2018 Summit Sponsors

KEY SPONSORS:

The GREEN MOUNTAIN CREAMERY brand, made in Brattleboro VT, adheres to a very basic philosophy: a healthy, responsibly made yogurt that tastes great, and is affordable! This is done by keeping it simple. The brand is made with only the things that make yogurt taste so good: Pure rBST-free milk, real fruit and berries (and in the case of maple- real maple syrup), and lots of live and active cultures. A portion of the profits from the sale of the product are returned directly to the farmers who supply the milk used to make it.


Quality and Integrity. Breakthru Beverage Group is transforming the identity and execution standards of beverage distribution, earning distinction by embracing innovation and aggressively driving top-line growth. Quality and integrity are company hallmarks while its financial stability is unrivaled.


PRESENTING SPONSOR

 

Founded in 2007, WhistlePig is the premier aged rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of rye. WhistlePig is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated rye whiskey — having received a record 96 points from Wine Enthusiast — WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world’s finest rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 1,300-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has become one of the leading rye whiskeys in the world.


SILVER SPONSORS

MeadowsBeeFarmMEADOWS BEE FARM: Meadows Bee Farm is a small-scale farm and educational facility that employs biodynamic and permaculture practices for its livestock and gardens.

 

 


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PARTNERS

PrintWORLD LEARNING is a nonprofit organization working in more than 60 countries to advance leadership through education, exchange, and development programs. Our high school and undergraduate programs, The Experiment in International Living and SIT Study Abroad, provide students with immersive, life-transforming experiences in other cultures. SIT Graduate Institute offers master’s degrees and certificate programs in intercultural and international fields. SIT alumni are working worldwide to build healthy, sustainable communities, including here in southern Vermont.



SLOW MONEY‘S vision is to inspire new ways of thinking about what it means to be an investor in the 21st century, promoting principles of soil fertility, sense of place, cultural, ecological & economic diversity, and nurture capital. Slow Money is connecting investors to small food enterprises, catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems and stimulating a national conversation about finance, culture and the soil.


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BRONZE SPONSORS

TRUST COMPANY OF VERMONT is employee-owned and Vermont-based in perpetuity. We offer both clients and staff a stable environment where relationships can endure for generations. Our 24 professionals practice the crafts of trust administration and investment management with the knowledge and skill to promote individual client objectives with flexibility and focus. Several of the founders of The Trust Company of Vermont were responsible for the creation of one of the first socially responsible Common Trust Funds in the country.

 


Ben and Jerry logo 248BEN & JERRY’S started in 1978 as a community scoop shop in Burlington, VT.  It now produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including dairy from Vermont family farmers who are members of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH.  Ben & Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchised Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, is a Vermont corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, and a certified B Corp, operating its business on a Mission Statement emphasizing a sustainable concept of linked prosperity for stakeholders throughout its three mission pillars of product quality, economic reward and progressive social change. Contributions in 2013 made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation totaled about $2-million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. For more, please visit www.benjerry.com.

 


CY_LOGO_HORIZONTAL_RGBAt CLEAN YIELD, we help our clients meet their long-term financial goals while making a positive difference in the world. For more than three decades, we have built custom portfolios for our clients that actively channel investment dollars toward a more just and environmentally sustainable economy. Clean Yield has facilitated impact investments worth over $15 million, invested on behalf of more than 50 clients in over 30 impact investment offerings. We co-founded Slow Money Vermont, actively participate in the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and are incorporated as a Vermont Benefit Corporation. Clean Yield has approximately $285 million under management.

 


FARM CREDIT NORTHEAST AgENHANCEMENT is an ongoing educational campaign that supports programs, projects, events, and other activities that promote and strengthen agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing industries in the region. This joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank promotes northeast agriculture, supports young and beginning farmer initiatives and encourages agricultural youth programs. Since its inception in 1996, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement has awarded more than $1.9 million through 711 grants


The LINTILHAC FOUNDATION’S central purpose is to support organizations that are making sustainable, positive change for Vermont’s environment and its people and providing Vermonters the information and resources they need to control their environmental destinies and strong traditions of democratic engagement.  Our core giving areas are: Water Quality, with a special focus on advocacy and science; Energy, including nuclear-free awareness and promotion of renewable energy; Conservation, especially recreational access to lands and integrative land use planning.


TrilliumLogoTRILLIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT is the oldest investment advisor exclusively focused on sustainable and responsible investing (SRI). We believe examining environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors as an integrated part of the investment process can lower portfolio risk and help identify the best managed companies. With over $2.5 billion in assets under management, we have been managing equity and fixed income investments for high net worth individuals, foundations, endowments, religious institutions, and other non-profits since 1982. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, our goal is to deliver both impact and performance to our investors.


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PATRONS


THE FRANKLIN COUFranklin County CDCNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
 (FCCDC) is the place to go for business counseling, capital and connections in Western MA. The FCCDC’s Western MA Food Processing Center provides solutions for farms and food entrepreneurs throughout New England. Our team will work with you to bring value added, season extended, and specialty food products to market. Fully certified commercial kitchen available for you to get started right. Are you seeking opportunities to grow a food business? Learn more at www.fccdc.org

 



MinutemanPress
At MINUTEMAN PRESS – BRATTLEBORO, just as we believe it’s important for us to know who you are and how you approach your business, we also believe it’s important for you to know who we are and how we approach ours. Here you’ll learn about the people, culture and capabilities that make our company unique. If you want to know where we’re located, our hours of operation or simply what makes us tick, just follow the provided links for more information. Once you take the time to find out what we’re all about, we’re confident you’ll like what you see.

 


NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS has been publishing books to build a new society for over 30 years. We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change.

 


Since 1987, VCLF has loaned over $95 million to local businesses, affordable housing developers and community-based organizations that has created or preserved 5,600 jobs; built or rehabilitated 4,000 affordable homes; created or preserved quality care for over 3,850 children and their families; and supported community organizations providing vital services to hundreds of thousands of Vermonters.


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SUSTAINING SPONSORS

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge to be held November 9-11, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine. The mission of the Challenge is to encourage idea stage entrepreneurs to create new, sustainable, enterprises that improve the production, distribution, aggregation and processing of locally raised food and seafood. During the weekend teams have access to 20 advisors to help teams fine tune and validate their ideas. On Sunday teams make their pitches to a panel of Judges. Advisors and Judges have significant experience in food and agriculture, startup enterprises, finance, law and business development.
Winners of the Challenge receive cash awards and professional services including legal, marketing and business development, to help them develop and launch their enterprise. Registration and more information at: www.NEInnovationChallenge.org And a 3 minute video at: https://vimeo.com/252044306

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Antioch University New England ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND in Keene, NH provides transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. We offer an MBA in Sustainability in accelerated, weekend, and fully online formats, a 16 month MS in Resource Management and Conservation program for working professionals, and other practice oriented master’s and doctoral programs in Environmental Studies, Education and Psychology.

 


BDCC’s INSTIG8 and the Southern Vermont Microentrepreneur Loan Program helps emerging businesses that cannot obtain traditional financing, access the capital needed to start and grow.


Chelsea Green Publishing
Founded in 1984, CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING is regarded as the preeminent independent publisher of books on the practice and politics of sustainability. Recent publications include Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson; Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman; The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins; and The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery.

 


Community Capital of VTCOMMUNITY CAPITAL OF VERMONT is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. Our loans range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be used for business start-up or growth and expansion. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans. Community Capital is the “go-to” lender for entrepreneurs who require business start-up and expansion financing but are unable to secure bank financing. We serve as a stepping stone for entrepreneurs, helping them build the sales, experience, and credit to become sustainable, successful, and bankable businesses in the future. Website: http://www.communitycapitalvt.org/

 


Cooperative Fund of New England THE COOPERATIVE FUND OF NEW ENGLAND (CFNE) was founded in 1975 by co-op activists and social investors to provide financial and technical assistance to food cooperatives. Since then, the organization has expanded its focus, offering development loans and technical assistance to a wide range of co-ops and nonprofit groups that share CFNE’s vision of equality, justice, and social responsibility. CFNE is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York).

 


Duo RestaurantDUO RESTAURANT — duo Restaurant has captured the true essence of the Main St. restaurant – simple food, a low-key but polished ambience and a hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts and the partnership with local farmers and food artisans is real. After being in Brattleboro for less than 2 years they have over 50 partnerships they have developed. Visit them for craft cocktails, dinner everyday or brunch on Saturdays & Sundays.

 


FARM TO PLATE is Vermont’s statewide food system plan legislatively directed to increase economic development and jobs in Vermont’s farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The ten year Farm to Plate Strategic Plan to strengthen the working landscape, build the resilience of farms and food enterprises, improve environmental quality, and increase healthy, local food access for all Vermonters is being implemented by the Farm to Plate Network—over 350 farm and food sector businesses, non-profits, institutions, and government agencies from across the state. Farm to Plate is coordinated by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a non-profit organization based in Montpelier, Vermont. Learn more at www.VTFarmtoPlate.com.


Food Connects delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. A leader in the growing Farm to School movement in Vermont, Food Connects’ Farm to School program supports educators, food service directors, farmers and community members in cultivating healthy farm and food connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities across Southern Vermont. Food Connects also works to open new markets to area farmers and delivers local food to wholesale buyers through its Food Hub which operates in Southern Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information visit www.foodconnects.org


Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns is a woman-owned fiber studio in Brattleboro, VT, dyeing inventive, inspired colorways on yarn and fiber for knitting and spinning. We ship wholesale across the country and beyond, with a dozen-strong team of awesome, creative people who love what they do.


FRESHTRACKS CAPITAL, founded in 2000 is a Vermont-focused investment fund that uses venture capital to create positive economic and community impacts. FreshTracks’ expertise, networks, resources and capital support innovative businesses through multiple rounds of financing and stages of growth. Across its four funds, FreshTracks has invested in 30 Vermont-based companies. Portfolio company information can be found at: FreshTracks Portfolio. FreshTracks hosts a number of events for entrepreneurs and investors, including Peak Pitch and Road Pitch and the firm’s managing partners are involved in mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs in pitch competitions such as LaunchVT.

 


Nestled along the Green River in Guilford, Good Body Products crafts therapeutic body care products using 100% organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We are passionate about the healing power of plants and take pride in crafting effective products using their inherent beneficial qualities. So many body care products available today are filled with chemicals and irritants—this is why we only use plants and ingredients directly from nature. Every drop that goes in our jars is certified organic. Our products address many common wear-and- tear ailments and issues of the skin and body including inflammation, skin irritations, and more. Our products let nature come to the rescue and our customers are talking. Good Body Products continues to steadily grow as a national favorite with a reputation for effective, natural, body and skin care remedies.

 


GRASSROOTS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT is an impact investment manager based in the US. Grassroots and its India-based partner, Caspian Advisors, co-manage four microfinance funds. Grassroots activities are motivated by a belief that those blessed with abundant human and financial resources have an obligation to pursue economic justice and community empowerment both at home and globally. We seek out and collaborate actively with others with shared values.


INVEST WITH VALUES is a free educational resource that has become the trusted site for investors who are interested in aligning their money and values. Known as “The Investor’s Gateway to Positive Change”, Invest with Values hosts the essential Directory of leading organizations and investor resources across the connected topics of Local Banking, Community Investing, Sustainable & Responsible Investing and Impact Investing. The News Center brings investors a curated selection of articles from leading news sources and thought leaders. It provides easy and central access to valuable investment information regarding opportunities, progress, trends and perspectives.

 


REBECCA M. JONES, MD, DERMATOLOGY  Our goal is to provide for our patients and their families: quality care and compassion, respect and consideration. We wish to be a positive influence in the healthcare field, and to deliver good medicine.

 


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. Ken Merritt, Managing Director of Merritt & Merritt, is a Founding Member of the Slow Money Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Investors’ Circle (Incubator of Slow Money).

 


Milk Money_GreenMILK MONEY L3C is Vermont’s first third-party equity crowdfunding portal. The company’s website, www.MilkMoneyVT.com, was launched in July 2015 with a mission to put the means for creating new businesses, a strong local economy and personal wealth within the reach of all Vermonters. Based in Charlotte, Vermont, it was founded by two seasoned entrepreneurs who identified a hole in the early stage capital market and created a solution that takes advantage of the Vermont Small Business Offering regulatory updates of July 2014. 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.

 


The Moulton Law Group is a boutique law firm that believes in providing high-value legal services, with an emphasis on fostering close, service-oriented client relationships to deliver innovative legal solutions, coupled with proven business insight. Our firm focuses on advising business clients and entrepreneurs on a wide range of business legal needs, including financing transactions, private offerings, venture capital, angel investment, slow money/social investing, crowdfunding, business acquisitions, employment matters, equity compensation, intellectual property and general contract and business matters. The Moulton Law Group often acts as a “general counsel” for businesses that are too small to justify the cost and expense of hiring a dedicated in-house counsel. Our Founder, Eli Moulton, has been prominent in the “Slow Money” and “invest local” movements, being referred to as the “go-to guy” for creative financing in Amy Cortese’s book “Localvesting.” Working with regulators at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, Eli has been instrumental in helping to update securities laws and regulations to facilitate raising capital, and was directly involved in recent advancements to the Vermont Small Business Offering exemption (VSBO) and SUN Exemption. Eli also served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including The Sarah Holbrook Center, the Intervale Center and The Initiative For Local Capital, Inc.


The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has roots in the theories of E.F. Schumacher: appropriately-scaled technology to reduce poverty, build community and preserve natural resources. Since the farm crisis of the 1980s, they have been the home to ATTRA: the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Through ATTRA, specialists around the nation provide farmers with high-end, technical assistance in their organic, sustainable and regenerative operations. Farmers can get help in everything from pest management and crop selection to farm business planning and marketing through roughly 500 publications, videos, tutorials and webinars (the vast majority free of charge) and a 1-800 call-in service. Last year, NCAT moved an office to Keene, NH to play a stronger role in the community food systems developing in the northeast US.


THE NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise. To find a food co-op near you, please visit www.nfca.coop.

 


New Ground Creative is changing the way the world understands marketing. Through a focus on process and relationships, NGC offers an innovative approach to marketing informed by our expertise in design, messaging and strategy. We make the complex simple and the simple beautiful. With our clients as our partners, we aim to transform the dirty little word that is “marketing” into a heart driven process with a lasting impact. You in? For more, Let’s chat 802.257.5827 or visit​ ​newgroundcreative.com.


REAL PICKLES is a small, worker-owned cooperative based in western Massachusetts producing pickled products that are raw, vinegar-free, and 100% organic. Our products are made using the traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world. In support of a regional food system, we buy all of our vegetables from family farms in the Northeast and sell our products only within the Northeast. For more information please, visit www.realpickles.com.

 


Slow Living®   —  Soul of the New Artisan Economy — is your source for discovering the news, people and companies defining the local, slow, artisan movement of today. Founded in 2010 by Jason Drebitko, the company’s goal is to be the world’s leading brand community, media outlet, e-commerce and business directory showcasing and supporting authentic products, companies and experiences that emphasize quality over quantity, along with environmental and social responsibility. Drebitko coined the term Slow Living® as a consumer behavior philosophy that translates across product categories into purchasing decisions based on a common set of product characteristics. These include: the highest quality construction and materials; traditional processes involving high levels of skill and substantial hand work; low volume and often individual production; inherent beauty; vernacular reverence; attention to design and detail; and heritage or brand story. slowlivingtoday.com

 


STERLING COLLEGE, located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ecology, Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture. Students can also choose to design their own major; examples of self-designed majors include Agroecology, Environmental Justice, Conservation Education, and International Agriculture and Business. Sterling was among the very first colleges in the United States to link the liberal arts to environmental stewardship, and is the only Work College in the Northeast. Additionally, the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College offers short courses for adults that focus on artisan food and farming.


Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind (SBFK, Inc.) has two dynamic brands that are defining the savory maple space in Vermont – Smoked Maple Syrup and Vermont Maple Sriracha. Located in Rutland with deep roots in Londonderry, VT, our company’s philosophy about all our savory maple products is delivering irresistible flavor with uncompromising ingredients without any additives, preservatives or thickeners.

 


True North Granola was founded by two lifelong educators in Brattleboro, VT. The business has grown to be a recognizable premium granola business which provides products that address a variety of nutritional, dietary and medical needs. We sell retail and wholesale to individuals, other businesses, schools, hospitals, food CoOps, and at Farmers’ Markets, trade shows, and online. We want our customers to be happy when they find our products and to believe as so many have stated, “This is the best granola I have ever had.” Find us at www.truenorthgranola.com and on Amazon.


WESTON PRICE LOGOTHE WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION is a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to continuing Dr. Weston A. Price’s research of traditional foods and to returning nutrient-dense foods. We foster these goals through a worldwide network of local chapters, a quarterly journal, educational brochures, a yearly shopping guide, an annual conference, and activism on the state and federal levels.

 


THE WHETSTONE STATION is an independently owned restaurant and brewery featuring inspired brewpub fare and homemade, local and international craft brews. Started in the summer of 2012, the Whetstone has both indoor and outdoor seating, highlighted by a rooftop Bier Garten and stone-fireplaced dining room and bar. They are open seven days a week from 11:30 until late and host a number of events including Trivia Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays live music and Community Pint Nights.

 


VTFOODBANKVERMONT FOODBANK is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In FY2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters.  The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org.

 


TheWorks250THE WORKS BAKERY CAFE  — community cafes featuring delicious sandwiches made with hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats and local cage-free eggs, served on artisan breads and traditional N.Y. style bagels.

 

 

 

 



YANKEE FARM CREDIT is a farmers credit cooperative. It is part of the national Farm Credit System created by Congress in 1916. Yankee Farm Credit provides $450 million in loans to 1,300 customers throughout Vermont and neighboring counties in New York and New Hampshire. The association also provides financial services including recordkeeping, tax preparation, and crop insurance. Yankee Farm Credit serves all types of agriculture including the forest products industry. The cooperative is owned by its member-customers and governed by farmer-directors. A portion of profits is returned to members as patronage refunds. For more information please see www.yankeeaca.com.

 


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LODGING PARTNERS

  • Colonial Motel, Brattleboro — (802) 257-7733
  • Hampton Inn, Brattleboro — (802) 254-5700
  • Latchis Hotel, Brattleboro — (802) 254-6300
  • Dalem’s Chalet, Brattleboro — (802) 254-4323

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FOOD SPONSORS

We appreciate the healthy foods donated by these in-kind sponsors

Against the Grain, Alter Eco, Cabot Creamery, Clif Bar, Commonwealth Dairy, Cosmos Creations, Drink Maple, Drew’s All Natural, Dunkin’ Donuts, duo Restaurant, Fat Toad, Grafton Village Cheese, Green Mountain Coffee, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Teddie Peanut Butter, Vermont Country Deli, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Kale Chips, Vermont Natural Water

Additional in-kind assistance from:

Jouve North America
    


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MEDIA PARTNERS


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