2010 Summer ENews 2
VBSRVermont Businesses for
Social Responsibility
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
July 2010 
In This Issue
New Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
VBSR Member News
In Other News
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VBSR Bookshelf

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Slow Money by Woody Tasch

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Will PattenAn early primary and a contested Democratic primary for Governor has made this election year especially long and hot, like our summer so far. Business leaders are especially interested in this election because they are concerned about the state's economy. They feel the ground shifting under their feet.

So, for the first time in our 20-year history, VBSR has provided our members with a report on how members of the Vermont House and Senate voted on issues that we had identified as being in the best interest of Vermont business. We prioritized these issues by surveying you, the membership, by convening groups of members to study the issues and with careful consideration of both our Public Policy Committee and Board of Directors.

We invite you to have a conversation with your elected representatives and candidates about these issues. Here's a link to VBSR's first-ever Legislative Scorecard.
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

VBSR August Networking Get-Together hosted by Black River Produce
Thursday, August 26, 2010; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Black River Produce, 449 River St., North Springfield, VT
Join us to learn why Black River Produce - currently working with over 100 Vermont farmers - makes working with Vermont products its first priority.
To sponsor, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org no later than Friday, July 30.

Save the Date for VBSR's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Sunday, September 19, 2010; noon - 5:00 pm
West Monitor Barn, 1949 East Main Street, Richmond, VT
Mark your calendars for a Sunday afternoon family-friendly picnic with local food and music to celebrate VBSR's first 20 years and look forward to the next 20!
Stay tuned for details...

VBSR October Networking Get-Together hosted by Maclay Architects
Wednesday, October 6, 2010; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Maclay Architects, 4509 Main St., Waitsfield, VT
To sponsor, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org.

VBSR October Networking Get-Together hosted by Green Mountain Power
Thursday, October 21, 2010; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT
To sponsor, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org.
VBSR Public Policy Update

Newly created member service - VBSR Legislative Scorecard

Take a few minutes to see how your legislators voted on VBSR's top legislative priorities. This a great new tool to track the outcome of critical legislation and assist you in your future voting decisions. We urge you to "go beyond" the scorecard and engage with your Representatives and Senators. The scorecard can be found on our web site home page at www.vbsr.org.

Get active in policy development!
Are you interested in tax and fiscal policy? Do you have thoughts about how to increase use of passenger and freight rail? Contact andreac@vbsr.org to be put on a study group email list. Your involvement is welcome and critical.

VBSR and Channel 17 - Governor and Lt. Governor Primary Debates
VBSR is co-sponsoring the debates scheduled from July 27-August 2. You can see schedule on CCTV's web site. You can submit questions in advance on CCTV's survey site, or try to call in to 862-3966 with questions during the live shows.

VBSR and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
VBSR is pleased to have recently joined the ASBC. Some of their recent campaigns include benefit corporation legislation, federal energy and climate change legislation, and chemical policy reform.  

Dont forget to vote in the primary!
August 24 is the new  primary date in Vermont. You can vote early by mail or at your Town Clerk's office. (The General Election will be Nov. 2 with early voting beginning Sept 20).

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter at VBSRPolicy for quick daily updates.
VBSR Member News

VT Green - CVCACCVCAC creates Vermont Green with $5 million to build green jobs sector
Central Vermont Community Action Council  is on track to distribute nearly $5 million in ARRA funds to train Vermonters in solar, wind-power, weatherization, and other green jobs by the end of 2011.  The $4.86 million grant awarded to CVCAC by the US Department of Labor in January, is to coordinate green-job training across the state. CVCAC has created Vermont Green, (Vermont Growing Renewable Energy/Efficiency Employment Network), a statewide partnership to identify, create, and sponsor various training opportunities. Read more...
News from Around the Country

Investors Circle Call for Applicants

Pitch Your Business to Early Stage Investors

Investors' Circle is a national network of angel and institutional investors who invest in companies in the bio-tech, health care, clean-tech, media, financial services, and consumer products industries.

Since 1992, Investors' Circle members have invested over $134 million into more than 200 for-profit ventures that address social and environmental issues.

Be the next company funded.

 For details visit Investors' Circle online...
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VBSR Mission
Our mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.

We are committed to a multiple bottom line approach to business that values people, planet and profit.
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