Social Responsibility News


An Impact Investor’s Musings: Lessons Learned from a Decade of Investing in Rural Communities

By Janice St. Onge, President, Flexible Capital Fund, L3C Since 2011 I’ve been running the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (the Flex Fund), a for-profit, impact investment fund and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The Flex Fund provides flexible, patient risk capital in the form of revenue based financing, debt and equity, to growing companies in […]


Mickey Wiles Wins Recovery-Friendly Workplaces Award

Mickey Wiles, CEO and founder of Working Fields, has received the 2023 Tammy Bushell Award for making substantial contributions to creating recovery-friendly workplaces in Vermont. The award was presented by Tammy Bushell, the award’s namesake and a longtime Working Fields client, on Recovery Day. “This award is only possible because of all the work done […]


Datta, Hamilton, and Sibilia appointed to Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Board

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announces the appointment of Aditi Datta of Winooski, Jean Hamilton of Plainfield and Laura Sibilia of Dover to the VSJF Board of Directors. VSJF is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development in the agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy and environmental technology sectors. […]


Wheels for Warmth Enters 17th Year with a New Central VT Location; Aims to Keep Homes Warm and Usable Tires Out of the Landfill

For Immediate Release Contact:  Yvonne Lory, Capstone Community Action Phone: (802) 479-1053 Email: Contact: Vicki Loomis, BROC Community Action Phone: (802) 665-1721 Email: Contact: Jason Rouse, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Phone: 802-862-2771 ext. 744 Email:     Wheels for Warmth Enters 17th Year with a New Central VT Location; Aims to […]


Member blog: Five tangible ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in your small business

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term to frame a workplace’s culture, policies and procedures by honoring and welcoming differences, providing equal access to opportunities and empowering people to show up as their authentic selves. DEI initiatives are a targeted response to historical conditions that have caused marginalized groups to be overlooked or unfairly […]


Hanover Co-op Earns Top CSR Honors

At the Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Auto Service Centers, corporate social responsibility takes many forms. Based on its long history of community impact, this 86-year-old cooperative recently received the 2022 Cornerstone Award from New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR). NHBSR’s Cornerstone Award recognizes people and organizations that “exemplify the concepts of corporate social […]


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 […]


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