RBA Meeting this Wednesday

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Marianne Ewing from Goldman and Associates will be the guest speaker at the Ridgefield Business Association meeting on Wednesday, June 9 from noon to 1pm at The Sportsman Historic Restaurant & Saloon.

Marianne will share a highly untapped labor market working with individuals with different disabilities and finding the perfect match for your company. Join us to discover how your company could benefit from the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Lunch is available. Get there early and there’s time to socialize with other business owners in the area. The Sportsman’s is at 121 North Main Avenue, and parking is available at the lot across the street.

RBA Raises Money for Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Pam Bong

The Ridgefield Business Association hosted an After Hours event last week to raise money to buy a new refrigerator for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, our local food bank.

Pam Bong spoke about the food bank and the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon provided delicious treats and libations. A little over $800 was raised. Thank you participants! And thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sporstman’s for all the great food and drinks.

Speed Networking 2015!

Amphitheater NWRidgefield Business Association and Amphitheater NW are sponsoring a Business After Hours meeting on June 30th, from 5pm to 8 pm in the exclusive STAR Lounge at the Amphitheater NW, located at Delfel & 179th St in Ridgefield!

I asked Kathy Russo, Director of Sales, what to expect on that evening, and here’s what she told me:

Coming to Amphitheater Northwest you will be directed to park in our STAR or VIP parking lot that gives you early access and first egress from every show. No waiting in lines!

You will enter into our STAR lounge where we serve our box holders and special guests a celebrity chef buffet before every show. It is a permanently tented area with comfortable table and chairs and during shows, two large screen TV’s to watch the pre-show while enjoying your favorite beverages.

You will enjoy some appetizers and two free drinks compliments of RBA and the Amphitheater, additional beverages can be purchased at a cash bar. Our STAR lounge has a full bar and restrooms so our box holders and VIP’s never wait in lines.

You will be given a name tag identifying your business and after mingling we will begin our 6 minute “speed networking” where you will meet your neighbors in a comfortable and quick face to face. You will rotate between business owners getting to know as many as you’d like.

After the speed networking we will have tours available of the Amphitheater’s west plaza and pavilion area including the box suites.

This sounds like a really fun evening – it’s open to all, you do not have to be a member of the RBA.

Ridgefield Business After Hours June 30

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Business Association Meeting Wednesday

Police Chief Carrie Greene will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Ridgefield Business Association on Wednesday, June 24, noon, at Tri Mountain Golf Course. All are welcome.

If you haven’t been to an RBA meeting before, come see what all the excitement is about. It’s a great networking opportunity, and the group has lots of activities that you might be interested in.

Welcome Bags

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Did you know the Ridgefield Business Association takes ‘welcome bags’ to new homeowners and those refinancing property in the 98642 zip code?

These handy re-usable bags contain literature from members of the association and free coupons for many items.

If you’re a business owner and are not a member of the Ridgefield Business Association, I invite you to join. Dues paid after October are good through 2015, and there are many benefits to being a member, including interesting programs, chances to chat with other like-minded people, and fun events in which to participate. Come join the fun!

The ‘welcome bags’ are a great way to help spread the word about your business, but  only open to RBA members – email the association for details: RidgefieldWA98642@gmail.com.

Ridgefield Business Association Meeting

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Ridgefield Business Association monthly meeting is this Wednesday May 21st at Tri-Mountain Golf Course at the new time 12 noon. Heidi Rosenberg of Clark Regional Wastewater District will talk about the Discovery Corridor Wastewater System (DCWTS) project and how it will impact Ridgefield.  The construction manager and contractor representative will also be present at the meeting to talk about specifics on scheduling and what to expect during construction.  Construction is starting soon!  Very interesting stuff, don’t miss out.
Tri-Mountain Golf Course is at 1701 NW 299th Street. Coffee will be served, and lunch is available on a no-host basis.

RBA Meeting on Wednesday

The Ridgefield Business Association monthly meeting is this Wednesday September 25th at 5:30pm. The guest speaker will be Ridgefield City Council member Sandra Day. She will present a PowerPoint program discussing “Economic Benefits of Parks and Trails – Choices by Businesses”.

The meeting is at Metro Bistro & Wine Bar, 112 South Main Avenue. Please note that this is an earlier starting time.

The good people behind the “Thanksgiving Baskets” in Ridgefield are starting the effort to collect items and resources for this very successful program and will describe what they do. Last year they were able to deliver over 35 meals to families!  Please help.  For more information, and to donate, call Leanne Lefebvre 360-624-0454.

The Thanksgiving basket program started years ago when a group of families in the north end of Ridgefield decided their children should learn the value of giving to others. They prepared dinner for families who were having economic difficulties. The program grew and grew, and got so big the group decided to ask the community for donations. If you are one of our new families in town, this is a good way to get to know folks in your new town.

Business Association Sponsors Birds of Prey Exhibit

The Ridgefield Business Association has once again voted to underwrite the Birds of Prey exhibit at Bird Fest this October. Member companies who have contributed to the campaign so far are The Mercantile – $50; ZZoom Media – $50; NWCPA – $50; Flightpath LLC – $50; and the Sportsmans Bar & Grill $125.

Another $50 more is needed for the RBA to match funds for a total of $750 to sponsor the event. This is just another example of how Ridgefield people and businesses work together to keep our community vibrant and participating. Thank you!

By the way – if more money is contributed to the fund, it will go to Bird Fest and their many activities. Give generously.

RBA Officers Announced

Congratulations to the new officers of the Ridgefield Business Association:

Jeff Stay, President

Terry Hurd, Vice President

Debbie Raffelson, Treasurer

Kathy Winters, Recording Secretary

Brad Shafer, Corresponding Secretary

Tim Armstrong, Board Member

Marie Stephenson, Board Member

They were elected in last night’s meeting, which was brightened by finger food from the Sportsman Bar and Grill, provided by Terry, and cold cuts and cheeses from Stephenson’s Meats, provided by Marie.

The next meeting of the group will be January 30th.

Contact information for Ridgefield Business Association

Several people asked me who to contact about joining the Ridgefield Business Association. Jeff Stay (607-8595 – jeff@american-underwriters.com) is president and Marie Stephenson (887-3931, stephensonmeats@comcast.net) is on the Membership Committee. You can contact one of them about joining.

There is a Membership Sign-up sheet on the RBA website, ridgefieldwash.com, that you can copy and use if you want to mail dues. Hope this helps!