In September 2010, The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) teamed with Local First Vermont to publish a coupon book for the Chittenden, Addison and Washington counties area. The book offers approximately $2,300 in coupon savings, and a business directory of locally owned, independent businesses.‘Most Vermonters know the importance of buying local. This book just helps them to do that,’ said of VBSR. Both consumers and business owners alike reacted so positively to the book that VBSR is in planning for the second edition.Local First Vermont is a group of business owners and citizens who believe in the importance of supporting locally owned independent businesses and has been a leading voice in Vermont’s ‘Buy Local’ movement. They joined forces with VBSR in 2009.‘When we buy locally we are not just benefiting the business, but the community at large,’ said Pfeiffer-Norrell. ‘Local business owners are our neighbors. The Buy Local Coupon Book supports our local economy, and during these economic times I think it’s more important than ever that we support each other.’The 2010 coupon books are still available at the price of $10 and can be purchased at a variety of stores in the three counties; a list of the stores selling the book is available at www.LocalCouponsVT.com(link is external). Coupons are valid until September 2011.For more information, contact at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or Owen Milne at [email protected](link sends e-mail), or by calling (802) 862-8347.The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines ‘ economic, social and environmental. It strives to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state’s residents, while still remaining profitable.Founded in 1990 by a group of business people who believed businesses have as much responsibility to workers, communities and the environment as they do to being financially successful, VBSR is the oldest and largest regional association of values-led businesses in the country. It has over 1,200 members, which collectively employs 13% of the state.