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.
Networking Get-Together at Groennfell Meadery March 22
VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for an evening networking and education at Groennfell Meadery, located inside Colchester's Mead Hall. Join us as we "Get-Together" to talk CSR, business, clean water and the wonderful beverage is that is craft mead!
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Local First Vermont Hiring a Buy Local Sales Associate
Local First Vermont is hiring a team of sales associates to sell advertising space in the eighth edition of the Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book. This position currently four territories available: Chittenden County, Addison County, Washington County, and the rest of Vermont.
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VBSR Legislative Reception Feb 18
Please join us in welcoming the Vermont Legislature back to Montpelier with an evening of food, drinks, and networking during our annual Legislative Reception on Thursday, February 18.
This event draws more than 150 business leaders, legislators, lobbyists, and government officials. Click here to RSVP for this event today or learn more,
Space is limited!
Local + Social Enterprise Workshop Feb 19
VBSR and Marlboro College Graduate School are teaming up again! Following on the success of last year, we're happy to present 2016's "Local + Social Enterprise Workshop."
In this workshop, we will explore the role of social enterprise by unpacking the structures and tools that local enterprises use to accomplish social missions. An all-star panel of local social enterprise practitioners will share their perspectives and experiences with participants.
Tickets are only $20 for VBSR members, $40 for nonmembers.
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Free Executive Training Program Available to VT Entrepreneurs
Vermont SBA is seeking 20 small business owners to participate in the Emerging Leaders Initiative beginning in April at Vermont Technical College in Williston, Vermont.
Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for entrepreneurs to learn how to establish a three-year strategic growth plan for their businesses. The strategic plans emphasize organizational structure, resource network and assistance needed to build a sustainable business of size and scale. It is a seven-month program consisting of 13 three hour in-class sessions, seven out-of-class CEO mentoring sessions, assigned reading and other assignments.
VBSR is proud to support this initiative. Click here to learn more and/or sign up for the class.
VBSR Welcomes Lucie Kidd as Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is pleased to announce the hiring of Lucie Kidd as a full-time member of the staff. As VBSR’s Office Manager/Bookkeeper, Kidd will focus on making sure the office systems and functions run smoothly, members and service providers are accurately invoiced and paid, and that VBSR members have another person they can contact if they have questions or needs.
“When I saw the VBSR position, it spoke to me. This is the kind of work I am good at and passionate about, and I am excited to be using my skills to help VBSR move corporate social responsibility forward,” said Kidd.
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VBSR Board Releases Statement on Immigration and Diversity
On Thursday, December 10th, The VBSR Board of Directors released the following statement in response to political rhetoric surrounding immigration and diversity in the United States.
"Immigration enriches Vermont's communities and economy. Vermont should embrace immigrants and refugees fleeing war zones and condemn extreme rhetoric to restrict entry to the United States based on skin color or religion as fundamentally un-American. Our economic future exists not with the prejudicial politics and practices of the past, but with diverse workplaces that innovate freely and are free of discrimination.
As business people, we believe diverse pools of applicants allow businesses to hire the best and brightest - creating a more qualified workforce. Diversity also brings innovation and creativity to the workplace, allowing for new approaches to problem-solving and boosting productivity. Across the country, women and minority-owned businesses are driving economic growth by fulfilling American's entrepreneurial promise.
VBSR believes that diversity is an economic driver for Vermont. Welcoming residents from different backgrounds and experiences strengthens our communities and generates growth and new opportunities in our economy."
Packed House for VBSR Legislative Breakfast
More than 120 people attended VBSR’s annual legislative breakfast Tuesday morning to eat breakfast, network, and hear about VBSR's State House priorities for 2016. The event was originally scheduled for Main Street Landing’s Great Room, but was moved to the larger Black Box Theater due to high interest.
Members of VBSR’s Public Policy Committee outlined the group’s agenda, which includes incentives in state procurement for high road businesses, establishing a price on carbon pollution, reforming the state’s health care system, passing an earned paid leave bill, and support for a proposal removing the criminal history question from job applications.
Southern Vermont Summit a Success
VBSR’s Southern Vermont Summit is in the books and what a success it was! Click here to check out the photos!
Thank you to the more than 100 people who joined us in Brattleboro for an afternoon of networking and education. We were thrilled to have Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness for EILEEN FISHER, present to an engaged audience on the challenges, opportunities and prospect of sustainability in the clothing industry. Hall began her talk with a sobering reminder of the true cost of clothing, but ended by laying out real steps the company is taking to mitigate and lesson their impact. From buying organic to opening secondhand stores, to storing old clothing until technology makes it easier to repurpose, the company is actively seeking out ways to reach their 2020Vision and be better corporate citizens. Thank you National Life Group for serving as our Keynote Underwriter!!!
Following Hall’s presentation, attendees learned more about VBSR’s efforts over the past year with the presentation of the organization’s annual meeting. Suffice it to say the organization’s bottom-line is strong and VBSR has accomplished a LOT over the past year, lobbying for H.35, placing 60 interns in paid internships, holding and partnering on more than a dozen events around the state, and welcoming 136 new members to the cause… all while celebrating 25 years of changemaking!!!
Following these presentations, attendees enjoyed a wonderful networking get-together in the River Garden atrium. We met new friends, re-engaged with past partners, and exchanged plenty of business cards with eye towards the triple-bottom-line approach to business. We’re proud to announce that thanks to the help of The Green Up Girl, The Works Bakery Cafe, Strolling of the Heifers, Duo Restaurant- Vermont and Recycle Away, this event generated less than a pound of trash! You can go green and the Greenup Girl can help!!!
Finally, thank you so much to each of the evenings underwriters. Thank you B Lab, Brattleboro Savings & Loan - Member FDIC, Downs Rachlin Martin, Let's Grow Kids, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Kitchen Supply, and Vermont Public Radio!
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