February FABA News

FABA meetings:

The FABA Coffee Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 8-9 AM at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 235 Saint John Road, Fletcher.  At each meeting, everyone attending gets to introduce themselves and their business, plus a representative from one business has the opportunity to present a more indepth summary of what their company does.  It’s a chance for you to do some marketing and build relationships.

FABA Coffee Club by Fletcher Area Business Association

Focus After 5 is a networking opportunity after work.  It meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7.  This month, on February 11th, it was hosted by the Duncan-Iles Foundation at the WCU School of Nursing in Biltmore Park, 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102.


The location varies.  See the Events tab on the FABA website for the next location.


Other FABA information:

Last month we presented the FABA officers and committee chairs.  This month, I thought we would share what each of them does.  


Participating in FABA committees provides networking opportunities for your business.  Please contact the committee Chair so you can benefit.




serves as chief officer of FABA and presides at all meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors (BOD).  Assigns board members to committee responsibilities.


acts in the absence of the President and “other duties as assigned and approved” by the BOD


oversees collection and expenditures of all FABA funds – prepares monthly financial reports to the BOD and an annual report to members.


keeps all minutes and records of the organizations




responsible for maintaining and growing FABA memberships including making sure members information is quickly and correctly added to the website.


responsible for delivering any FABA swag, promoting on social media and scheduling ribbon cuttings in coordination with the Events Chair

Communications and Marketing

responsible for posting updates to Facebook, sending blast emails to members regarding upcoming events on the calendar.

Social Media

works closely with Communications chair to make sure every aspect of our marketing efforts are successful.

Community Relations

works with FABA members and local supports to supply snacks to Fletcher Elementary students.

Government Relations

Town Manager serves as a representative between FABA and the Town of Fletcher notifying each entity of any updates or changes that may affect members and new businesses in the area.


secures and coordinates all FABA Events from the Expo, to Focus After Five to the annual Christmas party; works in conjunction with the Communications Chair to make sure all members are aware of each upcoming event and assure the event itself is successful.


Business News:

The Seasons at Cane Creek, the large 192 unit apartment complex off Hendersonville Road in Fletcher is now renting.



The State Board of Community Colleges in Raleigh recently announced the 2016 recipients of five State-wide awards.

Gary Heisey, the Director of the Small Business Center at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) in Flat Rock, won the Staff of the Year Award for his collaborating efforts with groups such as the Transylvania and Henderson Chambers of Commerce and other partners to support the economic development of our community.  Best in the State!

Gary spoke recently at a FABA Coffee Club meeting.

He runs a great program supporting local area businesses.  I’ve known Gary myself for over a year.  He’s always very helpful and a pleasure to work with.

Congratulations, Gary.



With the near-record snowfall we had in January, things were put on the shelf for a couple of days.  Pockets of snow are still around.

As you probably heard, the Pennsylvania ground hog Puxatawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd.  Thus Winter is supposed to be over soon for them.

Asheville’s own groundhog predictor, named Nibbles, didn’t see her shadow either.  Thus we’re also supposed to have an early spring.


Over time, each month has been designated for certain causes.  For February, these are (according to http://holidayinsights.com/):

   American Heart Month

   An Affair to Remember Month  (Hmmm.  This sounds interesting.)

   Black History Month

   Canned Food Month

   Creative Romance Month

   Great American Pie Month

   National Cherry Month

   National Children’s Dental Health Month

   National Grapefruit Month

   National Weddings Month


Join FABA and build relationships.


Jim Stramler, An Extraordinary Writer