Community Roundup: May 18, 2023

Green Drinks Night at Backyard Bistro
What brings you joy? How much stuff is enough stuff? Why do we keep buying what we don’t need? How much can humans live without? Or is it better to think of what we live with? What does it take to create harmony in our lives while we observe the changes taking place on Earth?

Sustainable Charlotte invites you to join in a conversation, answering some of the above, or other thoughts that you bring. We’ll gather at Backyard Bistro on Route 7 in Charlotte to drink, eat and share ideas 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 24.

The purpose of the international movement of Green Drinks nights is to deepen community ties, know more of our neighbors and even walk away with something new to think about how we live on our beautiful, blue planet.

This is the first evening of Green Drinks and we’re hoping to do it again in the fall. Do you have a topic you’d like to share? Contact Sustainable Charlotte and check out our website.

For more information call Ruah Swennerfelt at 802-922-2259.

Junapr named to best workplaces list
Junapr has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual Best Workplaces list. Featured in the May/June 2023 issue, which hit newsstands on May 16, and prominently featured on, the list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional workplaces and company culture, whether operating in a physical or a virtual facility.

Junapr is a Vermont-based communication and public relations firm working across sectors including consumer packaged goods, juvenile, non-profit, higher education, business services, and hospitality. The firm recently acquired the event management company Standing O.

Inc. chose 591 honorees this year from thousands of submissions. Each company that was nominated took part in an employee survey conducted by Quantum Workplace, which included topics like management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth, and overall company culture. The organization’s benefits were also audited to determine the overall score and ranking.

“This is an incredible honor to be named to the prestigious Inc. Magazine Best Places to Work list,” Nicole Junas Ravlin, founder and president of Junapr, said. “As a company, the entire team works hard to protect and foster the culture created at Junapr. I was delighted to see that ‘supportive’ was one of the top qualities identified by the team. We strive to be deliberate in making decisions that impact the team and their lives outside of the company. One of our guiding principles is to ‘celebrate our successes.’ We will most certainly be celebrating this one!”

“Being named to Best Workplaces is an honor that only a small fraction of companies have been able to claim,” Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk said.