October 2022 As we round out the last part of the year, it is my honor to update all of you on all of the amazing things that are going on with the WLBA! The holidays are just around the corner and as we look back over 2022 we are all so thankful for the opportunities we had to hold events and gather as a community and operate our local businesses along the way. We pray this letter finds each one of you in good health, prosperity and joy! Let’s take a moment to review some of the highlights of this year for the West Liberty Business Association and our Village, as well as some amazing events that are still to come and where we are headed in 2023:
We provided promotional Save the Date Rack Cards as well as updated trifold brochures to be handed out promoting tourism in the village
We provided mywestliberty bags filled with treats for garage sale days and during the Summer Street Market!
We provided mywestliberty bags for new residents at the Meet and Greet
We sponsored a Shop Local First Ad Campaign on WPKO
We held the Hello Spring Shop Hop in March
We held the Annual Dinner meeting in April at the Opera House
We held the Annual Fire Sales in May
We sponsored free hot dogs to children for the opening of the Splash Pad
We worked with the Village and Historical Society and Piatt Castle on continued joint endeavors
We planned and promoted The Summer Street Market and Car Show in June! This took place the same weekend as The Force Ball Tournament, the Lion's Club Fish Fry and the Fireworks – it included around 20 local vendors and food trucks, 70 cars/motorcycles, stores stayed open late and we had live and DJ music entertainment all day!
We sponsored the Country Legends Concert Series concert held in September
We organized the Fall Open Houses for businesses in September
We formed a new Trick or Treat committee to hold the first Spooktacular event in downtown West Liberty which will be held October 27, 2022 from 4:30-7:30 P.M.
We will be sponsoring and decorating the Logan County Branch Library window in downtown in November and raffling off the Snowflake Basket!
We are planning and promoting West Liberty Christmas in the Village events including Christmas Open Houses to be held Nov. 4 & 5, the Christmas Parade and luminaries, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Nov 25 & 26 as well as the Tour of Homes scheduled for December 10 from 5-8 P.M.
We worked with the Village Council to institute a Business of the Month for West Liberty to recognize local businesses!
We have continued membership spotlights on the village Website and on our Facebook page
The members of the Board would like to extend a special THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time and resources over the past year! We could not accomplish all this without you. We want more of you to please get involved with us and help us do even more next year! We love fresh ideas and opinions!
We are excited to continue working closely with other local organizations, including the Village Council, the Lion’s Club, the Historical Society, the Country Legends Concert Series, the Logan County Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau, among others to improve our community. This cooperation has helped to better the community and increase the number of visitors to our town – which only means increased revenues to you.
We hope you will support the West Liberty Business Association and renew your membership (see attached form and options). We are once again offering sponsorship packages so you can choose what best suits your needs, your financial ability and what works best to showcase your business on mywestliberty.com and to promote your business at our annual dinner.
We mainly meet on the second or fourth Thursday (as schedules allow) of each month at 5:30 P.M. at The Mad River Farm Market. We are always looking for members to get involved in event planning, and leadership roles, and it is a great opportunity to get your business name out there. We understand that your time is precious and as business owners we often don’t have extra time, but even if you are able to be on a small committee board it would be so helpful to those of us who are working hard to revitalize the events that keep our village relevant, lively and a destination spot! We have positions available on the following committees:
Membership Drive Volunteer Committee Business Development Committee Summer Street Market and Car Show Luminary Fall Run Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Spooktacular! Christmas Parade Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
It is the goal of the Board of Directors to support all of our businesses in ways that benefit the entire West Liberty community. The more memberships we have, the more we are able to pour in to the Village events and in to the local businesses of West Liberty bringing commerce and traffic into our local economy.
Respectfully and Dutifully Yours, Your West Liberty Business Association Board of Directors: Heather Chamberlain (Theresa’s Gingerbread House), President Linda Vernon (Vernon Farms), Vice President Brittany McElroy (Civista), Treasurer Brenda Snyder (Pig In A Pickle) Secretary Tami Cox (Country Friends of Ohio), Member at Large