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 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
April 2011 
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VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
VBSR Member News
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VBSR Bookshelf
 The Crash Course
Chris Martenson, PhD
Crash Course

Don't miss
Chris Martenson at Northshire Bookstore
on Friday,
April 22 at 7:00 pm
Pre-event reception at 6:00 pm at the Spiral Press Cafe

VBSR Bookshelf brought to you by Northshire Bookstore
Andrea Cohen Dear Members and Friends,
VBSR staff and Board are so excited about some upcoming spring events.  We hope you can join us in honoring Don Mayer, our 2011 Terry Ehrich honoree, on the Northern Lights Cruise on May 11, and at the fantastic spring conference we have lined up for May 12. Please don't wait to register so we can best plan.
   The Legislative session is expected to wrap up soon, and despite some very difficult budget challenges we expect to see some good progress on health care reform, telecommunications infrastructure development and renewable energy--stay tuned and stay involved.
   Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the recent member survey--we are already making programmatic changes in response to the feedback we received.
   Finally, if you are interested in supporting our Local First efforts, please consider supporting the 2011-2012 Local First resource book by buying an ad, a coupon, or by putting in an advance bulk order for purchasing books once they come out in September.
Best, Andrea
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

VBSR April Breakfast Networking Get-Together hosted by Roots the Restaurant, Rutland

Wednesday, April 27, 2011; 8:00 - 10:00 am

Roots the Restaurant, 51 Wales Street, Rutland, VT

Join us to learn more about Rutland's newest restaurant's commitments to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown food from more than a dozen Vermont food partners, and to conserving energy and reducing its ecological footprint. Jim Sabataso of Sustainable Rutland will also be on hand to talk a bit about Rutland's ongoing community revitalization. More info... 


VBSR Terry Ehrich Awards Dinner
Celebrate this year's winner with us - Don Mayer of Small Dog Electronics!

Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011; 5:45 - 8:30 pm

Northern Lights Cruise Boat on Lake Champlain

"Don Mayer has worked tirelessly throughout his career to promote socially responsible business practices and public policy," said Andrea Cohen, executive director of VBSR. "This recognition has been a long time coming and recognizes Don for his commitment to creating a quality workplace and his dedication to community service. Don is a prime example of how social responsibility and business success are intrinsically linked." More info... 

Online registration is available via our Spring Conference registration form.


VBSR 2011 Spring Conference

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

Thursday, May 12, 2011; 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
University of Vermont Davis Center, Burlington, VT
Online registration now available. Spend the day with the largest regional gathering of innovative, socially responsible entrepreneurs! More info...
Contact Rita Bothfeld, ritab@vbsr.org or 802-862-8347, with questions. To donate to our silent auction, please contact auction intern Samantha Digiandomenico at intern@vbsr.org.

VBSR June Networking Get-Together hosted by Works Bakery Cafe

evening of Tuesday, June 21, 2011 

Works Bakery Cafe, 118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Sponsorship costs $175 and includes name mention in print invite, logo in all other PR, and a 60-second chance to introduce your business to the crowd. To sponsor, contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org.

VBSR Public Policy Update
Vermont should really be proud of the Legislature this year.
   Last week, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 in support of health care reform. The committee, under the direction of Sen. Claire Ayer, spent weeks on the bill and took hours of testimony from doctors, business leaders and residents.
   The committee vote was bi-partisan - making it clear that our lawmakers realize that the current health care system, which is tied to employment and doesn't cover all residents, is collapsing. It doesn't work for businesses and it doesn't work for employees. Read more...
VBSR Sponsors Slow Living Summit, June 1-3
Slow Living SummitVBSR is proud to be a supporter of the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, June 1st to 3rd. The summit, held in conjunction with Strolling of the Heifers, features workshops and speakers from business, education, government and non-profit organizations. The intensive two-and-a-half day event serves as an exploration of how to design thriving local economies, inspire new leaders and consider a new way of living. More info...


VBSR Member News

University of Vermont and the Intervale Center Launch New Farmer Apprentice Program

With the last of the dirty snow melting under April rains, it is the season when winter garden daydreams become a muddy reality.  For all the aspiring farmers out there, there is a new reason to get excited about this growing season: UVM has partnered with the Intervale Center to create a new Farmer Apprentice Program where in five months you can get a Certificate in Sustainable Farming.

Read more... 


Congratulations to Winners of U.S. Small Business Administration Awards! 

VBSR members win in three categories

National Financial Services Champion: Cairn Cross, FreshTracks Capital, L.P.

Home-Based Business Champion: Cecile Johnston, Micro Business Development Program, Central Vermont Community Action Council

Young Entrepreneur: Mollie Brault-Binaghi, Copy World Inc. & Eternity Marketing LLC  Read more... 

Two Maple Landmark Toys Selected Among Nation's Best

Dr. ToyMaple Landmark Woodcraft's Standard Chinese Checkers and the Montgomery Schoolhouse Rattles were selected among hundreds of entries as this years' Best Classic Toys by Dr. Toy a.k.a. Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. "A classic toy is simple to enjoy, has a lot of play value, and its desirability has been proven over many years. There are other attributes that give a classic toy its value, such as durability, consistency, and creativity," stated Dr. Toy.  Read more...  


NRG Systems Receives Governor's Award for Worksite Wellness

NRG Systems, manufacturer of wind measurement equipment and long-time proponent of healthy workplaces, received the silver Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Worksite Wellness Award yesterday at the annual Worksite Wellness Conference held in Burlington. NRG Systems' wellness program, called NRGize Your Life, was recognized for its healthy workplace and wellness initiatives that encourage "people to engage in physical fitness activities and eat nutritiously, both on and off the job." Read more... 

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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