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 to Announce 2016 Policy Agenda
VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for VBSR's Public Policy Breakfast on December 15. Members will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing socially responsible businesses in Vermont and how the 2016 legislative session will impact issues such as climate change, economic development, education, and healthy workplace practices. Breakfast provided by VBSR member, New Moon Cafe! Click here for complete details and registration.
Support Small Business Saturday
2015-2016 Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book Now Available
The 2015 Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Books are here and what better way to support locally owned businesses this holidy season???
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Vermont Chapter Meeting - December 9
VBSR members and friends in Southern Vermont are invited to a fun, festive evening of networking and talking sustainability. New VBSR member Artisan Web and Design is pleased to host the group in their Brattleboro offices. Feel free to bring a friend or business associate and join the conversation, and make sure to bring your business cards!
As always, thank you to The Green Up Girl for organizing our chapter! Click here for more details.
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 Corporation, 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!
Networking Get-Together at Shelburne Farms Draws 200+
We are overwhelmed by the response to our recent Networking Get-Together Hosted by Shelburne Farms! Throughout the evening, more than 200 folks joined us for the evening of networking and education. In typical VBSR fashion, there were great conversations still going AN HOUR after the event's closing time, a testament to the fact that VBSR members want to do learn from, and do business with, others who support the triple-bottom-line approach to business.
Special thank you to our hosts for delivering such an inspiring message. It was great to learn how you are working with educators to spread the message of sustainability around our state and country. Because of you, the next generation is tuning into the idea that we cannot have a healthy community and economy without a healthy planet.
Keep up the amazing work! Thank you Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, High Rock Consulting, WrightJones PLC, Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, TruexCullins, Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, and Burak Anderson and Melloni for sponsoring such a great event! Click here to check out the photos.
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