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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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VBSR Announces 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!

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VBSR’s 2016 Legislative Breakfast

VBSR kicks off the start of the new legislative session with this morning of networking and conversations between socially responsible business owners and Vermont legislators. Join us for breakfast as we announce the organization’s 2017 legislative agenda. Rep. Helen Head, the chair of the House, General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee will also be awarded VBSR’s 2016 Legislator of the Year award for her work on issues such as Earned Paid Leave and Ban the Box. We'll also share an update of VBSR's work in 2016. Learn more or get registered today.

Supporting Sponsors are still needed for this event! For $250 (limit 5), Supporting Sponsors will receive: logo placement at event, logo and weblink on evites, mention in the press release, thank you from the podium, social media recognition, logo and business description on the event page. Please contact Daniel Barlow if you are interested in underwriting the forum.


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 came out to help us Get-Together! 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).


90+ Attend VBSR & BACC Candidate Showcase

VBSR and BACC were thrilled to work together to bring a “Candidate Showcase and Networking Event” to Brattleboro on October 24th. Nearly 100 members and friends of the organizations attended the event, which included a chance to meet some of the candidates, network with like-minded business leaders, and hear from gubernatorial candidates Sue Minter (D) and Phil Scott (R). Deb Bucknam, Republican candidate for Attorney General, also addressed attendees and several legislators were in the crowd connecting with their constituents.

Special thank you to everyone who joined us, our partner the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as our sponsors Brattleboro Savings & Loan, SEVCA, TD Bank, University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education, and VSECU.

Don’t forget to get out and vote!




Sold Out Crowd Honors Paul Millman

15th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony & Dinner A Success!

On September 21st, a sold out crowd celebrated Paul Millman as the winner of VBSR's 2016 Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Co-founder, CEO and President of Chroma Technology Corp., Millman received the award at VBSR's 15th Annual Award Ceremony & Dinner.
"I knew Terry. I was friends with Terry. Terry would have been proud to be here tonight to honor Paul Millman with this award," noted Governor Peter Shumlin, addressing attendees during the cocktail reception.
Each year, VBSR members honor an outstanding practitioner of social responsibility in business in fond memory of late VBSR board member, Terry Ehrich. Ehrich was genuinely concerned about the well-being of his employees, generous with his time as a friend and concerned citizen, and successful with his business.

The Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry Ehrich's sustained commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

Thank you to Kevin Goddard Photography for capTuring so many great photos!


Contact VBSR

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

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