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.
VBSR Announces 22nd Annual Fall Conference Details;
Call for Workshop Proposals and Sponsorships Now Open!
Workshop proposals due by Monday, Sept. 15th
Sponsorship requests due by Friday, Sept. 26th (for maximum visibility)
Join 200+ VBSR members and like-minded professionals for VBSR’s 22nd Annual Fall Conference. This year’s conference will be packed full of educational, informative content designed to provide tools, frameworks and inspiration for mission-minded organizations and professionals. Details are emerging everyday, but save the date to join us on November 19th at the Grand Summit Resort at Mount Snow. In addition, the annual conference also features a number of workshops, the presentation of VBSR’s Legislator of the Year award, VBSR’s annual membership meeting, 35+ exhibitors, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Don't miss this chance to showcase your business or organization to this community of mission-minded business professionals! VBSR is actively seeking workshop proposals and sponsors for our largest event in Southern Vermont. Whether you are looking to share your SR journey, or looking to support the conference while gaining visibility, there is room for you at the conference.
Call for Nominations: VBSR Board of Directors
Deadline September 30!
We welcome talented and engaged members to consider joining our Board of Directors!
To cast your nominations please fill out the NOMINATION QUESTIONNAIRE. Nominations may only come from current VBSR members in good standing and must be received by VBSR no later than 5:00pm Tuesday, September 30.
To learn more about the VBSR Board click HERE. For more about the nomination process, click HERE. Please contact Andrea Cohen, VBSR Executive Director, via EMAIL or at (802) 862-8347 if you have any questions. Thank you for your nominations!
Check out this great VTDigger Profile on Mark Curran and Black River Produce !
On Tuesday, September 9th, nearly 150 VBSR members and friends flocked to Shelburne Farms for an event in honor of Mark Curran, Co-founder of Black River Produce. The sold-out Terry Ehrich Dinner and Award Ceremony was a celebration of local food, relationships, and socially responsible business practices.
Guests enjoyed local food from farmers and producers all over the state, as donated by none-other than Black River Produce and prepared by Farmhouse Group Catering. To begin the evening, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed on the sprawling lawn in front of the Farm’s Coach Barn. Against the backdrop of a calm Lake Champlain and a nearly cloudless sky, forward-thinking business practitioners could be seen shaking hands, laughing and genuinely enjoying each other’s company.
Once inside, Secretary of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Chuck Ross opened the award ceremony by discussing the importance of Vermont’s local food economy while highlighting how much Black River Produce has done to further that mission. After glowing remarks followed from VBSR Board Vice Chair, Chris Miller of Ben & Jerry’s, Mark spent a few minutes discussing how his upbringing shaped him into the business man he’d become. He also explored how far his company has come (opening a new meat processing facility), how they had grown sustainably (reinvesting in the company), and how they practice social responsibility (supporting local farmers, utilizing renewable energy and biodiesel trucks). In perhaps the most moving moment in an evening full of them, it was during this that Mark explained to his colleagues and friends that none of these successes would have been possible without the leadership and vision of his business partner Steve Birge. During an evening where relationships and supporting those around you were highlighted as keys to successful business, it was fitting that Mark shared his moment with Steve and attendees expressed their appreciation of the moment by honoring them with a standing ovation.
Thank you all of our members and guests who came out to help us celebrate. Congratulations Mark, Steve and Black River Produce; keep up the good work… we know you will! Check out the photos here.
How Should VBSR Advocate for People, Profit and Planet During the Next Legislative Session?
VBSR members are invited to join VBSR Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow for an update on what happened during the 2014 legislative session at the Vermont Statehouse and a preview of some of the big issues facing the state in 2015. VBSR will also collect feedback from members about how their businesses are doing and what policy issues they would like to see the organization focus on next year. These events are only open to VBSR Members.
How Should Vermont Finance Health Care Reform?
The Vermont Legislature is expected to consider a financing package for universal health care in the 2015 session and VBSR needs member input on potential financing packages. Vermonters will spend an estimated $2.2 billion for health care in 2017, the equivalent of a combined 16.9% payroll tax for businesses and individuals. VBSR's on-line calculator, which launched at our 24th Annual Spring Conference, lists a range of possible funding sources and allows business leaders to find ways to replace the current spending in the system with a fair and sustainable financing package. The tool was designed by Green River, a Brattleboro software company, and the tax methodology was prepared by Steve Kappel, the founder of Policy Integrity in Montpelier.
Try the online calculator today - and don't forget to hit the "Suggest this plan to VBSR" button to submit your proposal to us!
Do you have questions about health care reform? We recommend watching this video, "Take two minutes to become an expert in single-payer health care."