help Us Support Vermont's Local Economy!
 
Did you know that VBSR offers schools and nonprofits the ability to use Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book as a fundraiser? Last year alone, Local First Vermont contributed nearly $22,000 to Vermont schools.

"This is a win-win program for us," says VBSR Executive Director Jane Campbell. "By working with schools and nonprofits, we are able to increase the distribution and raise awareness of the coupon book, which is a tool that supports the local economy. At the same time, these worthwhile organizations are able to raise awareness of their own causes while bolstering their budgets."

Campbell said she is thrilled with 2016's results and hopes more groups will take advantage of the program. Vermont schools and nonprofit groups sell the book for $20 and keep $10 for each book sold. The 2016-17 Buy Local Book includes 230+ coupons valued at $3,000 at some of Vermont's finest locally owned stores. There is still time to sell the book, as coupons are good for 6 more months, through September 1, 2017.

Interested in using the Buy Local Book as a fundraiser? Contact LFVT Program Manager Wendy today.
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Legislative Reception Draws Nearly 200
Members and Friends Talk Policy, Sustainable Business
 
Approximately 175 legislators, state officials, VBSR members and guests packed Montpelier's Capitol Plaza for VBSR's Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 8th. The event, which was presented by Leonine Public Affairs, was a chance for policy makers and administrative officials to connect with members of the business community who support a triple-bottom-line approach to economic development and prosperity.

Photos and a complete recap can be found on our Facebook page, feel free to tag a friend!
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Take Our Membership Survey
Help Us Help You!

With 750 members, VBSR is one of Vermont's largest business membership associations. We are your socially responsible voice in Montpelier, your source for networking events with a purpose, and tips and tools that help you grow your business. And together, we work to grow Vermont's economy in a fair and sustainable manner.

So how are we doing? What do you like about VBSR membership? What could we improve for you? What are you doing to move the CSR dial forward and how can we assist in those efforts?

Please help us improve our offerings by taking this brief, 15-minute survey today, and you'll be entered into a lottery to win a printed or digital app version of the Buy Local Coupon Book. Thank you!
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The Vermont Way  
How Creative Collaboration Created a Local App 
   
Buying local is a powerful economic driver: for every $1 spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. For every $1 spent at a corporate chain, only 15 cents is reinvested locally.  Local First Vermont has been spreading the gospel of localism for almost 10 years. This year, thanks to a creative partnership with VBSR member Daft Labs, Vermont localvores can turn to a new mobile app to find deals at their favorite business. Learn how we made this partnership work, the impact of the Buy Local movement in Vt, and where to find local bargains.

Also, check out one of our other  recent radio/podcast shows, including:

The End of Local Control of Education in Vermont?
See you in Court: Vt ACLU Prepares to take on President Trump
 
Listen to all of our shows here.


Vermont Conversation Seeking Sponsors 
VBSR's The Vermont Conversation Airs Wednesdays at 1 PM 
   
VBSR is seeking three sponsors for The Vermont Conversation, our weekly radio program on WDEV. Each Wednesday our host David Goodman explores issues near and dear to our state. Heard in about two-thirds of Vermont and in parts of NY and NH, this thought-provoking show focuses on sustainable business, changemakers and current issues and has become the most listened-to talk show on commercial radio in its time slot (Nielsen ratings).

Underwriting spots run from March to August, and are $1,000 (with payment plans and Marketplace credits accepted). Sponsors receive:
 
*prominent recognition at the beginning, middle and end of the show (both on air and podcast versions)
*logo and link on the vermontconversation.com podcast page
*logo and link on VBSR's VT Convo webpage
*logo and link in several editions of VBSR enews (like this one!) throughout the year

Want to learn more? Contact Russ today.

We are grateful to our show underwriters for helping us continue this great community resource!  
 



   
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Marketplace Welcomes New Staff
Welcome Kelly!

Welcome Kelly Lamothe to the Marketplace Team! You may recognize her from her recent work with the VT Intern Program. She's done such a great job, we're adding to her responsibilities!

Kelly will be helping with Client Services: helping post offers and requests, getting new accounts set up, doing outreach to grow the Marketplace, and assisting Amy with program management.

She has a wealth of professional experience in Project Management and Human Resources and is currently finishing up her Masters in Public Administration at UVM.

Contact her via email to say hello or learn more about the VBSR Marketplace.

And don't forget... the spring conference planning season is upon us! If you're planning an event, you can use the Marketplace to pay Trade Dollars for meeting space (statewide), catering, gifts, advertising, printing, and more. You can also sell sponsorships, tables, and registrations through the Marketplace. Let us know how we can help you save cash while finding a new local vendor or getting new customers.

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Business Associations Join Together
VBSR Releases Join Statement with VBR, LCRCC, VCC
 
Earlier this month VBSR, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce issued a joint statement to the media, our members, and the public.

Available on our website, we were pleased to stand with these three groups to request President Trump rescind his Executive Order regarding the issuance of visas. Diversity makes us stronger, economically, socially and politically, and those who may be viewed as 'different' should nont be singled out for harassment, violence and rejection. 

Thank you for your continued support of VBSR, and as always, please feel free to reach out with questions and comments.
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New Member-to-Member Offers
VBSR Members Working Together!
    
Did you know that more than 70 VBSR members offer discounts specifically for you, your employees and other members? Each offer is listed on our website, and the newest ones are listed below. Work with a VBSR member today!

Clear Spot Communications Consulting:
Free hour-long initial conversation with 10% discount on hourly rate in contract. 
Contact: Katie Titterton or visit clearspotvt.com 
 
Liberty Mutual Insurance: 
5% off of Auto, 10% off of home insurance.
Contact: Derik Whalen or visit libertymutual.com 

Rose Computer Technology Services:
Free IT Consultation. We make IT Simple.
Contact: Michael Page or visit  www.rosects.com

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This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education

Sponsored by UVM Continuing and Distance Education   
 
Member Events
Upcoming Member Events
 
March 21: Selling a Small Business to a Worker Co-op - Brattleboro (Vermont Employee Ownership Center) 

March 30:  Learn Up! A National & Local Healthcare Policy Update (OneDigital Health and Benefits)

April 8: Half Marathon Unplugged (RunVermont)
 
Log-on to VBSR's website to post an event. Forgot your password? Send us an email! 
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Member Jobs
Recently Posted Member Jobs   
Log-on  to VBSR's website to post a job. Forgot your password? Send us an email! 
    
Looking for an internship? Click here for our most recent listings. 
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Member News  
We want your news and press releases!! Submit or post a story on our Facebook page or send us an email .

News items will be posted in the "Member News" section of our website and will be considered for inclusion in VBSR's monthly e-news.
 
 
Renewable NRG Systems Kicks Off 35th Year by Producing 100% of Its Energy On-site

Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) has added two fixed solar arrays to its LEED Gold-certified headquarters in Hinesburg, Vermont, allowing the company to meet all of its electricity needs with on-site, renewable energy. The upgrade coincides with the 35th anniversary of RNRG, which has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built products for the wind and solar sectors since the renewables industry was in its infancy. Learn More. 

 
Transforming the Power of Conflict in your Team - Round Sky Solutions Releases Free Webinar 

Conflict is inevitable. Conflict also has the potential to be transformative for you and your team. Harness that intense energy into your team's collective direction for a stronger, clearer and more effective team. Watch this free webinar to gain an understanding on why conflict is happening, how power shows up in teams, and how to work through that power.

The South End Joinery
 
Congrats VBSR member Vermont Woodworking School on helping ReSOURCE to build a new, high quality, safe, instructional wood shop in Burlington called the South End Joinery. Vermont Woodworking School is bringing its expertise in woodworking education to help ReSOURCE's efforts to accomplish their mission. Learn More.  


VSAC study finds 6 in 10 unemployed Vermonters working after completing non-degree courses
 
Vermont's landmark non-degree grant program pays off in career opportunities and employment gains, according to a new study from Vermont Student Assistance Corp.  Among adult students who were unemployed prior to completing the non-degree course, 61 percent were employed either full-time or part-time, and an additional 10 percent were in school or training programs.

"This is just the type of investment we need to make in Vermont," said Governor Phil Scott. "It creates real opportunities for Vermonters who need education and training for our new economy and the jobs that are waiting to be filled." Learn More. 
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This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
The VBSR Marketplace 
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Thank you VBSR Champion Members for your ongoing support!

  

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VBSR's Mission
To foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens. We are committed to a multiple bottom line approach to business that values people, planet and profit.

 

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