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VBSR’s 27th Annual Spring Conference

Date: Wednesday May 17th, 2017

Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Location: UVM Davis Center

Address: 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT

Cost: Coming April 1st!

To Register: Coming April 1st!

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Event Description


VBSR’s Marquee event returns for the 27th year on May 17, 2017. Our call for sponsors and exhibitors is open. SAVE THE DATE - Registration Opens April 1st!

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Keynote Speaker Announced!

This year, we are thrilled to welcome Jason Haber as our Keynote Speaker! Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur.  His extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology.  In 2016, he authored, The Business of Good, a widely praised book on social entrepreneurship.  He co-founded Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm based in Manhattan. Warburg Realty acquired Rubicon in 2013.  He has vast experience in government and public policy.  Haber has worked as an adviser for several elected officials and candidates in New York City and in Washington, D.C.  Haber was an adjunct professor at John Jay College where he taught a public policy course.  Haber is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Fox Business News and has been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Haber currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.


Call for Sponsors

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.  
Don't miss this opportunity to support VBSR's efforts while showcasing your business or organization to our highly engaged community. The deadline for sponsorship is February 28th.

Contact us today to reserve your spot.*
VBSR's 2017 Spring Conference Sponsorship Levels

Keynote Speaker Underwriter $2500

  • opportunity to participate in keynoter introduction (one minute tops)
  • special mention as a keynote address sponsor from podium, on continuous run powerpoint, etc.
  • listed as the sponsor of the keynote on the schedule
  • complimentary exhibit table (see below for exhibit table details)
  • 2 free passes to conference
  • logo in brochure to 2,000 businesses
  • short company description and logo with link to sponsor's site on VBSR website
  • logo on displays at event, and in participant's online app
  • mentioned in press releases and promotional publications 

Sponsor $550

  • name with link to sponsor's website on VBSR website
  • name in brochure, on displays at event, in press releases, and in participant's online app.

Small Business Sponsor $250

  • name with link to sponsor's website on VBSR website
  • name on displays at event, and in participant's online app

Exhibitor $375 / $425
EXHIBITOR TABLES ARE SOLD OUT! Please contact Larissa Rayher if you would like to get on the wait list. 

*You must be a VBSR member or state-sponsored agency to sponsor or exhibit at the conference

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Event Sponsors

Localvore Lunch Underwriter 

Vermont Creamery

Combining the European tradition of cheesemaking with Vermont’s terroir, Vermont Creamery’s line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and crème fraîche have won over 100 national and international awards. In their 32nd year of business, Vermont Creamery supports a network of more than 20 family farms, promoting sustainable agriculture in the region. B Corp Certified in 2014, Vermont Creamery is the founder of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, the country’s first demonstration goat dairy.







Conference Underwriters 


Bia Diagnostics  

Bia Diagnostics is a family business that was started 10 years ago by Thom Grace and his daughter Hannah Grace in the old north end neighborhood of Burlington, Vermont. Robin Grace joined them 5 years ago. In addition, we currently employ 7 full time and 2 part time people in our new Colchester, Vermont facility.

Bia Diagnostics is an ISO 17025 certified food diagnostics facility that is GLP, GMP and AOAC compliant. Using state of the art technology combined with over 30 years of laboratory and food allergen testing experience, we are dedicated to providing the most reliable, highest quality results possible. All samples arriving by 12:00 noon will be run the same day and customers will receive Certificates of analysis for each sample by 6PM EST at no additional cost. Bia Diagnostics provides validation services for your specific matrix and consult regarding all results, including the possibility of further diagnostics.

Bia Diagnostics is dedicated to the belief that we are only as good as the people that work with us and the community that supports us. To that end, we attempt to provide benefits, a comfortable wage and an environment that promotes success for the staff and reinvest 10% of our profits to support the needs of our community.


Cabot Creamery Cooperative 

In 1919, ninety-four enterprising dairy farmers formed a cooperative to purchase the local creamery.  Now, nearly a century later, the combined commitment of CabotCreamery’s farmers and employees was honored when Cabot became a certified B Corp, a first for dairy cooperatives and cheesemakers.  This very same dedication has earned Cabot acclaim for making “The World’s Best Cheddar” while offering a full line of award-winning cheeses, cultured products and butter.  Cabot is owned by the dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative.  For more information, come visit us at our historic creamery, or online at WWW.CABOTCHEESE.COOP.



City Market, Onion River Co-op 

City Market, Onion River Co-op is a community-owned food cooperative, with over 12,000 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local, organic, and conventional foods and thousands of Vermont-made products. City Market is expanding to a second location in the South End of Burlington with an anticipated grand opening in the late fall! Learn about our South End store, the cooperative model and more online at or call 802-861-9700.






Continuing and Distance Education

Every year, we help thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with UVM’s various colleges and schools, we offer courses and programs to help you explore your options, whether you’re planning a career change, looking for personal enrichment or professional development, or preparing for an undergraduate or advanced degree.

Learn about our programs and offerings, then call us and meet with an advisor who can help you map an educational plan based on your background and goals. You can also take part in one of our many community events on campus and around the state. Learn more.



Energy Independent Vermont 

Energy Independent Vermont is a growing coalition of environmental organizations, Vermont businesses and business associations, academic leaders, low-income advocates and Town Energy Committees all dedicated to a simple goal: address the problem of climate change by putting a price on pollution here in Vermont.



Gallagher, Flynn & Company 

As one of the largest independent CPA and business consulting firms in Northern New England, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, (“GFC”) prides itself in offering trusted industry expertise rendered with a highly personal touch from our offices in South Burlington, Vermont and Hanover, New Hampshire. Our resources run deep – with over 75 full-time employees.  We work with primarily privately held companies with varied ownership structures, private equity groups and non-profit organizations, ranging in size from start-ups to organizations with revenues in excess of $300 million. Our diverse practice offerings are the result of over 50 years of meeting the many needs of our clients.

Our firm is comprised of highly qualified individuals who specialize in audit and accounting as well as tax and management advisory and specialized consulting areas of expertise.  In complement, we are large enough to have the technical experience to meet diverse client needs. GFC enjoys a strong regional profile and a national/ international reach through our RSM  Alliance. With more than 600 offices worldwide and 100 offices nationwide, our alliance gives us access to a full range of capabilities including the resources of RSM and over 70 other independent firms in the alliance.


Let's Grow Kids 

Let's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities and economy.

More than 70% of Vermont children under age 6 have all of their parents in the labor force, meaning they're likely to need care. Yet, nearly half of those infants and toddlers don't have access to any regulated care, and nearly 80% don't have access to high-quality programs.

Our goal is to gain public support for increased, sustainable investment that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential.

Marketing Partners 

Marketing Partners helps mission-driven organizations unlock the power of communication to drive change.
Do you want to disrupt the status quo, sustain our natural world, improve lives? We partner with our clients on how to create and use strategic change communications to dramatically advance your mission.



Merritt & Merritt

MERRITT & MERRITT is a B Corporation law firm based in Burlington, Vermont representing emerging growth companies with a focus on financing and intellectual property. The firm also represents angel, family office, venture capital and private equity investors and is an active participant in the New England venture ecosystem.



Vermont Business Magazine 

VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE is a locally owned statewide business publication based in South Burlington, Vermont. Since 1972, VBM has published the latest and most accurate information and economic data available in our monthly magazine. VBM also publishes an annual Book of Lists and Business  Directory. Our website,VERMONTBIZ.COM is a must used resource for anyone in business and our daily and weekly enews products are the state’s most trusted source for daily business news. Many Businesses have found a great way to be in front of Vermont’s business community is by sponsoring one of our events throughout the year. Our survey indicated that the main reason for attending was for the networking opportunities, with 84% saying that they go to network.



Vermont Digger's mission is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds government accountable to the public, and engages Vermonters in the democratic process. We are supported by readers contributions, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants. 




Vermont Energy Investment Corporation 

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