May News from the
Greenfield Business Association
lamb crop
May 2012
Stories to Ponder
Green River Tix Bargain
Your Input is Needed
Lunch Al Fresco Set to Music
Good News about Greenfield
Workshop on Taxes
Free Counseling for Your Biz

Home Show and Green Fair Kudos

Thanks to all who came on down and volunteered at the Home Show and Green Fair and for your feedback and ideas. The weather was typical New England fare: sunny, soggy. So goes April. A special thanks to Pierce Bros' Cindy Wheeler who went above and beyond to make sure the Fogbuster was fresh and the Defogger was delicious.  

grf SQUARE MOONGreen River Fest Tix

at GBA Rates

The 26th Annual Green River Festival will be held July 14 and 15 this year. This very special event features a tribute to Woody Guthrie, whose 100th birthday would be July 14.


The celebration will include performances by Woody's son Arlo and ten members of the Guthrie family. Check the festival website for a complete line-up of the awesome performers.


And just for Greenfield Business Association members, we offer a terrific employee benefit: when you buy at least ten weekend tickets you get the held-over early-bird price of $60 each, instead of $75. Mail your check with business name, number of tickets, and contact info to FCCC, PO Box 898, Greenfield MA 01302. You can also call 773-5463 to charge your tickets.


Beautification Project Needs Your Input

Greenfield will hold its first beautification visioning meeting on May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Department of Planning and Development at 114 Main Street, Greenfield. All are invited to an interactive meeting designed to collect ideas for ways to make Greenfield's Main Street, the Fisk Avenue parking lot, and the large parking lot behind Wilson's more beautiful and welcoming. The meeting, facilitated by two Conway School of Landscape Design students, is a collaborative effort of the Town of Greenfield and many other groups, including the GBA.


"We hope that a lot of people will come and share their ideas," said Mayor Martin. "This is the first of a series of opportunities for everybody to contribute to our new Gateways to Greenfield initiative that will make Greenfield more welcoming to visitors and more beautiful."

guitarLunchtime Music
on the Common
This summer, the GBA is preparing to pull you out of your office by the lapels (figuratively) with a concert series on the Common. The goal is to enliven the streets of Greenfield with good music and to provide a gathering place for Greenfield's work force on the beautiful, sunny days to come.
That people may stop and shop at one of Greenfield's great stores, or pick up a lunch to go at one of our fine restaurants, will be a bonus to our members. We're planning for music on Thursdays from noon to 1 pm, and invite those who would like to sponsor the series to contact Kate at 774-2791. Also, if you are a musician, or know a good band who may want to play for a modest fee, please pass on this contact info.
people's pint logoGreenfield's Good News

Two stories emerged recently about Greenfield's accomplishments. The People's Pint was voted Best Small-Town Pub in Yankee Magazine's Best-Of issue.


And the town has been named a Playful City USA for its commitment to play, embodied in the creation of the new playground at Beacon Field.  Congratulations!

Taxes: It's Important to Get it Right
Should you be an S-corp or a sole proprietor? An LLC or a limited partnership? A new workshop, geared to small business owners, covers differences in the structures of corporate ownership. It will be led by Greenfield's Nikki Welsh, who offers this synopsis of her presentation:
Too frequently individuals form a business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, C-corporation or S-corporation without an understanding of the short-term or long-term implications. When determining the appropriate business entity, the most critical component of the selection process involves understanding the full life cycle of the business. Far too often the impact of future, perhaps unknown events are not taken into consideration. Such events include sales, addition of owners, redemptions, or liquidations. There are significant tax implications, differences in financial reporting, different options available when planning for growth, succession, or termination of the business depending on the type of business entity selected by the owner or owners. Corporations and an LLC provide limited liability while a sole-proprietorship and partnership do not. Their characteristics and optimal use vary significantly.
The workshop is part of the Building Your Business series organized by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, the Greenfield Business Association, and the Montague Business Association. It will be held at the Greenfield offices of Nikki Welsh at 277 Main Street on May 23 at 7:30-9 am. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and the fee is $10. Contact Kate Snyder, 774-2791, to register.
Workforce TrainingFree Business Counseling
Knowing the right corporate tax structure is one way to ensure business success. Another is to talk to the experts. You can do that here in the Chamber of Commerce conference room with Allen B. Kronick, a senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network of the University of Massachusetts. Allen meets with new and existing business owners on Thursdays. Call Marian at 773-5463 to make an appointment.
SummerFest and Sidewalk Sales
July 27 and 28, 10-5
Extended deadline to sign up: May 24
Contact Kate for info and form, 774-2791