MBA covers several topics in meeting

MBA covers several topics in meeting

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:01 pm

The May Martin Association Meeting was called to order by Tommy Legins, MBA Chair, thanking Harald Melson and Edward Jones for providing breakfast for the group.  
During the Mayor’s Minute, Mayor Randy Brundige gave an update on Martin’s TN Downtowns first Family Fun Night. Chad Clifton and Justin Harrell were on hand  signing autographs and there was a good turn out from the community and surrounding areas.  The Touch-A-Truck event, also a first for the community went well, and the Mayor gave recognition to Lynn Harper, Parks and Recreation, and WCMT for helping to make it a success.
He also praised city employees for keeping the streets in the area opened during all of the recent storms in the area. 
Mayor Brundige stated that the City Board had voted to put a new tornado siren in the Hyndsver Road area and that The city is contracting Barker Brothers to pick up brush in the area, as the landfill is full.
 Downtown enhancement continues with lights to be placed to the corner of Elm and Loveless.  
Gary Capers introduced Brian Smith, owner of the Sideline as Mays Highlighted Member . Smith, addressed the group discussing services offered by the business, including  physical therapy that treats neurological issues, as well as providing orthotics.  The fitness center is open 24/7, with the peak hours being from 6-7:30am and 3:30-7pm.  The center now offers a  play land for children ages 3-8 and will be adding a boxing circuit and tug ropes.  Many classes are available throughout the week.
Tommy Legins recognized Lyn Harper as Chamber of Commerce Business of the year.  Members in attendance introduced them-self to the group.  There are 140 members currently with the MBA and only 70 businesses have activated their Shop QA account.  Members who have not activated their accounts were encouraged to get those set up, contact Kimberly Craddock for assistance, if needed. 
Hollie Holt with the REED Center presented a program on using social media to market your small business.  A brief video was shown with statistics to support using social media. 
The REED center provides free and confidential 1 to 1 counseling in six counties, as well as seminars, for more information members can contact the REED Center.
Before the group adjourned Upcoming events from around the community were announced, including:
• May 24 – Lunch and Learn, noon to 1 p.m. at the REED Center in Martin, Women Business Owners training opportunity.
•June 10-11- Martin Relay For Life events will begin at UTM Football Stadium at 5pm honoring survivors, opening ceremony at 6pm.
• June 16 – WLJT Golf Tournament, 18 holes at Persimmon Hills, contact Katrina Cobb for more information.

wcp 5/24/11

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