Business association makes plans for 2014
HUGHESVILLE – Now that the annual Five to Drive event is over, members of the Greater Hughesville Business Association are discussing plans to make it an even bigger and better event for 2014. Most of the two hundred and some participants were from the immediate area, but the committee hopes to reach out to other areas, especially in Lycoming County.
TJ’s Market received the most validations according to board president, Suzanne Holmes. There were also some new businesses who joined the association and participated. They include Foughts Mill, Edward Jones, Tiffany’s Hair and Just Passin’ Time Antiques.
Besides the Hughesville area, other shoppers came from the Muncy area, Montoursville, Turbotville, Allenwood, Sonestown, Bloomsburg, Muncy Valley and some from Williamsport.
Twenty businesses gave out prizes including a grand prize Pontiac G6 car from Murray Motors.
Other plans for this year include their upcoming annual business mixer scheduled for next Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Muncy Valley Moose. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the Hughesville area businesses is encouraged to attend. It will be an informal event and merchants will be handing out related business items as well as serving refreshments and beverages.
A golf tournament is also being planned for the second weekend in May. Other ideas for future events that were discussed during January’s meeting include a breakfast fundraiser, a Bridal Expo, a bike-a-thon and the annual children’s Christmas party with the American Legion Post 35.
It was also suggested that the organization apply for a “game of chance” license to allow raffles and games of chance during their events and fundraisers. “This will help us make money and increase our treasury balance,” said Doug Spotts. Tracy Clayton from Kathy’s Cafe seconded the motion.
The merchants also support the local parades. After much discussion it was decided to drop the Halloween parade due to costly insurance and “it doesn’t really promote commerce,” said Holmes. Instead the group decided to put more time and funds into the Christmas holiday parade.
New members are always welcome and membership renewal letters will be sent out earlier this year. All members must be in good standing to be on the members’ website, that is in the process of being updated.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 4.