MBPA Board nominations due Sept. 15

Biz Buzz Foxcroft School Middleburg Virginia— If you haven’t submitted your nominations yet for the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s Board of Directors, you’re running out of time. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 15.

If you are interested in running for election to the MBPA Board of Directors, you need to 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.

Please submit your nominations to Kim O’Donnell, CPA, Chair of the Nominating Committee: fax to 540-687-8293, email kim@odonnellcpas.com or mail to MBPA, P.O. Box 1384, Middleburg, VA 20118.

There are two seats up for election this year, currently held by MBPA President Punkin Lee and Vice President Ken Reid, both of whom can be nominated for the board. The election will take place in October, with the results announced in November, and the winners serving two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The election reminder came as part of the Sept. 12 Biz Buzz at Foxcroft School, where Head of School Cathy McGehee expressed her gratitude for the Middleburg business community and encouraged interested businesses to contact the school about internships for their students. “We have really smart girls, really responsible girls, and they might help you out and you’ll be helping them out as well as they begin to explore potential careers for the future,” McGehee said.

The event served as a kickoff to a busy fall season in Middleburg, with more than 40 events planned for the month of September and several major events occurring in October, including the Middleburg Film Festival, Virginia Fall Races and Foxcroft’s Parents’ Weekend. Also upcoming in October will be a ribbon-cutting at Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery‘s new barn at 495 E. Washington St. on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.

The ribbon-cutting is just one of several exciting prospects on the horizon for Middleburg, as more businesses are considering setting up shop in town. Jamie Gaucher, Middleburg’s business and economic development director, noted that two brew pubs, a sushi restaurant and a family-oriented business have all expressed interest in locating in town.

Additionally, Gaucher announced that the town will be launching a technical assistance program soon designed to help businesses with things like digital literacy.

Preparations are also already underway for Small Business Saturday, held the weekend after Thanksgiving, so businesses that will be offering special discounts that day should let the board know about their deals, noted MBPA Board Member Tone Moore, owner of Popcorn Monkey. “We won’t know to promote your business if you don’t let us know collaboratively that you have something going on,” he said.

If your business will be having a special sale for Small Business Saturday, you can submit information about it to info@visitmiddleburgva.com.

The next Biz Buzz will be held Oct. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Side Saddle Cafe. We look forward to seeing you then!