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 Legislative Reception February 5th
Our premier Legislative event returns to Capital Plaza once again this year. Have an issue you'd like to see our legislature engage in? Here's your chance to let them know!
Mingle with your local representatives and engage with other VBSR members. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar while having your voice heard. Save the date and join us February 5th!
Thank you to our sponsors: Green Mountain Power, KSE Partners, National Life Group, Seventh Generation, SunCommon, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Washington Electric Coop.
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Social Enterprise Workshop Presented by Marlboro College, VBSR and Vermont Law School
Join us on February 20th for a great workshop featuring Betsy Schmidt; we'll examine the structures that social and environmental enterprises currently use to accomplish their missions --nonprofit organizations, traditional for-profits, L3Cs, B Corporations, cooperatives and other business forms that place "Planet" and "People" ahead of or on an equal footing with "Profit."
In a full-day public workshop, participants will be introduced to a taxonomy of social enterprises and will hear from a panel of individuals who have been involved in the launch of a range of innovative business models.
VBSR Takes Over the Magic Hat "Artifactory"
Over 150 VBSR members and friends packed the famous Magic Hat Brewing Company Artifactory on January 22. Guests were treated to free pint glasses, Leonardo's Pizza, and some great networking opportunities. Additionally, Magic Hat reminded folks about what it means to work together with the community and spoke about how they try to achieve those goals through public-private partnerships and sustainable brewing practices not being practiced by other large scale breweries. Special thanks to our sponsors and to NAB CEO Kris Sirchion for the inspirational talk about expanding the triple-bottom-line enthusiasm to area's far beyond the Vermont boarders.
Vermont Intern Program Receives Grant Funding
We are pleased to announce that the Vermont Intern Program has been awarded another year of funding from our partners at the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL)!
The VDOL Workforce Education and Training Fund promotes the creation and retention of high quality jobs and the growth of a highly skilled workforce. We look forward to putting these dollars to work in support of your intern needs in 2015 - let us know how we can help!
We post and promote positions, recruit candidates and screen applicants - a FREE service for employers. We also offer similar services for applicants, including a free VBSR Student Membership for any interns we place, so if you know any college students or recent graduates - send them our way!
How Should Vermont Finance Health Care???
Check out our Health Care Calculator
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."