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VBSR Responds to VT Early Care & Learning Dividend Report

New report demonstrates strong economic case for increasing public investment in Vermont’s early care and learning system Yesterday, the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Research & Education Foundation released a report, titled Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, which details the Vermont-specific return on investment the state stands to gain by increasing public investments in high-quality early […]

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Jan
25

Gardener’s Supply wins award for Plant-a-Bar by Vermont Business Magazine on Jan 25th, 2017

Original Article Posted by Vermont Business Magazine on Jan 25th, 2017 Vermont Business Magazine Gardener’s Supply Company is being honored with a national, “2017 Green Thumb Award,” by the Direct Gardening Association for its innovative new product, “Plant-a-Bar(link is external).” Gardener’s Supply said in a statement that Plant-a-Bar is an ingenious combination of an outdoor bar […]

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Dec
21

Executive Order Promoting Businesses that Fight Climate Change Finalized

Montpelier – An Executive Order signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin that gives businesses fighting climate change preference in the state contracting process has been finalized. The new policy applies to any contract over $25,000, which captures at least 97 percent of state contracting dollars. The state of Vermont spends hundreds of millions of dollars each […]

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Dec
15

Phoenix Books embarks on year-long partnership with Vermont Foodbank

Originally posted by Vermont Business Magazine. Original article can be Found Here. Phoenix Books is taking a stand against hunger this holiday season by matching customer donations – up to $5,000 – to the Vermont Foodbank between Thanksgiving and December 24th. The company – which has locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester – has embarked […]

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Dec
08

The Hard Work of Social Responsibility

by Stephen Morris, Rutland Herald on Feb 26th, 2006 Only in Vermont Vermont Mystic Pie Company brings together a Who’s Who and What’s What of Vermont companies. The apples come from local orchards that embrace the most rigorous ecological growing techniques. The butter comes from the farmers of Cabot Creamery. The flour may not originate […]

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Nov
25

Rep. Welch, Business Leaders Urge Vermont to “Buy Local”

Montpelier, VT – On Tuesday, November 22, VBSR teamed up with Congressman Peter Welch, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Montpelier Alive and other business leaders to emphasize the importance of shopping locally. In his remarks given at The Shoe Horn in downtown Montpelier, Welch said “We’re lucky to live in Vermont where small business all over […]

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Nov
25

VBSR Launches Local First Vermont Mobile App

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) happily announces the launch of the Local First Vermont Mobile App, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Free to download through the App Store and Google Play, the app serves as a mobile version of the well-known Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book, which is published […]

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Jul
20

Green Executive Order is Good for Business and Taxpayers

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility on Tuesday praised a move by Gov. Peter Shumlin that will level the playing field for green and environmentally-friendly businesses bidding on state contracts. The executive order announced by Gov. Shumlin gives businesses with strong environmental records and policies a preference when bidding on state contracts for goods and services, […]

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Jul
07

Public Service Board Chooses Utilities ; Stalls Climate Action and Renewable Energy Progress

Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Vermont Conservation Votes, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Public Interest Research Group MONTPELIER, VT – Environmental, climate, and sustainable business groups joined together this week to express grave concern over proposed changes to net metering, the program that allows Vermonters to choose renewable energy.  The diverse organizations are […]

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Jul
05

Red Wagon Plants Hosts Networking Night

Mike Reilly Photo From left, Sas Stewart and Will Flemming of Stonecutter Distillers work at VBSR’s June Get-Together in Hinesburg. Article originally posted on Business Vermont, written by Mike Reilly HINESBURG — Guests were treated to an ideal early summer evening when Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg hosted a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) networking […]

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