Our mission is centered around creating healthy strong communities in Bolton, Huntington and Richmond and we believe its essential to have a healthy strong business community for this to happen.
As our organization has matured our goals reflect this. Two years ago we developed a regional brand and this last year launched a new regional web site to showcase what a great area we live in and to attract visitors to vacation, dine, get married and shop here.
In 2013 our primary goals will be to develop content and promote the new site helping it to become a critical information site for area. Specially we believe this site will become a very important tool for helping local businesses thrive!
We have a record number of members who have joined and if you haven’t please do!
We also have an exciting line up of events in 2013 including bringing back the community valentines dance! Proceeds will be donated to those organizations in our three towns who are actively engaged in fighting hunger. We also have a variety of workshops, mixers, and other events planned. It is going to be a fun year!
Early in 2013 we will be sending a survey to get your feedback on our work as well as to get your thoughts on what you would like your association to focus on. In meantime, please contact me your thoughts.
Thomas Hark, President, WSBA
WSBA Wedding Market Group to Launch January 2013
Are you a wedding venue?
Do you sell wedding goods, services?
Want to develop a wedding market?
Want to increase wedding market sales?
Want to network with wedding market businesses & organizations?
Want to be invited to an exploratory meeting in January 2013? Everyone is welcome!
Bolton, Huntington and Richmond are already destination wedding venues for many couples every year. WSBA believes there are huge opportunities to attract even more couples here to begin their married life journeys. Romantic, idyllic and magical wedding venues such as the West Monitor Barn, the Old Round Church, Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski & Bike Center and Windekind Farm are just the beginning of the affect weddings have on our area. Weddings bring business to our photographers, flower shop, caterers, cake bakers, favor sources, restaurants, innkeepers and hair stylists. While a bride and groom and their wedding guests are here they might even need products and services from many of our other businesses.
In January 2013 WSBA will convene a meeting to launch a wedding market special interest group (SIG) to work together to promote our area and each other to this market. Email Larry Bohen to get on the WSBA Wedding Market email list and/or for more information.
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Show Your Pride in Being a WSBA Member The Western Slopes logo is a beautiful symbol of your faith and support in the Association. Why not show your pride by placing one of these images on your website? We’ve created three sizes each with its own HTML code, one of which is sure to fit in with your website’s design. Questions about installing one of these images? Email Larry Bohen.
NOTE: Since Google considers links from sites like yours to the Westerns Slopes site an important measure of the Association’s site, installing a WSBA Member symbol will help increase the Association site’s positions in search engine results = more visitors = increased business to our area.
New Year’s Eve Round Church Bicentennial Concert Fran Thomas – Hillview Rd
A friendly reminder that the 2013 Round Church year long Bicentennial Celebration kicks off tonight, New Year’s Eve with a concert SCOTTISH HOGMANAY with THE HIGHLAND WEAVERS
A musical celebration of the Scottish New Year and selected Hogmanay customs.
“A guid New Year to ane an a’ and mony may ye see”
No tickets are required for the concert, but there is a suggested donation of $5 person to benefit the Round Church Bicentennial Celebration. Two concerts have been scheduled in order to allow for more attendees. Refreshments will be available also by donation. Thanks for your support of this concert and those we will be presenting throughout 2013.
NOFA VT Direct Marketing Conference January 13
The NOFA Vermont Direct Marketing Conference is the premier gathering for market managers and farmers selling direct to consumer through farmers’ markets, farm stands, and Community Supported Agriculture programs.
The 2013 conference features a series of TED-inspired talks by Richard Berkfield, Andy Jones, Jean Paul Courtens, Darlene Wolnik, and George Wright. New farmers are invited to take part in coaching sessions with the VT New Farmer Project. This year we are also including a few workshops for direct marketers who are looking to expand to restaurant or other wholesale markets.
$40 for NOFA-VT/VTFMA members, $50 non-members – Includes lunch. Walk-in registration will also be available, but lunch cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.
VTFMA member markets can send 1 representative for free. NOFA-VT Journey Farmers also receive free admission.