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January News from the GBA
Greenfield Business Association
Mid-January 2013
In This Issue
Midwinter Movies
Member Showcase
the little e
Master Planning
Winter Carnival
Wilson's in Yankee Mag
Welcome Mr. Gaddis
Money Management
GBA on MassLive
Small Business Workshop
Creative Economy Summit
Midwinter Movie Series
You Can Still See "Auntie Mame"!
Join the GBA and the Greenfield Garden Cinemas for the last of the 4th annual Midwinter Movies series! Bohemian NYC socialite Rosiland Russell, AKA Auntie Mame, inherits her nephew in the Roaring '20s, then loses all her dough in the Crash. Will her brother's executor keep them apart & turn Patrick into a stiff who grows up to marry a spoiled rich girl or will Mame & Patrick triumph over all?
"Auntie Mame" will be shown on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.; only $5 a ticket. And don't forget to grab a bite to eat downtown after work before you head over to the Garden; be sure to save some room for popcorn!
Greenfield Garden Cinemas or at the door. 774-4881/gardencinemas.net

Proceeds support the GBA's Holiday Lights program.

Member Showcase / Greenfield Brews 2
March 28
Remember last year's Member Showcase? It was a blast! Well, it's time to start planning for this year's fun: the Showcase will be Thursday, March 28 at the Arts Block from 5-7 p.m. Chow & music, booze & schmooze - we'll have it all, and we want YOU to be there. Time to show off! 
To request a table, email Caitlin 
or call 774.2791 by March 19. Space is limited. Guaranteed to be a good time, so get in on the ground floor. Literally, actually.
Franklin County's little e

And what's the little e, you ask? 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 an exciting new event that offers something for everyone! It takes place April 20 & 21 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds here in Greenfield.

This expo will showcase how we live and how we make our living in Franklin County. Exhibitors will be included in such categories as home improvement, leisure activities, and new environmental products. There will be home, yard & garden, and fiber workshops on everything from 2013 Solar Energy Options to raising chickens in your backyard.

For more information on Franklin County's the little e, check out the website here. And if you're interested in being an exhibitor, you can download an application here.

Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan flyer
Master Planning Community Forum
  • What do you appreciate about Greenfield?
  • What areas need improvement?
  • What do you want Greenfield to look like in 10 years? 20 years?
The Greenfield Master Plan Advisory Committee wants to know! There will be three public forums at which you can voice your needs, wants, & concerns, and the first is February 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 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!

For more info, please visit the project website; "like" the plan on facebook to follow its progress.

Hope to see you at the Forum! 
Winter Carnival brochure 2013Winter Carnival Is Around the Corner!
Get your skates, snowshoes, sneakers, & sleds (the cardboard variety) ready - the Winter Carnival is nearly here!

Three days of play happen February 1-3; you can read more about it & download the entire schedule here. Make sure to check out the Amateur Photography Contest & Exhibit upstairs at Wilson's; the live ice carving downtown outside the following GBA members on Main Street: Wilson's, Baker Office Supply, Greenfield Savings Bank, Ryan & Casey, Greenfield Garden Cinemas, and Attorney David Singer; and the Chili Cook-Off at Beacon Field featuring local restaurants. If you want to burn off some cabin fever energy, enter the 2013 Sleigh Bell Run 4 Mile Road Race. And it doesn't get much prettier than the Winter Carnival Fireworks, Friday night at 6:30, being shot off of Poet's Seat Tower. This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, so don't forget to check that schedule!

If you'd like to say hi to GBA Coordinator Caitlin, stop by Beacon Field on Sunday where she'll be at the Master Plan Advisory Committee table (see above for more info) from noon - 1, then shoving her son down the hill in a cardboard sled at 2:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Yankee Magazine cover NewEnglandville
Wilson's Is In Yankee Magazine's Perfect Town, NewEnglandville!

Congratulations to Wilson's for being featured in the cover story "NewEnglandville: The Town of Our Dreams" in the January/February issue of Yankee Magazine. We ♥ Wilson's!

The article appears on pages 30-42, with Wilson's specifically featured on page 36.

Congrats also to nearby establishments Baker Pharmacy in Shelburne Falls, Magic Wings in South Deerfield, and the Book Mill in Montague.
Dwight Gaddis
Welcome to the New General Manager at the Franklin Community Coop!
Or as you may know it, Green Fields Market & McCusker's. Mr. Dwight Gaddis of Minnesota has been employed as the new General Manager, replacing the General Manager component of the General Management Team held by John Eichholz, Suzette Snow-Cobb, and Patti Waters.
According to the Coop's own site, Mr. Gaddis has a long and impressive employment history in the food industry and in food co-ops, and was previously Senior Purchasing Manager for both stores of the Lakewinds Food Co-op in Eden Prairie, Minn.  
Welcome to Greenfield, Mr. Gaddis!
R is for Robber
Money Management Workshop?

You may have noticed that in the last month or so, there have been many break-ins at commercial establishments in both Greenfield & surrounding towns. Let us know if you're interested in brushing up on money management; we'd be happy to arrange a workshop with representatives of a local bank or banks & someone from the police department. Email Caitlin or call her at 774-2791.
Caitlin on MassLive
photo by Cori Urban
Caitlin on MassLive

Our very own new(ish) Coordinator Caitlin (that's me!) appeared on MassLive talking about her new job & herself. In case you missed it, you can read the article here. Thanks Cori Urban, for doing such a good job on both the article & the photograph. Here's to Greenfield & power pink!

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Small Business Workshop
Here's a great opportunity for folks who might be interested in getting a business going or in improving their current business.

Business Start-Up 101 

Free Class on Starting a Business: First Thursday of every month 

Interested in starting a business? Come join us to learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. This free and confidential workshop will focus on business fundamentals, from start up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for both owners of existing businesses and those who are planning to start one. The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture. Topics will include:

* Introduction and need for planning
* Basic business plan format
* Choosing your legal form of organization 
* Marketing, market planning and research
* Cash flow projections
* Financial Statements
* Financing

Presented by: Allen B. Kronick, Senior Business Advisor, Western Mass Regional Office, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Isenberg School of Management, UMASS- Amherst.

Where: Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

To register or for more information: Please call the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (413) 773-5463.

Creative Economy banner 2013

The theme of this year's Creative Economy Summit centers on the life force of the arts in communities. There will be three broad program tracks: the artist in person, around town, and online. The intent is to provide 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.  March 22 + 23 in Turners Falls, MA. See website for details:
www.creativeeconomysummit.com, Online registration begins on February 1st, 2013.

Greenfield Business Association

Caitlin von Schmidt, Coordinator