MBPA seeks nominations for Board of Directors

— It’s election season again! The Middleburg Business and Professional Association is seeking nominations until Sept. 15 for two open spots on the Board of Directors. Once the nomination process is complete, election ballots must be returned by Oct. 27, and election results will be announced Nov. 7.

The seats are currently held by MBPA President Punkin Lee and Vice President Ken Reid, both of whom can be nominated for the board. The new board members will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

If you are interested in running for election to the MBPA Board of Directors, please submit your name, affiliation and a short paragraph explaining why you would like to serve on the MBPA Board and what you can contribute to the advancement of our association. To serve on the MBPA board you must be a current member (dues paid) in good standing for 2017 and to take and hold office you must be a current member in good standing for 2018.

All submissions must be made by Friday, Sept. 15. Your nomination should be given to Kim O’Donnell, CPA, Chair of the Nominating Committee: faxed to her at 540-687-8293, emailed to her at kim@odonnellcpas.com or mailed to MBPA, P.O. Box 1384, Middleburg, VA 20118.

The election announcement came as part of MBPA’s Biz Buzz networking event, held at Above Green on Aug. 8. The event, which also served as a celebration of Above Green’s 10th anniversary, featured floral arrangements by Nature Composed, food by Side Saddle Cafe, cake by Market Salamander, wine from Boxwood Winery and Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, beer from Old Bust Head Brewing Co., an art exhibit by Misia Broadhead, a photography exhibit by Gregorio Photography, and music by Cedric Dimapilis and Valerie Rose Langerock.

The Biz Buzz came on the heels of the annual Sidewalk Sale, which featured three days of spectacular weather and shopping that was enjoyed by many visitors and locals. “From all the comments I’ve heard, because I did walk from one end to the other and popped in stores, people were really happy,” said MBPA President Punkin Lee. “Lots of new faces came to town, stayed over, shopped, ate. Hopefully, they’ll all return, but I think it was a highly successful event.”

One of the newest faces in town is Middleburg’s new economic development director, Jamie Gaucher, who expressed optimism at the meeting that new businesses can be drawn to Middleburg. “I’m responsible for economic development here in Middleburg nowadays, and from a large perspective, that means growth, it means bringing some new companies here, but it means doing it in a way that fits this community,” Gaucher said. “This community is a special place.”

The meeting also highlighted some important upcoming events, including the Aug. 19 Great Middleburg Cleanup and Scavenger Hunt, which will begin at 8 a.m. at the Middleburg Community Center. Also of note: the next Biz Buzz will be held at Foxcroft School on Sept. 12. See you then!