Bill Truex – A Tribute

Bill Truex passed away recently, leaving behind an amazing legacy. His mark on Burlington, VT will forever be intertwined with our history. Bill had a vision for Burlington, but lots of folks have a vision. What Bill did was work for two decades to realize that vision: the Church Street Marketplace. It took three votes from the citizens of Burlington to win approval of the plan to pedestrianize Church Street. The work began in 1980 and wasn’t complete until 2005.


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As a part of his work to create the Marketplace, Bill was part of a group of local leaders who created the Downtown Burlington Development Association (DBDA). The organization’s mission was closely tied to Bill’s work on the Marketplace. He was a founder and founding board member of the DBDA which would later rebrand as the Burlington Business Association (BBA) in the 2000s. The BBA honored Bill with its prestigious Nate Harris Award in 1991.

Those are amongst Bill’s most noteworthy accomplishments, but for those of us who knew him, it was Bill as a mentor and friend that we will miss the most. As the leader of the BBA, I turned to Bill on many occasions for advice, information, support, or help. Bill never said no. And he stayed engaged in Burlington; always willing to work to help improve the city and Lake Champlain; two things he loved.

We can honor Bill’s legacy by taking care of the place he loved.

Bill had spent the past three years planning for the International Classic and Antique Boat Show to come to Burlington, VT. It happens this September 5th to 10th. I’ll be there, I hope you will too.

International Classic and Antique Boat Show – 9/5 to 9/10 

VBM Announces 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2022

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2022. The annual survey and awards program recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Vermont by focusing on workplace policies, practices, demographics, and employee experience. 

Unsurprisingly, many BBA members were recognized. Check out who made the list! 


Comcast Business

Stone Environmental

DEW Construction

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Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLPHickock & Boardman Insurance Group

Mascoma Bank


Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

Spectrum Youth and Family


Champlain Housing Trust


Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

United Way of Northwest Vermont

Congratulations to all BBA members recognized! The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in April. 

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the BBA!


Registration is now closed and registration at the door is NOT available for this event. 

Due to the rain forecast, we’re moving this event indoors to Halvorson’s on Church ST for a smaller, scaled back setting. Registered attendees should have received an email with further details.

We understand this may be a disappointment to those of you who were specifically looking for an outdoor event. If you would like a refund please let us know. We hope to revisit the possibility of a fire-side outdoor event in the new year.

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BBA Offers De-escalation Training for Downtown Employees

As a part of our downtown safety initiatives, the BBA is providing two De-escalation Training opportunities for downtown employees. We are partnering with The Howard Center’s team of expert clinicians to discuss ideas and strategies around de-escalation and engaging with individuals exhibiting disruptive behavior.

These training sessions will provide

  • A presentation by expert clinicians on how to identify and engage with someone who is being disruptive, harassing, or exhibiting symptoms of mental illness
  • Opportunity to learn about resources available to both employees and those in crisis
  • Breakout session to share and discuss strategies, experiences, and best practices
  • A constructive space to flush out ideas with other downtown staff

Training sessions are open to all BBA members and their employees, as well as any downtown retail, restaurant, and hospitality staff. There is no cost to attend, simply register via the links below as space is limited.

This is an opportunity for folks to specifically learn more about strategies around de-escalation. We know many downtown businesses are experiencing a number of issues related to downtown safety and security. If you have questions or concerns about any other safety issues such as loss prevention, BPD response, or our Safety Ambassador Program, please reach out to the BBA team. We’re here to help.

Morning Session #1

Monday, 11/8

9:30 – 11am

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor

Harbor Room

25 Cherry ST

Coffee & Pastries Provided Courtesy of:

Free. Space is limited.
Masks Strongly Recommended.



Evening Session #2

  Wednesday, 11/10

  6:30 – 8:00pm


  Lorraine B. Goode Room

  BCA 2nd Floor

  135 Church Street

Free. Space is limited.
Masks Strongly Recommended.



A service of the BBA, thanks to the support of our members and donors

In partnership with:

Sail Away with the BBA : 2021 Summer Social


The BBA is back with in-person events programming! 

Celebrate the reopening of Burlington as you enjoy a beautiful summer evening on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III.

Join the BBA aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III for snacks, drinks and networking with BBA Members and friends, all while soaking in beautiful views of Lake Champlain. We can’t wait to see you! It’s been too long. 

Sail Away with the BBA!

2021 Summer Social

Thursday, July 29th

Ticket Prices for Members $25, Non-Members $35

Aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen III


Boarding will begin at 3:45. The boat will leave at 4pm sharp!

Limited tickets will be available at the door. Register ahead for 2x the chance at door prizes.


Cash Bar. Light Appetizers Provided. Door Prizes.



Special Thanks to Our Host & Sponsor

Please note: accessibility is limited, please contact boat staff directly at (802) 862-8300 to learn more. 

For more information or registration assistance contact Event Coordinator Kate Healy – [email protected]


Don’t Miss Out: Quick Tips to Make the Most of the Summer of Reopening

As COVID restrictions continue to ease and visitors return to the region it is increasingly important to keep an up to date digital presence and leverage unique opportunities available to businesses. Check out the links below to help ensure you’re ready for “Hot Vax Summer”.


Google My Business

Google My Business is the most critical digital space to have your business operations up to date. If you haven’t claimed your business in Google or haven’t updated the hours it’s the digital equivalent of having a closed sign up in your window. Check out the BBA’s Guide to Google My Business and reach out to [email protected] with questions. Calendar and Directory

Add your event to the event submission form and make sure your business is listed on the trip planning directory by signing up. Events and business listings must be tourism-related and appropriate for out of state visitors.


UVM Staycation Campaign

UVM wants to partner with you to stimulate local economic activity by offering incentives for UVM employees to explore and enjoy the very best that Vermont-based businesses have to offer. See the details and benefits for partners HERE and Register to be a Partner.


Love Burlington

Make sure you are listed on and the information is up to date. Check out this How-To Guide. You can also submit an event to the Love Burlington Calendar.  


Marketing Vaccination Incentives

Is your business offering incentives or discounts to those who are fully vaccinated? Submit any incentives you may be offering and the State will promote those offers through the ThinkVermont website.


Vaccine Clinics at Your Business

Did you know you can request the Department of Health to come to your businesses for a pop-up vaccine clinic? A pop-up clinic could create a unique marketing opportunity for your business. Businesses and organizations interested in creating pop-up clinics for their employees or customers or in having a vaccination booth at an upcoming event can submit information through the Vaccine Clinic Request form. 


Economic Recovery Bridge Program

The Economic Recovery Bridge Program application portal is now open. The program is expected to deliver $30 million in financial relief to businesses who have not received state and federal funding due to eligibility constraints.