April News
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Your Business, Your TownApril 2012
  Plan Now
for SummerFest and Sidewalk Sales
Who doesn't like to stroll down Main Street and happen upon a bargain? SummerFest and Sidewalk Sales gives Greenfielders that very opportunity. We're getting ready to make this year's sales event bigger and better than ever before, striving for 100% participation by downtown retailers and tents on the sidewalk from those who are not downtown.

So, mark your calendars for July 27 and 28. Cancel your vacation to the Cape or Disney World. Venice can wait. Believe me, Bora Bora will always be there. Plan to come instead to Greenfield's SummerFest and Sidewalk Sales. Registration packets will be in the mail this week.  
You Can Compost!
Commercial Composting: Reduce Waste Removal Costs
April 18, 2012
Franklin County CDC Conference Room, 7:30-9 am


Hear the benefits of commercial composting, including reducing waste removal costs, creating a valuable soil amendment out of waste materials, and promoting a sustainable community or business identity. Amy Donovan of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District facilitates this workshop, which illustrates a commercial composting model created in Shelburne Falls.


The Shelburne Falls Compost Collaborative is a unique partnership of seven Shelburne Falls businesses, the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, and Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. Participating businesses, mostly restaurants, bring compostable waste to a centrally located compost dumpster; the contents are sent to Martin's Farm in Greenfield.


The program accepts all types of food waste, plus paper waste such as paper cups, paper plates, napkins, and cardboard.  Learn how this program could be replicated in your community, business, or restaurant with the assistance of the Solid Waste District. 


To register, contact Mary Vilbon at the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association at 413-625-2526. Cost is $10 and refreshments are provided.


This workshop is the third in the Building Your Business series organized by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, the Greenfield Business Association, and the Montague Business Association.



Home Show and Green Fair

April 21 and 22

10 am-5 pm both days

Franklin County Fairgrounds 

Be sure to note the dates and plan on attending the Franklin County Home Show and Green Fair, one of the major events organized by the GBA and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The fair brings together home improvement and green lifestyle vendors of all stripes, and there'll be food, acrobats, and workshops. The GBA will be up front selling Pierce Bros. Coffee, so we know you'll stop by and say hello whether you like it black or light and sweet. We've requested the weather be 65 degrees and sunny and we know it WILL cooperate.
Would you like to talk up Greenfield and your business at the fair? Volunteers are needed to power the GBA booth on Saturday and Sunday. Contact Kate (774-2791) if you are interested.
Plus, if you know any contractors, please let them know that there will be a workshop on Saturday at 11 am that helps contractors help their clients find savings for energy efficiency projects.

playgroundBeacon Field Playground-Raising

April 14 and 15


Show your support for the "community build" when volunteers assemble and install a new playground at Beacon Field April 14 and 15. GBA members who want to help may donate coffee, food, and/or water for the volunteers. Contact Beacon Field Playground Project leader Danielle LeTourneau for details.

"Proximity to playgrounds was on buyers' top-10 must-haves for new homes, according to the National Association of Realtors in 2010," Letourneau said. "This new playground will benefit Beacon Field, the neighborhood, and the entire town." We agree!

Greenfield BrewsThanks...

... for making the Membership Showcase: Greenfield Brews REALLY fun! Let's do it again soon. More than 150 people came through to taste and talk and experience the best of Greenfield and the GBA was proud to be a part of it.


Thanks to the GBA's Membership and Nominating Committee, to Ed Weirzbowski and Rebecca de Beauport of the Arts Block and Queen of Cups, to Nouveau Swing for the tunes, to Becky Guyer of Floral Affairs and Donna Mollard of House on the Hill for the stunning arrangements, and to our intrepid sponsors: Berkshire Gas, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, People's United Bank, The Sandri Companies, and Valley Medical Group. Plus, thanks to the 34 businesses and organizations who put on beautiful, classy, and tasty displays! Your hard work is much appreciated!

Greenfield Business Association