February News
From the Greenfield Business Association
Valentine by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider
February 2012
In This Issue
Building Your Business Workshop
Join the GBA Board
What Does Greenfield Need?
Creative Economy Summit 3
Home Show and Green Fair
Save the Date

Every year, the GBA hosts a Membership Showcase so you can show off your business, and see what others in Greenfield are up to. This year's event, with an emphasis on local brewers, will be held at the Arts Block and promises to be bigger and better than ever, so save this date: March 29 from 5 to 7  pm. 
Better Safe than Sorry:
Disaster Planning Workshop in March
Weather disasters were hard on Franklin County last year, and that wasn't good for business. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to ensure you stay up and running in the event of a weather-related catastrophe. Presenter Nina Martin-Anzuoni, Regional Preparedness Community-Based Organization Coordinator at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, will lead this workshop on forming a Continuity of Operations Plan (or COOP) so you can roll with whatever Mother Nature hands out.
Join us March 15 at the conference room at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, 324 Wells Street in Greenfield. Contact Kate Snyder (gba@franklincc.org; 774-2791) to attend. Cost is $10 and refreshments will be provided. This workshop is the second in the Building Your Business series sponsored by the Greenfield Business Association, the Montague Business Association and the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.


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You could be a GBA board member!
Join the GBA Board
We elect new board members at our annual meeting in June, so if you're looking for a way to get involved in Greenfield and connected to the business community, consider throwing your hat in the ring! Board members attend a monthly board meeting and  one or more committee meetings. The investment of two to three hours per month is rewarding and lets you make great connections, both personally and professionally. Let Kate Snyder (774-2791) know if you are interested.
A Vision for the Abercrombie Building
What could the Abercrombie Building be? What does Greenfield need? Those are the questions we will ask and try to answer at a networking event and visioning session on March 13. We'll start out at Magpie Woodfired Pizza at 5:30 pm for cocktails and conversation, and then cross Bank Row to the Abercrombie Building at around 6 to tour the former warehouse and generate ideas. 
The GBA is pleased to help building owners connect with developers for their properties. If you own a building you would like to see developed, the GBA can help publicize your event. Contact Kate Snyder.

Summit3Be in Greenfield

for the Third Creative Economy Summit

When you get right down to it, running a good business is an art and making art for a living is a business. At the Creative Economy Summit, to be held in various Greenfield locations on March 23 and 24, you'll find out how to make the most of these connections, whether you sell widgets or watercolors. With workshops and conversations about how to enliven our neighborhoods, keep up with marketing trends, and collaborate with other sectors, plus guerilla networking sessions that keep you connected. See the Creative Economy Summit 3 website for program schedule and to register.  

HomeSHow 2012
Home Show and Green Fair: Deadlines Approaching
We've got a great event in the works and now's the time to book your booth if you want a 10% discount (application here). The deadline of March 15 for early bird pricing is fast approaching.
We expect 5,000 visitors from all over the region to be at this premier event for home improvement and green lifestyle. Our rock-solid kids' area (think acrobatics, arts and crafts, and music) is a great spot for you to showcase your camp or summer program. Contact Kate Snyder if you're interested in creating a presence at this event.
Contact Info
Kate Snyder, gba@franklincc.org