By Janet Stoica
On Thursday, October 24, the Webster-Dudley Business Alliance held its Annual Meeting at Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster to elect officers, enjoy a speaker, and to hold a fundraiser drawing. Officers elected were Vice President (two-year term), Lucas Perzan of Insation Technologies; Treasurer (two-year term), Halina Jachimczyk of Webster First Federal Credit Union. Those elected for Board of Directors one-year terms include Darek Chojnacki of Green Tree Insurance, Mark Marzeotti of the Marzeotti Group, Jessica-Lee Sabine of The Rose Room, and Alternate Directors Nancy Healy of Citadel Company and Carl Kaliszewski of 511 Financial Group.
President Deb Horan, owner of Booklovers Gourmet, commenced the meeting by thanking Mr. A. J. Alkire, WDBA member and owner of Point Breeze, for his generosity in hosting the meeting as well as for providing the delicious variety of appetizers. “In 2006 another business owner and I saw a need for this association and began the group with a small number of local businesses which has now grown to a total of 73 members thus far.” said Ms. Horan, “Building and sustaining a dynamic business community is through local associations like this one. We are entrepreneurs, and if you spend most of your time watching the TV show, Shark Tank, you’re an entrepreneur!”
Deb presented statistics on how micro-businesses (those with two or less employees) make up 75 percent of the country’s business economy and how these businesses usually begin with less than $10,000. Second only to the military, small businesses are the most trusted group in America. A new full-color business directory map was made available to all members in attendance with the comment that the quantity printed had increased to 15,000 units.
Praising Dave Laabs of The Airbrush Shack for his outstanding workmanship on the alliance’s map directory—as well as for the Webster mural he painted on the Main Street building formerly occupied by Dugan’s Drugstore, Ms. Horan added, “His mural is a masterpiece, and it will serve our community well with its beautiful appearance.”
The WDBA fiscal year begins on November 1, and Deb mentioned that the group welcomes suggestions for future educational workshops, appreciates the Business Spotlight articles that appear in The Yankee Xpress, and how she was looking forward to the addition of banner ads that will soon appear on the WDBA website.
Ms. Halina Jachimczyk, WDBA Treasurer, presented the group’s treasury report and explained that in addition to the modest membership fees, the group’s income also derives from the map directory advertising. She mentioned that the alliance had made donations this year to The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor Group and the Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley. The door prize was donated by Darek Chojnacki and Mark Marzeotti and was won by Carl Kaliszewski.
The meeting’s presenter was Scott Snow, speaker and business coach, who discussed how a work and life balance is the challenge of a lifetime. “We all have jobs and families,” he said, “and we have daily priorities that we must tend to. The major category of your life is something that satisfies you. Since I’m a musician, I think in musical terms like a set of songs that you really enjoy playing. On a daily basis we are negotiators, counselors, and managers and we all should try to find quality time in order to be fulfilled.” Additional information can be found on Mr. Snow’s website www.thinklikeamusician.net
The meeting concluded with Mark Marzeotti thanking President Deb Horan. “We owe a lot of respect to Deb Horan for her tireless leadership and, as a group, we’ll continue to strive and benefit from our mutual association.” For more information about the WDBA’s membership or future events, please visit their website www.thewdba.org
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