VBSR Vermont Businesses for
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 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values

April 2012 

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VBSR Marketplace
Spring Conference
Terry Ehrich Recipient
Buy Local Book
Welcome Scott!
VBSR Circles and Chapter
VBSR Public Policy
VBSR Member News
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Members and Friends:   
We hope you can join us on May 15th at the VBSR Spring Conference: Creating Pathways for Vermont's Next Business Generation where we will consider how to best ensure the development of our future community and business leaders.
How do we best direct our precious educational resources ? How do we adapt our workplaces to support and develop talented people?  What are the expectations about employees allegiance to a company--or is that even a relevant concept these days?  We will explore these and many other topics and we hope you will be part of the conversation.
Register before May 9 to take advantage of early bird rates.
You may have noticed that this year we are moving the annual Terry Ehrich Award Reception off the boat and over to Echo Lake Aquarium.  See the announcement below about the amazing lady who is the recipient of this years prestigious award.
We are also excited to announce a new collaboration with Vermont HITEC to bring the Vermont Intern Program to more businesses and students and expand our program reach. Be in touch if you think an intern would help your business.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that Scott Buckingham has joined the VBSR team as our new Membership Manager- welcome Scott !
Hope to see you on May 14 at the Terry Ehrich Reception and on May 15 at the Spring Conference.  It is always good to take some time away from the usual to explore the possible (and have some fun all the while) .
Warm regards and Happy Earth Day.
Andrea Cohen

VBSR Executive Director
Join Us! VBSR's May 15 Spring Conference

Early Bird Registration Until May 8- Don't Wait !
Registration is open and filling up fast for VBSR's 22nd annual spring conference: Creating Pathways for Vermont's Next Business Generation.
Connect with 400 business and educational leaders. Choose from a selection 13 workshops, and hear from esteemed keynoters; John Replogle, Seventh Generation CEO; and Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell.  This is a must-attend event and takes place in the comfortably appointed and LEED Certified UVM Davis Center.  


Allison Hooper
2012 VBSR Terry Ehrich Award Recipient Announced

Join us for a special evening to celebrate this year's award winner, Allison Hooper.

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

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington 


Join VBSR in honoring and celebrating this year's Terry Erich Award Winner, Allison Hooper!  Co-founder with Bob Reese of the highly acclaimed Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, Allison is a skillful and tireless advocate for fostering sustainable economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors here in Vermont.  She has been instrumental in the successful development of Vermont's artisinal cheesemaking community, in large part responsible for positioning Vermont as the "Napa Valley of Artisanal Cheese."  Come learn more about Allison's incredible contributions and celebrate with us on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain! Register here .   


Local First Vermont2012/2013 Buy Local Book  
Promote Your Local Business in the 
2012-13 Buy Local Book!   
See how the Buy Local Book can benefit your business. Take a few minutes to check out the new virtual tour. Everything you need to sign up can be found on the Local First site.  The deadline to sign up is June 1st. Contact Calen to find out more.   
Scott Buckingham
Scott Buckingham Joins the VBSR Team! 
VBSR is pleased to announce that Scott Buckingham has joined VBSR as our Manager of Development and Communications.  Scott brings more than 20 years experience with values-driven business, social enterprises, and nonprofits.  Scott has previously worked with VBSR and many of our members, and was most recently a member of VBSR's Public Policy Committee. Please connect with Scott regarding any of your membership inquiries and make sure to introduce yourself at the May 15 Spring Conference. 

circle VBSR Circles and Chapters


May 9: Southern Vermont Chapter 
5:00-6:30 pm Marlboro College Graduate Center, Brattleboro. Communicating Sustainability Efforts Through CSR/Sustainability Reporting presented by Mark Tomsen from SRI World Group, Inc./OneReport. More information...

June 12: Montpelier Circle Meet

At Vermont Center for Independent Living. More information soon.


VBSR Public Policy

The 2012 session of the Vermont Legislature is just weeks away from ending with many bills waiting for action. Lawmakers continue to work on health care reform, reconstruction from the Irene flooding, and addressing holes in the state budget.  Link here for an update on some of the bills VBSR has been working this year. 

The Health Insurance Exchange - an on-line marketplace for selling and buying health insurance - has been a hot topic at the Statehouse during the 2012 session. But what do Vermonters - those living outside of the influence of Montpelier's Golden Dome - think of the Exchange? The Department of Vermont Health Access polled 1,004 residents over two weeks at the end of March. Link here to see some of the poll responses.

If you have missed past issues of VBSR's weekly updates you can always find them on the VBSR website.  We are 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 Dan  and tell us what issues matter to you
Cabot Barn 2012 VBSR Member News

Cabot Creamery Coop launches iPHone and web app that tracks and rewards volunteerism.
 Volunteers log community service hours and share their progress through Facebook. The more participation -- hours and interaction with friends -- the more chances volunteers have to win cash and prizes for themselves and their causes. Read more....
EC Fiber
ECFiber's Phase III Investment Campaign Exceeds Expectations.
After setting a challenging target of $900,000,
ECFiber's Phase III investment campaign has substantially surpassed this target,  raising more than $1 million. John Roy, ECFiber's treasurer says "It was extremely gratifying. Over 260 people requested an investor packet describing the offering, and two thirds made an investment." Read more....
Way to GoWay to Go! Week May 14-18
Way to Go! week is a statewide commuter challenge to encourage a reduction in energy use and carbon emissions by stepping out of your personal vehicle and taking advantage of other forms of transportation. This includes riding the bus, carpooling, walking, telecommuting, or biking. Read more...

Vermont Public Radio Receives Edward R. Murrow Awards
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Vermont Public Radio has been honored with seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). VPR received awards in the following categories: news series, breaking news coverage, sports, documentary, use of sound, newscast, and writing. 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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