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Andrea Cohen Dear Members and Friends:
We hope to see you at some of the fantastic networking and educational gatherings we have planned for the months ahead.  If you missed the recent networking event at Vermont Soapworks in Middlebury we captured a few moments on video that you can view here on VBSRtube.  We are planning to post video from all future networking events so stay tuned !
  The other day we heard the news that the U.S. District Court decided against Entergy Corp's request to operate past its permit expiration date while the various lawsuits play out. This decision was a significant victory for those advocating for the plant to close in 2012 - including VBSR. VBSR's position regarding Vermont Yankee evolved to the point that in 2010 we advocated that the Vermont Legislature vote against re-licensure. If you are interested in reviewing VBSR's position on VY please link here.  We welcome your feedback as we update the VBSR Energy Supply Policy and other public policy positions this fall. We will be launching our annual policy survey in August so please take the survey and input into VBSR policy development.
   Finally, a special thank you goes out to Julie Lineberger who served VBSR so well in her years as VBSR Chair. Julie's priorities of expanding our activities into southern Vermont and working toward a more diverse membership and Board will most certainly persist beyond her tenure. 
  Also, it is never too early to save the date for the VBSR fall conference planned for Nov. 16 at Mt. Snow. We are accepting proposals for workshop sessions until August 5. Please see the conference page for more info.
   Wishing you all some great summer fun.
Best, Andrea Cohen
VBSR Executive Director
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

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

We'll talk with Richard French about the challenges of offering all employees a livable wage and how to balance with other SR business costs. Join us for good food and great company! RSVPs appreciated, but walk-ins also welcome. RSVP to ritab@vbsr.org or call 802-862-8347. More info... 


VBSR Burlington Sole Circle

Thursday, July 28, 2011; 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Seventh Generation cafeteria, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT

The VBSR Sole Circle is a group of single person and micro-businesses that meet to discuss the trends and issues they face. Back by popular demand, the theme for July will be "Show & Tell" where attendees have 5 minutes to share the gadget, website, product, technology, book, service or other tool that has had a positive impact on business. For more information, contact Owen Milne at owenm@vbsr.org. More info...  


VBSR Montpelier Sole Circle

Tuesday, August 9, 2011; 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT

This circle theme will be Social Media. Zach Luby from Good Stuff Communications will lead an interactive workshop on how to leverage social media as a tool for growth and engagement. For more information, contact Owen Milne at owenm@vbsr.org. More info...  


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 costs $175. For more sponsorship details, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org. More info... 


VBSR September Networking Get-Together hosted by Total Temperature Instrumentation (TTI)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Total Temperature Instrumentation / Instrumart, 35 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT 

Sponsorship costs $200. For more sponsorship details, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org. More info... 


VBSR 2011 Fall Conference - SAVE THE DATE! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

The Grand Summit at Mount Snow, West Dover, VT

For details on sponsorship and to submit a workshop proposal, please see the conference page or contact Rita at ritab@vbsr.org


For more information on VBSR's and VBSR members' events, please visit our events pages... 

VBSR Public Policy Update
Lawmakers have long since gone home. The weather is warm. Beaches and lakes call to us. But VBSR's policy development work has not stopped.
   We're spending the summer and fall this year taking a close look at our existing policies and writing some new ones. This is important work - these policies direct VBSR's advocacy at the Statehouse and inform our process as we decide what bills to support and which ones to fight.
   During this process, we would love to hear from you. Read more...
VBSR Call-Out for Membership & Development Committee Participation
VBSR is looking for members to join our Membership and Development Committee.  In the short term the committee will be developing a chapter system for VBSR to help grow energy and interest for the organization at the local level.  
   The Membership & Development Committee meetings will take place across the state and there will be call-in opportunities for those interested in assisting but unable to attend in person each month. If interested, you can learn more by contacting Owen Milne, VBSR Membership and Development Manager, at owenm@vbsr.org.


Julie Lineberger Thank You - a note of change from outgoing Board Chair, Julie Lineberger of LineSync Architecture
What an honor to serve as Board Chair while Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility experienced unprecedented growth. When elected chair on Jan Blittersdorfʼs nomination in 2007, VBSR was a group of 550 businesses with Don Mayerʼs goal of doubling that number. As of June 2011, there are 1,230 business members. Yes, in four years, membership more than doubled! Read more...


VBSR Member News

Small Dog Electronics receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award

Don Mayer Deane C. Davis Award At this year's Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, Governor Peter Shumlin presented the highly anticipated Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award to Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield. In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont's best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis award to honor a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Read more...

Antioch University New England Wins Social Responsibility Honor

Antioch University New England award

Cornerstone Award given by New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility

Antioch University New England (AUNE) has won the 2011 Cornerstone Award given by New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR). 

   In giving the award, NHBSR noted many collaborative efforts by AUNE's students, faculty and staff, including energy-saving initiatives in workspaces and the Community Garden Connections project, which is working to grow community gardens in Keene. It also noted projects to help businesses put CSR practices to work; Cool Monadnock, a three-year project to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the Monadnock region; and the 10% Challenge, a collaborative effort between AUNE and the City of Keene to help Keene businesses voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ten percent. Read more...  


VBSR members well-represented among winners of 2011 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence  

At the end of June, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz presented 23 Vermont organizations and individuals with the 2011 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Honorees were recognized for their efforts to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. Among the honorees were VBSR members 89 North, Green Mountain Power, Heritage Aviation, TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, Mad River Glen Cooperative, Center for Northern Woodlands Education, and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Read more... 


Southern Vermont architectural firm builds reputation with local talent  

LineSync Architecture Countering arguments both that there good opportunities for Vermont Youth are not available and that there is not a competent workforce in Vermont, LineSync Architecture in southern Vermont is building its reputation, and garnering national awards, with a staff of local talent. LineSync Architecture, based in Wilmington, continues to expand a dedicated architecture staff with local talent. Despite challenging times in the Vermont business climate, LineSync Architecture demonstrates there are challenging careers for Vermont's college graduates and that Vermont has a skilled workforce. 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.

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