Our mission 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.
VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for a January Networking Get-Together Hosted by our friends at Magic Hat!
Network with forward-thinking business professionals, check out Magic Hat's amazing "Artifactory" and learn how Magic Hat is keeping CSR alive in the Chittenden County brewery. Because space is limited, the event is free for VBSR members and state officials, and is $10 for nonmembers. In addition to samples, guest can enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Keeping the spirit of the giving season alive, Magic Hat is generously donating the profits of the cash bar to VBSR's Research and Education Foundation! (Thanks Magic Hat!!!)
This event will be capped at 150 attendees. Don't wait! Register today!
VBSR Announces Statehouse Priorities at Legislative Breakfast
VBSR had a successful Legislative Breakfast at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington on December 4. More than 70 people, a mix of business members and Vermont lawmakers, attended the event to hear about the organization’s 2015 legislative agenda. There are some important issues on the plate of the Vermont Legislature for the new biennium and VBSR has proposed a forward-thinking legislative agenda that will make the state healthier, more sustainable and build a stronger economy. Our priorities include finishing the work on health care reform, passing a state-based pollution tax, reforming the state’s tax code and finding ways to incentivize companies to create “living jobs” (jobs that pay well and have good benefits).
VBSR was also proud to present our 2014 Legislator of the Year awards to Sen. David Zuckerman for his work on GMO labeling and Rep. Sarah Buxton for her work in expanding early childhood education. We also honored Sen. Sally Fox, who passed away earlier this year, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That award was accepted by her widower, Sen. Michael Sirotkin. Special thanks go to Melinda Moulton of Main Street Landing for donating the space, to the great folks in the Vermont Legislature working to make Vermont a great place to live and do business, and especially to our VBSR members who make it possible to do business differently and promote business ethics that value a triple-bottom-line.
On a chilly November morning, Mount Snow was alive with CSR passion, as over 150 business professionals descended on the resort to take part in VBSR's 22nd Annual Fall Conference. Throughout the day, attendees learned key ideas to implement into their business practices, shared knowledge (and laughs!) with each other, and networked with like-minded business leaders. Attendees witnessed the new face of business, as VBSR Board Chair Sara Newmark opened the conference with her 6 month daughter helping give remarks at the podium. Guests were also enthralled by the transparency given by Allison Hooper in her Keynote Address which focused on the good times and bad times in business and how to outlast the competition. In all, attendees of November 19th's event left feeling re-charged about the CSR mission and excited to do business in the great state of Vermont!
Join VBSR for Vermont Health Connect "Open Office Hours"
Join VBSR's Health Connect Program Navigator throughout the state during the month of December for "open office hours." Our Navigator will be available to meet with businesses and employees to answer questions about Vermont Health Connect.
Visit our VBSR events page for more info on each individual event.
October dates don't work in your schedule? Stay tuned for November dates, or contact us to request us to to your town!
How Should Vermont Finance Health Care???
Check out our Health Care Calculator
The Vermont Legislature is expected to consider a financing package for universal health care in the 2015 session and VBSR needs member input on potential financing packages. Vermonters will spend an estimated $2.2 billion for health care in 2017, the equivalent of a combined 16.9% payroll tax for businesses and individuals. VBSR's on-line calculator, which launched at our 24th Annual Spring Conference, lists a range of possible funding sources and allows business leaders to find ways to replace the current spending in the system with a fair and sustainable financing package. The tool was designed by Green River, a Brattleboro software company, and the tax methodology was prepared by Steve Kappel, the founder of Policy Integrity in Montpelier.
Try the online calculator today - and don't forget to hit the "Suggest this plan to VBSR" button to submit your proposal to us!
Do you have questions about health care reform? We recommend watching this video, "Take two minutes to become an expert in single-payer health care."