Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Indies First 2019 - BTW

Indies First 2019 - BTW


Indies First 2019 - BTW

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 12:35 PM PDT

The author of the Broken Earth series and How Long 'til Black Future Month? will be promoting this year's celebration of Indies First, which takes place on Small Business Saturday, November 30.

On Wednesday, August 14, the American Booksellers Association announced that science fiction and fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin will serve as the 2019 spokesperson for Indies First, the national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores, which takes place on Small Business Saturday, the weekend after Thanksgiving.

In a video created to promote the event, New York Times bestselling author Jemisin encourages viewers to visit their local indie bookstores on November 30 in honor of Indies First/Small Business Saturday.

Jemisin, who is published by Hachette Book Group's Orbit imprint, is the first author in history to win three consecutive Hugo Awards for Best Novel, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. She is also the winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Sense of Gender Award for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the first volume in her Inheritance Trilogy. 

In November 2018, Jemisin published How Long 'til Black Future Month?, a collection of short stories that sharply examine modern society with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.

Booksellers are encouraged to invite their favorite local authors, illustrators, or celebrities to come to their stores to participate in events or hand-sell books on November 30 for Indies First on Small Business Saturday. Stores are also encouraged to promote their events via their websites, newsletters, and social media platforms (using the hashtag #IndiesFirst).

Authors and illustrators who would like to participate in Indies First are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local indie bookstores and to link to IndieBound.org.

Next month, ABA will unveil an array of special publisher offers on frontlist and backlist titles as part of publishers' support of the seventh annual celebration of Indies First.

Inquiries about Indies First can be directed to indiesfirst@bookweb.org.

Booksellers and customers can follow news about Indies First in Bookselling This Week and via the hashtag #IndiesFirst on social media.

New Ottawa Area Chamber director selected - LimaOhio.com

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 10:21 AM PDT

Becky Fruchey has been named the new executive director for the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Becky Fruchey has been named the new executive director for the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.


OTTAWA — Ottawa resident Becky Fruchey said she has plans to attract new businesses to town and help existing businesses thrive as the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fruchey, 36, replaced Cathy Burgei, who resigned July 26 after serving in the position for two years. Fruchey's duties began Aug. 7.

She grew up in Columbus Grove, attended college and then moved to Ottawa in 2007. She is married to Brian, the new principal at Delphos Jefferson Middle School. They have two children, Delaney, 9, and Haddie, 6, who both attend SS. Peter and Paul Schools.

Prior to serving as executive director, for the last 14 years she has worked in the appliance industry in Findlay. She is a 2001 Columbus Grove High School graduate and earned her bachelor's degree in business degree with a specialization in marketing from the University of Toledo in 2005.

"I was looking for something closer to home that had more outreach to the community and being able to get out and help businesses succeed," Fruchey said.

Kelly Theisen, the chamber's administrative assistant, is continuing in her role and has been teaching Fruchey about the chamber's programs.

Fruchey's goals are to grow chamber membership, with there currently being 228 chamber members.

"The chamber's goal is to promote the area and show it is a great place to live and own a business," Fruchey said. She looks forward to working with the chamber members to receive feedback on their ideas to help them grow.

Fruchey's duties are to handle the chamber luncheons, fundraising activities and plan chamber events.

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30, where shoppers can receive a small business passport and get it stamped when they shop at local businesses. After customers get all of the passports stamped, they are entered in a drawing to win a $250 gift card.

"We want to get people out to support the local businesses in the area," Fruchey said. "We need to be willing to support the businesses here, otherwise there won't be any businesses."

The chamber will host a lunch and learn with teh Ohio Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Henry's Restaurant titled "What's Hot In HR Law" with speaker Jim Yates, an attorney with Eastman & Smith. The village's Welcome Santa Parade is at 2 p.m. Dec. 1. The chamber's annual membership dinner is in February, and the Elevate Job Fair for students and the community has been set for March 17.

Becky Fruchey has been named the new executive director for the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

Staunton Downtown Development Director Julie Markowitz to step down after 14 years - Staunton News Leader

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 01:22 PM PDT

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STAUNTON - Julie Markowitz announced she will be leaving her position as executive director of the Staunton Downtown Development Association come 2020.

She made the announcement at a SDDA board meeting Aug. 13, according to a release.

"Serving the Staunton Downtown Development Association has been both an honor and a privilege. The opportunities offered to me in the past 14 years have helped me to grow in ways that I never imagined and watching downtown blossom into the main street that is today has been the source of great pride," Markowitz said in a release. "I have decided to resign from my regular job, and to give up my position as executive director, while I explore some new career options and to devote more energy to my personal life."

Markowitz accomplished the gift card program, the downtown dig of 2010, new branding and website and more during her time as director. Some of her notable accomplishments include local campaigns like Small Business Saturday, StauntoNites grants, BRIGHT Idea grants, Rewired Business Plan competition and extended hours programs, a release said. 

She also received grants and fundraised to upgrade lights, purchase new banners, fund the flower basket program, purchase pedestrian and parking deck maps and refurbish sign kiosks, the release said. 

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"It's difficult for me to resign my post with the SDDA, but I'm eager to create the next wonderful chapter in my life," she said in a release. "Aug. 8 was my anniversary, and it's hard to believe I've served as executive director for 14 years. There have been many notable changes in downtown since then, and I've been so honored to be a part of it all.

"I've had the best job in the world," she continued in a release. "It brought me innumerable opportunities for growth and the most wonderful challenges imaginable. I've worked with dedicated and talented people who have taught me so much, and I've never heard the words, 'We've always done it that way.' Downtown Staunton is thriving because of such people, who find the way forward rather than just saying 'no.'"

She said that it was a hard decision to leave, but after getting married in 2017 she has moved to Bridgewater and said it is now "time for me."

"That is why it is so hard for me to leave, but it is time to enjoy other aspects of the beautiful life that I have built and take the time to seek my next opportunity," she said in a release.

The SDDA will begin the recruitment process in the next several weeks. Markowitz will serve as executive director until January 2020. 

Markowitz has also applied for and been awarded more than $300,000 in grants and scholarships in her time with the SDDA. On average she's brought in $60,000 in cash and in-kind donations annually, the release said.

"Julie has dedicated her life to our downtown community over the past 14 years and we are stronger for it," said Anna Schoenduby, SDDA board president in a release. "Downtown Staunton has been re-energized and seen incredible growth over the past decade. We are proud of where our community has come from and excited about where it is going next."

The SDDA is a Virginia Main Street nonprofit founded in 1995. It's purpose is to promote the culturally vibrancy and economics of downtown, according to its website. The SDDA's vision is to connect customers, entrepreneurs, residents and visitors, making downtown Staunton a community hub, its site said. 

The SDDA is supported by a special assessment tax on commercial properties located within the boundaries of the downtown service district. Those within the boundaries pay an additional 15 cents for every $100 of property tax, the SDDA website said. Business and property owners within the the downtown service district boundaries receive different benefits as compared to those who are outside those boundaries, the site said.

More information about the position will be posted at StauntonDowntown.org.

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Executive Director resigns from SDDA | News - The Daily Progress

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 11:00 AM PDT

The Staunton Downtown Development Association announced Wednesday the resignation of Executive Director Julie Markowitz.

According to a press release, Markowitz "announced her intentions to resign" at the association's Tuesday night board meeting.

"Serving the Staunton Downtown Development Association has been both an honor and a privilege," said Markowitz in the press release. "The opportunities offered to me in the past 14 years have helped me to grow in ways that I never imagined, and watching downtown blossom into the Main Street that is today has been the source of great pride."

Markowitz decided to resign in order to "explore some new career options and to devote more energy to my personal life." Her last day with SDDA will be Jan. 1, 2020. 

She served the SDDA for 14 years, and, the press release stated, "guided the SDDA and Downtown Staunton through new branding and website, the gift card program and the downtown dig of 2010, the dawn of social and digital media, the economic downturn and the new normal."

She also saw the advent of "buy locally" campaigns, Small Business Saturday, StauntoNites grants, BRIGHT Idea Grants and the BRIGHT Rewired Business Plan Competition in downtown Staunton, as well as the Extended Hours program and street entertainment.

"The Board is eternally grateful to Julie for her years of service as the Executive Director," said Anna Schoenduby, SDDA Board President, in the press release. "Julie has dedicated her life to our downtown community over the past 14 years and we are stronger for it. Downtown Staunton has been re-energized and seen incredible growth over the past decade. We are proud of where our community has come from and excited about where it is going next."

SDDA also credits Markowitz with obtaining grant funding and other fundraising for light upgrades, new banners, the flower basket program, purchasing pedestrian and parking deck maps and refurbishing sign kiosks, the press release stated.

Markowitz's relationships with local media and business sponsors brought downtown an annual average of $60,000 in cash and in-kind donations. She was responsible for the awards of more than $300,000 in grants and scholarships.

Markowitz lives in Bridgewater with her husband, James Clough.

Her resignation is "an opportunity to usher in a new era of development for downtown and invite new talent to the table to lead and be proud in the service of one of the best Main Street communities in the nation," the press release stated.

A regional search will begin, and information will be posted online at www.StauntonDowntown.org, as well as on job recruitment and social media sites.

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