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Learn more about the 200-plus businesses who help protect and preserve our environment by participating in the Green Business Partnership. Click on a business name (below) to read more details. Narrow down your search by using the dropdown menu to select businesses by category or by choosing a letter from the alphabet.

VRA Associates

About VRA Associates: VRAgroup Promotional Products (a division of Allard PPC ), "Where Creativity and Innovation come together."

VRA, Inc. is a home office/virtual-based company that has been in business for 16 years. In 2005, VRA's founder and owner, Ross Allard, started a "grass roots" watershed project to help address the numerous issues related to a severe red tide outbreak. He and his neighbors implemented pesticide and fertilizer reductions using native plantings. This helped draw marine life and wading birds back to the area. Subsequently, Ross was approached by Sarasota County to help present the project with other N.E.S.T. (Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team) members for the 2006 All-American Cities Awards AACA in Los Angeles. The Sarasota County team won!

Ross Allard proves that a home office can be just as green as or greener than traditional office spaces. Earning recertification in August 2013 by maintaining core environmental program standards, Allard has gone beyond to reduce his environmental impacts. Here are a few ways he has made his business even more green: Ross has a white roof with R30 attic insulation, an eMonitor from Green Business Partner Building Performance Advisors (formerly Dwell Green), low E dual pane skylights, solar shield film on office windows, Energy Star appliances, an air quality monitoring station, plants that reduce pollutants and CO2 levels, LED and low-energy consumption bulbs, and low VOC paint. Skype and Webinars are used for many meetings; traveling only when needed.

Allard specializes in "Smarketing Solutions for Business, Community and Planet." He specializes in social marketing, eco programs, promotional products and philanthropic marketing.


VRA Associates is a Promotional Products Distributor with more than 20 years of experience. PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) and ASI Member Distributor. Company Specialties: Incentives - Corporate Tervis Tumblers - Ad Specialties - Apparel - Team Building Activity promotional products - Cause Sponsorship, NonProfit, Fundraising and Volunteer Promotional Products - Trade Show Gifts

Sustainable, Eco and Green specialities, Made in the U.S.A products, we try our best to provide products and services within local geographies. Tervis Insulated Tumblers are a good example, and we generally have ongoing Tervis Coupon programs for Corporate Gifts, Fundraising and much more. Trade Show Giveaways and Trade Show Displays. Mobile Marketing promotions: QR codes, Gamification and much, much more.

Seamless Solutions: Fully Integrated Services providing a hassle-free solution to almost any Campaign and Program.

Creative and Innovative ideas: Highly regarded by our clients for our Creative idea's, Solutions and Service. And particularly these days ON TIME performance.

Scene-on-Green: Sustainable products. "Yep, we were Green before it was Cooool to be Green." Sarasota County Green Business Partnership member for BOTH our companies for over 5 years! We really do "Walk-the-Walk." See our GeoGreenScenes program, promoting Made in America products and Services.

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