VBSR in the News

Small Business Member Spotlight: Big Heavy World

Photo: Big Heavy World volunteers, high school students Mollie Allen and Cadence Gentley, interviewed author Shawna Potter on 105.9FM The Radiator in 2020. Shawna Potter is a Baltimore-based musician who gives workshops that offer a better understanding of gender, LGBTQ, and identity-related harassment in public spaces and how to prevent and address it when it […]


Small Business Member Spotlight: WANDERNESS

Hullo! I’m Amanda, and I live in Montpelier with my partner and two kiddos. At the end of 2020, I launched a travel-themed candle brand, WANDERNESS. As an avid globetrotter and returned Peace Corps volunteer, I wanted to create a business that celebrated travel. Scent is a powerful trigger of nostalgia, so I decided to build […]


Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Welcomes New Board Members

Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is pleased to welcome three new members to the organization’s Board of Directors: Kehvon Didehbani of Solidarity of Unbridled Labor, Beth Rusnock of National Life Group, and Suzanne McDowell of King Arthur Baking Company. “We are honored to have Kehvon, Beth, and Suzanne join VBSR’s Board,” said […]


Announcing VBSR’s Small Business Resiliency Fund Grantees

VBSR is pleased to announce the grantees for the VBSR Small Business Resiliency Fund. A committee of VBSR partners selected four VBSR member businesses to receive both a $10,000 grant award and referrals to VBSR partner organizations offering financial and technical assistance. Businesses were selected based upon financial viability, need, and triple-bottom-line excellence. Congratulations to the grantees! […]


An Election Day Message from VBSR

As our country carries out the 2020 election in the midst of a pandemic and Vermonters brace for what will surely be an eventful week, VBSR calls for unity, civility, and patience as state and local officials take the time to count all votes during this unique election season. Over these last few months, Vermonters […]


Vermont House Overrides Governor’s Climate Veto

September 17, 2020 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Vermont’s House of Representatives successfully voted to override Governor Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act today. The bill will require Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities. A coalition of groups in support […]


Groups Call on Legislature to Override Governor’s Veto of Landmark Climate Bill

  September 15, 2020 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Governor Scott has vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by both the Vermont House and Senate. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities. Reducing […]


VBSR Holds Virtual Town Hall on Racial Justice

Burlington, VT – Yesterday, 300 business and organization leaders from across the VBSR network joined an important and dynamic discussion on racial justice and equity issues in Vermont. Speakers Xusana Davis, Sherwood Smith, and Tabitha Moore, shared insights, guidance, and perspective for Vermont businesses and organizations to consider as they learn about and work to […]


CEOs, Speaking Out on Racial Justice is Expected from You! (Frank Sadowski)

Once upon a time, we may have fooled ourselves into believing that business leaders just needed to pay attention to their businesses and let others focus on the social issues of the day. If that ever was true, it is crucial for you and your business to know that time is long gone. Today, the […]


A Call for Racial Justice (Roxanne Vought, VBSR)

A Statement from VBSR’s Executive Director, Roxanne Vought As our nation mourns the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives lost needlessly and senselessly, we find ourselves in a moment that demands our attention. To quote Anthea Kelsick, Co-CEO, B Lab U.S. & Canada, “We cannot credibly build an inclusive economic system […]


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