Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC
Before the term triple-bottom line was even coined, the founders of Downs Rachlin Martin recognized the importance of actively giving back to the community, being a good corporate citizen, and taking care of their employees. The firm’s continued commitment to social responsibility is exemplified by the following:
To celebrate their 50th anniversary and institutionalize charitable giving, the firm created the Community Fund, a program designed to support local communities and encourage volunteerism. Over the past 16 years, the firm has supported a broad spectrum of Vermont non-profits, making awards to approximately 15 charities each year through the program. Attorneys and staff are encouraged to do volunteer work and, on average, DRM attorneys collectively provide more than 500 hours of free legal services annually to those in need. In addition, attorneys and staff serve as directors on a multitude of non-profit boards.
DRM is always working to reduce their environmental footprint. DRM supports the Vermont Environmental Consortium, upholds the Vermont Green Business standards, continually improves the use of technology, which helps reduce paper consumption, and makes facility improvements to reduce the consumption of energy.
DRM provides its employees with comprehensive compensation packages that include competitive salaries, flexible scheduling, generous 401K employer contributions and a profit sharing plan.
MVZ Holdings, LLC
MVZ Holdings is made up of three partners that share a passion for their community. They do their small part through investing in real estate and small businesses in the region. Within their portfolio they own commercial properties, have started a successful co-working space in St. Johnsbury, and are part owners in the Kingdom Taproom. MVZ strives to be hands-on, passionate, and deliberate in their actions and work.
Housing Vermont and Vermont Rural Ventures
HOUSING VERMONT, a nonprofit development company founded in 1988, creates permanently affordable housing and invests in community development. Vermont Rural Ventures, a wholly owned community development subsidiary of Housing Vermont, helps Vermont businesses and nonprofits grow or expand with patient, equity-like funds using New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments. Both organizations invest in the economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of Vermont communities. For more information, visit VERMONTRURALVENTURES.COM and HVT.ORG.
JOYRYDE is a mobile phone application that aims to prevent the growing epidemic of distracted driving related crashes across the country, ruining hundreds of lives a year. JoyRyde rewards users for driving distraction free and not interacting with their phones while driving. Users earn points for distraction-free driving miles (no texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, emailing, etc.) and can cash these points in for free meals, retail discounts, insurance discounts, and other coupons. Companies can now join the fight and use JoyRyde's software to incentivize their employees as part of their benefits program. If you have questions please email CONTACT@JOYRYDE.CO for more info.
Let's Grow Kids
LETS GROW KIDS is a statewide public awareness campaign that seeks to raise the general public’s understanding about the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont’s
children. Funded by a collaboration of private foundations, Let’s Grow Kids is working in partnership with Vermont organizations, businesses, and individuals to build support for positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life. For more information and to join our movement, visit LETSGROWKIDS.ORG
MILK MONEY L3C was launched in July 2015 with a vision to connect “Main St.” as well as accredited Vermont investors with Vermont entrepreneurs to fill a gap in the early stage capital market. It is Vermont’s first registered third-party portal for administering investment campaigns using the Vermont Small Business Offering (VSBO) exemption. Based in Charlotte, VT, it was founded by two seasoned entrepreneurs whose mission is to put the means for creating new businesses, a strong local economy and personal wealth within the reach of all Vermonters.
Milk Money is powered by VSECU through its wholly owned, independently operated, subsidiary, Vermont Heritage Financial Group, Inc. Investments made through Milk Money are not federally insured by NCUA, involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the credit union.
OneDigital Health and Benefits
ONEDIGITAL HEALTH AND BENEFITS of Burlington is the only employee benefits- exclusive agency in Vermont. Our female-lead team of life-long New Englanders believes “one size does not fit all”. This is why we take a progressive approach to cutting-edge benefits because we know it is crucial for you, local businesses, to be dynamic in order to truly take care of your employees. Combining a strategic vision fit to your business goals and employee-education initiatives, together we will partner with you to craft a plan that is tuned to your unique workplace culture. We joined VBSR this year and are greatly looking forward to working with other socially responsible businesses from across the state to better the lives of those in our community.
Progressive Asset Management Vermont
For over twenty years, PROGRESSIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT Boston has helped concerned progressive clients support renewable energy, fair labor practices, family-friendly work environments, diversity, and human rights, all while working towards their long term financial goals. Through Fossil Fuel Divestment, support for Community Development, and Socially and Environmentally screened investments, we bridge long term competitive financial performance with sustainability, decreased fossil fuel reliance and client-centered services. Your values and concerns are integral throughout our process of eliminating investments that do not reflect your principles and incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process.
The Foundry Workshop
THE FOUNDRY WORKSHOP provides a community space where tools, equipment, expertise and technology are available to our members. We are hosted by Lyndon Institute in their True Building at 79 King Drive in Lyndon Center. The space currently includes an electronics laboratory, woodworking equipment, metalworking machine shop equipment, and a welding shop. There are work areas where projects can be worked on individually or with the collaboration of others. Our organization brings people of all ages together to learn, create and build. We have a broad focus that exists to support invention, design and development. We build on the strengths of local talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundry Workshop is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 5PM to 9PM and Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM.
Vermont Employee Ownership Center
The VERMONT EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP CENTER is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.
We provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.
Education is the most powerful force in creating a vibrant economy and community. Your business runs better when you have highly skilled employees who are productive, committed and engaged at work and in your community.
VSAC’S NEW CAREER & EDUCATION WELLNESS offering is an invaluable benefit you can offer to your staff that helps them directly with their education goals while giving them peace of mind and knowledge to plan and navigate their families’ education wellness.
This is a rare opportunity for your organization to provide your employees with a direct benefit that reduces their stress and provides value to them, and you, by improving their own skills and knowledge while investing in their families, your next generation of workers.