David Jordan and Teona Rodriguez at one of the FABA EXPO booths.

David Jordan and Teona Rodriguez at the FABA EXPO booth.

2015 FABA Expo

On a beautiful fall Tuesday in October, the Fletcher Area Business Association (FABA) held its annual Expo. The Expo highlights the various businesses around Fletcher that prospered and thrived over the past year. It’s part celebration, part community event and part business promotion.

This year, the event took place at the Fletcher Community Park on Howard Gap Road. More than 40 Fletcher businesses participated, and about 100 locals — families, residents and businesspeople — came out to enjoy the weather, feast on free food, meet the businesses and try to win some fantastic prizes. By all accounts, the event was a complete success.

New This Year
Like last year, Hendersonville Tents supplied the shade under which businesses set up their tables. They also provided games for the children, which proved popular. Unlike last year, this year’s event featured a whole row of nonprofit booths. FABA allowed area nonprofits to set up tables for free.

While organizations Duncan-Iles Foundation, Inc., Let’s Twist Again Foundation Motorcycle Therapy, Give an Hour, Fletcher Arts and Heritage Association, Rotary Club of Arden and Friends of Santa took advantage of the offer, there was space for more. Maybe next year, other area nonprofits will participate. It’s a terrific way for the organizations to spread their message and for Fletcher residents to learn about how they help the community. It’s also a positive step by the business community to give back.

Another Successful Expo
With Baabals Ice Cream, Fletcher Valley Market, Blue Sky Café and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit supplying food and drink, the event was also a success for visitors. No one left hungry or without a handful of promotional products. It was a win-win for the community, as both businesses and residents came away with something.

And since it was held on such a gorgeous day, everyone enjoyed the proceedings. Music filled the air, provided by WTZQ Radio (95.3 FM/1600 AM) out of Hendersonville. Children ran from booth to booth, collecting samples and munching on treats. Adults conversed about business, charity, community and even Fletcher’s history. It was a day the Town of Fletcher could be proud of.

FABA Expo Attendees
Fletcher area businesses were represented in good number and in good variety. Banks (e.g., Asheville Savings Bank) and credit unions (e.g., United Federal Credit Union) peacefully coexisted under the tents. Park Ridge Health and Mission Hospital shared their stories not far from each other. Competing restoration services — like 1-800 Water Damage, SERVPRO and Rainbow International — handed out promotional material nearby.

Competitive services joined forces for the Expo to benefit the community and show off the strength of Fletcher’s economy. Hotels like the Clarion Inn and the Fletcher Park Inn displayed their materials. Two insurance companies, Carolina Living and AFLAC, competed for the biggest, friendliest smile. Fletcher Police Department, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, Fast Cat Photography, Joslyn Fine Metalworks, Indoff Interior Design, US Cellular, Edward Jones Financial, Prime Mortgage of West Asheville and others also exhibited.

The event was as much about business promotion as it was about giving back to the community. In other words, it was about visibility and service. If you own a business in Fletcher, it can definitely serve you well to participate in FABA and at the FABA Expo next year! It’s good for business and good for community.

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