Caitlin Sledding
February News from the GBA
Greenfield Business Association
Mid-February 2013
In This Issue
Member Showcase
Master Planning
the little e
Keep It Clean
The Rejuvenators
The Member Showcase Is Only a Month Away!
The space is already filling up, but you still have time to join us! This year's Showcase will take place Thursday, March 28, 5-7 p.m. at the Arts Block. We had so much fun there last year, we thought we'd do it again!
Last year's showcase was a great party, with wall-to-wall attendees. Well, it's time to sign up for this year's fun! Food, drink, music, networking (or schmoozing, if you prefer) - we'll have it all, and we want YOU to be there. And bring your friends & co-workers! Heck, bring strangers in off the street! Time to show off! It's only five bucks for non-members.
To reserve a table, email Caitlin  or call 774.2791 by March 19. Space is limited. Guaranteed to be a good time - be there or be square!

  The Master Plan Community Workshop Is March 9!
The Blizzard of 2013 forced the Master Plan Advisory Committee, of which yours truly is a member, to reschedule the Workshop, but it's back on track! Come to Four Rivers School in Greenfield and let us know:
  • what you appreciate about Greenfield!
  • what areas need improvement!
  • what you want Greenfield to look like in 10 years! 20 years!
The first of three public forums at which you can voice your needs, wants, & concerns, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Four Rivers School, 248 Colrain Road in Greenfield. The Master Plan will effect you, your business, and the Town; this is the time for you to hear more about the planning process and to put in your two (or more) cents. 

Topics will include: transportation options, economic development, protecting natural & historic resources, and housing needs. An innovative workshop format has been designed to allow any community members to meaningfully participate in creating a Better Greenfield. Plus, there'll be food, much of it donated by GBA members!
For more info, please visit the project website; "like" the plan facebook to follow its progress. And if you can't make it to any of the public forums, you can also give input online at greenfieldmasterplan.com (look for the "mindmixer" link on the left side of the page).

Hope to see you at the Forum! 
And Speaking of the Master Plan...
Yours truly, GBA Coordinator Caitlin, is on the Master Plan Advisory Committee as well as the Economic Development Subcomittee representing you! I'm working on a SWOT (Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats) analysis for the Subcommittee and I would love your feedback so I can truly represent our members. Email me your comments & thoughts here: GBA SWOT analysis - the sooner the better. Complaints, suggestions, ideas about what's working and what isn't - send it all my way.

Thanks for helping your voice be heard!
Creative Economy Summit

As the folks at mass.gov put it so eloquently, "Our Commonwealth is on the leading edge in supporting our cultural non-profits, individual artists, and creative industries, which we see as among the most important keys to economic development in the Commonwealth." The Creative Economy continues to grow and to be a vital part of the economy of Franklin County.
This year's summit, which takes place in Turners Falls, offers presentations and workshops that benefit the art and culture, business and municipal community, and that promote innovative cross-sector, cross-community intersections. The goal is for participants to leave with concrete ideas and a wider network of resources and people. Click here to read more about the Creative Economy Summit 4 and to register.

the little e 

Franklin County's the little e
Earlybird Deadline Is March 1!

Reserve by March 1 and save 10%! 
In case you forgot, Franklin County's the little e combines three local annual events, the Franklin County Home Show, the Green Fair, and Farm to Fiber (previously known as FiberTwist) to create one blockbuster event that offers something for everyone! It takes place April 20 & 21 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds here in Greenfield. The little e is a fantastic way to show off what we do here in the greater Franklin County community!

Saturday will feature the Franklin County Local Brewers Sampling tent (12-4), Sunday a localvore Waffle Breakfast tent (10:30-12:30). There will be kids activities and home, yard & garden, and fiber workshops on everything from 2013 Solar Energy Options to raising chickens in your backyard. There's something for everyone at the little e!

For more information on Franklin County's the little e, see the website here.
Let's Help Keep
Greenfield Clean!
As spring approaches and the snow starts to melt, it leaves behind all those little treasures it's been hiding, namely dirt and garbage. Don't forget to sweep sidewalks and pick up trash; let's make Greenfield shine!
Thanks, everyone!
Greenfield Rejuvenators 
The Rejuvenators Are Coming!
There's a new team in town and they're called the Greenfield Rejuvenators! The Rejuvenators is a group of like-minded individuals representing Greenfield businesses, Greening Greenfield, the Tree Committee, and the Garden Club. The GBA is on board via the involvement of your very own Coordinator Caitlin. Its primary focus at the moment is the beautification of downtown Greenfield.
The group was in its infancy when Kate Snyder was still at the GBA and is just about ready to emerge from the planning phase to start making Greenfield more beautiful. The group was responsible for the downtown street containers last year and will be doing the same and much more this year.
If you'd like to know how you could be involved, contact Caitlin at 774-2791 or gba@franklincc.org. Great things are coming and you can help make them happen!
Thanks for Being a Member of the GBA!  
To show our appreciation for you, the GBA members, we'd like to start thanking folks on a monthly basis for renewing their GBA memberships. A strong membership makes for a strong business community and we greatly appreciate your participation!
January 2013 Returning Members:

Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, and N. Quabbin Regions, Inc.
CopyCat Print Shop
Magical Child
The People's Pint
Tri-State Clothing Company
The Wine Rack

Greenfield Business Association

Caitlin von Schmidt, Coordinator