VBSR in the News


VBSR Member Businesses Partner on Local Plastic Film Recycling Program

As the production of single-use plastic increases, many businesses want to do their part by contributing to recycling efforts for hard to recycle items, including plastic #4 low-density polyethylene (LDPE), also known as plastic film. In 2017 alone, the United States produced 8 billion tons of LDPE. Currently, there is no curbside or pick-up recycling […]


VBSR Welcomes Jordan Giaconia as Public Policy Manager

Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is pleased to announce that Jordan Giaconia will be returning to the organization as Public Policy Manager. In this role, Giaconia will support VBSR’s efforts to advance the organization’s policy goals, working closely with VBSR members. Jordan Giaconia brings several years of experience shaping policy at the […]


Small Business Member Spotlight: Outpatch

Outpatch is a Vermont-based and veteran-owned company with the goal of using the tourism industry to increase funding to local nonprofits. Launched in February 2021, they sell stick-on patches that represent specific communities and donate 50% of the proceeds to nonprofits supporting those communities. Founder Henry Rosario left the Army in 2017 to pursue humanitarian service. […]


Small Business Member Spotlight: QOR360

QOR360 has set out to change how the world sits – including kids. “Sitting is the new smoking” is an often-heard mantra espoused by epidemiologists, human resource professionals and others concerned with the overall health of our world’s desk-bound peoples. QOR360’s mission is to help ameliorate this sitting disease by bringing active sitting into the […]


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 […]


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