VBSR launches Local First Vermont Mobile App

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VBSR launches Local First Vermont Mobile App

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 4:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) today launched the Local First Vermont Mobile App today. Free to download onto mobile devices through the App Store and Google Play, the app will serve as a mobile version of the well-known The Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book which is published annually by the group.

“We’ve been publishing the Buy Local Book for 7 years now,” said Wendy Wilson, manager of Local First Vermont. “People love using the book to support local businesses and save money, but at 250 pages, it’s not exactly convenient to carry around. This app gives people access the book’s 230+ coupons on their phone. We are thrilled finally give Vermonters an even more convenient way support local business owners and bolster Vermont’s economy.”

“When you look at the changing world, an app for this book makes so much sense,” noted VBSR’s executive director Jane Campbell. “But on top of that, we as an organization also recognize the need to lead by example when it comes to the environment. Even though our book is created using bio-gas, recycled paper, and responsible dyes, if there is a way to print fewer books while still giving businesses and citizens value, we need to try to move that direction. Having an app for the book and these coupons makes both business and environmental sense.”

VBSR soft-launched the Local First Vermont mobile app in September 2016 via the App Store and Google Play. Since then, about 120 Vermonters have downloaded the free app and nearly 100 have paid the $20 fee to activate the coupons 230

 coupons valued at more than $3,000. All coupons are good through September 1, 2017. Wilson says she hopes the app will help people to “never forget their Buy Local Coupons again.” To learn more or download the app, visit www.localfirstvermont.org.

Source: VBSR. 11.14.2016. A program of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Local First Vermont seeks to preserve and enhance the economic, human, and natural vitality of Vermont communities by promoting the importance of purchasing from locally-owned independent businesses. VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance business ethics that value people, planet, and profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 750+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org.