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15th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony & Dinner

  • 09/21/2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Old Labor Hall National Historic Landmark, 46 Granite St, Barre, VT 05641

VBSR is pleased to honor Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, at the 15th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner, one of our largest and most festive events of the year. In a nod to Paul’s dedication to employee ownership and community, this year’s celebration will be held at Barre’s Old Labor Hall, a National Historical Landmark with a rich history of supporting workers’ rights and community-supported businesses. Don’t miss this unique gathering of entrepreneurial, mission-driven business professionals!

Cost: $65 Members; $85 Non-Members
To Register: Please Register Here 
For More Info: Contact russe@vbsr.org

2016 Recipient: Paul Millman, Co-Founder, Chroma Technology

Paul MIllman is CEO and president of Chroma Technology Corp., an employee-owned manufacturing company in Bellows Falls, Vermont. He attended Antioch College and is a graduate of the New School and Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a director of the Vermont Business Roundtable and Valley Net. He is a member of the Steering Committee of ReThink Health in the Upper Valley and president of the Westminster Fire and Rescue Association. He is a former director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and former chair of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. Prior to moving to Vermont he worked as a bartender in New York City. He hopes to return to that profession when his days as a business big shot are over.

About the Terry Ehrich Award

In 2002, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility began honoring Vermont's outstanding practitioners of social responsibility in business in fond memory of late VBSR board member, Terry Ehrich. Terry was genuinely concerned about the well-being of his employees, generous with his time as a friend and concerned citizen, and successful with his business, Hemmings Motor News. He also started the First Day Foundation to encourage greater parental involvement in public education.The Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry Ehrich’s sustained commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community. To learn more about Terry Ehrich, past recipients of the Terry Ehrich Award and nomination for future recipients, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


6:00-7:00 PM  Networking, Hors D'oeuvres & Cash Bar
7:00-8:00 PM  Dinner & Award Ceremony
8:00-8:30 PM  Networking & Dessert


We encourage carpooling! Those who need parking will find metered parking spaces all along Enterprise Alley and Metro Way. There's also lot by Capstone Community Action, street parking all along Granite Street, and a lot across the street from the Old Labor Hall. We'll have signs directing you!

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Cocktail Reception: Don't forget cash for the cocktail reception!

Cards: We love to see members doing business together... please bring your business cards!

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor



CHROMA TECHNOLOGY CORP is a 100% employee-owned, certified B-Corp which manufactures optical filters and small optical instruments to separate white light into the colors of the spectrum.  Chroma provides light filtering solutions for the scientific research, clinical medical and automated vision industries.

Chroma was founded in Vermont in 1991 and is a recognized leader in our field. We are committed to our employee-owners, our local and regional communities and the scientific community and the environment that supports all of them. Our position in business has allowed us to help bring progressive political change to our state and the countries in which we are represented. 

Luminary Sponsors


At DUNKIEL SAUNDERS we’re focused on making a difference with our practice.  We work with clients—including businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, government entities, and individuals—who share our commitment to making a difference in their communities and the broader world.  We take our inspiration from our clients’ good work and help them excel in their business or mission by resolving their legal issues with creativity and integrity.  How can we help you? 

TRUEXCULLINS ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN provides creativity and experience in five distinct design studios: workplace, home, resort, education and interiors. TruexCullins combines the expertise of highly skilled architects, designers, interior designers and technical staff to identify and successfully meet the design challenges inherent in any project, whether local, national or international. WWW.TRUEXCULLINS.COM  | 802.658.2775


Benefit Corporation/B Corp Sponsor

MERRITT & MERRITT is a B Corporation law firm based in Burlington, Vermont representing emerging growth companies with a focus on financing and intellectual property. The firm also represents angel, family office, venture capital and private equity investors and is an active participant in the New England venture ecosystem. They are working to increase the numbers of B Corps and Benefit Corporations in Vermont and recently formed the Benefit Company Bar Association, a group of lawyers around the country advocating for benefit corporation.


Supporting Sponsors 


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