Vermont Business Roundtable and its members were the primary sponsor of Young Writers Project in its first two years as a nonprofit. The Roundtable's grant allowed Young Writers Project to incorporate as an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit and focus its efforts full-time on the project. Marc vanderHeyden -- a former director of VBR and YWP -- put the Roundtable's support this way: “By supporting this project, the Roundtable’s vision is to create a literate generation of young people who will enter the world prepared to communicate ideas, defend their opinions, and effectively inform others about both the mundane and the divine. In this world of technological advancement and global communication, our need has never been greater. The Young Writers Project is a vital resource to Vermont’s students and their teachers.” The Roundtable was created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization; its membership is comprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont's most active and committed businesses and employers. In the last 20 years the Roundtable has dedicated itself to thoughtful, deliberative and well-documented analyses of significant public policy issues affecting all Vermonters, ranging from education, economic health, environmental quality, health care policy and technology. The bulk of the grant is funded by The Roundtable members who recognize that strong writing skills are vital to the success of individuals -- and businesses. Here is a list of the VBR member companies that have donated so far. Please support these organizations to show your appreciation for their backing of Young Writers Project. Castleton State College
Green Mountain Power
S.T. Griswold & Co.
Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate
Neagley & Chase Construction
St. Michael's College
Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc.
Smugglers' Notch Resort
American International Distribution Corp. (AIDC) Basin Harbor Club Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont On behalf of Central Vermont Medical Center Central Vermont Public Service Corporation Champlain College Chittenden Trust Company Chroma Technology Corp. Competitive Computing Cynosure, Inc. Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. DoubleTree Hotel Burlington Downs Rachin Martin PLLC DR Power Equipment Dwight Asset Management Company, Inc. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Foster Real Estate Development & Edlund Company Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP Gardener's Suppy Company Hackett Valine & MacDonald, Inc. Hickok & Boardman, Inc. Husky Injection Molding Systems, Tim personally International Paper Jay Peak Resort KeyBank National Association King Arthur Flour Company, Inc. Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP National Life Group New England Culinary Institute NRG Systems, Inc. Okemo Mountain Resort Paul Frank + Collins P.C. Paul Kaza Associates Peoples Trust Company Pomerleau Real Estate On behalf of Porter Medical Center, Inc. Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, P.C. Retreat Healthcare Unicel TD Banknorth Vermont The Lane Press, Inc. Topnotch Resort and Spa Truex Cullins & Partners Architects UBS Union Mutual of Vermont Companies Verizon Verizon Wireless VBT Bicycling Vacations Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. Vermont Mutual Insurance Company Vermont State Colleges Weidmann Electrical Technology Fred Bertrand, Member Emeritus Dick Chapman, Member Emeritus Ray Keyser, Member Emeritus John Kimbell, Member Emeritus Dick Mallary, Member Emeritus Tom Salmon, Member Emeritus Tim Volk