2016 FABA Annual Membership Meeting

Hello FABA Members, please plan on attending the Annual Membership Meeting at Fletcher Town Hall on Thursday, Nov 11th from 5:30p- 7p. We will be sharing a lot of information sbout the “goings-on” in FABA (and voting on several Board positions) so your participation is important. Refreshments are being provided courtesy of Michelle Tracz, CPA and Carolina Living Insurance. Please invite other businesses to attend as your guest! 

 

FABA Annual Meeting 2016

FABA Annual Meeting 2016

How Best to Use FABA to Grow your Business

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If you’re a small business owner or manager in a larger company, your time is precious. You need to focus your energy on activities and with organizations that prove the most fruitful. The decisions you make about how you spend those valuable commodities now will shape your future success. You can’t afford to waste your resources.

As business scholar, educator and author Peter Drucker said: “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

While all of your business decisions may not turn out to be that momentous, every one of your business decisions must move you closer to your goals. A decision to join the Fletcher Area Business Association (FABA) is one that could very well change the course of your business and drive your success — if you use it wisely.

Connections and Collaboration
Your FABA membership provides you with a wealth of possibilities. And those who take advantage of the activities offered are the ones who will reap the most benefits. In addition to the wonderful business and personal connections you can make as a FABA member, you’ll find a slew of opportunities to collaborate with your business neighbors too. Take advantage of them.

Make the best use of your memberships by:

  • Attending the many functions that the organization hosts. The after-hours networking, the morning coffee club, the business expo and all the other meetings and events help you put your company’s name in front of potential clients.
  • Volunteering with one of FABA’s committees. Volunteering enables you to build meaningful relationships with other FABA members. Working closely with other business people to create a vibrant business community is a great way to form lasting friendships while offering service.
  • Joining charity-focused programs as a means to give back to the community while showing prospective clients that you are a responsible and generous business owner.
  • Meeting important public representatives through activities aimed at strengthening the business climate in Fletcher and surrounding areas.
  • Showcasing your business through one or more of the many sponsorship opportunities the organization offers. Put your business name in front of hundreds of other business owners.
  • Tying into publicity forums and on the FABA website. The exposure adds to your credibility and increases awareness of your products and services to other members and the community at large.
  • Building relationships with other members who provide you with support, referrals, advice and assistance with the business challenges you encounter.

It All Adds Up
Rarely does a business grow through only one promotion, one ad or one marketing ploy. Success comes from a combination of smart decisions and making the most of every opportunity. You’ve joined FABA because you realize the value of membership. Use that membership and all that it brings to the fullest, and you will see the results in your business growth.

Written by FABA member Ray Access, which provides clear, consistent online writing services for businesses. We can make your website attract attention and improve your bottom line.

Fletcher’s Future

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The 2015 FABA board at Fletcher Town Hall

A look ahead at the coming year and beyond…

The Town of Fletcher’s tagline, Pride in our past — Faith in our future, speaks not only to the citizens of this Western North Carolina slice of heaven, but to the growing business community as well. As more and more people discover Fletcher and its opportunities to thrive, new business will drive economic growth. As that happens, the tax base will continue to increase, benefiting everyone.
Financially, the town is secure:
• The budget was raised in the 20145/15 fiscal year in anticipation of increased tax revenue
• Property taxes remained consistent
• Large mechanical investments allowed the city to automate solid waste collection
• Part-time workers were hired in the Public Works Department to focus on building and grounds maintenance
• Staff moved into a new Town Hall and put the old building up for sale

Businesses Are Thriving Too
The town coffers aren’t the only accounts that are expected to grow. Economic forecasts predict retail sales to be strong in the near future, so much so that sales tax revenues are expected to jump a whopping 10 percent in the coming year.
Jobs just keep on coming to town as well. If the January 7 job fair at the WNC Agricultural Center is any indication, many of the 6,000 job openings touted at the fair will go to Fletcher residents and their families. Many of the jobs are actually in Fletcher, while others are within a short drive from town. Some of the local companies involved in the fair included:
• Blue Ridge Metal Corporation
• J Crew Distribution Center
• Lowe’s Home Improvement
• Pardee Hospital
• SMARTRAC Technology

Asheville Rub-Off
Like Asheville, Fletcher has access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Western North Carolina ambiance. While Fletcher continues to build its own reputation and identity, the town benefits in no small way from the many national and international accolades that Asheville has accrued lately:
Frommer’s called it one of the “Best Places to Go in 2015.”
• Forbes listed it as one of “America’s Smartest Cities.”
• Orbitz.com touted it as one of “Seven Things You Absolutely Must Try in a National Park,” regarding a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
• National Geographic praised it as one of the “World’s Best Cities.”
• On January 1, 2015, Good Morning America pronounced Asheville the best place to visit in 2015.
As Asheville builds more high-end hotels, expect to see more tourists in Fletcher looking for inexpensive lodging; more retirees seeking affordable, accessible housing; and more out-of-towners checking out Fletcher for second homes. In fact, The Seasons of Cane Creek — a 192-unit apartment complex and the first major residential development since 2007 — is expected to break ground in the spring.

FABA Supports Business
Your Fletcher Area Business Association continues to support Fletcher’s growth in many ways. While promoting the town as a great place to do business, FABA also offers:
• FABA Coffee Club: First and third Tuesdays from 8–9 at Dickey’s Bar-B-Q Pit
• Focus After 5: Second Thursday of the month at various locations
• FABA Expo in September
• Membership Meeting in October
• Monthly blogs
• Fundraising with the Snack Pack Program supporting Fletcher Elementary School

Membership to FABA is affordable for all kinds of businesses. Contact FABA today to learn more!

Written by FABA member Ray Access, which is in the business of writing for business. We can make any website stand out and attract attention. What’s on your website?

FABA Expo Inaugurates a New Site in 2014

2014 FABA Annual Business EXPO held at United Federal Credit Union

2014 FABA Annual Business EXPO held at United Federal Credit Union

The new space invites the general public.

The best way to do business in Fletcher is to be in Fletcher. That may sound obvious, but after five years at the WNC Agricultural Center, the Fletcher Area Business Association (FABA) brought its annual Expo event closer to downtown Fletcher this year. The event, held on September 30, was a success. But more on that later.

Mix 96.5 presented at the 2014 FABA EXPO

Mix 96.5 presented at the 2014 FABA EXPO

The FABA Expo provides a chance for Fletcher-area businesses to gain visibility and have some fun at the same time. The event was open and advertised to the public, and this year’s event had lots of great food from local establishments such as Baabals Ice Cream, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Fletcher Valley Market, the Italian Cookie Lady and Liberty Café. Mix 96.5 provided music via a live broadcast.

The location attracted a good crowd, too. United Federal Credit Union at 3674 Hendersonville Road allowed FABA to set up in its adjacent lot, thanks in part to FABA’s president Steve Clark, also the branch manager at the credit union. The lot accommodated three levels of business exhibits, letting the public amble between them while soaking in the sunshine of a beautiful Tuesday afternoon.

FABA Members Represented

Hendersonville Tents, a FABA member, supplied the frame tents, under which FABA members set up their booths and tables. The tents supplied shade from an afternoon sun, but the event was going to go on rain or shine, so the tents also provided protection in the event of rain.

In all, nearly 40 businesses were represented at the Expo, a signal that FABA has remained strong in recent years. Aside from the above-mentioned food establishments, the list included:

  • Banks and credit unions: Asheville Savings Bank, Mountain Credit Union and United Federal Credit Union
  • Business services: ABC Office Systems, The Lane Organization and Rhonda Wilson Wade CPA
  • Communications: Asheville Radio Group, iSmashed NC and US Cellular
  • Medical and health care: Always Best Care, Brown Family Chiropractic, The Family Health Centers, Mission Hospital, Park Ridge Health, Siegel Chiropractic and Universal Health Care
  • Insurance and finance: Edward Jones, General Insurance Services, The Juengel Agency
  • Wellness: Acu-Na Wellness Center, Juice Plus+ and The Pain Roper
  • Other businesses: Fast Cat Studio Photography, Fletcher Car Care, Fletcher Park Inn, Hendersonville Tents, Rainbow International of Asheville, Sam’s Club of Hendersonville, Sign One and WinSoar Vacations
  • And public organizations: Blue Ridge Community College and The Town of Fletcher

The Expo Works

According to outgoing FABA president Steve Clark, “The 2014 Expo was not only our very first outdoor Expo, but also the first one open to the general public. It was a huge success!” The event’s visibility on busy Hendersonville Road helped, as did the United Federal Credit Union’s electronic sign. A flashing police car got people to slow down enough to see what was going on, and the police kindly escorted visitors from the parking area across the street.

Attendees cycled through the tables all afternoon, keeping business representatives on their toes. There were conversations, explanations, games and giveaways, as well as some business deals. The amount of giveaways created a buzz, as each visitor received a plastic tote bag to carry home all the goodies. Those pens, key chains, brochures and samples go a long way to providing visibility for businesses of all sizes. Attendees may forget the conversations, but they’ll remember the giveaways. Ron Holt with Academy Press, in fact, won a 60-inch flat-panel HDTV, valued at over $500, from United Federal Credit Union.

The FABA Expo works as a vehicle to promote your business. If you weren’t a part of it this year, consider a table presence next year. “We look forward to building on this experience next year and beyond, and we appreciate all of our FABA members who participated this year as vendors,” says Steve Clark.

Written by FABA member Ray Access, which is in the business of writing for business. We can make any website stand out and attract attention.

Focus After 5 – American Eagle Locksmiths

Join Fletcher Area business at American Eagle Locksmith June 12, 5pm. Get a tour of the facility, meet local business pros, enjoy refreshments and register to win door prizes.

American Eagle Locksmith has been providing mobile lock & key services for more than 33 years, with a retail shop since 2012. 3 licensed locksmiths, 4 vehicles and 7-days-a-week emergency service in Asheville, Hendersonville and WNC.

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Focus After Five – Acu-Na Wellness Center

Tour the Acu-Na Wellness facilities with you local business leaders. Enjoy FREE mini-treatments including massage, acupuncture and facials. Refreshments will be served and you could win a FREE treatment! So join FABA members May 8th… Acu-Na is located just south of Smiley’s Flea Market.
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April 10, 2014 Focus After Five

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Focus After Five business networking with RelyLocal Hendersonville

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