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October 2010 
In This Issue
New Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
In Other News
VBSR Member News
ENews Sponsors
Montgomery & Merrill
Interrobang Design Collaborative
Sugarsnap holidays

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Welcome New VBSR Members!

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For more information about the VBSR Marketplace, please visit the web site.
VBSR Bookshelf

Mid-Course Correction
Ray Anderson

Mid-Course Correction by Ray Anderson

VBSR Bookshelf brought to you by Chelsea Green Publishing
Andrea CohenOctober Greetings! A chill is in the air, the political campaign signs are in bloom, and this means it is time for the VBSR Fall Conference! Please join us November 9th down at Mt. Snow. Whether you are interested in improving the world by sharpening your socially responsible business practices, advancing conscientious public policy, or by engaging in peer networking and support, you will find something in this conference for you.

The change in season also brings a new face to VBSR. At the end of October we welcome Dan Barlow as our new Public Policy Manager. Dan will be a great addition to our fabulous staff team. Please read more about Dan below.

As the holiday season approaches please consider supporting other VBSR businesses! Visit our on-line member directory and make sure to let these businesses know you are buying from them because they are VBSR members. Of course the VBSR Local First Coupon Book also makes a great holiday present for your colleagues, friends and family. Hope to see you at Mount Snow on November 9th, and please make sure you consult the VBSR legislative scorecard before voting on November 2nd.

All the best, Andrea
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

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
We'll be gathering Thursday evening to talk with Green Mountain Power's Robert Dostis about the company's ongoing commitment to increasing renewable energy in Vermont, and to hear about the culture shift brought about by the company's extensively redesigned workspaces. Many thanks to sponsors AllEarth Renewables, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Business Interiors, groSolar, Interrobang Design Collaborative, Northfield Savings Bank, Oil N' Go, Tech Vault, and Vermont Center for Independent Living! More info...

VBSR 2010 Fall Conference
Tuesday, November 9, 2010; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Grand Summit at Mount Snow, West Dover, VT
ONLINE REGISTRATION now available for VBSR's largest southern Vermont event of the year! This year's conference features keynote speakers Brenda Palms Barber of Sweet Beginnings, and Alex Gyori of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Exhibitor tables still available - reserve by contacting Rita at ritab@vbsr.org. More details and exhibitor information at our web site.
VBSR Public Policy Update

Dan BarlowDan Barlow Joins VBSR as Public Policy Manager

Dan Barlow, the well-known political reporter for the Vermont Press Bureau, will join Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as Public Policy Manager. Dan was the recipient of the 2009 New England Associated Press award, and is a frequent guest on various Vermont news and analysis television and radio programs. As Public Policy Manager, Dan will be VBSR's chief liaison to state legislators to advance VBSR's policy goals through legislative lobbying and strategies, research, outreach, and education.

VBSR 2010 Legislative Leaders
We are pleased to announce that our 2010 Legislative Leader awards will be presented to Senator Vince Illuzzi for his leadership on Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund solvency legislation, and Senator Hinda Miller for her leadership on the Vermont Benefit Corporation legislation. The awards will be presented at the Nov. 9th Fall Conference. VBSR appreciates their steady commitment to developing economic development policy that builds on Vermont's assets and unique strengths.
VBSR Vermont Intern Program Awarded 3rd DOL Grant
The Vermont Intern Program through VBSR has been awarded its grant application by the Vermont Department of Labor for the third year in a row! Since the first year of the program, 87 students have been placed in paid internships, over 56 businesses have partnered with the program, and 19 colleges regularly participate. The Vermont Intern Program would like to thank all of the businesses, colleges, and students who have continued to make this program a great success.  To find out more check out the program page on the VBSR web site.
VBSR's Owen Milne Named One of VBM's Rising Stars
VBSR is pleased to congratulate Owen Milne, Development Manager, for recognition by Vermont Business Magazine's Rising Stars program. In addition, we would also like to extend congrats to the 20 of the 40 Rising Stars that are employed by VBSR member companies and organizations. The inaugural program celebrates Vermont individuals that contribute to the economy and engage their community. There will be an award reception for the Rising Stars on November 4th.
Correction to 2010 VBSR Member Directory

Please note the corrected web site addresses for two VBSR member businesses listed in our most current directory...our sincere apologies for the errors!

Waterbury Hardware - www.halloranhardware.com
Waitsfield Hardware - www.halloranhardware.com
Local First VermontLocal Matters
Tune in here for current news about Local First Vermont and other local economies features...
Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon Book Now Available!

Tara & Owen with coupon booksThe Local First Vermont Coupon Book is hot off the presses, and you can now get your hands on $2,300 of local savings! The book features coupons, stories, and a business directory of locally-owned, independent businesses. You will also find educational materials on ways to "Be Local" while visiting and living in Vermont.

Look for copies at our distribution sites, and pick them up for your family and friends! For more information on Local First Vermont, the Coupon book, and a complete list of distribution sites to date, follow the link to the Local First Vermont web page.
VBSR Member News

Hickok and Boardman Receives Top Honors at United Way Hometown Hero Celebration
Hickok and BoardmanHickok and Boardman Financial Planning and Group Benefits was honored among the five final Hometown Hero award winners in the "Business" category for their work in many local nonprofits throughout Chittenden County. While presenting the award to Hickok and Boardman, Frank Gibney of the Gibney Family Foundation said, "(The company's) trust in their employees to use their time wisely began with the company founder and key leaders ... volunteering and making their own financial commitments to several local nonprofits, years ago.  Their own passions to achieve outstanding outcomes, and the success stories that followed ... have inspired ... the employees, who have served in untold numbers of volunteer leadership positions, and supported at least 1500 hours of volunteer time, at over thirty local nonprofits, annually." Read more...

Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power Named Finalist for International Environmental Award
Green Mountain Power has been named a finalist in the Platts 2010 Global Energy Awards. The competition is intended to honor and recognize those that have transcended the status quo in the name of excellence in leadership, innovation and performance. Green Mountain Power has been recognized in the "Green Energy Initiative" category. Read more...
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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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