VBSR Networking Get-Together at Lake Champlain Chocolates

Event Details:
When: December 12, 2023 5:30 pm – December 12, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: 750 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $25
VBSR Members – Free

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility & Lake Champlain Chocolates

Join us in the newly renovated and expanded Lake Champlain Chocolates Flagship Store in Burlington!

Lake Champlain Chocolates, a Certified B Corporation, provides the ultimate chocolate experience in an inviting and inspiring space as the company marks its 40th year in business. Discover new indulgences like chocolate croissants and a Chocolate Truffle Torte, as well as perennial favorites like truffles, salted caramels, and Five Star Bars – all made from 100% fair trade certified chocolate and wrapped in sustainably sourced packaging. Let’s connect and celebrate.

We’ll hear about Lake Champlain Chocolate’s B Corp journey as well as a commitment to donate 1% of the sales of all Signature Chocolate Bars to social and environmental sustainability initiatives.

They’re even extending 10% off your total purchase to all guests who would like to shop for holiday sweets that are sure to bring smiles to everyone on your list. The cafe and store will be open for shopping for the duration of the event.

The Networking Get-Together will be an evening of sweet treats, networking, and drinks on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, make new connections, gain new ideas and inspiration, and have some fun. This event is open to everyone interested in working toward a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet.

Food & Drinks

Our hosts will provide free savory & sweet finger foods for attendees, including gluten free and vegan options. You will also have plenty of beverage options including hot cocoa, beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic options.

Thank you to our host!

Lake Champlain Chocolates creates gourmet chocolate made the Vermont way: sustainably sourced, passionately handcrafted, and truly extraordinary! Chocolate is our passion, and we want to make it yours. Since the first truffle Jim made in 1983, to the Five Star Bars® rolling off the line today, our goal has always been about combining creativity and craftsmanship, while sourcing only the best ingredients out there, to create premium chocolate that is truly unforgettable.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Davis & Hodgdon Advisory Group (DHAG) is a one-of-a-kind financial firm with the unique ability to offer tax planning through Davis & Hodgdon CPAs, financial and investment planning through *Copper Leaf Financial, and client accounting services through Convergent Accounting. We serve all of your business and individual needs and each has a fully dedicated staff. Since 1990 the firm has provided clients with progressive, proactive services through expert staff, high-end technology, and unparalleled efficiency.
*Copper Leaf Financial is an affiliated and separately registered entity.


We provide a full range of HR consulting support services, including developing the HR function in your organization or serving as your fractional HR leader on an ongoing basis.


Kestrel Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster located in South Burlington and has three cafe locations (two in downtown Burlington and one at their roaster). They source and roast specialty coffees from all over the world, focusing on excellent coffees that are ethically sourced single origin coffees from small farms.


Let’s Grow Kids is a nonprofit organization on a mission to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. With nearly 40,000 supporters from all walks of life, Let’s Grow Kids, in partnership with Let’s Grow Kids Action Network, is empowering Vermonters to advocate for sustainable child care policy change. Working together, we can build a child care system that meets the needs of Vermont children and families and supports a brighter future for us all.


Open Approach, Inc. (OA), is a technology systems integrator with a progressive philosophy. As a managed services provider, we develop opportunity for our clients by transforming powerful, cost-effective technologies into integrated, pre-engineered business technology products. Our products are developed with a focused, streamlined, and standardized methodology that enables us to bring high quality infrastructure and applications support to businesses of all sizes—all with rapid return on investment. We embrace the power and stability of modern technology and extend it to bring reliability, opportunity and cost savings to business. We succeed when our clients can employ the immense opportunity technology offers to propel growth in the core of their business.


Ruthless & Wellington is a women-owned brand design studio in pursuit of Truth and Beauty. Founded in 2017 on some radical notions and a whole lotta love, we harness the transformative power of design to unify teams and fuel growth for ambitious values-driven brands. Our core focus at R&W is to guide our clients and their stakeholders through an enlightening and delightful brand design experience that delivers enduring results and rallies hearts and minds.


Since 1968, TruexCullins has played a vital role in creating buildings that contribute lasting value to their inhabitants and communities. Our record and reputation testify to our excellence in designing structures — of all functions, sizes, and scale — that integrate harmoniously with their natural and built surroundings. We strive to create beautiful design solutions that are safe, flexible, comfortable, efficient and durable.​

Sustainable design is integral in all that we do at TruexCullins. As such, we work closely with our clients to significantly reduce energy consumption within new buildings, additions and renovated structures. Our approach is holistic. Energy consumption cannot be separated from sound building practice and the quality of the built indoor environment. We, therefore, advocate an approach to energy conservation that considers broad environmental design issues.


The Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.

We provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.


Health & Safety

Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have been in close contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health.

This event is family-friendly and caretakers of any kind are welcome to attend with your dependents.

All members of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility are welcome to attend for free.

Free parking is available on site.

This venue also has gender neutral, single occupant bathrooms.

Please make note of any accommodation requests when you register.


Are you interested in sponsoring this event? If so, please contact Madison Wood at madisonw@vbsr.org for details.

Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Rand, mollyb@vbsr.org.