West Cobb Business Association – Month in Review

West Cobb Business Association starts 2013 with a flurry of events and activities.

Welcome to the new West Cobb Business Association (WCBA) Blog. Normally this article will be related to activities and items of interest to the community from the West Cobb Business Association on a weekly basis, but this month has been such a great start to 2013 that we wanted to share the month. We invite you
to read our blog and then join us at future events.

The year of 2013 started with a bit of history as WCBA joined forces with the Marietta Business Association (MBA) at the Marietta History Museum for an evening of food, fun, music and a step into the past with free tours of the museum. Our Sponsors A+ Printing and the Tudor Doctor helped to make the
evening bright and educational. Food was provided by Adriane’s Delectable’s and décor by Petals and Treats. On the first Tuesday of each month, WCBA holds its own First Tuesday Networking at Night.

Every Tuesday open networking occurs at the 5th Precinct Police Station on Midway Road. This month our 10-minute speakers brought a wealth of information on their companies. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the meeting is open to both non-members and members and is free—just bring your own coffee.

This month’s lunch sponsored by Deb Krier of The Socialite featured a buffet lunch by Clement’s Catering and a speaker who is known for both her beauty and great heart, Dr. Emily Yake, Mrs. Georgia International 2012, Emily’s talk on the importance of diet and exercise for a healthier heart and body was both informative and timely. February is National Heart month and Emily’s speech was directed to the women of WCBA, encouraging them to educate themselves in the heart attack warning signs that are different that those of men. To learn more, go to http://www.goredforwomen.org

On Jan. 23, WCBA held its Annual Business Expo honoring Hillgrove High School Band at Hillgrove High School with nearly 500 people in attendance. The expo featured more than 55 restaurants and businesses with lots of free food, music, costumed characters and savings, treats, prizes and goodies from the local businesses. Big thank yous go out to many people including Unlimited Party and Event Rentals as well as the janitors, Navy JROTC and band of Hillgrove High School for their help. Plans are already under way for next year’s event.

A ribbon cutting for new member CTO Bridals in Hiram added some fun and dress up opportunities for some of our members. The stormy morning on Wednesday did not stop members from attending a Member Appreciation Breakfast at BB&T on Dallas Highway. The event honored our WCBA past presidents Krystine Torella, Robert Chase, Bill Borden and Blair McDougal, who were in attendance and received lifetime WCBA memberships for their contributions and hard work. We were also pleased to have Commissioner Helen Goreham in attendance.

Finally, our month ended on a charitable note as WCBA member nonprofit associations gathered for a summit meeting at Lost Mountain Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 31. Sponsored by Dr. Richard Block of Georgia Golf Events LLC, the meeting provided an opportunity for these groups to communicate their needs and concerns with WCBA and learn more about what the group has to offer to them. Big thanks to Paradise Donuts and Wilma Cookie O’Rourke Strong of Organ Gold Coffee Products for refreshments. It was decided that these meetings would be held on a quarterly basis.

What a month for WCBA, and the year is just beginning. Check back next week for more WCBA in review.


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Doug Hornak February 02, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Bonnie, What a month for WCBA and you did a great job recapping it. It is members like you that make WCBA so special. Thanks for going the extra mile to write this blog. I invite any business owner to check out the WCBA website for a list of upcoming events to network with other buisness owners in West Cobb.


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