Business Guild Board Election Brings Community Revitalization
The Business Guild of Seminole Heights has some new faces on its board.
Elections didn't stop on November 6 in Seminole Heights.
A recent ballot saw most of the Business Guild of Seminole Heights' board change faces during a time when some say there was a need to modernize and diversify how the group goes about its activities.
Kendra Bailey, owner of Health Mutt on Central Avenue, was elected as the new president of BGOSH, and said she hopes to make the guild more fun for its members.
"All of us are young business owners which we hope will add a bit more excitement to the business guild," Bailey said. "Last year, the president stepped down, and the vice president was filling a few different positions. It seemed like the business guild was kind of absent because of that, but now, we'll have all the positions filled."
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BGOSH, organized in 2005, was formed to help local businesses come together in order to create a unique community of business owners to further the small business environment. In doing so, they hope to create a forum for entrepreneurs and artists to express their concerns for the area and address them together.
Using a variety of networking events and membership cards that include exclusive discounts for local business owners to encourage supporting each other, Bailey is hoping to improve the atmosphere around the guild.
"I'm looking forward to make some changes that can make BGOSH real active in the community," Bailey said. "I want both service providers and brick and mortar businesses to feel like the BGOSH has something to offer them. We'll be using social media a bit more than in the past and hopefully everything we do will add a spark to the guild."
The newly elected board members will be inducted at A Modern Line furniture store at 7 p.m. today (Dec. 5).
Other inductees include: Keith Ulrey, owner of Microgroove record shop, as vice president, Sherry King, owner of Sherry Yesterdazem as treasurer, and Leslie Mattern, owner of Matter Labs, as secretary.
Local business owners say they are pleased to see a change taking place after the previous regime had failed to do enough to make the organization have much impact in the business community.
"It'll be a good thing to have new small business owners on the board," Cleanse Apothecary owner and BGOSH member Gregory Curtis said. "I think that new board may be just what the guild needs, and because they are all brick and mortar business owners, I think they're more likely to be active with it."