October 2016
Vermont Businesses for  
Social Responsibility
Just Good Business.
Dear Members and Friends:

Have you ever said, "Yeah, I'm not really into politics"?

Though I realize you've been inundated with election coverage in recent months, I want to encourage you to please "get into" politics.

It's important. Our government shapes our economy, communities, and
environment--the context for our businesses.

So please stay informed and make your voice heard, through VBSR's policy voice or otherwise. (And, if you missed our Candidates Showcase in Brattleboro, you can see the live stream on our Facebook page.)

Thank you,
Jane Campbell
Executive Director
P.S. Also, you may be surprised by some of the data in Change the Story's newest report on women in business in Vermont!
VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest Members!  
Individual Members:
Brooke Bauer (Saint Augustine Beach)
Evan Goodbred (Sheldon) 
Kathryn Leech (Rutland)
  *Also joined Local First Vermont! 
This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education     

VBSR Announces New Local First Vermont Mobile App!
Never Forget Your Coupons Again!  
VBSR and Local First Vermont are thrilled to announce the launch of the brand new Local First Vermont Mobile App!

Now you will have two ways to access the Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book! In addition to purchasing the guide in traditional  book form (in stores now), anyone interested in saving money and supporting local businesses can now download the FREE app on Google Play and the App Store.

Once downloaded, you can pay $20 (the same cost as the book) to activate all 230+ coupons valued at $3,000. Through the app, coupons are searchable by location, name, keyword/sector, and even distance from the user... you'll never forget your coupons again!

Visit the LFVT website for more information on the app and to learn how you can get both the book and the app for $30. Happy Saving!
Special Note for Advertisers: The new App makes it possible to add coupons anytime during the year. If you commit now to being in the 2017-18 Buy Local Book and App, we'll add your coupon to this year's mobile app at no extra charge. The cost is just $240 for VBSR members. Contact Wendy to learn more
DRM and MVZ Holdings Set to Co-Host November Get-Together
November 30th, Kingdom Tap Room in St. Johnsbury
VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for an evening of networking and education at the Kingdom Tap Room in St. Johnsbury! Join us as we "Get-Together" to talk about CSR, sustainability, and what happens when a community comes together to invest in the local economy.

This event is open to the public and is free for anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business. Registration opens next week, save the date!

Interested in supporting this event? Sponsorships are $175 and include:
  • 60 seconds to speak at event
  • logo and 75-100 word company description with link to sponsor's website on VBSR event webpage
  • logo with weblink email invitations to VBSR's database of businesses in and around the host county
  • logo on mailed postcard invite to around 700 businesses and on displays at event
  • social media thank you's and promotion
Contact Russ to be involved today. (Must be a member to sponsor.)

Special thanks to early sponsors: Let's Grow Kids, Milk Money, Vermont Rural Ventures/Housing Vermont! 
Making it Work in Windham
Early Childhood & Vermont Workforce Summit
VBSR is pleased to be co-presenting "Making it Work in Windham," an early childhood and Vermont workforce summit taking place at the Brattleboro Retreat November 15th from 8-10 AM.

The purpose of the summit is to examine what it takes for families to live and work in Windham County and how we can support a family-centered economy. The morning will include a keynote presentation from Steve Voight about early childhood brain development and how this impacts our current and future workforce. We will also feature a panel of area businesses discussing how they support employees who have families and build a successful business...which contributes to a thriving economy. 

Business owners, non-profit directors, HR managers, local & regional planners and elected officials are encouraged to attend the FREE event. Light morning refreshments will be served.
90+ Attend VBSR & BACC Candidate Showcase
Sue Minter, Phil Scott, Deb Bucknam Address Crowd in Brattleboro
VBSR and the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce were thrilled to work together to bring a "Candidate Showcase and Networking Event" to Brattleboro on October 24th.

Nearly 100 members and friends of the organizations attended the event, which included a chance to meet some of the candidates, network with like-minded business leaders, and hear from gubernatorial candidates Sue Minter (D) and Phil Scott (R). Deb Bucknam, Republican candidate for Attorney General, also addressed attendees, and several legislators were in the crowd connecting with their constituents.

Special thank you to everyone who joined us, as well as our sponsors: Brattleboro Savings & Loan, SEVCA, TD Bank, University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education, and VSECU.

Don't forget to get out and vote on November 8. If you do not already do so, please consider offering your employees a few hours off to encourage them to get to the polls and participate! 
This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
Let's Grow Kids    
9 Members Graduate SBA "Emerging Leaders" Progam   
VBSR was excited to be a part of supporting and bringing the SBA 's Emerging Leaders program to VT ! Emerging Leaders is the only federal training specifically tailored for small business executives poised for growth. The free program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan. Twenty entrepreneurs throughout Vermont completed the seven-month executive education series earlier this month. Congrats to the nine VBSR members who completed the course
New Member-to-Member Offers
VBSR Members Working Together!
Did you know that more than 70 VBSR members offer discounts specifically for other members? Each offer is listed on our website, and the newest ones are listed below. Work with a VBSR member today!

Nutty Stephs: 20% off corporate gift packages > $500.
Contact Jaquelyn Rieke or visit https://nuttystephs.com

Blackbird's Daughter: 10% off apprenticeships and certificate programs. Contact Jessica LaBrie or visit www.blackbirdsdaughter.com

Stowe Bowl: Free rental for up to 4 people. Contact Rachel Vandenberg or visit www.stowebowl.com 
VTDigger Says "THANK YOU" with Sweet Hats!
Members Working Together in the VBSR Marketplace    

VTDigger, a non-profit news source, used the Marketplace to purchase their annual sponsorship drive treat, a logo cap from Vermont Clothing Company. 

Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Associate Publisher, says "we loved working with the Vermont Clothing Company team. They were able to guide us from start to finish in ordering custom hats with our logo on them, including design and color choices. Everyone loved them, and it helped our end-of-year appeal. As a nonprofit, we like to use non-cash means to help us stretch our resources even further. Being able to trade on the VBSR Marketplace helps our cash flow, and has also brought us new clients! The VTDigger-branded hats that Vermont Clothing Company provided for us were great! High-quality, great customer service, and reasonable pricing with the cash/trade breakdown." 
We're thrilled that these two VBSR members were both able to both grow and improve their organizations! Want to find a new customer or vendor to take your new business to new heights?? Next steps: 
Member Events
Upcoming Member Events

November 2: Vermont Development Conference (White + Burke)

November 9-11: PM50- PMP Certification Book Camp (Desai Management Consulting, LLC)

November 14: Vermont Statewide Housing Conference (Housing Vermont) 

Log-on to VBSR's website to post an event. Forgot your password? Send us an email! 
Member Jobs
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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.
    Breaking Down Gender Bias in the Trades 
    New Toolkit Provides Business Owners with Accessible Resources
    In an effort to increase the participation of women, transgender and gender non-conforming workers in the construction trades, HELM Construction Solutions has released Breaking Down Gender Bias: A Toolkit for Construction Business Owners The building trades have long been one of the industries with the lowest percentage of women in the workforce - as of 2015, less than 3% of workers in the Construction and Extraction trades were women. Data on the percentage of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) workers in the trades is not available. However, it is clear that many women and LGBTQ workers face bullying and discrimination as a result of sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in the workplace. Learn More

    Phoenix Books Takes to the Road 
    There is a brand new van parked in front of Phoenix Books Essex, and it is all decked out in colorful decals identifying it as the property of Phoenix Books. Why, one wonders, after opening a brand new store in Rutland, Vermont in September of 2015 and acquiring Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester, Vermont in May of 2016, did owner Mike DeSanto decide to buy a Ford Transit Connect in August?  

    "Because there is an untapped market for increased sales to off-site customers and we need a vehicle to get the books to those customers - and those customers need to know who is bringing them their books!" says DeSanto. Learn More.

    CCS Unique Voter Registration Site 
    Last month, Champlain Community Services, the Colchester-based nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities and autism, promoted its offices at Fort Ethan Allen as a voter registration site. From Tuesday, September 27 through Friday, September 30, their offices were available for walk-in registrations. Self-advocates also organized a Voter Education and Mock Election at CCS. Champlain Voices facilitator Emily Anderson said members of the self-advocacy group feel strongly about the project. "It raises the awareness of everyone's right to vote - a right some people have really had to fight for," she said. Learn more.

    From Phish Shows to Breweries, Builder Russ Bennett Makes Magic  ICYMI, Long-time VBSR member Russ Bennet, currently chair of our public policy committee, was profiled in a recent issue of SevenDays. Check out the story here. 
    This Edition of E-news Sponsored By:
    The VBSR Marketplace 
    Thank you VBSR Champion Members for your ongoing support!


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