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February 2012 
In This Issue
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Solo Circles
VBSR Events
Mentoring Survey
VBSR Public Policy
2012 Terry Ehrich Nominations
Buy Local Coupon Book
VT Health Care
VBSR Local Matters
VLI Applications
VBSR Member News
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February Greetings !  

"Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you are willing to become."  Reinhold Niebuhr

We wish a fond farewell to Rita Bothfeld who has been the heart and soul of VBSR for almost half of our twenty years. Rita is leaving to follow her "inner geek" to work for Instrumart, a South Burlington VBSR member. We will miss her deeply.  Congratulations Rita and all the best to you! 

Rita has ensured that the planning for the May 15 VBSR Conference is in good shape and we look forward to seeing you all at the UVM Davis Center. We have 15 workshops and 2 great keynoters lined up: John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation and Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, President of Marlboro College. At the end of the day we will be hosting Governor Shumlin and the 2012 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. Save the date!

Don't forget to nominate a business leader for the Annual Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. The deadline is March 2. Please also tune in to WDEV on Wednesdays at 1:00 to hear "Smart Business Wednesday" sponsored by VBSR. We welcome your feedback on guest and issues of importance to you.

A big "thank you" Rita B.
You are simply best
What will we do without you?

Sincerely, Andrea Cohen
VBSR Executive Director
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February Montpelier Circle 
Tonight ! Tuesday, February 21, 2012; 4:30-6:00 pm
Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT
Basic business financial management for solo and small businesses. Presented by Priscilla Gilbert, J.Cole Financial Managers
March Burlington Circle 
Join us March 27, 5:00 in Burlington. More details soon.  


VBSR Networking and Educational Events
February Networking Get-Together Hosted by hmc2 Advertising 
Thursday, February 23, 2012; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
hmc2 Advertising, 65 Millet Street, Richmond, VT
For decades, hmc2 has been helping some of Vermont's most iconic brands be heard and seen by their respective target audiences, both in the state and out. Come meet the people who make it happen and maybe even learn a little about what's hot in marketing for 2012. More information...

March Networking Get-Together Hosted by National Life Group
Wednesday, March 21, 2012; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
National Life Group, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT
Join us at National Life Group to learn more about and tour the company's newly redesigned space built around teamwork and collaboration. You'll also hear about National Life's new biomass system, which provides primary heat for the company's 500,000 square-foot headquarters and saves the company $500,000 annually in heating costs.
Sponsorships available - deadline Thursday, March 1. Contact VBSR at info@vbsr.org.

April Networking Get-Together Co-Hosted by Sovernet Communications and the Vermont Foodbank
Tuesday, April 17, 2012; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Held at the Hotel Windham, Bellows Falls, VT

Sponsorships available. Contact VBSR at info@vbsr.org.  


VBSR 2012 Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Spring Conference



Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony

Monday evening, May 14, 2012; 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, VT

We are now accepting nominations for the 2012 Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. To learn more about the award or to make a nomination please visit the Terry Ehrich Award page. Deadline to nominate - March 2. 


Spring Conference 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012; 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

UVM Davis Center, Burlington, VT 

Featuring keynote speakers:

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, President of Marlboro College and

John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation 

Save the date and sponsor the conference!

For more information, please visit the conference web page


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

Mentoring Survey
At the VBSR spring conference we will have a session on Mentoring Young Professionals. We are gathering information about mentoring experiences and practices so that the session can address the most pressing questions and bring out best practices to implement in your workplace.  Please take a few minutes to take the survey here.
VBSR Public Policy
Some changes have come to VBSR's Public Policy Committee.

Earlier this month we welcomed Russ Bennett, the owner of Northland Design and Construction in Waitsfield, as the new chairman of the committee. Russ is a longtime VBSR member and an active participant in policy discussions on the committee over the last several years.

Unfortunately, that means Don Mayer, the owner of Small Dog Electronics, has stepped down. Don chaired the committee for several years and was VBSR's "rock star" witness to testify before legislative committees last year during the health care reform debates at the Statehouse. Don is staying on the committee, however, and we look forward to using his talents in new ways.

Other recent additions to the Policy Committee include Mary Sullivan, the communications coordinator at Burlington Electric, and Paul Craven, the owner of Paul Craven & Associates in Essex Junction. VBSR's Board of Directors approved their appointments in February.

VBSR is always looking for members who want to participate in policy-making, including testifying at the Statehouse or writing letters to lawmakers. If you would like to get involved, please email me at danielb@vbsr.org and tell me what issues you are passionate about.

- Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager
VBSR Now Accepting 2012 Terry Ehrich Award Nominations
Terry Ehrich - Who do you know?
VBSR's annual award ceremony honors an outstanding individual of a member company 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 Terry Ehrich Award Event on the evening of May 14, 2012, the night before the Spring Conference.

Nominations will be judged on four criteria:  workplace environment, political environment, social environment and natural environment. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. 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.)

Deadline for nominations is March 2, 2012.

Please click here to fill out the nomination form. For more information, please cal Becky at 802-862-8347 or email beckyc@vbsr.org.
2011/2012 Buy Local Coupon Book - SIX more months of couponing!
2011-2012 Local First Coupon Book Remember that the coupons are good through 9/1/12 so they still make a great gift! Please click here for an up-to-date list. Also, if your child's school, team or club is looking for a great spring or fall fundraiser, contact Amy at Red Barn Fundraising and she can set them up to sell the coupon books.
VT Health Reform and Your Business
The Health Insurance Exchange bill is moving its way through the legislative process.

The version passed by the House Health Care Committee in mid-February differs greatly from the original bill. VBSR has concerns about some of the changes and will continue to lobby for a bill that makes a smooth transition to a universal health care system in Vermont.

Every state must set up an Exchange, an online marketplace where individuals and businesses can shop for health insurance, according to the new federal health care law. Enrollment is expected to begin in Fall 2013 and the Exchanges will be running in early January 2014.

Changes in the bill passed by the House committee include:
*    Retaining the so-called "bronze plans" in the Exchange. Many of these plans are high deductible benefit packages.

*    Limiting the population within the Exchange to employers with 50 or less employees. Employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the Exchange in 2016, according to federal law.
Local First Vermont Local Matters   
Tune in here for current news about Local First Vermont and other local economies features...

Survey Finds "Buy Local" Message Benefitting Independent Businesses
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Jan. 26, 2011) - For the fourth year in a row, a national survey of independent businesses has found that those in communities with an active "buy local" campaign have experienced markedly stronger revenue growth compared to those located in areas without such a campaign.
   The survey, which was conducted over an 8-day period in January, gathered data from 2,768 independent businesses, including retailers, service providers, restaurants and others.  It found that those in places with a "buy local" initiative reported revenue growth of 5.6% on average in 2010, compared to 2.1% for those elsewhere.


Vermont Leadership Institute Applications Invited for 2012-13
The Snelling Center for Government invites members of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to apply for the Vermont Leadership Institute. VLI participants gain a keener understanding of themselves and their impact on others, awareness of Vermont issues from a systems perspective, habits of reflection and listening that strengthen authentic engagement with diverse viewpoints, and a long-lasting and supportive network throughout the state. For information, visit VLI's web site or contact Judy Warriner Walke, judy@snellingcenter.org, or Colleen Oettinger, colleen@snellingcenter.org. 802-859-3090. Applications are due by Monday, March 26, 2012.


VBSR Member News
Business Culture Consultants: Vermont's Sixth Certified B Corporation
Business Culture Consultants Burlington, VT-February 15, 2012-Business Culture Consultants, LLC joins the ranks of leading Vermont companies to become the sixth organization in the state to obtain Certified B Corporation status.  Heather Van Dusen of B Lab, the non-profit agency that certifies B Corporations nationwide, says that B Corporation status is recognition of a company's "high social and environmental impact." According to B Lab, Business Culture Consultants has donated more than 5% of its profits to charitable organizations, operates out of a facility that is powered by renewable energy and banks with a local bank. Read more...

Local Architectural Firm wins National Social Responsibility Award
Gossens Bachman Architects
Photo Credit: Gary Hall Photography
MONTPELIER, VT - Gossens Bachman Architects in conjunction with Housing Vermont and the Rockingham Community Area Land Trust were recently recognized by the John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing for the transformation of the historical NAMCO Block in Windsor, Vermont.   
  The John M Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing was established in 2004. The intent of the John Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing is to recognize and encourage excellence in the planning,  design, construction and maintenance of socially responsible urban housing by honoring an organization, a group, or an individual who has been a major force behind one or more built housing developments characterized by excellence in planning, design and construction. Read more...

Apple Invites Small Dog CEO Don Mayer to Present Ideas to Cupertino Top Brass
Apple Inc., renowned for its airtight privacy, invited Waitsfield resident and Small Dog Electronics CEO Don Mayer to be one of five Apple specialists to present to a panel of senior executives at the technology behemoth's Cupertino, CA headquarters last month. Don was joined by his son and Small Dog CFO and COO Hapy Mayer, who shared Small Dog's 2012 fiscal forecast. Intrigued by Small Dog's standing as New England's largest Apple Specialist, Apple invited the Mayers to share the secrets of their ongoing success and exceptional growth this past year. 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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