Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

National brands defend Vermont’s food transparency right-to-know law in court

Food companies from across the United States are joining the legal battle in defense of a new Vermont law requiring that genetically engineered products be labeled on store shelves.

Statewide ‘Shop Vermont This Holiday Season!’ awareness campaign kicks off

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA), in partnership with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and the Vermont Small Business Administration (VT SBA) held a press conference today at Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington to kick off a “Shop Vermont This Holiday Season!” statewide awareness campaign. VRGA President Jim Harrison, VBSR Executive Director Andrea Cohen, and VT SBA District Director Darcy Carter worked with Representative Peter Welch’s office to organize and present the event.

Local First Vermont and Red Barn Fundraising create regional alternatives for Vermont school fundraisers

Kicking off this school year, Local First Vermont and Red Barn Fundraising have once-again joined efforts to help promote and support locally owned, independent Vermont businesses by allowing schools to use the new Buy Local Book as a fundraiser.

In This State: Vermont’s largest fresh foods network is flavored with strong principles

Black River Produce co-owner Mark Curran shows off some produce in front of his company's massive solar array in North Springfield. A ski bum at Okemo in the late 1970s, he turned his passion for fresh vegetables and fruits into a progressive company that now plays a key role in connecting Vermont farmers with buyers. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Mark Curran and Steve Birge started out as ski bums trucking produce from Boston to the Ludlow area in 1978. Today the progressive company they founded, Black River Produce, has become an essential link in the Vermont localvore ethos, tying farmers and producers to 3,000 outlets around the state and beyond.

VBSR names Mark Curran of Black River Produce winner of 2014 Terry Ehrich Award

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has chosen Mark Curran, Founder and Co-Owner of Black River Produce, as the 2014 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.

Green Mountain College to host VBSR Networking Get-Together

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is excited to announce that Green Mountain College (GMC) will host VBSR’s next Networking Get-Together on July 23, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

VBSR tool allows everyone to design a health care financing plan

VBSR calculator

Online calculator lets users choose which revenue sources should fund the $2 billion needed to pay for publicly financed health insurance. State says it’s a bit simplistic.

VBSR launches health care financing calculator

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility on Monday launched an online calculator that allows Vermonters to assemble their own financing plan for the state’s anticipated universal health care system.

VBSR calls for nominations for 2014 Terry Ehrich Award

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces the call for nominations for the 2014 Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.

Alisa Gravitz and Congressman Welch to keynote VBSR Spring Conference

Event features include keynotes from Alisa Gravitz and Congressman Peter Welch, 15 workshops, 40 exhibitors, 300+ attendees, several networking sessions and the presentation of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

State extends direct enrollment for business health care exchange plans into 2015

Exchange Cost Chart

When businesses enroll directly with insurers their employees have fewer coverage options due to the burden it creates for the plans’ administrators.

TruexCullins to host VBSR networking get-together

TruexCullins to host VBSR networking get-together in Stowe on March 26.

VBSR’s Business Action Challenge welcomes class of 2014

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) today announced that the Business Energy Action (BEA) challenge has added thirty new business members from a variety of sectors and locations throughout Vermont.

VBSR awards ‘Legislator of the Year’ to Rep. Carolyn Partridge

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced Wednesday that Representative Carolyn Partridge, a lawmaker from Windham, will receive the organization’s Legislator of the Year award for her work to pass legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food.

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