Skip to main content

PABA Hosting Networking Event Featureing Talk on Social Media

Networking Event Features Talk on Social Media
PABA rounds out successful year with special event

The Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) will hold a special networking event on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Club 212 ( 212 Bridge Street ) in downtown Phoenixville. The event will feature a short talk from guest speaker Scott Hamrick of Visible Mission, Inc. Hamrick will talk to business owners about using social media to market their businesses to a wider audience. The growing popularity and of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have made these perfect avenues for finding new customers and keeping current customers advised of sales, events and new products.

Attendees will be treated to a variety of hors d’oeuvres donated by PABA member businesses, like Molly Maguire’s, Steel City Coffee House, and Prestige Chocolates, among others. A raffle will be held to win special donated gifts from area businesses like Fashionista’s Salon, Deep Muscle Therapy Group, Innovations A Hair Salon, and others, with the grand prize being a 2010 membership to PABA and a year’s worth of advertising on the organization’s website, www.DISCOVERPHOENIXVILLE.com. The talk will be followed by a period of networking for business owners. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://www.discoverphoenixville.com/index.php/front/calendar_details/258. PABA members attend free and can bring one non-member as a guest.

The event marks the end of a phenomenal year for the business association, which has experienced a 376% increase in membership since October 2009. The Phoenixville Area Business Association now represents ninety-eight local businesses, mostly concentrated in the historic shopping district. PABA is the oldest association in Phoenixville that supports business owners through events, networking, business-to-business communications, and advocating for the needs of local businesses. “We have a long history of supporting business owners in Phoenixville,” reports Jane Tucker, current President of PABA. Tucker reports that the ailing economic conditions have created a need for a more active association.

In 2009, the association has held a number of events to draw both residents and visitors to Phoenixville, including several progressive dinners, the Historic Inns of Phoenixville Dinner and Trolley Tour, Phoenixville Area Restaurant Week, a Bizness Shuffle, and the Historic Phoenixville Arts Stroll. In addition, the association was instrumental in garnering a feature article on Phoenixville’s renaissance in Chester County-Life Magazine. The group engineered a group marketing project called the Local List, Phoenixville’s version of the entertainment guide. The Local List features money saving offers from local businesses to encourage people to buy local. So far about 1500 of the Local List booklets have been distributed. At a cost of only $2.00 each, the booklets are being sold through PABA’s website (listed above) and at area businesses like Royal Bank America, Steel City Coffee House, Jaworski’s Music Centre, New Century Bank, and Phoenixville Federal Bank.

When asked about the future of PABA, Tucker stated, “This year was just the beginning of developing an active and motivated membership. We have a number of objectives we plan to reach in 2010 which will help us continue to forge a phenomenal future for Phoenixville.”

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Several Local Businesses Closing Up Shop

Over the next couple of months, three local businesses will be closing their doors. On Saturday, February 16th, Polka Dots will be closing their store at 246 Bridge Street. The shop, a women's clothing boutique, opened nearly two and a half years ago but has recently found business slow. --- Originally, (owner Susan) Randels said that the store was doing well, but that the momentum could not keep up. "The things that sold in Paoli didn't sell in Phoenixville," she said, adding that some customers thought that the store was too expensive or the sizing did not go high enough (size 12 being the highest size sold). "We tried everything." Randels also said that parking was an issue for many of her customers who could either not find spaces or did not feel safe parking behind the store. --- Polka Dots remains open until the 16th, with hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 610-935-5914. Clothing and s

Local Business Spotlight: The Fenix

As mentioned a couple of months back , Phoenixville will soon be home to a premium martini and whiskey bar. Named The Fenix, it is owned by the owners of Molly Maguire's and will be located right next door to Molly's at 193 Bridge Stret. The Fenix hopes to have a soft opening tonight or tomorrow with a grand opening coming in September. I sent an email into General Manager Michael Matarazzo who had this to say regarding the new venture: --- Opening in September 2008, The Fenix will offer a unique selection of over 15 specialty martinis as well as classic cocktails, fine wines and spirits. An eye-catching menu of delicious food will also be available along with great music and live DJ’s. The Fenix will create an exciting and varied cocktail party atmosphere every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm. Our guests will enjoy the comfortable lounge for food or a casual after work drink. Later on, they can listen or dance to the best music and DJ’s around or just gather at

Public meeting to discuss future of Melchiorre Park scheduled for Nov. 29th

On Thursday, November 29th, the Borough is holding a 'brainstorming session' in which plans for Melchiorre Park will be discussed with its park planning consultants. The event will be held at the High School and will begin 7pm. For those of you who do not know about Melchiorre Park (of which I am included, even though I apparently live across the street from it), it is a 23 acre park located south of High Street on the land between it and French Creek. It appears, based on the drawing on the Borough home page , to be the land that is next to Westridge Village and across the street from the new Northridge Village community. As part of the meeting, the consultants will 'provide a brief background of the project and present a pre-final master plan for the park'. Source: Phoenixville Borough Website