June
2015
Vermont Businesses for 
Social Responsibility
 
Just Good Business.
Members and Friends:

Summer is here and VBSR is in high gear as we plan for the next year of policy work, continue to celebrate 25 years of changemaking, say goodbye to old friends and welcome new members into the family.

If you're looking to network with forward-thinking business leaders, consider joining us at Lareau Farm tonight from 5:30 until the cows come home. (Click here to learn more or register.) Special thank you to our Board of Directors for stepping up to sponsor this Networking Get-Together... their dedication to the cause never ceases to amaze.

An integral part of planning for next year's efforts in Montpelier is looking back at how we did, and what we did, in 2015. Click here or scroll down to read this year's legislative summary; feel free to contact Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow with questions about our efforts or how to get involved.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart but extreme pride that we announce Calen King will be moving on from VBSR in early July. Calen has accepted a position with long-time member Aqua Vitea and while we are sad to see her go, we couldn't be more excited for her and our Kombucha making friends. Calen, thank you for your endless dedication to VBSR and all things Local First Vermont... good luck and cheers!

We are grateful for all of our members and supporters who are working to make a difference in Vermont and beyond. If you know someone who should be a part of our group, please forward them this email, bring them to tonight's event, or invite them to join VBSR today!

We hope to see you soon.

People. Planet. Profit.

Russ Elek,
Communication and Membership Manager
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VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest Members!
 
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This Edition of E-news Sponsored by:
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June Get-Together Hosted by the VBSR Board of Directors 
Join us at Lareau Farm on June 25!

As we continue our celebration of 25 Years of Changemaking, the VBSR Board wishes to invite you to a very special Networking Get-Together. Join VBSR members and friends for an amazing evening at American Flatbread and Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. This month, we'll run the event a bit differently than in the past. Instead of a program focused on our hosts, we'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, spend 5 minutes sharing VBSR's successes over the past 25 years, and invite the group to participate in a toast to the next 25 years! You will not want to miss this celebratory Get-Together.  

 

Click here to learn more or  

 

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VBSR 2015 Policy Recap  
Your Socially Responsible Business Voice in Montpelier   

The 2015 legislative session opened with some VBSR priority areas carrying over from the 2014 session, in particular legislation on earned paid leave made it through the House. Other issues such as Clean Water and Rent-to-Own legislation gained new momentum this session and VBSR worked closely to influence these policies.

We received tremendous support from our members this year, working to advance VBSR's legislative agenda and making positive change for Vermonters. We want to extend our gratitude to the many members who either spent time writing to legislators, testifying in committee hearings or simply taking time away from their daily jobs to support advocacy that truly makes an impact in promoting socially responsible businesses in Vermont.  

 

Click here to read about a few of VBSR's successful policy efforts from the last session; if you have questions or comments about any of this information, we invite you to contact our Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow.

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Biking for Climate
 The Vermont Conversation Airs Wednesdays at 1 PM, WDEV Radio
 
Recent college graduates Morgan Curtis (Dartmouth '14) and Garrett Blad (Notre Dame '15) are riding their bikes 10,000 km from Vermont to Paris (climatejourney.org), where they will finish at COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in December 2015. As they bike across New England, eastern Canada, Iceland, Scandinavia, and the UK, they "are writing, photographing, filming, collaging and painting, telling stories of individuals and communities mobilizing for a just transition to a climate-stable future." Recently they joined our host David Goodman to talk about what motivates them to ride, how they will deal with fatigue and saddle soar, and what they hope will come of their climate journey. Other recent shows explore conversations with whistleblowers, VBSR's Spring Conference and "food as a social justice issue." Click here to listen to any of these shows now!

Enjoy listening to The Vermont Conversation? So do others! Did you know that according to Nielson ratings, our show is the most listened-to talk show on commercial radio in its time slot (Wednesdays at 1)? Take advantage of this amazing platform... As we gear up for the next season (beginning August 1st), we're actively seeking sponsors for the show. If you're interested in learning more or supporting the show, contact Russ Elek today.

For only $2,500, The Vermont Conversation underwriters are:  
  • prominently announced on air as a program underwriter at the beginning, middle and end of the show
  • thanked with a logo and link on The Vermont Conversationpodcast webpage and on a program-dedicated page on the VBSR website.
  • thanked via VBSR social media and enews a variety of times throughout the year

Special thanks to Green Mountain Power, The Alchemist, University of Vermont Medical Center and National Life Group for continuing to support this great program. Act now, there are only two spots left!

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Member-to-Member Offers
70+ Offers Available, New Offers Monthly! 
   
New Offers:  
Designful Instruction
15%
Contact: Laura Fried Web: www.designfulinstruction.com

The Center for an Agricultural Economy is offering not one, but two member discounts!
1. $100 discount on purchase of 20 or more hours of kitchen rental at the Vermont Food Venture Center.
2. Free Intake Consultations for food businesses exploring usage of VFVC.
Contact Daniel Keeney to learn more!

Wholeshare
$25 credit for VBSR members that start a new Wholeshare group.
Contact: Robert Fish Web: www.wholeshare.com

Standing Offers:   
VBSR members strive to support like-minded businesses, and several offer discounts to fellow members. Click here to peruse the more than 70 member-to-member offers available from and to our members! 

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Driving Conference or Workshop Attendance
The VBSR Marketplace Open to ALL VBSR Members 

  

Do you have an upcoming Conference, Workshop, or Training?

 

If you have an extra seat at your event, you can always list it in the Marketplace. Many small businesses and non-profits in VBSR are looking for ways to increase their networking, training, and skills but may not have the budget, in cash, to attend. We've recently had people purchase large conference attendance for multiple employees, small leadership trainings, theater tickets, and more.  

 

Listing Your Event is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1) Activate Your Marketplace Account (or log-in if you're already activated!) 

2) Create a New Offer
3) We'll promote it and connect you with a new customer!

 

Looking for more sponsors for your event?
Small Business and Non-Profits are also looking to increase their advertising and promotion by spending Trade Dollars. Adding one more sponsor is an easy and high-margin use of the Marketplace. Again, you create the offer and we'll help you get customers! 

 

Quick Overview:

The Marketplace helps you buy what you need using what you have. We use a simple online listing and accounting website where people can post offers of what they have, earn Trade Dollars, then spend those with other Vermont businesses. By earning during times and events that you'd like more business, and then spending those Trade Dollars on goods and services instead of cash, we can help improve your bottom line.

Questions? Contact Us!  

 

Click here to learn more about the Marketplace or view recent offers here

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Member Events
Upcoming Member Events

Log-on to VBSR's website to post an event. Forgot your password? Send us an email! 

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Member Jobs
Recently Posted Member Jobs 
Log-on to VBSR's website to post a job. Forgot your password? Send us an email!

Looking for an internship? Click here for our most recent listings. 
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Member News  
We want your news and press releases!! Submit or post a story on our Facebook page or send us an email...

News items will be posted in the "Member News" section of our website and will be considered for inclusion in VBSR's monthly E-News.
 


Divest Movem
ent Continues as SunCommon 401k Divests and Invests in Clean Energy

 

"At SunCommon, we believe everyone has the right to a healthy environment and safer world- and clean energy is the place to start. Divesting from fossil fuels was not just a moral play it was a financial play. We've moved away from fossil fuels and in turn invested in our clean energy future." said Duane Peterson president and co-founder of SunCommon. Read more about this exciting news here. 



Recycling Fee Increase Comes to Materials Recovery Facility July 1, 2015

 

CSWD will raise its recycling "tipping fee" at their Materials Recovery Facility. The tipping fee is what is charged to large haulers when they bring mandatory recyclables -- the recyclables businesses and residents put in their blue bins and carts for recycling. The fee is currently $6 per ton for materials from Chittenden County and $11 per ton for materials coming from outside the District. The fee will increase to $21/ton for mandatory recyclables from all sources." Learn more here. 

Vermont Restaurant Week donates record amount to the Vermont Foodbank

 
A record $20,328 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 6th annual Vermont Restaurant Week - that's $7,150 more than last year. This popular event was presented by the Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by VBSR member Seven Days, publisher of 7 Nights, the statewide guide to Vermont's restaurants and bars. "We are so grateful for the generous support and partnership of Seven Days during Vermont Restaurant Week" said John Sayles Vermont Foodbank CEO. "Proceeds from this year's Vermont Restaurant Week will help ensure that the 153,000 Vermonters who rely on the support of the Vermont Foodbank have access to safe and nutritious food all year long." Read more here. 
 
O.A.R. to Headline Do Good Fest 2015

O.A.R. a rock band renowned for its extensive touring and incredible live shows will headline Do Good Fest 2015 on July 18 at the Montpelier headquarters of National Life Group. The Alternate Routes will also be on the lineup. The Point Radio Network and National Life are presenting the Do Good Fest for the second year to benefit Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fun at Central Vermont Medical Center. Check out the event and learn more here. 

 

   

Magic Hat Hosts Free Sunday Summer Concert Series


The ArtifactoryŽ at the Magic Hat Brewing Company has announced the lineup for Summer Sessions, the brewer's annual free outdoor music series. Every Sunday during the month of June, homegrown musicians will take the stage to serenade brewery patrons under the summer sky and over pints of Magic Hat's finest beers. In addition to finding beer and music, those seeking good vibes at Summer Sessions will be treated to the delectable delicacies from the food truck of Taco Truck All-Stars. Check out the last session happening this Sunday!

 
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    This Edition of E-news Sponsored by:  
Vermont Health Connect

 

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Thank you VBSR Champion Members for your ongoing support!

  

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At VBSR,
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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