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.
Allison Hooper Keynote Speaker
Join 200+ VBSR members and like-minded professionals in southern Vermont for VBSR’s 22nd Annual Fall Conference! This year’s conference will be packed full of educational, informative content designed to provide tools, frameworks and inspiration for mission-minded organizations and professionals. This year, VBSR is thrilled to welcome Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery Co-founder, as our keynote speaker. We'll also host a number of workshops, honor Senator Zuckerman and Representatives Buxton and Fox with our Legislator of the Year awards, hold VBSR’s annual membership meeting, network with forward-thinking folks, including our 35+ exhibitors.
Don't miss this great day of education and networking! Register here today.
Check out the full conference Details here.
Interested in supporting VBSR and promoting your business? Members can exhibit at the conference for only $225! Download and submit an exhibitor form today!
VBSR Policy Updates
Statewide Public Policy Forum Nov. 5. How Should VBSR Advocate for People, Profit and Planet During the Next Legislative Session?
VBSR members are invited to join VBSR Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow for a statewide public policy forum. Attendees will meet in person and via television thanks to the services of VBSR member Vermont Interactive Technologies. Join us for an update on what happened during the 2014 legislative session at the Vermont Statehouse and a preview of some of the big issues facing the state in 2015. We will also collect feedback from members about how their businesses are doing and what policy issues they would like to see the organization focus on next year.
VBSR Legislative Scorecard Released
See how your legislators voted on a number of important business issues during the 2013-14 biennium. VBSR considered votes on raising the minimum wage, GMO labeling, universal pre-kindergarten, equal pay, expanding net metering, updates to Act 250, and toxic chemical regulation and reform. Link here to view the scorecard.
Join VBSR for Vermont Health Connect "Open Office Hours"
Join VBSR's Health Connect Program Navigator throughout the state during the month of October for "open office hours." Our Navigator will be available to meet with businesses and employees about Vermont Health Connect.
October dates don't work in your schedule? Stay tuned for November dates, or contact us to request us to to your town!
VBSR Announces Legislator of the Year Awards
VBSR recently announced that it is honoring several legislators for their work in passing laws that support socially responsible businesses.
Rep. Sarah Buxton from Tunbridge and Sen. David Zuckerman from Hinesburg are the recipients of this year's Legislator of the Year Awards. The organization will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sen. Sally Fox, who passed away earlier this year.
Awards will be presented at VBSR's 22nd Annual Fall Conference on November 19 at the Grand Resort at Mount Snow.
Click here to read more about why each legislator was selected for the award.
How Should we 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."
VBSR Teams with Clean Yield and Donella Meadows
Thank you to our friends at Clean Yield Asset Management and Donella Meadows Institute for helping us to put on "Integrating Mission Into Ownership: New Approaches To Business Ownership, Control, and Finance." We had a great morning exploring the importance of mission, ways of incorporation and the push to invest locally. Over 50 folks joined us for networking and an important conversation lead by author Marjorie Kelly, local legend and Founder and Chairman of Gardener's Supply Company Will Raap, and Securities Deputy Commissioner Michael Pieciak. Thanks too to Eric Becker for moderating the lively question and answer session!
Did you miss the event? Thanks to our friends at CCTV, you watch the interaction here.