January 2017
Vermont Businesses for  
Social Responsibility
   
People. Planet. Profit.
Dear VBSR Members and Friends,

It's easy to focus on what's right in front of you, but we all know it's good business sense to keep an eye on the big picture, as well.

That's why so many members care about VBSR's public policy voice on child care, independent contractors, and other business issues affecting their companies. And why others take the time to go to our spring conference and other events to learn about new business practices and trends.

I hope you'll come to our Legislative Reception in Montpelier the evening of February 8th and also our 27th Annual Spring Conference in Burlington on May 17th, to learn about CSR and policy issues that can help shape your business. And for our southern Vermont members, we're teaming up with NHBSR to offer "How Practice and Policy Create Inspiring Workplace Culture" on February 14th.

Lastly, as always, many thanks to VBSR's members, who help make our work possible.

Sincerely ,
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Jane Campbell
Executive Director

P.S. We're hiring! If you or someone you know is passionate about supporting local, Vermont-based businesses, visit our website to learn more about joining our Local First Vermont sales team... and DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW BUY LOCAL BOOK APP!
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VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest Members!  
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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. 
Legislative Reception Next Week
More than 100 Already Registered!
 
Members and friends are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 8th, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM in downtown Montpelier. VBSR welcomes the Vermont Legislature back to Montpelier with this evening of food, drinks, and networking with socially responsible business leaders, Vermont legislators, and State House lobbyists.

Each year this event draws more than 150 people to discuss business, policy, and politics - don't miss this opportunity to connect with your legislator and other like-minded business leaders!

Free for VBSR members, legislators* and state officials; $10 for nonmembers. Click here for the complete details.

Special thank you to our presenting sponsor, Leonine Public Affairs, and to our supporting sponsors Ellis-Mills, Green Mountain Power, National Life Group, The Woods Lodge, Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, Vermonters for a New Economy, Washington Electric Coop, and WrightJones PLC

* First 50 legislators will receive a free drink ticket! 
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Download the App Local First Vermont Seeking Sales Team
Help us Help Support Vermont's Local Economy!
 
2016 was a great year for the Local First Vermont Buy Local Book. We worked with Red Barn Fundraising to help schools support their bottom lines, we expanded into 3 new counties, and we launched a Mobile App version of the popular offering! Now, you can be a part of 2017's success.

VBSR is hiring a team of sales associates to sell advertising space in the 8th edition of the Local First Vermont Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book and mobile app. These are seasonal, part-time positions offering a combination of hourly wage and commission. Sales associates set their own schedule during the week, use their own home offices (phone, computer) and their own reliable transportation. Sales territories available include: Chittenden, Addison, and Washington counties; Stowe, Rutland, Woodstock, Brattleboro, Manchester and the Champlain Islands.

The ideal candidate is personable, enthusiastic and exhibits the confidence needed to reach out to past advertisers and new prospects. They will also need initiative, persistence and the organizational skills to set a weekly schedule, track activities and follow up with busy decision-makers until deals are sealed. Must have strong communication skills, be computer literate, proficient with Excel and capable of assisting customers with online forms.

Think you have what it takes to help us take this program to the next level? Visit our website for more information on how to apply.  
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Last year's cohort included 9 VBSR members
Emerging Leaders Returns
VBSR Proud Sponsor of Free Growth Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted for SBA's 2017 Emerging Leaders, a free executive-level training program. VBSR is a proud sponsor of this program... Apply today!
 
The SBA's Emerging Leaders program is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout the state to participate in a free business course for established business owners poised for growth.

According to 2014 impact data from the national program, 68 percent of businesses who completed the program increased revenues, and 95 percent of alumni would recommend the program to a fellow small business owner. Participants are also successful in accessing new capital and new contracts with government and anchor institutions.

Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full-time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.

Last year, 9 of the 20 graduates were VBSR members. We would love to see that number even higher this year! If you're eligible and interested, we encourage you to apply!
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VBSR to Help Revamp VT Green Business Program
Become a Green Business TODAY!

New Program Partners "Supporting the Vermont Green Business Program (VT GBP) is a natural extension of our organization's work," said VBSR Executive Director, Jane Campbell. "Any time we can encourage more businesses to operate in this way, the result is better for Vermont's workforce, climate, and economy. When we support programs that support people, planet, and profit, everyone wins."

The VT GBP is an environmental assistance and recognition program for Green Mountain State businesses that support sustainable business practices. It is administered by the Vermont Environmental Assistance Office (EAO) of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. VT GBP is a no-cost, voluntary program that promotes improved environmental and economic performance and enhances public recognition for environmental excellence of Vermont businesses. The program includes 236 businesses--hotels, restaurants, marinas, golf courses, and groceries in the Green Mountain State.

Now in the Program's 17th year, the Northeast Recycling Council has been selected to help coordinate the Vermont Green Business Program in partnership with EAO. In addition, NERC is working with VBSR and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to further support the VT GBP. 

The complete partnership announcement can be found on our website. For more information on how to become a Vermont Green Business, visit the VTGBP website or contact Mary Ann today!
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VBSR Teams up with The Skinny Pancake
Green Drinks Burlington Gets a New Supporter

For more than 10 years, The Skinny Pancake has been hosting Green Drinks Burlington, an evening of networking and environmentally focused conversations at their waterfront location. Now, for the first time, VBSR is joining the fun and participating as one of the marquee sponsors of the event.

We invite you to join us on the last Tuesday of each month ( beginning January 31st) as we gather in Burlington to support nonprofit and for-profit organizations doing great things for our planet!

Contact Russ today to learn how your environmental organization can be a part of this great event.  
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CCS Celebrates 50 Years, Hosts VBSR Networking Get-Together
Packed House Helps Kick Off Anniversary Year
On Thursday, January 19th, nearly 125 members and friends attended a VBSR Networking Get-Together hosted by Champlain Community Services, helping CCS kick-off their 50th Anniversary celebration year.

The event, which was open to VBSR members as well as the public, was an opportunity for like-minded business leaders to network and connect over the triple-bottom-line approach to business. Attendees also enjoyed tours of the renovated CCS headquarters, as well as a cash bar and wonderful food from another member: August First.  

Finally, guests had a chance to hear from the hosts of the event and understand more fully the award-winning work CCS is involved in, including supported and self-employment, career development for high school students with disabilities, home and shared living support, and community engagement.

Special thanks to everyone who attended, and to our sponsors: Forward Philanthropy, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity  ReStore, Living Well Group, The Moulton Law Group, Milk Money Vermont, Mosaic Learning Center, Red Wagon Plants, and Vermont Trophy & Engraving. Happy anniversary CCS! Thank you for helping to create a just economy that works for all!


Photos of the event can be found on our facebook page
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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 and current issues and has become the most listened-to talk show on commercial radio in its time slot ( Nielson ratings). 

Underwriting spots run from February to August, and are $1,250 (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 or check out one of our recent shows, including:

Is there a solution to Vermont's child care crisis?
Sen. Bill Doyle: A half century of Vermont politics
Single payer health care in Vt: What went wrong and what's next?
Fighting environmental backsliding and holding leaders accountable: Paul Burns & VPIRG
A Conversation with Amy Goodman & Bill McKibben
We are grateful to our show underwriters for helping us continue this great community resource!  
 



   
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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 other members? Each offer is listed on our website, and the newest ones are listed below. Work with a VBSR member today!

Oxbow: 
5% discount on services. 
Contact: Evan Deutsch or  www.oxbowcreative.com

Standing Out Online:
Free 15-minute call to do an audit of your current LinkedIn profile and offer suggestions to make improvements.
 
The Moulton Law Group: 
Free initial consultations for new clients for VBSR members.
Contact: Colleen Moulton or visit  www.moultonlg.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   
 
Upcoming VBSR Events
We hope to see you soon!
 
 
 
February 8: VBSR's 2017 Legislative Reception
(Montpelier)
 
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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Member Events
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February 10: Symposium Series: "Language: The Missing Piece of Academics" (Main Street Landing) 
 
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    Gardener's Supply Wins Award for Plant-a-Bar 
     
    Gardener's Supply Company has been honored with a national "2017 Green Thumb Award" by the Direct Gardening Association for its innovative new product, "Plant-a-Bar." Gardener's Supply says Plant-a-Bar is an ingenious combination of an outdoor bar and an elevated planter -- so you can serve a drink with a sprig of fresh herbs picked an arms-length away. The DGA Green Thumb Award recognizes outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Direct Gardening Association, the world's largest non-profit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers. Learn More.  
     

    SunCommon Expands with New York State Partnership
     
    Thousands going solar across region thanks to joint effort 
    SunCommon of Waterbury, Vermont, and Sustainable Energy Development (SED) of Ontario, New York, announce a new partnership, bringing SunCommon's brand residential solar expertise and innovative Community Solar program to Western NY markets.
     
    "SunCommon's Vermont and New York teams share a fundamental belief: that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future -- and that clean energy is where it starts." said James Moore, SunCommon Vermont co-founder. "Combining the expertise of the newly-branded New York team in the commercial and utility space with the Vermont team's expertise in the residential and Community Solar markets will allow both to expand the ways we can help our communities." Learn More

    National Life Employees Pump $289,000 Into Nonprofits 

    National Life employees pumped nearly $289,000 into local nonprofits through their own payroll deductions and a matching program offered by the company's charitable foundation in 2016.

    In its annual Community Giving Campaign, National Life gives employees the option of donating to nonprofits through payroll deduction. And for the second year, the National Life Group Foundation matched donations up to $1,500. Learn More
     
    Community Responds Generously to Capstone and VSECU's Fuel Your Neighbors Initiative
    Fuel Your Neighbors Initiative Provides Emergency Food and Heating Assistance to Vulnerable Central Vermonters 
     
    In less than a month, the Fuel Your Neighbors campaign has raised over $24,000 to support emergency food and heating assistance for vulnerable central Vermont households. Three VBSR members, Capstone Community Action and VSECU, with support from The Point FM, teamed up to launch Fuel Your Neighbors, an initiative to raise $50,000 in three months to help prevent community members from going to sleep cold and hungry this winter. Learn More.  
               
    Green Thumbs at Work: Employee Garden Grants 
     
    The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Gardener's Supply Company, and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi, are offering grants for small business and organizations to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.

    The Green Thumbs at Work grants are open to any Vermont business or organization with 100 or fewer employees. The grant award includes $500 for materials, a $200 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply Company, and $1,000 in garden planning support and technical assistance from Charlie Nardozzi and the Vermont Community Garden Network. Learn More

    VSAC Study Finds 6 in 10 Unemployed Vermonters Now Working After Completing Non-degree Courses 
    Governor Scott says grant program stimulates workforce development, Vermont economy 
     
    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 nondegree course, 61 percent were employed either full time or part time and an additional 10 percent were in school or training programs. Learn More
       
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    The VBSR Marketplace 
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    Thank you VBSR Champion Members for your ongoing support!

      

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    At VBSR,
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    is 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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