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Integrating Mission Into Ownership: New Approaches To Business Ownership, Control, and Finance

Date: Thursday Oct 16th, 2014

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: The Great Room at Main Street Landing

Address: 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

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Event Description

VBSR, in collaboration with Clean Yield Asset Management and the Donella Meadows Institute, invites you to a business breakfast on best practices in employee ownership and Vermont’s new securities regulations that make investing in Vermont's small businesses easier.

Join Author Marjorie Kelly of Owning Our Future, Founder and Chairman of Gardener’s Supply Will Raap, and Securities Deputy Commissioner Michael Pieciak for an interactive discussion on emerging ownership and capitalization models for socially responsible businesses. (Check out their bios below.)

Continental breakfast will be served.

Morning Agenda (Subject to Change):

8:30 - 8:40 AM Welcomes by VBSR + co-organizers Clean Yield, DMI
8:40 - 8:55 AM Marjorie Kelly, Author of “Owning Our Future” national perspective
8:55 - 9:10 AM Will Raap, Chairman of Gardener's Supply - worker-owned model in VT
9:10 - 9:25 AM Michael Pieciak, Deputy Commissioner of Securities - small business exemptions in VT's new securities regulations
9:25 - 9:50 AM Q&A, discussion
9:50 - 10:30 AM Wrap up & Networking

Panelist Bios

Marjorie Kelly

Marjorie Kelly is a Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects with The Democracy Collaborative. Her recent book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, released in 2012 by Berrett-Koehler, has won a Nautilus Book Award. Kelly previously was a Fellow at Tellus Institute, and cofounder/President of Business Ethics magazine. For five years she was a lead consultant on the Ford Foundation’s WealthWorks initiative.

Will Raap

Will Raap is founder and chairman of Gardener’s Supply, an employee-owned family of companies that has won several national and regional awards for its innovative business and socially responsible business practices. He also founded the Intervale Center, a community farming innovation center and incubator of dozens of new organic farms. Currently Will is working on several environmental restoration initiatives, including two land restoration initiatives (The Earth Partners and Restoring Our Watershed) and three “new urbanist” conservation developments in Vermont and Costa Rica: South Village, Tierra Pacifica, and Pueblo Verde. The Earth Partners are working on developing “conservation biomass” globally and Restoring Our Watershed in Costa Rica is committed to reclaiming the health and resiliency of critically damaged or threatened natural areas in a 28,000 acre watershed.

Will Raap is a founding member and co-Chair of the New Economics Institute Board of Directors and has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards including Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Land Trust, Intervale Center, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, University of Vermont School of Environment and Natural Resources, Champlain College, Living Technologies and Seventh Generation.

Will holds a BA in Economics from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Business and Urban Planning from UC Berkeley.

Michael Pieciak

Mike Pieciak, deputy commissioner of the Securities Division, has practiced business law at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington where he worked with commercial transactions, corporate governance and investment and financing transactions. He most recently worked with the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in New York City.

He has always been interested in politics and served as executive page to Gov. Howard Dean and later as a Senate Judiciary Committee intern for Sen. Patrick Leahy in Washington, DC.

He grew up in Brattleboro and graduated cum laude from Union College with a degree in political science. He received his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he also served as editor-in-chief of the “Miami Law Review.”

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Event Sponsors

Clean Yield Assest Management






Donella Meadows Institute











King Arthur Flour











Merritt & Merritt & Moultan






Vermont Bioenergy Initiative







Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

















Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Champion Members!

Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Marketing Partners Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: SunCommon Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc. Sponsor: Vermont State Employees Credit Union