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VBSR Networking Get-Together Co-Hosted by Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power

Date: Thursday May 1st, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Small Dog and Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center

Address: 68 - 70 Merchants Row, Rutland

Cost: Free and Open to the Public!

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Event Description

Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power are teaming up to co-host a VBSR Networking Get-Together on May 1st. Join us as we network with forward-thinking business professionals working to advance a triple-bottom line approach to business. Help Small Dog celebrate the one-year anniversary of their store, and take a look at (or a tour of!) GMP's new Energy Innovation Center.

The evening will begin at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center with networking, light refreshments and a chance to learn more about the new Energy Innovation Center. After experiencing how the space helps GMP to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of energy use, attendees will move next door to Small Dog’s retail location to toast the store’s one-year anniversary, enjoy heavier hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and learn what SR practices are being carried out by the company.

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking at Green Mountain Powers Energy Innovation Center

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Program featuring SR practices of our hosts

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Networking and Small Dog Anniversary Celebration with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres in the Small Dog space! (Tours of the EIC will also be offered during this time.)

You won't want to miss this one, so mark your calendars!

About our Hosts

Green Mountain Power provides electricity more than 250,000 customers in Vermont. It has a laser focus on providing its customers with affordable, reliable electricity that comes from very clean sources and is the Solar Electric Power Association’s 2013 Utility of the Year. Green Mountain Power’s vision is quite simply to become the best small company in the country.

The GMP Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in downtown Rutland is where GMP’s dreamers and believers go every day to develop the next great idea to keep GMP at the forefront of energy creation and distribution, and promote the economic vitality of the region. The team at the EIC collaborates with other organizations and engages customers in programs and projects that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of energy use.

Small Dog Electronics, New England¹s top Apple Specialist, was founded in
1995 by the father-and-son team of Don and Hapy Mayer. Small Dog has been
nationally recognized as a socially and environmentally responsible company
and employer with four retail locations in Rutland, Waitsfield, South
Burlington and most recently in Key West, Florida. For more information
about Small Dog Electronics visit or on Facebook at

Carpool Info

Planning to meet up with fellow VBSR members at the event? Why not meet up beforehand and carpool? Click here to visit Go! Vermont and look for a ride or offer to drive.

Parking Info

Street parking outside our Get-Together venue is metered until 6PM, so you may need to bring change: 30 minutes equals 25 cents. As of now, the parking deck across from the church parking lot (utilized by Small Dog) is open, however we are working on nailing down rates for this option… please check back closer to the event for complete info!

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Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Drive Electric Vermont

Drive Electric Vermont is a statewide coalition of policy makers, industry leaders, and ordinary citizens dedicated to promoting the spread of electric transportation in the State. Our efforts are focused on four areas:

·         Infrastructure, Regulation, Codes and Standards
·         Legislation, Policy, Finance, and Incentives
·         Technology and Innovation
·         Education, Marketing, and Outreach

We host events around the state to educate Vermonters about electric vehicle technology and its benefits to our transportation sector. VBSR member The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) is the lead partner of Drive Electric Vermont. VEIC is a mission-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 1986, that is dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy consumption through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable technologies.


Go! Vermont

Way To Go! week is a chance for you or your business to go toe to toe against carbon pollution. Bike, walk, carpool or ride the bus to victory! Win prizes, have fun—and help us reach our goal of reducing 300,000 lbs of carbon pollution in Vermont.  Way to Go! is a fun and engaging way to help employees try a better way to work and to reduce Vermont's #1 source of carbon pollution- transportation.





Neighborworks of Western Vermont

NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont (NWWVT) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 30 years of experience supporting all aspects of homeownership for people of any income level in Addison, Bennington and Rutland counties. Our mission is to strengthen a regional economy by promoting safe, efficient and affordable housing through education, technical assistance and financial services. We also support community development and neighborhood revitalization. The NeighborWorks® H.E.A.T. Squad, a partnership between NWWVT and the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, supports home energy efficiency with scheduling, expert advice, affordable financing and energy advising in Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties.


Progressive Asset Management

Progressive Asset Management (PAM) is the nation's largest socially responsible full-service investment firm, offering the widest selection of green investment choices, including personal and business retirement plans, portfolio management, college funding, community investments, annuities, and more. Recently PAM has been actively involved in the fossil-free Divestment movement. Todd Walker is the manager of PAM’s Vermont office in Wells. To learn more and receive their latest newsletters visit




SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and safer world.  Our mission is to tear down the barriers that have made renewable energy inaccessible. We intend to repower our communities one home, one school, and one business at a time.   We make going solar easy and affordable so that all Vermonters can together create a healthy environment and safer world.

During our first two years in business, SunCommon installed half of all the new residential solar systems in our state.  Organized as one of Vermont's pioneering Benefit Corporations and recognized as a Certified BCorp, SunCommon is committed to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.  Most of our 65 workers operate out of Waterbury’s Energy Mill, Vermont’s largest net-zero office building.  Because we aspire for this work to be both fulfilling and fun, it’s great that SunCommon is recognized among the Best Place to Work in Vermont. SunCommon is expanding our offering to Rutland and the Upper Valley.


The Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.







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