Opinion

Feb
16

Baby Bonds Proposal is Government Working at its Best

This commentary is by Kristin Warner, Public Policy Manager for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). VBSR is a statewide, nonprofit business association with a mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. Sources for claims made in this essay can be found here. Vermont sets the national standard for […]

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Nov
16

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 […]

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Dec
28

What is your commitment to digital inclusion?

If you’re wondering what digital inclusion is, people with disabilities are frequently blocked from websites, apps and content that are not designed and built to be accessible. These are rights protected by both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Digital accessibility is a civil right that most businesses fail […]

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Jul
27

Our Moment to Lead: Vermont in the Wake of SCOTUS Decisions

By Roxanne Vought, VBSR Executive Director As seen in Vermont Business Magazine, VTDigger, The Bennington Banner, and Mountain Times For those of us who envision – and strive each day toward – a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet, the final week of June 2022 was devastating. On […]

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Apr
11

Want to Support an Equitable, Prosperous Vermont? First You Need Workforce Housing.

By Kelly Klein, founder and CEO of Groennfell Meadery and Havoc Mead As seen in the Brattleboro Reformer and VTDigger Some days I feel more like a blend of real estate agent and therapist than CEO and Founder of Vermont Craft Mead. One of our employees, having sold his out-of-state home more quickly than anticipated, is […]

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Feb
08

The Workforce Crisis is Complex – Bolstering Basic Needs Offers a Simple Solution

By Roxanne Vought, VBSR Executive Director As seen in the Caledonian Record, Manchester Journal, Mountain Times, Rutland Herald, Vermont Business Magazine and VTDigger Talk to any business owner today and you’ll likely hear the same refrain: they’re struggling to find workers. They’ve tried everything: raising wages, sign-on bonuses, creative recruitment strategies, and they still can’t […]

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Jul
15

A Braver Little State – Opinion piece by Paul Dragon, CVOEO Executive Director

When I was 10 years old, I was riding my new bike with my cousin in Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. The park borders South Providence, referred to then as the “ghetto” and comprised of mainly Black people while just north was our neighborhood in Cranston: white, Catholic, and struggling economically. The dividing […]

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Jun
29

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 […]

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Apr
24

Op-ed: A touch of environmental optimism amidst COVID-19

Opinion Editorial by Marina M. McCoy As many people go without jobs, not being able to make ends meet, wondering what the future may hold; talking about the health of the environment may not seem relevant when you are trying to get food on the table.  Which has people wondering, is climate change linked to […]

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Apr
15

Op-ed: Corporate Social Responsibility in This Crisis

It is always easier to act consistent with your highest values when times are good, when there is at least a little financial cushion. When revenue just stops coming in – suddenly, without warning – and the world changes almost overnight, it’s another story. It is hard not to be driven by fear. It is […]

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