VBSR Vermont Businesses for
Social Responsibility
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
May 2012 
In This Issue
E-News Sponsor
Newest Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
Conference Wrap Up
2012 Terry Ehrich Award
Buy Local Book
VBSR Hiring
VBSR Public Policy
Benefit Spotlight
VBSR Member News
E-News Sponsor

or call 802/862-8347 to secure a space today.
Warm Welcome to VBSR's Newest Members !

Alice S. Kitchel
VBSR Marketplace
an online business-to-business marketplace using trade dollars valued the same as cash


Member Offer

 Spring Cleaning? Yard and Tree Limb Hauling. Available for Chittenden County. Call for a quote. 100% Trade.

Clean Green Sanitation  


 Vermont Stage Company

Seeking Temporary Rehearsal Space - Near Burlington for 2012-2013 Season 

Vermont Stage Company

To Activate Your Marketplace Account and start buying & selling with VBSR members,
VBSR Bookshelf

 The Pearls of Sultana

by Hinda Miller
 Pearls of Sultana May VBSR Bookshelf
brought to you by 
Phoenix Bookstore  

Join Hinda at Phoenix Books Burlington on June 9
Andrea 2012 Mug   
Greetings VBSR Members and Friends:
May was a busy and exciting month here at VBSR.  We were inspired by the example of Allison Hooper, a charming, capable, and funny lady who is VBSR's 2012 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Social Responsibilty in Business. What Allison has accomplished with her own business, for the food and farm economy in Vermont, and for her community, is truly inspiring. Her comments that evening can be read here. Terry would be very proud.  
The 22nd Annual Spring Conference the next day exceeded our expectations in every way. We had over 350 attendees participating in a variety of important and relevant topics including developing our future business and community leaders, workplace diversity, and green marketing, to name a few. Some of the speakers, including the keynoters, were interviewed by Mark Johnson on WDEV and you can listen to the May 15 podcast here. Thank you panelists, keynoters, staff, volunteers, Board members, conference underwriters, and Champion members.  You all contribute greatly to the success of VBSR and the value we bring to our members.  We are always working towards our goal to be a vibrant learning community that develops and promotes innovative and transformative socially responsible business practices and you all are contributors towards that goal.   
Sincerely, Andrea Cohen 
VBSR Executive Director 

P.S. The deadline for being included in the next edition of the Local First Book is June 1. Don't miss this great opportunity (see below)  
spring conference 2012- staff
Thank You Conference Panelists and Attendees 
Positive feedback continues to come in about the 22nd Annual Spring Conference, It was certainly a great day for networking and learning.  We want to hear constructive feedback so please fill out the online evaluation   if you have not already done so.  We have posted some conference photos on the VBSR facebook page and we hope that those who couldn't attend this year will join us next time.
2012 Terry Ehrich Awards Reception 
Allison Hooper Honored as 11th Recipient
 Allison with trophy
Allison Hooper:
"It takes a village to raise an award winner.  My business partner of 27 years Bob Reese could not be here for me to show him off because he is flogging Vermont Butter & Cheese in Nashville.  But 27 years ago I got lucky.  Bob teamed with me for the improbable task of infecting Americans with delicious cheese that they didn't yet know that they couldn't live without. Without his steady vigilance of the day to day operations of our business , the value added community activity couldn't have happened..... ".

See the rest of Allison's  remarks and photos from this special evening.


2011-2012 Local First Coupon Book 2012/2013 Buy Local Book
Reserve Your Space by June 1

The deadline for inclusion in the 2012/2013 Buy Local Book is JUNE 1ST!  It's easy!  Sign up, download the info and rates, and watch a 3-minute virtual tour of the Buy Local Book.  Please contact Calen for more information. Thanks for making "local" your priority! 

Join our team? VBSR Seeks Program Assistant 
Application Deadline is June 18
The Program Assistant will assist in the planning and implementation of VBSR programs and services including conferences, events, newsletters, website, mailings, database, and other program, systems and tools support. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director, and the Development and Communications Manager.  See full job description
VBSR Public Policy    
Summer Study Groups Forming

The VBSR Public Policy Committee will spend the summer and fall studying two key policy issues and this process will inform our advocacy at the Statehouse in the next year. We are looking for members to help us research and write new policies on the following topics: 


Financing a Public Health Care System

Gov. Shumlin's administration is due to recommend funding options for Vermont's proposed single-payer system in January 2013. VBSR plans to assemble its own funding proposal - or specific recommendations toward a proposal - to deliver to the Vermont Legislature early in 2013.


Labeling of GMO/GE Foods

The Vermont Legislature is expected to consider next year a new version of a bill requiring the labeling of all food contained GMO/GE ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont. VBSR has many businesses in the specialty food sector and this bill could change the way they do business in Vermont and across the country.


VBSR is looking for members to either serve on one of the summer study committees or  meet with the committee to discuss issues surrounding these topics.  Meetings will occur in Chittenden and Washington counties (we can connect members who live and work farther away via telephone and video conference).If you are interested in assisting, please email Daniel Barlow.   

Member Benefit Spotlight: Event CalendarEvents Calendar
Promote your upcoming events on the VBSR Web page. 

VBSR's web page includes an events page that is available to all VBSR members for event promotion.  To post your event, simply log on to the VBSR web page and go to the Manage Events page to enter your event information.  It may take a 1-2 business days for your event to appear.  
VBSR Member News

Vermont Woodworking School
Vermont Woodworking School Inducted as First State Craft Education Center. 

The State of Vermont has named the Vermont Woodworking School the first "Vermont State Craft Education Center," a distinction designed to promote Vermont's galleries, outlets, and craft schools as well as its craftspeople. Read more here.... 

Kids VT  

Parenting Media Association Awards Top Honors to Kids VT. Kids VT, Vermont's free monthly parenting magazine, took home top prizes for both writing and design at the spring Parenting Media Association conference in San Antonio, TX. Read more  here.... 


Vermont Smoke & Cure Redevelopment Of Hinesburg Fire Site Welcomes Vermont Smoke And Cure And Green Mountain Organic Creamery During a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the former Saputo cheese plant destroyed by fire in September of 2008,  U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy called the grand opening of Vermont Smoke and Cure and Green Mountain Organic Creamery one of the most impressive community-led agricultural redevelopments he has witnessed in his 38 years representing Vermont in the United States Senate. Read more here....  


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.
Find us on Facebook Follow us on TwitterContact Us
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
60 Lake Street, Suite 3G
Burlington, Vermont 05401
 Membership Information