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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.

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Call for Spring Conference Workshop Proposals

VBSR’s Marquee event returns for the 27th year on May 17, 2017 and we're soliciting workshop proposals that demonstrate values-led business practices, inspire CSR values, and educate about sustainable products/services, and policies. Share your SR adventures, initiatives, and knowledge to help us to make our 27th gathering the best VBSR Conference ever! Submit your proposal by January 18.

Looking for visibiltiy? More than 300 people will attend VBSR's Annual Spring Conference, our biggest event of the year. This day-long conference in Burlington brings together a community of socially responsible business leaders to network, get inspired, and learn the latest in innovative SR business practices, policies, and thinking. Get involved as a sponsor or an exhibitor!

CCS to Host First VBSR Networking Get-Together of 2017


Champlain Community Services (CCS) is a nonprofit developmental services organization that, “provides essential services to people with intellectual disabilities and autism, building a community where everyone participates and belongs.”

Join us as we "Get-Together" to engage with forward-thinking business leaders and hear how CCS is positively impacting both the lives of their clients and our business community. Free for members and state/elected officials, $10 for nonmembers. Refreshments provided by our generous hosts!

Registration is now open.


Check Out the New Local First Vermont Mobile App!

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 iTunes 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!

Check out the full story here.


VBSR Seeks Local First Vermont Sales Team

Join Our Team Today! 

Are you enthusiastic about promoting Vermont’s locally-owned businesses? Are you looking for part-time work that is engaging, meaningful and flexible?

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is hiring a team of sales associates to sell advertising space in the 8th edition of their 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 office (phone, computer) and have access to reliable transportation. Sales territories available include: Chittenden, Addison, and Washington counties; Stowe, Rutland, Woodstock, Brattleboro, Manchester and the Champlain Islands.

Find complete job description & application instructions here. 



VBSR Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda, Honors Representative Head

Sold Out Crowd Packs VBSR’s Legislative Breakfast in Burlington

More than 150 VBSR members and friends, and legislative guests attended VBSR's 2016 Legislative Breakfast where we announced our 2017 Legislative Agenda and honored Representative Helen Head for her work in helping pass key pieces of legislation last year, including VBSR supported Earned Paid Leave and Ban the Box. “I am deeply honored by this award,” Rep. Head said. “A team of legislators, starting with members of my committee, worked tirelessly to pass Paid Leave and Ban the Box. The effort to pass both bills was strengthened by inspiring testimony from business organizations. VBSR played a prominent role.” VBSR will focus efforts on redefining the definition of independent contractor and financing the clean up of the state’s lakes and rivers during the 2017 legislative session. The legislative agenda also includes work on revamping state procurement practices to attract more “high road” employers, making quality child care more affordable for working Vermonters, and reforming the state’s tax code by putting a price on carbon.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, check out the photos and our complete legislative agenda here!


VBSR Networking Get-Together in St. J

On November 30th, nearly 100 forward-thinking business leaders packed the Kingdom Taproom in Saint Johnsbury for an evening of networking and education. Guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by Co-hosts of the Networking Get-Together, Downs Rachlin Martin and MVZ Holdings.

During the evening, VBSR members and friends shared business cards, laughs, and ideas about to better incorporate social responsibility into their business practices. DRM and MVZ Holdings also took some time to address the crowd about how each organization seeks to improve their community. DRM’s focus was on volunteer efforts and community service, and they encouraged business owners to get their employees out and into the community, while MVZ lead an inspiring talk on the importance of community investing and their efforts to positively impact St. J through smart, impactful investments focused more on community wellbeing than financial return.

Thank you to everyone who attended (check out the photos on our facebook page)! Special thank you to our sponsors: Housing Vermont, The Foundry VT, JoyRyde, LLC, Let's Grow Kids, Milk Money Vermont, OneDigital Health and Benefits: Burlington, Progressive Asset Management Boston/Vermont, Vermont Employee Ownership Center, and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC).


Contact VBSR

(802) 862-8347     255 South Champlain Street, Suite 11, Burlington, VT 05401

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