Meeting Minutes: October 4, 2013
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE Friday, November 1st at 9am at the Panther Mountain Inn. As noted below, certain members are out of town October 18th and therefore a meeting can not take place that day.
Farmers Market: Great season. Numbers last year were well over 6,000. This year’s have reached well over 9,000 attendees. Next week, October 10 will be the last market for the season. Wine vendor Fran Morrison has passed away and they will be sending a donation from the market to help the family defray funeral expenses.
The Carol Theatre: There has been a lot of interest in a project to save the Carol Theatre. Donnie called Bob Swan to see how he feels about restoration potential but has not heard back from him yet.
Town Wide Garage Sale: planned for the weekend of October 5th and 6th to correspond with Warrensburg’s Largest Garage Sale. Space is at various spots throughout town. Maps will be available throughout town for people to pick up so they can find locations more easily. Contact NW Chamber of Commerce at #494-2722 or go on their website NorthWarren.com.
Wine Tasting Benefit: A correction made to last month’s minutes – the benefit is November 6 as announced in the Journal.
A Taste of the Tri-Lakes: will be held to correspond with the Rotary’s Memory Tree Lighting at the main intersection in Chestertown. The Rotary has given Donnie a date of Dec. 3rd. It was suggested they might want to use the Carol Theatre and bring in a Select Choir to perform. Local restaurants will be offering samples of their establishments and we’re looking forward to another great town wide event to bring residents together. More information will be forthcoming.
4th Toys for Tots ATV Poker Run: There were 111 riders, $2,570 was raised along with 130 unwrapped gifts. It turned out to be the best event they have held so far.
Townwide Lights On: Tri Lakes Business Alliance is asking that all businesses/homes on Main Street and beyond participate once again in lighting up our town for the holiday season and to coordinate decorations with the Rotary’s Memory Tree Lighting celebration by doing their holiday decorating/lights as early as November 27th. We sincerely appreciate all who are willing/able to participate in this fun-filled event.
Brant Lake Winter Carnival: Mark your calendars for February 8, 2014!!!
Rumrunners Weekend: still being talked about two weeks after the fact. Bill Richards who performed in the Carol Theater for our entertainment has returned his check to the alliance because he felt he had too much fun doing it to be paid.
Placemats: Donnie is getting quotes and working with Linda Lewis to get new ones printed up. Plan is to order more this time and the artwork will remain the same.
Mailing List and Website: Brandon Himoff suggested we may want to consider working with the chamber to set up a combined mailing list, perhaps using the chamber’s Constant Contact, to get the word out on all our events. He suggested that perhaps this winter we build a fuller website for the business alliance.
Guest Speaker, Jim Murphy, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation: Jim attended with two of his board members, Joel Beaudin and Wayne Thomas. He described how his organization works with small business start ups or existing businesses that want to expand their market and/or add additional employees. Many of their loans go to start up businesses that banks don’t generally lend to. AEDC is an intermediary lender with rates competitive with other financial lenders. They are NOT a grant program. They look for well thought out ideas that have a solid business plan. They also offer training sessions to get people off to the best start possible. If you are a seasonal business they will adjust loan payments to work with your cash flow. They frequently partner with local banks on larger loans. They cover most areas north of the NYS Thruway. He left his business cards for anyone who is interested in talking with him.
Joel Beaudin: one of the organizers of the North Creek Business Alliance. He shared that their alliance is in the process of purchasing a shuttle bus for winter use to transport people to and from Gore Mt. He said there is more room for annual advertising on the bus if anyone in our alliance is interested. It will also be used all summer to transport people from the SNCRR. He offered the possibility of Chester sharing the use of the shuttle for special events as well.
Next Meeting Cancelled: due to the fact that a number of major players in the alliance will be out of town, it was decided to cancel the next meeting and move to the November 1st meeting. PLEASE NOTE NEXT MEETING DATE!!!
Next meeting: Friday, November 1st at 9am @ the Panther Mountain Inn.