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Shelburne Farms to Host Networking Get-Together October 15

Every season is beautiful at Shelburne Farms, but fall foliage season brings out the best! Join us as we "Get-Together" with VBSR members and friends in Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 5:30 to 7:30 on October 15th. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Shelburne Farms while networking and collaborating with each other around the triple-bottom-line approach to business; cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by our generous hosts!

This Networking Get-Together is free for members and state officials, $10 for non-members. The event is open to anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business... bring a friend!

Click here to learn more or reserve your spot!


2015-2016 Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book Now Available

The 2015 Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Books are here! This year's book covers Chittenden, Washington, and Addison County and includes 200+ coupons worth more than $3,000 at some of the finest locally-owned businesses in Vermont. In fact, thirty of the 2015 Seven Days Daysie Award winners are included in this book. click here to get your book today. 

If you're interested in a bulk purchase -- to use the book as a thank you gift for employees and clients -- please contact


200+ Come Out to Celebrate Duane Peterson and CSR in VT

Gathered in the backyard of Ben Cohen’s home on the evening of Wednesday, September 16, 200 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) members and guests celebrated the group’s 25th anniversary and the remarkable achievements of Duane Peterson, co-founder of SunCommon, Vermont’s largest residential solar company. Peterson was honored with the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Terry Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

“The VBSR membership was very pleased to present this award to Duane,” said Avram Patt, Interim Director of VBSR. “His support of the triple-bottom-line approach to business is evident in the work he does professionally and personally. It’s clear that he values the importance taking care of People, Profit, and Planet, and sees this type of business model as essential for a strong and sustainable economy.”

“Duane is a big thinker, with a big heart. He has shown us, through his creativity and service, how to change the world,” said Sue Minter, former Secretary of Transportation, who spoke at Wednesday’s ceremony.

Click here take a look at the photos of the evening.





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