GBACC Annual Meeting and New Member Reception
January 26, 2017
GBACC End of the Year Reception
GBACC End of the Year Reception December 8, 2016
Members of GBACC and invited guests gathered at the Brunswick Heritage Museum on Thursday, December 8 to celebrate another successful year and to share some awards and donations with local businesses, City Departments and organizations.
GBACC Business of the Year 2016 was presented to David Blackmon for his business Smoketown Brewing Company. Donations of $200 were given to Brunswick Food Bank, BEACON, Jefferson Food Bank, Western Loudoun Food Pantry and the Brunswick Heritage Museum. The Brunswick Police Department and the Brunswick Public Works Department were given Certificates of Appreciation for their work keeping Brunswick safe and running smoothly. Angel White presented GBACC with a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Jeff Snoots, who had to leave early.
Smoketown Brewing donated beer for the reception and Michelle McIntyre, GBACC Vice President and owner of Dinner Belle Catering, provided the buffet. GBACC would like to thank all those that joined in on our year end celebration.
Photos are posted on the GBACC Facebook page.
GBACC Business Meeting, November 14, 2016
Members of The Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC) attended a Business Meeting at the Brunswick American Legion.
Allison Wilder, EDC Chair, spoke at the meeting about the city’s interest in promoting an outdoor recreation destination. The 2017 city budget includes funds for advertising these opportunities – and our businesses – to a broader audience. The EDC is in the process of writing a strategic plan for economic development that will propel outdoor recreation while benefiting businesses and citizens as the community’s infrastructure, events, and policy are aligned under a central theme. Ms. Wilder presented an overview of the shift to a commitment to outdoor recreation and answered several audience questions regarding the strategic plan and the EDC’s next steps.
Carlo Alfano, Trail Liaison of Rivers Edge Recreation Park told the group about the progress of the park and how it will benefit our area. He also showed a brief video produced by local Dave Kersey to help promote the new trail. Mr. Alfano accepted a donation from the Chamber for the Rivers Edge Park.
During the Business Meeting the 2017 GBACC Board was introduced. They are President Terry Lewis, Vice President Michelle McIntyre, Secretary Jerry Knight, Treasurer Ellis Burruss and At Large Members Sheila Gray, Tim Wilson and Callie Fulmer.
Changes to the GBACC Bylaws were proposed by the board. Callie Fulmer made a motion to accept the changes, Michelle McIntyre made the second. After discussion the amendments were passed by a voice vote.
NOTE: In photo Carlo Alfano receives donation from GBACC President Terry Lewis.
The Brunswick Area Business Expo
(left to right) Lee Zumbach, Brunswick Councilmen Tom Smith and Carroll Jones, Carolyn Ormes, Lovettsville Councilwoman Tiffaney Carder, Frederick County Council Jerry Donald, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, Brunswick Mayor Jeff Snoots, GBACC President Terry Lewis, Lovettsville Mayor Bobbie Zoldas, Abbie Ricketts, GBACC Board Member Sheila Gray and GBACC Treasurer Ellis Burruss.
Photos can be seen on the GBACC Facebook page.
The 5th annual Greater Brunswick Area Business EXPO was held this past Thursday night (November 10, 2016) at the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. Over 50 area businesses exhibited in the fire hall which was packed with nearly 400 visitors throughout the evening.
Those attending met local business people and learned about goods and services that are available in this area. Local restaurants gave away mouth-watering food samples: Little Red Barn, Beans in the Belfry, Bonnie’s Country Kitchen, A Better Choice Bakery, and Joe Corbi’s had plenty of sweet treats and scrumptious food bites to sample. Door prizes donated by the participating businesses were drawn throughout the evening. Cash drawings of $25, $50, and $100 were awarded to three visitors who had visited exhibitors and had their Blackout Bingo stamped as proof.
As guests entered the fire hall they were welcomed by members of GBACC, the Brunswick Economic Development Commission, Brunswick Main Street, and Lovettsville representatives. Volunteers from the four groups collaborated to host the EXPO with planning started earlier this year. The EXPO Planning Committee included Abbie Ricketts, Terry Lewis, Nancy King, Jerry Knight, Angel White, Ellis Burruss, Allison Wilder, Tiffaney Carder, and Michelle McIntyre.
Brunswick businesses were well represented at the EXPO including eight downtown businesses/organizations. Others came from Lovettsville, Jefferson, Frederick, Walkersville, and as far away as Fairfield, PA.
Lovettsville Mayor Bob Zoldos, who served as master of ceremonies and Brunswick Mayor Jeff Snoots shared duties at the announcer’s podium introducing guests and announcing the many door prize drawings. County Executive Jan Gardner, County Council member Jerry Donald, Government Affairs & Public Policy Director for Frederick County Roger Wilson, and State Senator Michael Hough were among the honored guests at the EXPO.
The Brunswick High School Band members provided assistance to exhibitors with loading and unloading. River and Trail Outfitters provided a shuttle service to satellite parking for exhibitors. The Smoketown Rotary Club provided assistance with set up and break down.
The EXPO is a collaborative effort of the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC), Brunswick Main Street, the City of Brunswick Economic Development Commission, and the Lovettsville Business and Tourism Committee.