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Hello All,
Our sincere apologies if you receive this E-news edition twice. We heard that some people did not receive it when it was sent on Tuesday.
Also, please note the date change for our summer Get-Together at Works Bakery Cafe in Brattleboro - it has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 27th. 
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
May 2011 
In This Issue
New Members
Local First VT Coupon Book
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
VBSR Member News
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VBSR Bookshelf
 Chasing Chiles
Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Nabhan
Chasing Chiles

VBSR Bookshelf brought to you by Chelsea Green Publishing
Andrea Cohen Dear Members:
It was wonderful to catch up with so many of you at the Spring Conference and the Terry Ehrich Award Dinner Cruise. VBSR members are certainly an energized and inspired group who continue to improve their socially responsible business practices while succeeding in today's challenging business climate. We want these events to be useful to you so please keep the feedback coming.

The next edition of the Local First Coupon Book and Resource guide is now in development. The first edition was wildly popular so please take advantage of this great opportunity for visibility and to support the Local First program. The deadline (June 15) is fast approaching for reserving coupons, ads, and stories, so please don't wait to reserve your space. More information here...

Vermont Benefit Corporations Law goes into effect on July 1!
This VBSR-led initiative (sponsored by Sen. Hinda Miller and then Sen. Peter Shumlin) enables the creation of a new corporate form offering entrepreneurs and investors the option to build and invest in businesses that meet higher standards of corporate purpose, accountability and transparency. More information can be found here. VBSR member Ken Merritt was recently on CCTV discussing the new law and you can view that on CCTV's web site. Please be in touch if you would like to learn more about Benefit Corporations.

Best, Andrea
Thanks to all who joined us for the VBSR Spring Conference and Terry Ehrich festivities!
VBSR 2011 Spring ConferenceThis year's Spring Conference brought together some of Vermont's most innovative business people to share inspiration and ideas! Check out the follow-up article in the Burlington Free Press, creative mindmapped notes of the conference from VBSR member Good Stuff Communications, and the podcasts from the Mark Johnson Show broadcast live from the event. Scroll down to hear interviews with Governor Shumlin, Andrea Cohen, Anya Rader Wallack, keynoter Joe Sibilia, and Sara Newmark of New Chapter.

The evening befor2011 Terry Ehrich Awarde, over 100 people gathered to cruise Lake Champlain and celebrate the good works of Don Mayer of Small Dog Electronics. We got to meet Don's family and many of the great people who work at Small Dog, and we were treated to some fantastic drumming from Don's son-in-law, Ismael Bangoura and grandson, Boca, of the Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater. Take a look at our Facebook page for photos from the conference and the awards dinner. Thank you very much to all of our sponsors, workshop panelists, volunteers, VBSR Board and committee members, and everyone who had a hand in making these events a great success!
VBSR Educational and Networking Events
Meet and Greet with the VBSR Board

Wednesday, June 1, 2011; 5:00 pm

Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design, 45 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, VT

All are welcome to network with the VBSR Board!

VBSR July Networking Get-Together hosted by Vermont Soapworks

Wednesday, July 13, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Vermont Soapworks, 616 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT


VBSR July Networking Get-Together hosted by Works Bakery Cafe

Wednesday, July 27, 2011;  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Works Bakery Cafe, 118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT


VBSR August Networking Get-Together
co-hosted by the Cellars at Jasper Hill and Caledonia Spirits & Winery

Thursday, August 18, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Event to be held at the Vermont Food Venture Center, Hardwick, VT 


Sponsorship for the each of the above events 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 our July or August Get-Togethers, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org.

VBSR Public Policy Update
The Vermont Legislature's 2011 session wrapped up earlier this month and there were lots of accomplishments this year that VBSR is very proud of.
   Vermont is now poised to become the first state in the country to truly tackle the problem of out-of-control health care costs. H.202 puts the state on the path to a system that will cover all Vermonters, divorce insurance from employment and save us hundreds of millions of dollars in costs each year. Read more...
VBSR Member News

Tech Vault Inc. has been recognized by Computerworld as 2011 Honors Laureate

Tech VaultIDG's Computerworld Honors Program announced Tech Vault Inc. of South Burlington, Vermont as a 2011 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. Read more... 


Coworking and The Sharing Economy  

Check out Shareable blog's great post on sharing workspaces as one avenue for collaborative consumption. The VBSR Marketplace and VBSR member Office Squared are mentioned at the end of the post. Read more...

Call for Hometown Hero Annual Volunteer Award Nominations

United Way of Chittenden County announced an appeal to the community to submit nominations for their 2011 Hometown Hero Annual Volunteer Awards. Community members, nonprofit organizations, and businesses are invited to nominate outstanding community volunteers for one of five prestigious awards in the categories of:   Adult, Senior Adult, Youth, Group, and Business with the business category focusing on workplaces where company policy encourages and supports employee volunteerism. Read more... 


ISO 26000: A Tool for Taking Your Business to its Next Level of CSR

ECOLOGIAVBSR member ECOLOGIA will choose a few small and medium sized Vermont companies with whom to work on a pro-bono basis to help them use this new global standard on social responsibility. Toward this end, it has created a 30 page step-by-step handbook. "Because ECOLOGIA authored some of the language in the standard and participated in refining many of the critical sections, ECOLOGIA staff are in a good position to help Vermont companies apply this tool in ways that are beneficial and not burdensome," Carolyn Schmidt observes. Read more...   



Seventh Generation's Martin Wolf receives prestigious EPA award

Seventh GenerationMartin Wolf of Seventh Generation was honored earlier this month in Boston's Faneuil Hall as part of EPA's annual Environmental Merit Awards for 2011. As director of product sustainability and authenticity at Seventh Generation, Wolf brought lasting change to the cleansing products industry. He developed frameworks for environmental product design, while educating co-workers, customers and consumers about the environmental impacts of such products. Read more... 



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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.

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