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VBSR & BACC Candidate Showcase October 24

Featuring Gubernatorial Candidates Sec. Sue Minter and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott; AG Candidates Deborah Bucknam and TJ Donovan 


Economic development is one of the top issues in this year’s race for governor – and business leaders across the state are eager to hear the vision that the two major party candidates have for Vermont. VBSR is teaming up with the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce to host a candidate forum and business-networking event on the evening of Monday, October 24 at the American Legion in Brattleboro. Sec. Sue Minter, the Democratic candidate, and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, the Republican candidate, will both attend the event and will discuss their economic development plans. Other statewide candidates attending include TJ Donovan and Deborah Bucknam, candidates for Attorney General. We will announce the attendance of more statewide candidates for Vermont office closer to the event. The evening will conclude with a business-networking event featuring a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

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2016 Buy Local Book Released

It's here! On Saturday, September 17, VBSR staff released the 2016/2017 Buy Local Resource Guide & Coupon Book at City Market, Hunger Mountain Co-op, and Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

This year's book retails for $20 and includes more than $3,000 in savings. And, thanks to the new "Explore Vermont" section, we have coupons all over the state! Plus, the release of the Local First Vermont smartphone app on both Andriod and iOS makes it even easier to save at your favorite locally-owned businesses.

What are you waiting for? Get your Buy Local Book today! 



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 caputuring so many great photos!


Nathaniel Group Hosts Get-Together on 29th Anniversary

On September 7, more than 80 VBSR members and friends traveled from near and far to "Get-Together" in Vergennes. Long time members Nathaniel Group (who last hosted an event in 2006!) rolled out the welcome mat, offering food, drink and tours to attendees.

In addition, our program offered guests a chance to learn how to help employees with childcare needs, how to encourage employee-buy in and communication, and why testifying in Montpelier can be so impactful.

We were glad to get such great photos of attendees! Special thank you to our sponsors for making this evening possible: Vermont Community Loan Fund, Let's Grow Kids, Johnson Law Group, Way to Go Vermont, Vermont Web Marketing Summit, Merritt & Merritt, SunCommon and Vermont Trophy & Engraving!

Share your Purchasing Practices

In our recent survey, you said VBSR is a great hub for sharing business practices. For instance, recently someone asked about purchasing. Do you have a purchasing policy aligned with your company's mission? Does it encourage employees to buy local or organic food for meetings? Use building materials sourced from Vermont wood? Ask subcontractors if their wages meet Vermont's Basic Needs Budget?
If you have a policy or idea to contribute, please put it in your sharing folder (e.g., Dropbox), then post the link in the LinkedIn group for VBSR members to help others align their purchases with their values. To start the conversation, Seventh Generation has kindly shared their policy (thanks Seventh Gen!), which we've also posted a link to in the VBSR LinkedIn group. 

This is a great reminder to all of us ... our choices make a difference!

Prefer to email us a copy of your policy and have us do the work of sharing it with our membership? Contact Jane today!


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