Meet Our Conference Underwriters
Thank you to the following companies who have made this conference possible.

Interested in Sponsoring? Contact Membership & Development Manager Toby Aronson at tobya@vbsr.org.       

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Founded in Boston in 1901, Baystate is one of New England's oldest and largest independently owned financial planning firms. In 2008, our Colchester, VT office opened to meet the needs of everyday Vermonters, their families, and their businesses. Baystate's broad range of services include financial planning, wealth management, retirement planning, business planning, and trust and estate planning. We also offer a variety of protection and investment products, including life, health, and disability insurance; mutual funds, annuities, and IRAs. Baystate representatives utilize three important steps: a qualitative fact-finding process that includes one-on-one consultations with clients to understand their needs and goals; an analysis of findings to develop a comprehensive and customized financial strategy and recommendations; and implementation with periodic meetings and monitoring to ensure that clients are satisfied and are achieving their financial goals. Baystate was built on the principles of integrity, trust, professionalism, and competency. Our team of associates, specialists, and advisors are committed to these principles and provide clients with the resources and expertise to help them achieve financial success and stability.

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Ben & Jerry’s was a founding member of VBSR and has remained a member since 1991. The company operates on a three-part mission that puts product, economic, and social goals on equal standing. Social mission campaigns focus on fighting for environmental and social justice, with the sweet spot landing where those areas overlap, such as climate change.​

The company knows it’s going to take more than just the actions of individual businesses and people to fight climate change. Ben & Jerry’s Climate Change campaigns urge people to collectively call on elected leaders to support a rapid transition to the clean energy economy of the future.​

Because if it’s melted, it’s ruined.

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Bia Diagnostics is a global leading ISO 17025 accredited food and nutraceutical testing laboratory located in beautiful Colchester, Vermont. With over 40 years of diagnostics experience, we specialize in Food Allergen, GMO, Food Authenticity, and Cannabis/Hemp testing. Focusing on these four critical sectors, our expert scientists are dedicated to working with you to ensure the most accurate and timely results, providing same day analysis for most testing needs at no additional cost!

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Cabot is owned by 800 farm families throughout New York & New England. We manage four plants in three states, employing over 1,000 people, who make the best dairy products on the planet. Award-winning cheeses made with love and pride in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont and Chateaugay, NY. The best premium butter churned with care in West Springfield, Massachusetts. And in Cabot, we’re also making light cheddars, flavored cheddars and rich Greek-Style Yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream. Your purchases mean the world to our future.

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The goddess Ceres (see · reez) presides over the harvest and fertility of the earth. A statue of her stands atop the Vermont Statehouse as a testament to the state’s long history of agricultural stewardship. CeresMED considers it their responsibility to be environmentally conscious and maintain sustainable and organic practices for the planet and its people. They believe in the power of plants, plant-based medicine and herbal remedies for holistic health and well-being. CeresMED chooses to partner with organizations and people that echo these principles and stand with them as pioneers in the cannabis community.

Their staff-led Social Justice Committee reviews all of their practices including monitoring the entire supply chain to ensure that the vendors they work with share thier core values of sustainability, equity, and ethical responsibility. CeresMED is committed to identifying and building relationships with BIPOC, women-owned and other organizations that identify as marginalized communities, especially those who have been negatively impacted by cannabis criminalization.

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Champlain Investment Partners is an independent, employee-owned asset management firm headquartered in Burlington, Vermont – with our emerging markets team located in Irvine, California. Our investment strategies are designed to focus on providing absolute returns while also managing risk. We strive to create wealth through the consistent execution of our investment processes; we are equally committed to delivering outstanding client service, and pride ourselves on the many long-standing relationships we have been able to cultivate since opening our doors in 2004. Our partners bring a wealth of experience, averaging over 21 years  in asset management, and as of 12.31.21 the firm had approximately $22.50 billion in assets under management.

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The Bellows Falls based Chroma Technology Corp. is not just a leading manufacturer and supplier of components for the photonics industry but has an almost 30 year legacy of living and breathing VBSR’s mission through their commitment to social justice, employee ownership, serving their communities and cultivation of a people-first workplace. Paul Millman, who co-founded Chroma in 1991 and recently retired, received VBSR’s Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business in 2016 to honor his commitment to sustainable businesses practices and vision for sharing equity & profits among employees.​

Chroma believes that a strong socially responsible company can only be built on the foundation of a successful, profitable business. Chroma has developed a strong and loyal customer base by providing exceptional customer service and using cutting edge technology to manufacture some of the most advanced optical filters in the world. Consistent profitability has been the return on the investment in their workforce and dedication to meeting the needs of the scientific and technical communities they serve.

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We believe that our responsibility to do good work extends beyond our office walls, and this value permeates our office culture. As a firm, we are proud to run a successful corporate fundraising campaign each year for the United Way, an initiative that our whole firm rallies enthusiastically behind. Our internal Committee for Social Responsibility helps ensure our firm’s positive environmental and social impact; as a result of their efforts, our office is solar powered, composts organic waste, and we make contributions to some 50 community sponsorships each year. In addition, many of our attorneys hold board leadership positions with organizations throughout the state. We deeply believe in the important roles that our professionals play outside the office and encourage their participation in broader community conversations.

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Dunkiel Saunders was founded by lawyers with a commitment to improve the world around us, and that commitment remains at the core of our practice today. The attorneys that make up our team have extensive experience working in the public interest – focusing our practice on environment and energy, affordable housing, consumer protection, and transactional law among other practice areas. They bring a diverse set of experiences and skills to help clients better understand the law and its practical application, stay on the leading edge of change in their industries, and succeed in their respective business or mission. In each matter they handle, our attorneys’ work is inspired by the good work of our clients, and they approach each case with a personal commitment to provide the highest-quality legal services available in our fields of practice.

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Gardener’s Supply Company is an employee-owned company in Vermont, committed to organic, earth-friendly gardening, and supporting the local economy. Gardener’s has four full-service garden centers in Burlington, VT, Williston, VT, Lebanon, NH and Hadley, MA.

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As one of the largest independent CPA and business advisory firms in northern New England, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) prides itself in offering trusted industry expertise rendered with a highly personal touch from our offices in South Burlington, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Our resources run deep – with over 85 full-time employees. We work with primarily privately held companies with varied ownership structures, private equity groups and non-profit organizations, ranging in size from start-ups to organizations with revenues in excess of $450 million. Our diverse practice offerings are the result of over 60 years of meeting the many needs of our clients. Our firm is comprised of highly qualified individuals, selected for their superior technical skills and commitment to client service, who specialize in the following areas: accounting and assurance, tax compliance and consulting, management advisory services, HR consulting, business valuation, litigation support, and succession planning. GFC offers a strong regional profile and a national/international reach. As a member of RSM US Alliance, a premier affiliation of 90 independent accounting and consulting firms, GFC has access to the resources of RSM US LLP with more than 13,000 professionals in 83 cities nationwide. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax, and consulting firms with more than 51,000 people in over 123 countries. For more information, please visit us at: www.gfc.com.

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Greenbacker Capital is a leader in sustainable infrastructure investment. We bring clean power opportunities to market so that individual investors can participate in the energy transition.

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Powering Vermont homes and businesses with energy that’s 90% carbon free and 60% renewable, Green Mountain Power is focused on providing clean, reliable, cost-effective power, while also offering the latest in innovations like battery storage to help customers cut carbon and costs. GMP is committed to having a 100% renewable energy supply by 2030, and using energy as a force for good. In 2014, GMP was the first utility in the world to become a B Corp and continues its commitment to the community, employees, and the planet by helping to grow local renewable generation, offering convenient programs that help cut costs for all customers, and partnering with communities to make the grid more resilient in the face of more severe storms due to climate change.

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Since 1970, King Arthur Baking Company has been sharing the joy of baking. A certified B Corp headquartered in Vermont, King Arthur is the ultimate baking resource, providing the highest quality ingredients for the most delicious baked goods, while inspiring connections through baking. As a 100% employee-owned company, we believe in the power of baking to make a difference for our employee-owners, the larger baking community, and the planet. From cultivating a workplace that embraces differences and prioritizes trust to teaching children across the country how to bake bread from scratch to partnering with farmers and suppliers who share our vision for a greener planet, we strive to be a force for good in all that we do.

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Waitsfield, Vermont's Lawson’s Finest not only aims for the highest quality standards in their beer production but achieves this goal by leading with their values and by building genuine personal interactions. Lawson’s Finest embodies what it means to use business as a platform for good and a generator of social change by valuing their employees, customers, community, and environment. The Lawson’s Finest Social Impact Program (SIP) works to support thriving communities where people take good care of each other, protect and enjoy the natural world, and bring more fun to life. The program features six initiatives focused on cultivating a people-first work place, supporting local communities, greening the planet, and bringing people together to play and innovate.​

The Lawson’s Finest commitment to making a difference in Vermont begins at home, where they strive to be an employer of choice by providing generous livable wages and comprehensive paid benefits to their staff. The brewery boosts economic vitality in Vermont by generating year-round tourism, sourcing from local businesses, and through guest donations to their Sunshine Fund, which supports non-profit organizations focused on healthy communities and natural resource protection. In addition to charitable giving, the brewery puts their money where their values are. They are committed to continual innovation and investment in efficiency, taking steps to minimize their impact in a resource-intensive manufacturing business. Lawson’s Finest is proud to be a founding partner of the VT Brewshed Alliance and a member of the pioneer VT Green Brewery Cohort. From the planning and building their Waitsfield, Vermont taproom to selecting the most efficient brewing, packaging, and process equipment available (even when it requires more investment), Lawson’s Finest continues its deep commitment to people, planet and prosperity.

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Let’s Grow Kids is a nonprofit organization on a mission to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. With nearly 40,000 supporters from all walks of life, Let’s Grow Kids, in partnership with Let’s Grow Kids Action Network, is empowering Vermonters to advocate for sustainable child care policy change. Working together, we can build a child care system that meets the needs of Vermont children and families and supports a brighter future for us all.

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Mascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 120 years, Mascoma Bank’s foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. As a Certified B Corporation® we continue on our mission to be Best for the World®, a company where we don’t answer to stockholders, but respond to the needs of our communities, where we also live, work, and play.

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As the only B Corp certified law firm in Vermont, Merritt & Merritt has a mission of providing our clients with the highest quality legal services consistent with responsible social and environmental practices. The Firm has been advising growth companies for over 30 years. They collaborate with publicly and privately held growth companies throughout Vermont and the Northeast, as well as the angel, venture capital and private equity investors that support them, to build and guide their businesses.

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National Life Group is a mission-driven, purpose-filled company that has been keeping its promises since 1848. But it’s not your grandfather’s insurance company. It’s dedicated to a cause bigger than itself: To do good in the communities where it does business.​

From hosting a music festival on its back lawn to benefit cancer patients, making donations through the National Life Group Foundation, encouraging its employees to take 40 hours of paid volunteer time annually, and more, National Life strives to put its values of Do good. Be good. Make good. into practice every day.

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​New Chapter has been a longtime example of how a business can lead with their values. As one of the first US Vitamin and supplement companies to achieve B Corp Certification in the US, New Chapter has incorporated social & environmental efforts into day-to-day operations earning them B Lab’s Best for the World: Changemakers 2 years in a row (2018/2019). New Chapter not only cares deeply about a high quality workplace for its employers but also their suppliers. By using environmental & social performance screens on their supply-chain from Vermont to India, New Chapter ensures their products are a healing force from all directions. New Chapter’s values of healing for both planet and self also reach outward into the Vermont Community. New Chapter has major philanthropic partnerships with The Warrior Connection, an organization committed to improving the well-being of veterans and their families and Food Connects, an organization working to transform the local food system by building healthy families, thriving farms & connected communities in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is a member-owned financial institution serving the following counties in Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Rutland, Windham, Windsor, and Washington Counties; and the following counties in New Hampshire: Cheshire, Grafton, Merrimack, and Sullivan. NEFCU serves over 95,000 members making us the largest financial institution headquartered in Vermont.

We’re in the business of empowering our members to make good financial decisions so you can improve your overall quality of life. We offer solutions that are tailored to your needs and appropriate to your circumstances. We provide our members with a full range of financial products and services, with very competitive rates, fewer fees and unparalleled levels of convenience.

Our dedication to a higher standard of service and the value in our products help us to consistently exceed NEFCU members' expectations. 

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Northeast Delta Dental is the region’s most trusted name in dental insurance for companies of all sizes, individuals, and families in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, administering dental benefits for more than 963,000 people.  To learn more about their products and how they can keep you smiling, visit nedelta.com.  

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Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867 and the largest independent bank headquartered in Vermont, not only has a legacy of servicing the community but remains deeply engaged to this day. In 2018, donations totaled more than $600,000 to local nonprofits and they proudly donate 10% of their annual earnings to Vermont communities.  This tremendous support helps Vermont communities prosper, thrive and make powerful change.  Not only does Northfield Savings Bank have a mission, but so do their employees.  Last year, Northfield Savings Bank’s employees volunteered more than 5,000 hours for over 100 local organizations.

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PF+C has a 50+ year tradition of employees serving our community through volunteering, charitable work, and service on local non-profit boards. PF+C also remains dedicated to the environment and lessening its ecological footprint. For example, PF+C became Vermont’s first law firm to join the American Bar Association’s Law Office Climate Challenge. We continually strive to improve our internal processes and raise awareness of the simple things that can reduce our environmental impact, whether installing modern energy-efficient lighting, composting, recycling, and purchasing more environmentally friendly office supplies. We also serve numerous clients focused on the environment, community, renewable energy, and climate policy. While we serve clients in these areas, we also assist other businesses with any legal challenge, from employment and labor, taxes, property, commercial leases, and commercial transactions, to litigation, captive insurance, and business immigration. We are proud of our unique workplace where we continue to evolve as a supportive, family friendly, inclusive, and environmentally focused community.

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Seven Days is Vermont's award-winning and free weekly newspaper and website providing smart arts, food, and culture coverage, as well as local news and politics. The locally-owned media company was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995, and is now owned by Routly and 16 other employees. The Burlington-based company also produces the Stuck in Vermont video series. Seven Days has been named Business of the Year by both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Business Association. In 2019, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. presented the local media company with the C. Harry Behney Economic Development Achievement Award.

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For more than 25 years we’ve been formulating plant-based products that are safe and that work. Really well. Based in Vermont, we’re proud to be a B Corporation. B Corps are certified to be better for workers, better for communities and better for the environment. Join us in nurturing the health of the next seven generations.​

We believe our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home–and for the community and environment outside of it. As a pioneer in corporate responsibility, we want our products to make a difference—from their development through to their production, purchase, use, and disposal.  We are always evaluating how to reduce their environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. We believe it is our responsibility to set a course for a more mindful way of doing business, where companies act as partners with other stakeholders to create a brighter future for the whole planet.

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When it matters most, you need experience, knowledge and insight on your side. At Sheehey Furlong & Behm, we have been resolving complex legal issues since 1926. Home to some of the region’s most sought after lawyers and representing some of Vermont’s and the region’s highest profile companies, we excel at providing quality representation with a cost effective approach, all tailored to your needs.

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Solidarity of Unbridled Labour is a collaborative team of designers, organizers, and cultivators of ideas with a passion for helping meaningful ideas grow in the world, by design. Solidarity of Unbridled Labour is a founding and active member of the Karma Bird House, a community of creative and capable people working together in a conserved 1860 warehouse on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. We’re all here to advance art and design, meaningful action and the business of building a better world through head stretching experiences, gallery shows and community events. We have also created, Iskra Print Collective, which is a non-profit printmaking studio-within-a-studio to give our designers an outlet for hands-on creating. More than just a print shop, Iskra involves our larger community in education, exploration, and expression.

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Our culture is intentional, and we value it deeply. We celebrate open and honest communication, hard work, creativity, cross-functional collaboration, high energy, good play, deep networking and acknowledging that we’ll each make mistakes and learn from them. We’re a local company made up of individuals who care about the people and places that surround us.​

We feel a huge responsibility to succeed – in order to honor our triple bottom line commitments to people (our co-owners/employees and their families, our customers and residents of the communities where we do business), planet (our proud roots and local stomping grounds in both Vermont and the Hudson Valley, and the broader globe, given climate change) and profit (providing capital to grow, revenue to empower and share among our employees and a reasonable return to our investors).

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In addition to crafting delicious, world-renowned beer, The Alchemist is committed to the environment, its employees and the community at large. As a certified B Corporation, The Alchemist is a recognized leader in waste reduction, responsible water use, and innovative technologies that minimize their environmental impact. The Alchemist is committed to their employees’ health & wellbeing, and this is demonstrated through their benefits program, which includes employer-paid health insurance, paid parental leave, child-care subsidies, a 10% 401k match and a wellness program that includes fitness, stretching and meditation classes. The Alchemist takes pride in being an inclusive workplace, employing Vermonters with intellectual and physical disabilities, and demonstrating a commitment to gender equity at all levels of the organization. Through the youth-focused Alchemist Foundation, they invest in long-term partnerships with many community organizations.

In 2020, The Alchemist released a plan to dismantle racism in their community by focusing on three areas of strategic interest –- working to ensure anti-racist education in public schools, strengthening their brand position within the multicultural marketplace, and establishing Vermont as a welcoming place for Black, Indigenous and people of color. “We are so proud to have been able to build this business in Vermont, and to use our voice to advocate for policies that help Vermont’s people and environment. Our employees, our customers and our neighbors all benefit from our triple bottom line commitments.” –- Jen Kimmich, co-founder and CEO of the Alchemist Brewery and board chair of the Alchemist Foundation. In 2018, VBSR awarded Jen Kimmich the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement

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The Richards Group has provided Insurance, Employee Benefits, and Retirement Plan solutions to clients throughout Vermont & New Hampshire since 1867.  The firm has over 150 employees in 13 locations and has earned recognition for contributions to our local communities and as one of the best places to work in the region. The Richards Group is committed to helping employers with their workplace safety, employee retention, and wellness.  We recognize that while we help employers manage the cost and complexity of their insurance and employee benefits, we use our expertise, technology, and resources for the betterment of their workforce. 

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Since 1968, TruexCullins has played a vital role in creating buildings that contribute lasting value to their inhabitants and communities. Our record and reputation testify to our excellence in designing structures — of all functions, sizes, and scale — that integrate harmoniously with their natural and built surroundings. We strive to create beautiful design solutions that are safe, flexible, comfortable, efficient and durable.​

Sustainable design is integral in all that we do at TruexCullins. As such, we work closely with our clients to significantly reduce energy consumption within new buildings, additions and renovated structures. Our approach is holistic. Energy consumption cannot be separated from sound building practice and the quality of the built indoor environment. We, therefore, advocate an approach to energy conservation that considers broad environmental design issues.

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Union Mutual owes its success largely to its stable, values-led approach to business that supports its workers and families, the Vermont community, and promotes environmental sustainability. Union Mutual believes that when a company invests in its employees and families, not only are quality jobs created but communities thrive. The company’s robust benefits package supports employee wellness, flexibility, and families, and Union Mutual prides itself on its culture of fun that promotes work-life balance. The result of this investment is a well-retained, easily recruited, healthy and happy workforce.

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United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT) unites our whole community to solve complex problems and harness the power of people to create a stronger region. We proudly serve Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties of Vermont. United Way convenes advocates, organizations and institutions to address the community's most pressing issues. The problems facing our region are complex; they are issues that no single organization or individual alone can solve – real change is possible when nonprofit, public and private sectors work together. United Way has the networks, partnerships and strategic initiatives to improve the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. For more information or to get involved, visit unitedwaynwvt.org.

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The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated academic health system that serves more than one million residents across Vermont and Northern New York. We are working to preserve access to care for our families, friends and communities while also innovating to change the way that care is delivered to focus on wellness as much as illness and to control costs.

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Ursa Major makes refreshingly different skincare essentials for that healthy mountain glow.

 

Our mission at Ursa Major is to help people look, feel and do their best by infusing their skincare - and their lives - with a healthy dose of the great outdoors, while raising the bar for what it means to be a responsible company.

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Vanguard Renewables was founded in 2014 by John Hanselman and Kevin Chase with three primary goals:

  • Produce renewable energy from organic waste to power homes, businesses, and communities

  • Sustain farms for future generations by reducing on-farm methane emissions and providing a diversified income stream and beneficial byproducts

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food waste by diverting tons of food waste from landfills in compliance with state organics to landfills bans

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Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.—VELCO—was formed in 1956 when Vermont’s local utilities joined together to establish the nation’s first statewide, “transmission only” company in order to create and maintain an interconnected electric transmission grid capable of sharing access to clean hydro power. VELCO currently manages a system that includes:

  • 738 miles of transmission lines

  • 13,000 acres of rights-of-way

  • 55 substations, switching stations and terminal facilities

  • Equipment that enables interconnected operations with Hydro-Québec

  • Fiber optic communication networks that monitor and control the electric system and serve as a key link for Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access

  • 52-mile 450 kV direct current line through the Northeast Kingdom owned by Vermont Electric Transmission Company (VETCO)

Headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, VELCO employees strive to give Vermont’s utilities and their customers a reliable high-voltage grid, a strong unified voice on regional energy issues, and continued access to safe, reliable, cost-effective electricity. VELCO collaboratively develops and advocates cost-effective reliability solutions, whether system infrastructure, energy efficiency or generation. 

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The Vermont Community Foundation empowers people to make a difference on the challenges they care about. It is a place where Vermonters come to step up and give on a daily basis. We invite you to share your charitable goals and explore what is possible with us; from expert philanthropic advising, world-class investments, and donor advised funds, to legacy giving and mission investments. Find and fund the causes you love—together, we can do more. Learn more at vermontcf.org. 

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VTDigger is a statewide news organization that publishes in-depth news reports on matters of public interest, and the only daily news organization in Vermont that publishes exclusively online. We reach 700,000 readers a month and post daily news stories about state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.  Our work has been recognized by the American Journalism Project as a national model for independent journalism.

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VermontBiz - your go-to resource for local business news! We're Vermont's only statewide business news publication and in 2022 we are celebrating 50 years of bringing you all the content you need to have your finger on the pulse of the state's business sector! We offer monthly print issues which are hosted digitally on our website as well, special annual issues, a free daily eNews, events, and much more! To learn more about our subscription options, advertising with us to connect to other Vermont business decision makers, or to catch up on today's news stories, visit us at vermontbiz.com

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VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity.

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Consciously crafted in Vermont’s green mountains, Vermont Creamery’s line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and culinary creams have won hundreds of national and international awards. In their 36th year of business, Vermont Creamery supports a network of family farms, promoting sustainable agriculture in the region. Their pledged obligation to positively affecting their employees and families is put into action by providing a strong starting wage and benefit package including production wages starting at $17/hr. The company is 100% cow-powered through Green Mountain Power. B Corp Certified in 2014, Vermont Creamery is part of a community of businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. 

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The Department of Economic Development (DED) works to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of Vermonters, while preserving our natural resources and community values. DED supports businesses to start, grow, and expand in Vermont and facilitates assistance in areas including employee training, international trade, financing, government contracting, and site location.

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VEIC is a sustainable energy company on a mission to generate the energy solutions the world needs. For over 30 years VEIC has been working with governments, utilities, foundations and businesses across North America to develop and deploy clean-energy services that provide immediate and lasting change. VEIC has expertise in energy efficiency, building decarbonization, transportation electrification, and breakthrough methods for a clean and flexible grid. We design innovative solutions that meet clients’ goals, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. VEIC is nationally recognized for originating programs that optimize energy use, reduce energy burdens for low-income customers, and advance emerging technologies. In addition to its full-service consulting business, VEIC administers three large-scale sustainable energy programs: Efficiency Vermont, Efficiency Smart, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). 

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The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s economic development finance lender. Created by the General Assembly in 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.49 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, agricultural enterprises and corporate citizens, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy.

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The small Vermont company Vermont Family Farms, founded in 2018, is an aggregator of pasture-raised and antibiotic-free meat grown on Vermont family farms. The company is committed to making local and sustainable beef available to all Vermonters. They are also working with Vermont hog farmers on a premium line of pork products that will include specialty smoked sausage and other offerings. Their innovative meat production model promotes humane treatment of animals, respect for the environment, and support of the local agricultural food economy. On top of that commitment, the company uses solar and local hydro power for its production facility to further reduce its carbon footprint. Vermont Family Farms strives to ensure that workers at all levels of the food chain are paid a livable wage by paying above the national average per pound of meat and by committing to purchase their animals up to a year in advance. Vermont Family Farms utilizes 40 years of experience in specialty foods to help keep Vermont’s landscape open and productive and support the local agricultural ecosystem.

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Vermont Federal Credit Union was founded in 1953 as the Burlington Postal Employees Credit Union. Just a short time later, the Credit Union was renamed to the U.S. Government Employees Credit Union of Chittenden County. Our connection to these roots remains strong as many government employees in Vermont are still loyal members of Vermont Federal.

In 1990, members voted to convert the Credit Union from a state charter to a federal charter, and we became Vermont Federal Credit Union in 1991. After a series of expansions and mergers, we became a community chartered credit union in 2001, which meant that membership was no longer limited to only government employees.

We now operate under a community charter, opening the possibility of membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in a Vermont county, as well as any of their family members. Those counties include: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor.

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VGS is northwest Vermont’s integrated energy services company. We offer customers clean, affordable, and reliable thermal energy service, award-winning energy efficiency programs, equipment service and maintenance, heat-pump water heating for customers both on and off the pipeline, and a first-in-the-nation renewable option for families and businesses. We serve more than 55,000 families and businesses in Franklin, Chittenden, and Addison Counties and are a strong partner in Vermont’s clean energy future. Every customer who converts their home to natural gas from oil reduces home heating carbon by 23 percent. Our award-winning efficiency programs further reduce energy use and emissions and save our customers $14 million per year – that’s real money that can be invested in jobs, education, health care, families, and communities. Our dedicated team of 130+ Vermonters is committed to our customers, our communities, our culture, and our climate.

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Since Villanti Printers opened our doors in 1959 we have been committed to doing business the right way: producing vibrant, high quality print and mail, sustainably. In addition to producing dynamic, impactful work for our clients, Villanti believes that ensuring the health of the planet and cultivating a high-quality team and workplace is simply the best way to do business.  ​

Villanti’s belief in working sustainably and reducing our footprint has led to constant workplace innovation and improvement in our environmental practices. We were the first FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified printer in Vermont and are the only one in the state who is Green-e-Certified. This means we are committed to responsible forestry practices, waste reduction, recycling and mitigating climate change. In 2019, we took another huge step by installing a 600+ panel solar array on our roof.​

Villanti’s valuing of the triple-bottom-line also shows in the high quality workplace of the company. We believe in paying a liveable wage and giving good benefits. We also cultivate an inviting environment where every door is open. As a family-owned business, the team is part of the family, and our workplace practices reflect these values. Each year Villanti designates print projects to local organizations that share our values, to help further their missions because we believe in the importance of supporting our local community.

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Vermont Public Radio (VPR) is Vermont’s only statewide public radio network. A listener-supported, nonprofit organization since 1977, VPR provides an essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration. It operates a 27-station radio network serving all of Vermont, parts of surrounding states and Quebec, Canada. Reaching more than 200,000 listeners each week, VPR and its two programming services—VPR News and VPR Classical—produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. A complete list of stations, programs and services can be found at VPR.org.

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The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) provides tailored business management coaching, entrepreneurial support, and training to position Vermont entrepreneurs for growth and long-term success. Our clients include Vermont-based, value-added food and agricultural, forest-related, renewable energy, waste management, and environmental/clean technology enterprises that are supplying products and services to a diverse marketplace. Express your values and see around corners while building a stronger company. Access new networks of professionals and capital. Navigate critical transition periods successfully with the help of our team of successful entrepreneurial coaches who have been in your shoes.

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Wake Robin’s mission is to create a sustainable dynamic community that honors both mutual support and independence and addresses the health and wellness of each resident.

We’re a non-profit Life Plan Community in Shelburne, VT, overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. As a Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community), we offer independent living and a full continuum of care – residential care, skilled nursing, and memory care are all available if you need them.

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Working Fields is a mission-driven staffing agency that connects local employers with dedicated workers. We match candidates with great-fit roles and support them throughout employment. This minimizes risk for employers and promotes direct hire conversions. Our unique model helps businesses hire and retain people with barriers to employment. We provide training, hands-on account management, peer recovery or life coaching, community-based interventions, and more. Since 2017, we've helped over 1,700 people build stable futures and successful careers with more than 70 employers.