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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

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September FABA News

FABA Blog September 2016

by Jim Stramler, ExtraordinaryWriter.com

 

Join FABA – Build relationships – Grow your business

 

FABA meetings:

FABA meetings are a great chance for you to do some relationship building, networking, and marketing.  We’re all working together to make Fletcher and the area grow and prosper.

 

DickeysThe FABA Coffee Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 8 – 9 AM at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 235 Saint John Road, Fletcher.  Besides the usual 1-minute self-introduction speech, at each meeting, a representative from one business has the opportunity

Sept 6th- Mary Palermo- Rainbow International

Sept 20th- Wes Manley- Mattress Man

 

 

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Focus After 5 is a terrific networking/social opportunity after work.  It typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The Focus After 5 location varies, and is typically established months in advance.

This month it will be September 8th and sponsored by the Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., 3845 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher.

(SPO photo here)

If you would like to sponsor this activity, see Teona or Glen.  Their contact information is on the Contact Us page here on the FABA website.

 

FABA Expo Mailer 2016Our annual FABA Business Expo will be October 4th at Fletcher Park.  Plan to attend – or get a table to illustrate what your company does.  This year, FABA is offering a free table to any non-profit wanting to exhibit at the Expo.  Contact Teona or Glenn or any FABA Board member for more information.

REGISTER AND PAY FOR FABA EXPO VENDOR BOOTH HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other activities:

Time for Back to School and the kickoff of this year’s SnackPack program.  The program is expanding this year to include additional schools and increase the coverage of snacks and supplies we provide.  More on this later.

 

Fletcher Family Festival – and it’s Free to attend.

Saturday September 24th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at Fletcher Park off Howard Gap Road.

The Town of Fletcher will be hosting the event to include children’s games and inflatables, touch a truck, a musical performance by Caribbean Cowboys, and a spectacular fireworks show! Fireworks launch at 8 PM.

Food vendors include Acropolis Pizza and the Fletcher Parks & Recreation concession stand.

Park Ridge Health sponsors the event.

 

Hendersonville hosts the North Carolina Apple Festival over the Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5 with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Courthouse.

 

New members:

We have new members I hope to cover in the future.

 

Miscellany:

Learning English is hard.

But it can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.

 

I’m still requesting an RFI.  For those who don’t know, that’s a Request For Information.  I’m looking for testimonials.  If FABA has played a significant role in or been crucial to your business success, let me know.  jim@extraordinarywriter.com

 

I hope you got something useful from my Hopefully Helpful Hint posted in June.  Let me know.

 

August FABA News

FABA Blog August 2016

by Jim Stramler, ExtraordinaryWriter.com

 

Join FABA – Build relationships – Grow your business

 

FABA meetings:

FABA meetings are a great chance for you to do some relationship building, networking, and marketing.  We’re all working together to make Fletcher and the area grow and prosper.

Dickeys

  The FABA Coffee Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 8 – 9 AM at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 235 Saint John Road, Fletcher.  Besides the usual 1-minute self-introduction speech, at each meeting, a representative from one business has the opportunity to present a larger summary or spotlight of what that company does.

August 2ndMichael Trufant from Crunch Media

August 16thAnissa Brown from Paychex

 

Focus After 5 is a terrific networking/social opportunity after work.  It typically
meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The
Focus After 5 location varies, and is typically established months in advance.

This month it will be August 11th and sponsored by the Mountain Credit Union, 3270 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher.

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If you would like to sponsor this activity, see Teona or Glen.  Their contact information is on the Contact Us page on the FABA website.

 

Other activities:

It’s FREE.

On Saturday, August 6th the Fletcher Parks & Recreation Department is holding Family Movie Night in the Fletcher Community Park.  The movie Star Wars – The Force Awakens will be shown on the outdoor movie screen beginning at 8:45 PM.  This film is rated PG-13.

The Fletcher Parks & Recreation concession stand will be open selling popcorn, snacks, drinks, hot dogs, nachos and more!

Parks & Recreation encourages children ages 12 and under to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.  Any child in a costume is eligible to enter for a $50 First Bank gift card.  They must register at the First Bank tent no later than 8 PM.

Bring your chairs and blankets or whatever else would make you comfortable.

Coolers are welcome, but no alcohol is permitted on Park property.

First Bank is sponsoring the event.

 

On August 10th FABA will have a table at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the WNC Agricultural Center.  We need FABA member volunteers to staff the FABA table for shifts throughout the event.  Contact Teona Rodriguez/Events Chair or Glen Bonetti/Events Co-chair to let them know what times work for you.  We have 4 – 7 PM covered so far.

 

Our annual FABA Business Expo will be October 4th at Fletcher Park.  Plan to attend – or get a table to illustrate what your company does.  This year, FABA is offering a free table to any non-profit wanting to exhibit at the Expo.  Contact Teona or Glenn or any FABA Board member for more information.

 

New members:

 

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More of Asheville is part of a 70 store franchise based in Dunedin, FL – the Big Frog Franchise Group.

It is a locally owned and operated store run by David & Christina Riddell.  David has been a retail multi-unit District Manager for 25 years. Christina is a payroll-bookkeeper for an accounting firm.  They both went to Western Carolina University.

Big Frog is a Direct To Garment Digital Printer of Apparel and promotional items. The store is customer friendly retail with a wide variety of selections.  They have a lot of “YESes” but they also have some “NOs”.

– YES 24 hour turnaround on in-stock items

– YES can print ONE item or thousands

– YES Garments can be personalized and customized – anyone can be unique

– YES offers Screen Printing, Embroidery, Ultra and Vinyl Print

– YES full photo color quality logo or design printed INTO the garment

– NO design fees

– NO setup/artwork fees

– NO minimums

 

They are located at 336 Rockwood Road #105, in Arden, just north of Airport Rd, near I26.

828-209-8100 and asheville@bigfrog.com.

 

Thank you for joining, and we invite you to participate in FABA activities.

 

We have more new members I hope to cover in the future.

 

Miscellany:

 

I’m still posting an RFI.  For those who don’t know, that’s a Request For Information.  I’m looking for testimonials.  If FABA has played a significant role in or been crucial to your business success, let me know.  jim@extraordinarywriter.com

 

I hope you got something useful from my Hopefully Helpful Hint posted in June.  Let me know.

 

A Letter to all FABA Members

To All FABA Members:

The dog days of summer are upon us and I hope you will remember to check on your elderly neighbors or those who may not have air conditioning – we take so much for granted and just one visit may make a difference in someone’s life.

With regret, Kristi Sink our FABA Secretary has resigned her position and will be relocating her family to Ohio.  We are happy to welcome Ann Hudgins from Pardee Hospital as our new Secretary and I hope you will join us in making her feel welcome to the FABA family.

FABA has some very exciting events and opportunities coming up.  Mark your calendars now…..

This month, on July 14th we will be visiting with the fine folks at Broadmoor Golf and Event Center for our July Focus After Five.  Bring your business cards, a door prize and a friend to join us for a great night of networking, good food and fellowship.

In  August, we have our regularly scheduled Coffee Club meetings at Dickey’s BBQ from 8 until 9am on the first and third Tuesday.  On August 10th FABA will have a table at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, held at the WNC Agricultural Center, and would like to ask for FABA members to volunteer for shifts to man the FABA table throughout the event.  Please contact Teona Rodriguez/Events Chair or Glen Bonetti/Events Co-chair to let them know what times work for you.  We already have 4pm until 7pm covered and would certainly appreciate any others who may like to help.

On August 11th – Mountain Credit Union in Fletcher will be our host for the August Focus After Five and we would certainly like to have you there to meet the great folks at Mountain Credit Union and again enjoy the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones together with telling folks about your business.

Finally, SAVE THE DATE – October 4, 2016 – Fletcher Park – our annual FABA BUSINESS EXPO.  Flyers and registration forms will be ready soon.  We enjoyed a fabulous turnout last year and expect nothing less this year.  In addition to our paid vendors we are happy to offer a free table to any non-profit who would like to exhibit at the FABA EXPO.  Please contact Teona or Glenn or any FABA Board member if you are interested.

Thank you for your time and continued support.  If you have any questions or need additional information about our upcoming events please feel free to contact me or any FABA Board member and we will be happy to help.

Best regards,

Lynn Cordell

FABA President

July FABA News

FABA Blog July 2016

by Jim Stramler, extraordinarywriter.com

 

Join FABA – Build relationships – Grow your business

 

Wishing you a very happy July 4th.  Have a great time, but be safe in whatever you do.

 

FABA meetings:

FABA meetings are a great chance for you to do some relationship building, networking, and marketing.  We’re all working together to make Fletcher and the area grow and prosper.

Dickeys

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.  Besides the usual 1-minute self-introduction speech, at each meeting, a representative from one business has the opportunity to present a larger summary or spotlight of what that company does.

July 5thDavid Maupinfor Edward Jones Investments

July 19thLynn Cordell with a special guest Tom Morgan from Carolina Fiduciary Services
940x4501Focus After 5 is a terrific networking/social opportunity after work.  It typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The Focus After 5 location varies, and is typically established months in advance.

This month it will be July 14th and sponsored by the Broadmoor Golf and Event Center, 101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher.

If you would like to sponsor this activity, see Teona or Glen.  Their contact information is on the Contact Us page here on the FABA website.

 

Other activities:

Carolina Rex will be performing a Summer Concert at Fletcher Community Park on Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM.  Their specialty is Blues, but they have a varied repertoire.

 

A committee has been formed to request a new state-of-the-art library facility for northern Henderson County.  A petition to the Henderson County Commissioners is available for signing and can be turned in at the Fletcher Town Hall.  The current library in Fletcher is somewhat limited.  I recommend pursuing this.

 

VISION HENDERSON COUNTY, is one of Henderson County’s most prestigious organizations.

It’s an innovative leadership development program under the sponsorship of Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber.  The program is open to all citizens of Henderson County from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

There is an Orientation class on August 11 and day-long programs are once a month through April 2017.  The tuition for this program is $355.  Contact M.C. Gaylord at m_gaylord@blueridge.edu.

Miscellany:

I’m still posting an RFI.  For those who don’t know, that’s a Request For Information.  I’m looking for testimonials.  If FABA has been a major part of or crucial to your business success, let me know.  http://extraordinarywriter.com

I hope you got something from my Hopefully Helpful Hint published last month.  Let me know.

June FABA News

 

FABA Blog June 2016

by Jim Stramler, extraordinarywriter.com

 

Join FABA – Build relationships – Grow your business

 

If you hang with this to the end, you might find some useful information…

 

FABA meetings:

FABA meetings are a great chance for you to do some relationship building, networking, and marketing.  We’re all working together to make Fletcher and the area grow and prosper.

 

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.  Besides the usual 1-minute self-introduction speech, at each meeting, a representative from one business has the opportunity to present a larger summary or spotlight of what that company does.

June 7th – Shawna Gibbs of US Cellular

June 21st – Mike Wiemers of Dickey’s BBQ – on his home turf

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Focus After 5 is a terrific networking/social opportunity after work.  It typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The Focus After 5 location varies, and is typically established months in advance.

This month it will be June 9th at the Fletcher YMCA on Hendersonville Rd. in Fletcher.

 

If you would like to sponsor this activity, see Teona or Glen.  Their contact information is on the Contact Us page here on the FABA website.

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Other activities:

 

Saturday, June 11th – Fletcher’s Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its first summer concert in Fletcher Community Park.  The Super 60’s Band will play from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  United Federal Credit Union is sponsoring this event.

 

 

Miscellany:

 

I’m putting out an RFI.  For those who don’t know, that’s a Request For Information.  I’m looking for testimonials.  If FABA has been a major part of or crucial to your business success, let  me know.  http://extraordinarywriter.com

 

 

Hopefully Helpful Hint:

Jim Stramler, ExtraordinaryWriter.com

 

FABA Board Member and Henderson County Chamber South Leads Group Chair Michelle Tracz suggested that some business people have a problem putting together speeches at their meetings.  Per her suggestion, I’ve written this blog post.

 

At the various meetings you may attend in the area – such as the FABA Coffee Club, the Henderson County Chamber Leads groups, the Asheville Area Chamber Professional Networking Groups, or others – you are expected to give some type of presentation about your business.

 

Several types of these presentations exist, each with a specific intent.  They may be called:

 

– a Center of Attention/Focus/Spotlight

– an Elevator pitch

– a Self-introduction/Icebreaker

 

Each of these is basically a different type of speech.

 

Many people don’t feel comfortable giving a speech.  They feel it’s another stressor they don’t need.

 

But it’s part of the game you have to play as a business owner or manager trying to network, develop relationships, and market yourself or your company.

 

Think of these speeches as opportunities – not as something to be feared – to tell people how great you are or your business is.

 

Here, I’ll concentrate on the one-minute (60-second) self-introduction, common to most of the meetings here in Western North Carolina and elsewhere.  I may cover something on the other types in later blogs.

 

Essentially this self-introduction speech is to inform the audience about you and your business.  How else would you expect to let someone know what you do – or what your company does?

 

But it’s also a sales pitch.

 

I’ll present some guidelines or suggestions here to hopefully help you present the best image you can in these speeches.  Maybe reading this and thinking about your business will help you put something together.

 

Take the following sequence of steps as an initial suggestion.

 

1) give a greeting to the group (a simple “Hi” will do)

2) state your name (“I’m …”)

3) state your business name and your position/relationship with the business

3) state what you or your business do

4) do one (and only one) of these – briefly:

(And when I say briefly, I mean briefly.  Some people think a minute is a long time when you’re standing up in front of a group, but it’s not.  You only have a minute.  People will be turned off if you ramble on and on – like happened at a recent Chamber breakfast.)

A – tell an interesting story – what you have done or something that has happened related to your business,

B – give a testimonial – from one of your customers who provided a glowing report due to the product or service you provided

C – tell what differentiates you from others in the same type of business

D – quote someone on a topic you can relate to your business

E – ask a leading/interesting question.  This may throw a little variety and arouse more interest or curiosity to make you more memorable.

– try to make it related to your business

– have the answer backed up by a link or other reference.

5) spout a slogan/tag line/other – something for people to easily remember you by

6) state your name and company name again

7) ask if you can help anyone – and for them to meet with you after the meeting

8) if time permits and if acceptable at that meeting, offer to pass your business cards

 

That’s a lot of things to cover in one minute.  Like I said, it’s not a lot of time.

 

Now that you have a sequence and the material, you need to practice – both for timing and to get your rhythm down – before you present to the group.

 

Some final thoughts here.

1 – Humor can be a great attention grabber and memory maker, but you have to be careful.  Not everyone’s humor is the same.

2 – Don’t be negative.  Keep your speech positive.

3 – Each business can be different, and sometimes variations of the above might be advisable.

4 – Take a deep breath before beginning to speak.  It’ll help you relax.

 

I can’t provide a list of approaches for every business, but some thoughts for different types of businesses to make you stand out:

– HVAC – better materials, more experience, more efficient units, longer guarantee – and why …

– financial – charge lower rates to manage funds, provide better return,  more personal service

– food – better quality, more organic/natural, unique types

– insurance – more/better coverage for same or less,  more personal service

– computer supplies and/or services – lower prices, more personal service

 

Remember, you know your company and maybe your competition better than anyone else in the room.

 

Now GO FOR IT.

You’ll form and maintain relationships with a great group of people who can help you.

 

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April FABA News

FABA Blog April 2016

by Jim Stramler, extraordinarywriter.com

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Join FABA and build relationships.

 

FABA meetings:

FABA meetings are a great chance for you to do some relationship building, networking, and marketing.  We’re all working together to make Fletcher and the area grow and prosper.

 

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, a representative from one business has the opportunity to present a brief summary of what the company does.

At the April 5th meeting, Jim Smeaton of Always Best Care will present a summary of his senior care service business.

On April 19th, Michelle Tracz, CPA, will present a summary of the many things she does for businesses, including accounting and process consultation.

 

 

Focus After 5 is a terrific networking opportunity after work.  It typically meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The Focus After 5 location varies, and is typically established months in advance.  If you would like to sponsor this activity, see Teona or Glen.  Their contact information is on the Contact Us page of the FABA website.

This month it will be on April 14th at the Fletcher Town Hall, 300 Old Cane Creek Rd. (Be sure you have your personal taxes filed so you can come and enjoy yourself without that stress.)

 

 

New Members:

We provide a hearty welcome to three more of our new members this month.

Montreat-College

Jesse Boeckermann is an Admissions Representative at the Asheville campus of Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies on Turtle Creek Drive.  Jesse helps people accomplish their educational goals.  Montreat College, an independent, liberal arts institution is celebrating its 100th year of existence this year and tailors its programs to fit into the lives of busy adults who have families and jobs.  Jesse believes we’re all life-long learners, and Montreat offers unique programs to meet that need.  The school offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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Patrick and Vessela Harper are both licensed Real Estate Agents in North Carolina.  They’re based out of the Hendersonville Coldwell Banker King office, located at 130 S. Main Street, and provide both residential and land real estate services in Western North Carolina.  Together, they make up what they call the VP Realty Team and really enjoy working together as husband and wife.  They place a great value on establishing relationships with clients.  They believe that their knowledge of the local market trends, timely communication, honest feedback, and great negotiating skills greatly benefit their clients.

 

 

 

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Michael Trufant operates his locally-owned video production company Crunch Media, based in Biltmore Forest.  He has been in business for 15 years and has more than 30 years experience as a Marketer-Videographer.  They excel by telling your story to customers with clean, simple videos.  They operate very efficiently and can provide their service at a very cost-effective price.  You can reach Michael at michael@crunch-media.com or 828-384-2330.  Ask him how he came up with the name Crunch.

 

 

 

 

Other activities:

On Saturday, April 16th, at 9:30 AM, the RECR8 5k run is scheduled at Fletcher Community Park.  The run is coordinated by the NC Recreation & Park Association with hosts in communities across NC.  You can register at .  The price is $45.  If you register before April 4th, you get a race t-shirt and (while supplies last) a free pair of Thorlos! Socks.

 

 

Miscellany:

With the weather starting to turn warmer, come out and take some time to enjoy the Fletcher Community Park.  It’s located off Howard Gap Rd., near Hendersonville Rd.