The Union Bridge Business Association is trying a new approach to boosting businesses in town, and is looking for new members to join.
The business association's growth seemed stalled, said Cindy Jacobs, group president. The same business owners attended the meetings each month, while some members on the roster chose not to attend at all.
Two months ago, the group members discussed their situation, and decided to transform the business association into more of a networking group.
"We're trying to get this going in a different direction and try to get to know each others' businesses a little more and how we can help each other," Jacobs said.
Now at each meeting, one member will be chosen to be in the meeting spotlight, and will get a chance to give an in-depth description about what his or her business is, what the business does and how.
Jacobs, owner of Cinful Cuisine catering business, gave the members an example of how the spotlight works last month by describing her catering business, the types of events she covers, how she also specializes in wedding cakes, and how she markets a beer marinade as well.
Mayor Perry Jones, owner of Tuck's Chevron Service Station in Union Bridge, said that before he heard Jacobs talk about her business, he had no idea that there was a local caterer who could handle wedding receptions. And there are probably other businesses that he or other members aren't very familiar with but could learn about through the spotlight talks at the business association meetings, he said.
Jacobs said the hope is that through learning about the other businesses in town, this can generate more referrals from one local business to another. In her business, if she has a planning meeting for wedding clients, she can refer them to Esquire Liquors for their wedding alcohol, she said, or to Original Pizza for a meal after looking at pictures of her food all afternoon.
"I like using people that I know have fantastic businesses," Jacobs said. "I kind of want it to just be where friends get together and we want to help support one another, like you would with a friend."
The group is also welcoming businesses from beyond Union Bridge, Jacobs said. All businesses are welcome to attend.
The Union Bridge Business Association meets at 7:30 a.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at 115 Penrose St., Union Bridge.
For more information, call Jacobs at 410-808-6100.
Carroll County Breaking News
New Windsor fire company is hosting a crab feed Sept. 20, but tickets must be reserved by Sept. 6.
The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the fire company's engine bays, 101 High St., New Windsor.
The price is $40 per person and includes steamed crabs, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, crab soup, corn on the cob, beer, soda and more.
Harris Seafood Company is providing the crabs.
For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 410-775-7402.
Carrie Ann Knauer covers Linwood, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Uniontown and Johnsville. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.