Dear VBSR Members and Friends,
In any organization, the leadership is key.
We are pleased to welcome members who will be joining the board in 2017: Rachel Carter of the
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Claudia Marshall of
Gardener's Supply Co.
Board members who were re-elected for another term are: David Blittersdorf,
AllEarth Renewables, Inc.; David Epstein,
Truex Cullins Architecture and Interior Design; Bret Hodgdon,
Davis & Hodgdon Associates, Inc.; Sara Newmark,
New Chapter; Markey Read,
Career Networks, Inc.
We are fortunate to have capable and engaged board members who will lead VBSR into the next years ahead. We also send a warm "thank you" to board members leaving the board at the end of this year: Avram Patt of
Down Patt Consulting and Mike Burak of
Burak Anderson & Melloni.
On behalf of all our members, we thank you for your service to VBSR. We are grateful for the unique talents and time you gave to help VBSR thrive! Thanks, too, to all who voted in the recent election!
on December 15th will also serve as VBSR's 2016 Annual Meeting. Registration is open and we hope to see you there! (And if you're interested in sponsoring, please
VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest Members!
NEW SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESSES
Whitney Feininger (Burlington)
Charlotte Goodrich (Norwich)
Wanda Otero-Weaver, Esq. (Middlebury)
Emily Taylor (South Burlington)
David Weaver (Lincoln)
Upcoming VBSR Events
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Last Chance to Register for November Get-Together
DRM and MVZ Holdings Co-Host November 30th, Kingdom Taproom 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 free for anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by our generous hosts, bring your business cards... and your friends!
Special thanks to our amazing sponsors!
JoyRyde, Let's Grow Kids,
OneDigital Health and Benefits, Progressive Asset Management of Vermont, The Foundry, Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Vermont Rural Ventures/Housing Vermont, and
House Chair to Receive Legislator of the Year Award
VBSR to Honor Rep. Helen Head on December 15
VBSR will honor the chair of a Vermont House committee at the organization's annual
on December 15 for her work this year in passing key employment bills.
Rep. Helen Head, (D)-South Burlington, the chair of the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee, will be honored for her role in passing Earned Paid Leave and Ban the Box legislation in 2016, two VBSR legislative priorities.
"These two bills will have a significant, positive impact on the Vermont economy," said Sara Newmark, senior director at
New Chapter in Brattleboro and chair of the VBSR Board of Directors. "Rep. Head has been a leader on these issues and worked closely with VBSR to craft legislation that benefits employers and employees."
As the chair of the House committee of jurisdiction for those two bills, Rep. Head worked closely with the business community and other key constituencies to craft legislation that was fair, balanced, and effective. She led the charge on the House floor to pass both bills.
Read more about Rep. Head's efforts and don't forget to join us on December 15th!
This event is sponsored by Main Street Landing, with Presenting Sponsor Cx Associates. Supporting Sponsors include Three Penny Taproom and WrightJones PLC
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.
Started in January 2013, this thought-provoking, weekly one-hour show that focuses on sustainable business and current issues has become the most listened-to talk show on commercial radio in its time slot (Wednesdays at 1), according to Nielson ratings. It is heard in about two-thirds of Vermont, and parts of NY and NH. VBSR is pleased to be part of this remarkable success and we'd love for YOU to be involved too.
We're seeking three new underwriters to help us share the cost of this show. Each underwriting spot is $1,500 and runs from January to August (payment plans and Marketplace credits accepted). In return for your support, your organization will be prominently announced as a program underwriter at the beginning, middle and end of the show on the air. Your logo also appears on the vermontconversation.com podcast page, on VBSR.org (where we also have a webpage dedicated to the show), and in several editions of VBSR's enews (like this one!) throughout the year.
Want to learn more?
today or check out one of our
Chuck Collins: How the Oscar Mayer heir gave away his fortune to fight for economic justice
We are grateful to our show underwriters for helping us continue this great community resource!
Rep. Welch Joins VBSR to Encourage Vermont to Buy Local
Business Leaders Tout Benefits of Supporting VT Businesses
Tuesday, November 22, VBSR teamed up with Congressman Peter Welch, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Montpelier Alive and other business leaders to emphasize the importance of shopping locally.
In his remarks given at The Shoe Horn in downtown Montpelier, Welch said "We're lucky to live in Vermont where small businesses all over the state sell original and extraordinary products. And, the owners of these small businesses are our neighbors, our kids' soccer coaches, and our friends - and most importantly they reinvest their profits right back into our communities. It's important to support these Vermont businesses with by shopping locally, especially during the busy holiday season." After the press conference, Rep. Welch was true to his word and did some of his own holiday shopping - locally, of course. (
He also participated in a #mannequinchallenge with us!
"Each dollar you spend shopping online only returns about one cent to the local economy," said Jane Campbell, executive director of VBSR. "However, each dollar you spend at a locally-owned store puts 45 cents in the local economy, which then gets multiplied each time that money is spent locally."
Wendy Wilson, VBSR's Local First Vermont manager, talked about the new
Buy Local Book App
and ended the event by asking Vermonters to think "Local First" when they are shopping, noting that "every time you spend a dollar, you can choose to make a difference in your local community."
Read the full story here
Making it Work in Windham Offers Workplace Ideas/Resources
80 Attend Summit Focused on Early Childhood & Vermont Workforce
Brattleboro Community TV
's coverage of the recent "Making it Work in Windham" event which brought together about 80 business leaders, policy makers and community members to focus on how to support a family-centered economy so families with young children can afford to live and work in Vermont.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the event! If you missed it or are looking for resources, check out these key take aways:
The One-Size-Fits-All Gift That Keeps Giving!
Local First Offers Bulk Rates for Corporate Gifts
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for everyone in your office? The Buy Local Book is it! Each book includes 230+ coupons worth more than $3,000 and supports VBSR, our members, and other locally owned businesses across Vermont. The coupons are good for a full year at restaurants, book stores, co-ops, retailers and more.
Top 10 Ways Members Use the VBSR Marketplace
"What can I buy with VBSR Trade Dollars?" is the most frequent question we get. Here are some recent purchases made by VBSR and your fellow members:
1) Printing Services- (VBSR recently bought services from
2) Restaurant Gift Certificates - (VBSR recently bought from
3) Event Photography - (VBSR bought services from
Mike Reilly Photography)
4) Advertising - (VBSR bought advertising from
Big Heavy World)
5) Event Catering - (VBSR bought services from
The Skinny Pancake)
6) Meeting Space Rental
7) Museum Passes as a Gift
8) Social Media Headshots
9) Workshop Attendance - (VBSR recently bought from
10) Event Sponsorship
11) (Just for good measure!) Hats & Shirts embroidered with company logos.
If these look like familiar expenses to you - would you consider relocalizing your expenditures and working with a VBSR member? We'll even bring you new customers to pay for it.
Contact Amy to get started
or visit our
(If you already use the Marketplace: it's not too late for Holiday Gift Giving. We have gift certificates to VBSR members in stock or can connect you to a new vendor!)
New Member-to-Member Offers
VBSR Members Working Together!
Natural Mattress Company:
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University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education
A "New" Economic Development Tool
One economic development tool is right here in our own backyard: women-owned businesses.
- If the percent of women-owned businesses that are employers matched that of male-owned businesses, and those firms had the same average receipts, it would add $3.8 billion to Vermont's economy.
- If Vermont women chose business ownership at the same rate as men, it would result in more than 10,500 new businesses.
Just think what we could achieve if we supported the formation of more women-owned businesses!
Recently Posted Member Jobs
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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.
VSECU Unveils Solar Array and Introduces Plan to Offset Electric Usage
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, we flipped the switch on an innovative project to invest in clean, renewable energy that offsets the credit union's electricity consumption with solar net metering credits. This, our latest renewable energy project, includes a new 500kW solar array located in Guilford that is designed to generate enough power to offset our organization's electricity consumption.
The project is the result of an innovative partnership we entered into with Soveren Solar, a solar installation and development company. Through our agreement with Soveren Solar, we are purchasing the solar net metering credits produced by the array to offset our power bill. In addition, we are purchasing and retiring the renewable energy credits (RECs) here in Vermont, which means that the electricity we use at VSECU will truly be 100% renewable.* Learn More.
Local Solar Movement Spurs Company Expansion and Innovation
SunCommon builds executive team ahead of product launch
SunCommon, Vermont's largest solar company, has expanded by hiring new staff, including an executive leadership team. Tom Berry joins SunCommon as the new VP of Marketing and Sales and Jim Merriam as VP of Operations. The duo, with strong backgrounds in high-growth industries, is leading the energy company through the launch of several innovative products and programs to help thousands more Vermonters go solar.
"I want to ride the wave. Businesses that are at the forefront of a particular service or product present great opportunity for higher impact. SunCommon is focused on solving tomorrow's energy issues and that mission fosters innovation," said Jim Merriam, formerly of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).
Renewable Energy Vermont Recognize Legislative, Citizen, and Industry Champions at REV2016
More than 460 Attend Clean Energy Conference
More than 460 business, community, environmental, and government leaders gathered over 2-days at the 16th Annual Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo held October 13 & 14 in S. Burlington. Recognizing legislative, citizen, and industry champions and innovators for their outstanding contributions toward securing our sustainable energy future, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) presented the following 2016 Renewable Energy Awards.
"In today's climate, it's even more important to recognize our fellow Vermonters who quietly work every day to deliver renewable energy and efficiency value in their communities. These awards show the breadth and scope of who makes energy work here in Vermont - from local companies, towns, large and small utilities, to legislators. Truly, our clean energy transformation needs and takes all of us collaborating together", said Jeff Forward, Chair of the Renewable Energy Vermont board. Learn More.
New initiative launches to create jobs, expand Vermont forest products industry
Christine McGowan named director of Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has launched a new initiative to assist the forest products industry in creating and retaining quality jobs and opening additional markets for locally produced wood products. A collaboration between the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Northern Forest Center, and the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board, the new Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program will include business assistance to wood products manufacturers, market research and development, the creation of an industry-wide network, and a comprehensive communications strategy designed to raise the profile of the industry in Vermont and the region. Learn More.
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