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.
2013 - 2014 Buy Local Book Makes a Great Gift!
According to the National Retail Federation, individuals will spend approximately $750 on holiday related shopping this year. As the holidays approach and "door-busting" season begins, Local First Vermont encourages you to support your community and BUY LOCAL when you shop.
Looking for a fun and easy way to support local business? Use the "Buy Local Book" as a buying guide and/or purchase the books as gifts that encourage others to support local merchants! Books are available for sale in Addison, Chittenden, Lamoille and Washington Counties.
Support your neighbors and community... Buy Local First!
Our 21st Annual Fall Conference is Wrapped!
Nearly 200 VBSR members, legislators and friends gathered in Southern Vermont on November 20th for VBSR’s 21st Annual Fall Conference. Highlights included keynoters Jeffrey and Meika Hollender, an engaging talk on Vermont Yankee decommissioning, and six workshops, including a packed Social Entrepreneurship panel which had to be moved to the ballroom to accommodate attendees! In addition, more than 40 people joined the VBSR team for a conference pre-party in hotel restaurant!
Special thanks to all of our underwriters and sponsors, including Transportation Underwriter Go! Vermont who helped a number of conference attendees carpool to the conference, including a full Go! VT vanpool! Most importantly, thank you to everyone who attended the conference! Without businesses willing to work to do things differently, we wouldn't have a conference to put on!
If you attended the conference and have a few minutes, please help us out by completing our conference survey. Your input will go a long way in helping us address the needs of future conference attendees!
Also, whether you missed the event or want to relive the event, we invite you to check out the photos of VBSR's 21st Annual Fall Conference here!
Networking in the Upper Valley
On October 24, 2013, VBSR members and friends traveled to the Upper Valley to network with like-minded business professionals at King Arthur Flour's newly renovated cafe. 75+ guests not only got to network, but also heard inspiring ideas for energy reduction, employee engagement and benchmarking social responsibility efforts.
Thank you to King Arthur Flour for providing tours (including a stop at the in-house VPR studio) and preparing a delicious spread included Pumpkin Cider Bisque, Sausage Apple Pizzas, Beet Pizza, local cheeses and much, much more!
Thanks to everyone who came out the event, especially our sponsors B Lab, Business Energy Action, Cx Associates, Efficiency Vermont, Tip Top Pottery, TruexCullins, Vermont Public Radio! If you missed the event, check out the photos here!
VBSR is proud to announce that we have teamed up with B Lab to offer VBSR members free access to the B Impact Assessment tool!
This free and confidential tool will help you measure your company’s socially responsible business practices and compare them against thousands of other businesses. Measuring and recording socially responsible business practices will support a business's ongoing journey towards social responsibility and sustainability.
What are you waiting for? Get Started today!
VBSR Navigators Help Small Businesses Understand Exchange
In late October, Executive Director Andrea Cohen was notified of some upcoming changes to Vermont Health Connect. Click here to read her email to Small Businesses regarding the updates.
VBSR’s Health Connect Program Navigators are still available to help you understand the new health care exchange and what options are best for businesses and their employees. Click here to connect with one of our navigators.
Vermont's Health Care Exchange has gone into effect. Looking for someone to help you get enrolled? Need some tools to help you make the decision on your own? Want to attend an event so that you can better understand the changes about to occur? You can find all that here, at VBSR's Health Exchange Help webpage.
You can also click here to stream the October 9th episode of "The Vermont Conversation," which features VBSR E.D. Andrea Cohen, VBSR Navigator Annissa Lewis and Mark Larson, Commissioner of the Department of Health Access.