August FABA News

FABA Blog August 2016

by Jim Stramler,


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.


  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.







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


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.




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.


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


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