November Meeting: GCBA Moves Forward With Organizational Steps

November Meeting: GCBA Moves Forward With Organizational Steps

The November 7, 2014 GCBA meeting detailed the changes that the GCBA is going through as it moves forward with the formal establishment of its existence.

With the help of State Senator David Knezek and the Small Business Association, the initial steps have begun toward becoming a 5013c organization. With the tax I.D. number a checking account can be opened.

The SBA also suggested that the GCBA develop a set of bylaws and articles of incorporation. Sen. Knezek and the Straight Farmhouse’s Mark Hammer have offered to help. Hammer went through the process with the Straight Farmhouse several years ago.

Future activities for the GCBA were discussed including a Dine & Dash, Sidewalk Sake and Business Expo. Committees to explore these ideas more thoroughly will be formed at the January meeting.

There will be no December’s meeting, instead there will be a Holiday Mixer at the Straight Farmhouse on December 12, at 6:00 pm. Prospective GCBA members from the Garden City business community will be invited to attend.

The GCBA will also be part of this year’s Santaland Parade on November 29 at 10:00 pm. GCBA members will be marching with the organization banner.

Save Money at  Garden City Businesses on the Discount Coupons Page

Save Money at Garden City Businesses on the Discount Coupons Page

Garden City Business Alliance Members are now offering discounts on their goods and services via the Discount Coupons page on the group’s website. Customers are welcome to print the coupons at home and bring them to the business, or display the coupon on their smart phone or tablet. Each coupon displays an expiration date for the respective offers. The advertising business owner is solely responsible for the redemption policies.

Lucky Dog Launches a Food Drive for People and Pets

Lucky Dog Launches a Food Drive for People and Pets

Lucky Dog Luxury Daycare & Boarding is starting an annual holiday food drive for people and pets. It will run today through December 20th. People food will be donated to our local food banks at Garden City Maplewood Community Center & First United Methodist Church. Dog and cat food will be donated to Safari Rescue, Last Day Dog Rescue and Cats Cradle Rescue.

To donate, bring any non-perishable food items to Lucky Dog, 5921 Middlebelt Road in Garden City. People items best for donating are canned meals, meats, fruits and veggies, peanut butter & jelly, noodles & sauce, beans, baby food, snacks, crackers, cereal, tea, coffee, ketchup, mustard, mayo, soap and toothpaste & tooth brushes. Any pet food, dry or canned, plus treats are always acceptable.

Let’s all help stamp out hunger!

Community Chat to Podcast From GC Fire Department Open House

Community Chat to Podcast From GC Fire Department Open House

Mark your calendars! Garden City Community Chat will be doing its next podcast #218 from the Garden City Fire Department’s Open House, Saturday Oct 11th, starting at 1:00 pm. Stop by and join Kerry, Richard, Tom & Derek for some Community Chat. We’d love to have you. The Open House runs from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and our show once again starts at 1:00 pm. Bring your cameras and the kids. There’s a lot going on. This will be our third year at the Open House and we are looking forward to seeing you there!!

Support the Garden City Historical Museum With a Memorial Brick Paver

Support the Garden City Historical Museum With a Memorial Brick Paver

The Garden City Historical Museum is offering a unique opportunity to make your mark in your City’s history by purchasing a memorial brick paver in the just completed extensionn of the Memorial Walkway on the grounds of the Straight Farmhouse.  Your contribution of $50.00 for each 4” x 8” paver brick and/or $75.00 for each 8” x 8” paver brick will be used to fund the operation and maintenance of the Straight Farmhouse, and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  

Your contribution will help the Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provide a public museum dedicated to preserving the history of Garden City and serve as an educational center for generations to come.

The GCBA Formally Endorses Their Mission Statement

The GCBA Formally Endorses Their Mission Statement

The GCBA unanimously endorsed their mission statement at the October 3, 2014 meeting of the group. The statement reads:

The Garden City Business Alliance is a resource for the citizens, business owners, and community of Garden City, Michigan.

Our objective is to create an extended support network for fellow business owners, offer an improved shopping experience for our customers, and work with the city to make our community a better place to live.

We will do this by employing the energy, expertise, and talent of the Garden City business community.

Add Your Business to the GCBA Website. It’s Quick & Easy

Add Your Business to the GCBA Website. It’s Quick & Easy

There’s nothing like bringing positive attention to your business. It’s even better yet when it’s free of charge. And to top it off, it’s easy to do. Just click here and fill out a brief form.

You’ll be asked for your company name, address, phone number, email address, and web address (or Facebook page), as well as a company contact and a list of services and/or products your company provides.

You’ll be given the opportunity to upload your logo or business card graphic. We’ll be glad to take a photo of your storefront once we have your permission.

Take a look at the early stages of the GCBA Member Directory to get an idea of how your listing might look like.

Check Out the New GCBA Website to Keep Up on Events

Check Out the New GCBA Website to Keep Up on Events

As Garden City business community members Kelly Perkins and Kerry Partin know, there are lots of items to check off when starting a new organization. Kelly and Kerry were instrumental in forming the new Garden City Business Alliance, and the GCBA is getting off to a fine start.

Step one was having the initial “business card swap” where Garden City business met and decided on a name for the group. Next, Kerry created a Facebook page where new members can share their business cards and get the buzz going about the GCBA using social media.

Step three – the new Garden City Business Alliance website, a place where members can keep up to date with GCBA progress and upcoming meetings. It’s also a great place for sharing upcoming events with members of the community, and keeping them involved.

Potential GCBA members can request a membership online. GCBA members can advertise their services and contact information in the online member directory – and, at some point, they’ll be able to offer discounts as well.

Kelly and Kerry met with Katherine and Rick of Palmerworks Design in Garden City who donated their services to the GCBA. The foursome worked out the details for the site, and decided on two perfect domain names: www.gardencitybusinessalliance.org and www.gcbiz48135.org – for a short and snappy name that’s easy to remember.

The site is mobile-friendly, so you can keep up on happenings using your smart phone or tablet.

Be sure to bookmark the site so you can keep up on local events and info about your community’s businesses.