VBSRVermont Businesses for
Social Responsibility
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
February 2011 
In This Issue
New Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
Local Matters
VBSR Member News
ENews Sponsors

Interrobang Design Collaborative
Clean Green Sanitation

or call 802/862-8347 to secure a space today.
Welcome New VBSR Members!

Too many to list here...please visit the full list on our web site.

Advertise in VBSR's 2011 Printed Member Directory!

Don't miss your opportunity to advertise in a directory that your fellow VBSR members keep handy and consult often! For details and rates, download the Directory Advertising section (pdf) of VBSR's marketing package.


VBSR Marketplace
an online business-to-business marketplace using trade dollars valued the same as cash

Member Offer

Mad River Educational Services 

Writing Successful Grants, 100% Trade
February 22-April 2 First class meets at 7:00 PM in Montpelier, Remainder of course will be conducted online
Mad River Education Services
Member Request

From From the Ground Up
Deliver Gluten-Free
Baked Goods
Commute from the Burlington to Montpelier/Middlebury/Shelburne? Seeking people interested in delivering our baked goods to stores and co-ops. A great way to earn VBSR credits while only adding 10 minutes to your trip!
From the Ground Up

For more information about the VBSR Marketplace, please visit the web site.
VBSR Bookshelf
 New Rules of Green Marketing
Jacquelyn Ottman
New Rules of Green Marketing

VBSR Bookshelf brought to you by Northshire Bookstore
Andrea CohenJobs Bill and Farm to Plate!
In Vermont it is actually possible to see a seed of an idea grow into reality. The VBSR-led Farm to Plate legislative proposal passed in 2009, the strategic plan was executed and launched this January by the competent folks at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and now the plan is being readily embraced by the new Administration. This is great news !
   The recently introduced Vermont Jobs bill contains numerous farm to plate initiatives including training opportunities for young people on farms, expansion of the Vermont Seal of Quality program, support for "Farm to School" and "Farm to Institution" programs, local foods promotion and development, loans for farm diversification, and other.  VBSR has advocated for economic development policy that builds on Vermont's unique strengths so we are very encouraged by this direction. 
   The Jobs Bill contains other provisions that align well with VBSR policy including expansion of internship programs for workforce development, long range economic development planning, and entrepreneur mentoring. As we meet with the House Commerce Committee we have continued to emphasize that the best economic development policy for Vermont will be investment in infrastructure that benefits all of our businesses and communities; robust telecommunications, affordable housing, quality education, public transportation, and safe and clean communities.  VBSR also continues to explain to legislators that the greatest obstacle to the success of our member business is the continued increased cost of health insurance. (See Dan's update below).
   We want to know: Who Do You Know ? Please make sure to nominate a VBSR member for the annual Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence !  See the details below.
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

VBSR March Networking Get-Together co-hosted by AllEarth Renewables, Vermont Works for Women, and J.A. Morrissey Inc.

Thursday, March 17, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
AllEarth Renewables, 94 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT
Learn more about how AllEarth Renewables and J.A. Morrissey are working with Vermont Works for Women to train and employ women in the fields of construction, efficiency and renewable energy.
To sponsor, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org by Monday, February 28.

Sponsor VBSR's 2011 Spring Conference or
Donate an item or service to our silent auction

"Building on Our Strengths: What makes a great place to do business?"

Thursday, May 12, 2011; 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University of Vermont Davis Center, Burlington, VT
Planning for our 2011 Spring Conference is in full swing. You can find full sponsorship and silent auction details at our web site. If you have questions or would like to sponsor, please contact Rita Bothfeld, ritab@vbsr.org or 802-862-8347.
Deadline to sponsor is Monday, March 7, 2011.


VBSR Now Accepting 2011 Terry Ehrich Award Nominations

Terry Ehrich - Who do you know?VBSR's annual award ceremony honors an outstanding member with the Terry Ehrich Award. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and founder of the First Day Foundation, the Terry Ehrich Award is given annually to a person who exemplifies Terry's commitment to the environment, workplace and community. The award will be presented at the VBSR Annual Awards dinner on the evening of Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

Nominations will be judged on four criteria: workplace environment, political environment, social environment and natural environment. Any VBSR member at a for-profit business is eligible to be nominated. (Employees of not-for-profits or public sector agencies as well as past award winners and sitting members of the nominating committee are not eligible.) Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2010

Please click here to fill out the nomination form.

For more information, please call VBSR at 802-862-8347.


VBSR Public Policy Update
It's hard to believe that the first month of the Vermont Legislature's 2011 session has already come and gone.
   The first month of the new session is always consumed by pomp and circumstance as the new governor and other leaders are sworn into office and the new budget proposal for Vermont is presented.
   Still, the Statehouse has been buzzing with activity this year as Gov. Shumlin's new administration has unveiled a jobs plan that includes many initiatives supported by VBSR, including investing in our agricultural economy and launching a statewide internship program.
   Last week, we saw the release of Shumlin's health care reform bill. Dr. William Hsiao released an ambitious and positive report showing the way Vermont can create a comprehensive health care system that covers everyone and saves us money.
   VBSR is focusing on health care reform this year to ensure that the new system de-couples insurance from employment, allowing our businesses to focus on what they know - running their businesses.
   Do you think your business can be helped under the new health care system? Let me know - I want to hear your stories and connect you with lawmakers who will be making some important decisions over the next several months.

- Daniel Barlow, Public Policy Manager
Local First VermontLocal Matters
Plenty of shopping time left...pick up your copy of the Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon Book today!  
Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon BookNeed your snowboard or skis tuned?  Want to save money on groceries? Buy your pet a gift? Want to buy this and more locally? It is not too late to pick up your Local First Coupon Book. All coupons and offers are good until September 2012 -- that means 7 months of shopping left! The coupon books are on sale at local distributors everywhere. They also make great gifts for clients and employees. With only about 800 books remaining, now is the time to get your copy. Check out the Local First web page to find out where you can buy it, and follow us on our Local First facebook page for highlights on great coupons in your neighborhood!
VBSR Member News

Seven VBSR Member Businesses Named as Best Places to Work in Vermont

2011 Best Places to WorkVermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce have named the top twenty Best Places to Work in Vermont 2011. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Economic Development and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. Among the winners are VBSR members Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Heritage Aviation, The King Arthur Flour Company, Resource Systems Group Inc., Seventh Generation, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and Wild Apple Graphics, Ltd.  Read more...

Vermont Leadership Institute applications invited for 2011-12

The Snelling Center for Government invites members of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to apply for the Vermont Leadership Institute. The application process is competitive, based on an application, references, and local interview. Applicants are selected with consideration given to their professional achievements, their demonstrated interest in their communities, and their potential for growth in leadership. The program seeks applicants who are committed to Vermont, curious about the issues facing Vermont, eager to learn and grow, and who value inquiry and dialogue.
     The program includes eight two- and three-day residential sessions around the state, between September and June 2011-2012, with preparation activities and followup between sessions.  For information about the program schedule, tuition, and application process, please visit http://www.snellingcenter.org/VLI/how-to-apply/  or contact Judy Warriner Walke, VLI Director, at judy@snellingcenter.org, 802-859-3090.  Applications are due by Monday, March 21, 2011.
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.
Find us on Facebook Follow us on TwitterContact Us
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
60 Lake Street, Suite 3G
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Membership Information