The Spark of Creativity: Conversation Series with Fran Stoddard – “Fearless Entrepreneurism”

Event Details:
When: March 22, 2017 10:30 pm – March 23, 2017 12:00 am
Location: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, VT 05482

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers –
VBSR Members –


“Business is changing. Fast. New ideas, new markets, and new ways to think about capitalism are eviscerating existing norms. Intractable problems are being transformed into newfound opportunities. From Benin to Burlington social entrepreneurs are seizing this moment. They are recalibrating business as a fulcrum for social change and economic growth – for all. Learn why this is happening and how you can be a part of The Business of Good.” -Jason Haber

Registration is open

for VBSR’s 27th Annual Spring Conference! Throughout the day, you will engage in several workshops (we’ve got 15 on the slate!) designed to help CSR-minded professionals be more efficient, educated, and in-tune with their organizations. In addition, attendees will enjoy a localvore menu (Underwritten by Vermont Creamery), 40+ exhibitors, a Vermont-themed Cocktail Reception and networking opportunities with more than 300 forward-thinking business professionals. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Jason Haber as our Keynote Speaker. Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur. His extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. In 2016, he authored The Business of Good, a widely praised book on social entrepreneurship.

Recently voted the Best Business Networking Event in Vermont, you won’t want to miss this great day of networking and education! VBSR members can take advantage of an early bird rate and join us for $150 (offer good until May 5th). The cost is $200 for non-members and $45 for full-time students and Legislators.


Exhibit Tables

EXHIBIT TABLES ARE SOLD OUT! Please contact Larissa Rayher if you would like to get on the wait list.

*You must be a VBSR member or state-sponsored agency to sponsor or exhibit at the conference

Additional Attendee Info

Here are few other things to keep in mind…

1) Nursing mothers welcome! If you would like a private and sanitary location for pumping or nursing, The Davis Center has a special room located on the 1st floor. There’s an information station on the first floor and they’ll be able to provide you with a key and any information you need. Please note, you are in no way obligated to use this space; we are comfortable with whatever you’re comfortable with!

2) As part of our continued efforts to Go Green with our conference (going paperless, recycling name tags, offering carpooling options, sourcing local food, hosting at a LEED certified location, etc.), you may notice a limited amount cups around the venue this year. Please consider bringing a reusable container!

3) In the afternoon, we will feature a cash bar reception, don’t forget to come prepared.

4) We’ll be live tweeting again this year! Don’t forget to live tweet your experience and include “#vbsrspring” so others can follow the conversation.

5) The two longest networking breaks during the day are at the beginning and end of the event… plan to arrive early, stay late, and bring plenty of business cards. You won’t be sorry!


Staying the night? Why not let a VBSR member put you up for the night? The Inn at Essex, Hotel Vermont, The Hilton Garden Inn, and The Inn at Shelburne Farms are supporters of the cause. Act now, as rooms fill up quick this time of year!

Good Eats!

Looking for a bite to eat while in town? Why not support fellow VBSR members in Chittenden County?


Whether coming from near or far, please consider the impact your travel to this event will make!

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Conference Agenda

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Topic Area: C: Communication D: Organizational Development E: Energy & Environment HR: Human Resources I: Innovation & Technology P: Policy

Size: S: Small Business M: Medium Business L: Large Business A: Business of All Sizes

Twitter: @vbsr  #vbsrspring

For complete, up-to-date information, or to register for the conference, visit



Sara Newmark, New Chapter and Chair of the Board, VBSR, @newchapter
Jane Campbell, Executive Director, VBSR, janecvt


Please visit our conference exhibitors!


1. Gender Diversity & Equity: Is Your Workplace Truly Unbiased? C, HR | A

With help from Change The Story VT, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation launched the Business Peer Exchange, bringing together a group of senior level professionals willing to examine their workplaces through a gender lens. In this session, companies will share their unexpected discoveries and the steps they’re taking and questions they’re asking to ensure they are attracting, retaining, and promoting women — and making the most of ALL their talent. You may be surprised to find out how your organization’s culture, language and materials are creating barriers internally and externally!

Michele Asch, VP Leadership and Organizational Development, Twincraft Skincare, @twincraftskin
Matt Dooley, Director, Engineering at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, @VEIC
Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan, Advisor of Community Engagement, Change the Story, @ChangeStoryVT
Denise Leopoldino, Director of Culture, Global People Strategies, @DealerDotCom

2. Managing Difficult Conversations: Think Globally, Repair Locally HR | SM

Nope, that conversation you’ve been putting off won’t resolve itself. Learn and practice a straightforward, nine-step framework to successfully address difficult conversations and situations, and find that treating people with dignity doesn’t mean shying away from clashing personalities and internal conflicts. At this workshop, you will warm up your interpersonal muscles before choosing your own true examples to practice in a safe environment. Practical, real-world solutions – no more avoiding.

Jason Lorber, President, Aplomb Consulting, @VermontJason
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, @lgdavitian

3. Make Your Website Accessible C, D, I | A

The civil rights established by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) require that people with disabilities have unobstructed access to “places of public accommodation,” including commercial, retail and service providers of all types. As the Web has grown to become an intrinsic part of life for people across the globe, advocates, plaintiffs, and the Department of Justice have affirmed that websites also serve as places of public accommodation and, as such, are protected by the ADA. The courts have largely agreed.

Unfortunately, most websites fail to provide the necessary access to allow people with disabilities to effectively navigate and communicate with businesses. The tipping point has been crossed and a rapidly growing cottage industry has even sprung up to force conformity for profit!

In this session, you’ll learn the legal background that has brought us here. More importantly, you’ll get pragmatic advice on how to make your website accessible to all visitors and avoid becoming a target.

Kristina R. Brines, ESQ., PHR, SHRM-CP, Paul Frank + Collins, @pfclaw
David Gibson, Founder & President, Propeller Media Works, @propDave

4. Social Responsibility 201 C, D | ML

What’s the next iteration of socially responsible practices? Will they work in your business? And what happens when Baby Boomers work with the inherent sense of social responsibility that Millennials bring to, and demand from, their workplace? Join our provocative discussion with leaders from academia, entrepreneurial investment, government, and young professionals in the field of sustainability, and witness a modeled conversation between generations. You will learn ways to harness a stronger culture of accountability and social responsibility.

Paul Dickin, Senior Consultant, Cope & Associates, @paulacope
Leah Schulz, UVM SEMBA Graduate, Cope & Associates @leah_m_schulz

5. What Office and Why? Recipes for Engagement and Innovation D, I | ML

The need for privacy and focus amidst a world that can’t stop beeping, buzzing and interrupting dominates the news in debate about open versus more private workplaces. Where do you find the right workplace design strategies to fuel success and culture and build engagement? We will examine the contradictions with individual “I” work and collaborative “We” work in today’s offices. We’ll also share Vermont-based insights about CoWorking, ecosystem place design, generational thinking traps, “best places to work” mindsets, and how all of this supports our purposeful business community. Share your questions and stories about your work environments and culture-building efforts in this interactive workshop. Together we will develop workplace strategies you can bring back to your businesses while gaining invaluable lessons learned from best practices and shared successes.

Stephen M. Frey, Principal Architect, Arocordis Design, @arocordisdesign
Owen Milne, Workplace Consultant and Strategist, @OwenMilneVT


Please visit our conference exhibitors!

10:45 – Noon
Jason Haber, Author, The Business of Good

The Business of Good – The Road Forward

Business is changing. Fast. New ideas, new markets, and new ways to think about capitalism are eviscerating existing norms. Intractable problems are being transformed into newfound opportunities. From Benin to Burlington social entrepreneurs are seizing this moment. They are recalibrating business as a fulcrum for social change and economic growth – for all. Learn why this is happening and how you can be a part of The Business of Good.

Jason Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur, with a career that intersects the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. He is the author of The Business of Good, a widely praised book on social entrepreneurship; co-founder of Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm; and has advised elected officials and candidates in DC and NY.

A frequent commentator on CNBC and Fox Business News, Haber has also been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a Political Communication BA from George Washington University and a Master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

12:00 – 1:00

Sponsored by Vermont Creamery, featuring locally-sourced ingredients

12:15 – 12:45
SPECIAL SESSION (in lieu of networking lunch)

Networking with Your Inner Self

Join us for a gentle, business-attire-friendly chair yoga class. Decompress from the morning and learn some stress management tools you can incorporate back at the office.

Meagen Satinsky, PT, PYT; Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga @EvolutionYogaVT

1:00 – 2:15

6. Designing Intentional Organizational Culture for Future Success D, HR | ML

This is an interactive workshop using one organization’s journey of cultural transformation to inspire you to make meaningful change in your own culture. We will present a case study of VPR’s current and ongoing work to empower people at all levels to make change and create an organizational culture that remains sustainably relevant to its customers. Starting with the pain points that led VPR to begin their journey, we’ll explore Vital Leadership Coaching’s research-based process and bring it to life with VPR’s stories of success, challenges, and lessons learned.

After exploring VPR’s journey, you and other participants will engage in conversations to discuss your own business challenges and explore what is possible for your organization. Through Q&A with presenters and dialogue with fellow participants, everyone will be challenged to identify new ideas and actions to take back to their organizations.

Liz Dallas, Owner and Thought Leader, Vital Leadership Coaching, @CoachingVT
Brian Donahue, Vice President for Finance & Operations/CFO, VPR, @vprbdonahue
Paul Toth, Culture Strategist, @CoachingVT

7. Effective Business Advocacy for Public Policy Change E, P | A

Business leaders have important contributions to make to the public policy conversations in Vermont’s State House. However, sometimes it can be challenging to feel adequately informed about the issues being deliberated, or to know at what point in the Legislative process expertise from businesses would have the most effect on the outcome. This interactive workshop will give business leaders the knowledge and tools necessary to influence state policy decisions.

Participants of this interactive workshop will:

  • discuss Vermont’s pertinent policy and budget making processes
  • identify techniques for relationship and coalition building, leading to effective communication with policymakers
  • hear from business leaders currently engaged in policy advocacy
  • roleplay scenarios in which they advocate for a specific policy
  • determine next steps for influencing policy change

A strong, collective business voice can advance public policy that ensures the economic security of Vermont’s workforce and the prosperity of the state!

Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager, @VBSRpolicy
Matt Levin, Executive Director, VTECA
Pat Heffernan, Founder, Marketing Partners, @ChangeConvos
Kelly Klein, Owner and CEO, Groennfell Meadery, @groennfell

8. How Small/Micro Businesses Can Do Social Responsibility D, HR | S

Are you like me? Own a great little company with wonderful employees and products but small margins constrain your ability to be as SR as you’d wish to be? If so, let’s talk. Perhaps there are ways (traditional and SR) we can improve our margins which would allow us to do more for our employees, the planet and our own prosperity.

There are many great ideas for low-cost benefits that make your business attractive to employees as well as easy/inexpensive ways to lessen your footprint. We’ll explore a number of those options but will also focus on attendee questions, ideas, lessons learned and solutions found. One thing we know about Vermont entrepreneurs is that we are a passionate, innovative bunch!

Come away with a list of possibilities, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as ideas on how to implement the ones you choose.

Margi Brownfield Swett, President/Owner/Engraver, Vermont Trophy & Engraving, @VermontAwards
Jessie Swetel, General Manager/Owner/Engraver, Vermont Trophy & Engraving, @VermontAwards

9. Long & Short-Term Planning: How Personal Style Influences the Process D, HR | ML

Business leaders are required to plan for the future, but, depending on your style, you may be more comfortable with short- or long-term planning. If you have ever tried to create a 5-year plan as part of a group, you know that some people focus on “how we did it in the past,” some want to “create a compelling vision for the future” (with little attention to the past), others want to “brainstorm” all possibilities, and still others are ready to “jump into action” before the conversation is even finished. When all four styles collaborate, organizations create effective and lasting plans. In this interactive workshop, you will identify your preferred starting point and gain insights about how to access the power of each style.

Markey Read, President, Career Networks, @readmarkeyread

10. Using New Media Tools to Drive Authenticity C, I | A

In a constantly shifting media landscape, how can brands and organizations keep up while keeping true to who they are? Turns out, it might be simpler than you think…and more affordable. This will be an interactive discussion and presentation on creating and leveraging authentic communication strategies in the modern media landscape. We’ll explore the correct use of new digital media tools to further your goal of achieving real conversations with your audience. Our exploration will touch on using tools such as social listening, Virtual Reality (expect a demo!), live-streaming video content, user-generated content, and other techniques. Please expect to be actively engaged with the presenters, and be ready for…well, anything really!

Jay Curley, Senior Global Marketing Manager, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, @benandjerrys
Evan Deutsch, Cofounder and Managing Director, Oxbow, @oxbowcreative
Ben Green, Strategy Lead, Oxbow, @iambenjigreen

2:15 – 2:30

Please visit our conference exhibitors!

2:30 – 3:45

11. Do Well by Doing Good C, D | ML

How can you help your company “do well” while “doing good” for your neighbors, your employees, and the environment? And how can you do it on a tight budget? In this workshop, you’ll learn how National Life Group and VSECU have taken good to a whole new level. Coming off another record-breaking year, National Life attributes its ongoing success to its “servant leadership culture,” a culture prominently featured in CAUSE! (by best-selling authors Jackie and Kevin Freiberg). VSECU, driven by “empowering possibilities” for their employees, members, and communities, has earned membership in the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and Best Places to Work in Vermont in 2017. Learn how you can leverage the insights and experience of these two companies to help your own organization do well by doing good!

Simeon Chapin, Director of Social & Community Development, VSECU, @VSECU
Kira Comstock, Employee Engagement Specialist, VSECU, @VSECU
Yvonne Garand, SVP Marketing & Business Development, VSECU, @VSECU
Mallorie Manosh, Director of Corporate Marketing Initiatives, National Life Group, @NLGroup
Beth Rusnock, President, National Life Group Foundation, @NLGroup

12. Creating Best Days in The New World of Work HR | A

In today’s “new world of work,” work and life have become fully integrated. At the same time, the face of business is changing, and there is a conscious effort to bring heart and humanity back into work.

To pursue our most well and best days at work and in life (both individually and organizationally), we need to “pause” to understand our purpose and our goals.

This workshop will introduce the newest trends for leaders and other individuals to create “well cultures” where all employees are passionate, energized and engaged both inside and outside of work. When we and our employees are at our best at work, we have the capacity to be at our best for our families, friends and communities.

Evy Smith, LCMHC, CIC; Employee and Family Assistance Counselor, University of Vermont Medical Center, @UVMMedCenter
Lori A. Smith, Organizational Wellness Consultant, FIS Consulting

13. How Mentoring Can Benefit You and Your Company D, HR | ML

Do you need a mentor? Do you want to be a mentor? Or are you just curious about the topic? Mentoring plays a big role in successful companies and builds on some of Vermont’s core strengths: generosity of spirit, work ethic, and connection. Given our state’s population and demographics, the role of mentorship can also play a big role in Vermont’s economic development future. Where can we discover opportunities to be or find a mentor and support both employee development and succession planning? In this interactive workshop, you’ll address the opportunities and challenges of these relationships (from intergenerational issues, to gender dynamics and perceptions, to succession planning) and explore how mentorship can benefit you, your company, and your state.

Stephanie Hainley, Chief Operating Officer, White + Burke, @shainley
David G. White, President, White + Burke

14. VBSR Policy Workshop: The Path to a Fossil Fuel Free Future E, P | A

The climate is changing and businesses are responding by finding ways to reduce their own fossil fuel footprints and embrace an energy independent future. A panel of business leaders will detail their companies’ fuel use and the creative approaches they’ve taken to be more environmentally friendly and economically competitive. VBSR’s public policy team will also provide a brief update on the 2017 session at the Vermont State House.

Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager, @VBSR
David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables, @allearthrenew @dblittersdorf
Tom Hughes, Campaign Manager, Energy Independent Vermont, @EnergyIndVT
Bram Kleppner, CEO, Danforth Pewter, @danforth_pewter
Ashley Orgain, Manager of Mission, Advocacy and Outreach, Seventh Generation, @SeventhGen

15. Set 5 Socially Responsible Goals for your Company (and know where to go for support)! D | A

Explore examples of how SR practices help a company or organization in terms of financial systems, workplace quality, community involvement, and/or environmental stewardship. We’ll look at successful practices and where to get support, and you’ll set your own SR company goals and develop a plan to take a minimum of five steps toward those goals.

Yola Carlough, Community Development, Blab, @bcorporation
Pat Heffernan, Founder, Marketing Partners, @ChangeConvos
Julie Lineberger, Board Chair Green America; Past Board Chair VBSR; CEO, LineSync Architecture and Wheel Pad L3C, @JulieLineberger

The Honorable Governor Phil Scott (Invited)


Come and unwind while sharing your news and insights from the day with colleagues, peers and friends. Cash bar.


Topic Area: C: Communication D: Organizational Development E: Energy & Environment HR: Human Resources I: Innovation & Technology P: Policy

Size: S: Small Business M: Medium Business L: Large Business A: Business of All Sizes

Event Sponsors

Localvore Underwriter
Vermont Creamery

Combining the European tradition of cheesemaking with Vermont’s terroir, Vermont Creamery’s line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and crème fraîche have won over 100 national and international awards. In their 32nd year of business, Vermont Creamery supports a network of more than 20 family farms, promoting sustainable agriculture in the region. B Corp Certified in 2014, Vermont Creamery is the founder of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, the country’s first demonstration goat dairy.

Conference Underwriters

Bia Diagnostics

Bia Diagnostics is a family business that was started 10 years ago by Thom Grace and his daughter Hannah Grace in the old north end neighborhood of Burlington, Vermont. Robin Grace joined them 5 years ago. In addition, we currently employ 7 full time and 2 part time people in our new Colchester, Vermont facility. Bia Diagnostics is an ISO 17025 certified food diagnostics facility that is GLP, GMP and AOAC compliant. Using state of the art technology combined with over 30 years of laboratory and food allergen testing experience, we are dedicated to providing the most reliable, highest quality results possible. All samples arriving by 12:00 noon will be run the same day and customers will receive Certificates of analysis for each sample by 6PM EST at no additional cost. Bia Diagnostics provides validation services for your specific matrix and consult regarding all results, including the possibility of further diagnostics. Bia Diagnostics is dedicated to the belief that we are only as good as the people that work with us and the community that supports us. To that end, we attempt to provide benefits, a comfortable wage and an environment that promotes success for the staff and reinvest 10% of our profits to support the needs of our community.

Cabot Creamery Cooperative

In 1919, ninety-four enterprising dairy farmers formed a cooperative to purchase the local creamery. Now, nearly a century later, the combined commitment of CabotCreamery’s farmers and employees was honored when Cabot became a certified B Corp, a first for dairy cooperatives and cheesemakers. This very same dedication has earned Cabot acclaim for making “The World’s Best Cheddar” while offering a full line of award-winning cheeses, cultured products and butter. Cabot is owned by the dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative. For more information, come visit us at our historic creamery, or online at WWW.CABOTCHEESE.COOP.

City Market, Onion River Co-op

City Market, Onion River Co-op

is a community-owned food cooperative, with over 12,000 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local, organic, and conventional foods and thousands of Vermont-made products. City Market is expanding to a second location in the South End of Burlington with an anticipated grand opening in the late fall! Learn about our South End store, the cooperative model and more online at
or call 802-861-9700.

Continuing and Distance Education

Every year, we help thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with UVM’s various colleges and schools, we offer courses and programs to help you explore your options, whether you’re planning a career change, looking for personal enrichment or professional development, or preparing for an undergraduate or advanced degree. Learn about our programs and offerings, then call us and meet with an advisor who can help you map an educational plan based on your background and goals. You can also take part in one of our many community events on campus and around the state. Learn more.

Energy Independent Vermont

Energy Independent Vermont is a growing coalition of environmental organizations, Vermont businesses and business associations, academic leaders, low-income advocates and Town Energy Committees all dedicated to a simple goal: address the problem of climate change by putting a price on pollution here in Vermont.

Gallagher, Flynn & Company

As one of the largest independent CPA and business consulting firms in Northern New England, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, (“GFC”) prides itself in offering trusted industry expertise rendered with a highly personal touch from our offices in South Burlington, Vermont and Hanover, New Hampshire. Our resources run deep – with over 75 full-time employees. We work with primarily privately held companies with varied ownership structures, private equity groups and non-profit organizations, ranging in size from start-ups to organizations with revenues in excess of $300 million. Our diverse practice offerings are the result of over 50 years of meeting the many needs of our clients. Our firm is comprised of highly qualified individuals who specialize in audit and accounting as well as tax and management advisory and specialized consulting areas of expertise. In complement, we are large enough to have the technical experience to meet diverse client needs. GFC enjoys a strong regional profile and a national/ international reach through our RSM Alliance. With more than 600 offices worldwide and 100 offices nationwide, our alliance gives us access to a full range of capabilities including the resources of RSM and over 70 other independent firms in the alliance.

Let’s Grow Kids

Let’s Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities and economy. More than 70% of Vermont children under age 6 have all of their parents in the labor force, meaning they’re likely to need care. Yet, nearly half of those infants and toddlers don’t have access to any regulated care, and nearly 80% don’t have access to high-quality programs. Our goal is to gain public support for increased, sustainable investment that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential.

Marketing Partners

Marketing Partners helps mission-driven organizations unlock the power of communication to drive change. Do you want to disrupt the status quo, sustain our natural world, improve lives? We partner with our clients on how to create and use strategic change communications to dramatically advance your mission.

Merritt & Merritt

MERRITT & MERRITT is a B Corporation law firm based in Burlington, Vermont representing emerging growth companies with a focus on financing and intellectual property. The firm also represents angel, family office, venture capital and private equity investors and is an active participant in the New England venture ecosystem.

National Life Group

At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 167 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at

University of Vermont Medical Center

Based in Burlington, Vermont, the UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER is both an integral part of the health care system in our region and also an integral part of the local economy. It is the largest hospital in Vermont, is part of a four-hospital health care network serving Vermont and northern New York, and through its alliance with the University of Vermont, it is one of only 130 academic medical centers in the country. In terms of its economic impact in the region, UVM Medical Center has more than 7,000 employs (including 5,300 women), making it the top private employer in the state of Vermont. UVM also is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and a crucial part of its mission is to offer health care to anyone, regardless of his/her ability to pay. Every year, UVM Medical Center provides millions of dollars in charity care to those in need.

Vermont Business Magazine

VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE is a locally owned statewide business publication based in South Burlington, Vermont. Since 1972, VBM has published the latest and most accurate information and economic data available in our monthly magazine. VBM also publishes an annual Book of Lists and Business Directory. Our website, VERMONTBIZ.COM is a must used resource for anyone in business and our daily and weekly enews products are the state’s most trusted source for daily business news. Many Businesses have found a great way to be in front of Vermont’s business community is by sponsoring one of our events throughout the year. Our survey indicated that the main reason for attending was for the networking opportunities, with 84% saying that they go to network.

Vermont Digger‘s mission is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds government accountable to the public, and engages Vermonters in the democratic process. We are supported by readers contributions, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants.

Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)

For over four decades, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has partnered with Vermont banks and other lenders to provide low-interest loans to Vermont businesses and farms, both large and small. Since 1974, when the Authority was created by the Vermont General Assembly, VEDA has provided over $2.288 billion in financial assistance to Vermont businesses and farms. VEDA’s financing programs have contributed to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, helping Vermont’s economy grow and prosper.

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Founded in 1986, VEIC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy use. Through our comprehensive energy efficiency utilities and implementation and consulting services, we work with utilities, government agencies, and foundations in the design and delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy services.

Vermont Public Radio

Listener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation, NPR programming, and much more. For the latest news, streaming, mobile apps, and a station list, visit VPR.NET.

Conference Sponsors