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New year expected to “be profitable” for business association

January 28, 2015
photo by BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Muncy Professional Business Association executive board members (left to right) Kim Feigles, Chris Johnson, Ann Baker, Mark Cromier, and Mike Klein discuss marketing plans for 2015 with a focus on building new membership.

photo by BARB BARRETT/The Luminary
Muncy Professional Business Association executive board members (left to right) Kim Feigles, Chris Johnson, Ann Baker, Mark Cromier, and Mike Klein discuss marketing plans for 2015 with a focus on building new membership.

MUNCY – Business proceeded with much enthusiasm and expected plans with positive outcomes for the new year as announced by the Muncy Professional Businees Association’s executive board members on January 8, 2015.

Mark Cromier, executive member said some minor changes were made to the by-laws in order to make them easier to read for new members. He also announced that 2014 was a successful year and they look forward for a profitable year ahead.

A newsletter will be introduced soon to announce community and business events, speakers and fundraisers. Also listed will be membership benefits, and networking opportunities.

Membership cards are being printed for all members through member, Keystone Advertising on John Brady Drive in Muncy. The executive board is also working on a brochure to encourage new business members to join and to inform the business community of their goals and accomplishments, and also to promote their website that includes calendar of events, news, and membership directory.

“We want to build on the events and focus on developing membership and what to give to our members,” expressed Kim Wetherhold. The group is also hoping for a member increase from their existing 50. “It is a growing process,” Cromier said.

Muncy 4th Friday will continue for the months of June, July and August with music and vendors who have already contacted the organization for space this year. The live band, Covert Action, is already scheduled to play again in June, and Mike Klein announced plans for Aaron Kelley who “tentatively has agreed to a date.” Smash the Car event is also going to come back this year, reported the committee.

September will once again feature the annual Corvette Show on Main Street, a significant fundraiser for MPBA, and a Fall Festival is being planned for the month of October. “An Octoberfest will be a nice community event and we will have things to do for children,” said Ann Baker.

“A total of five big events is enough to start with, and focus on doing these events well,” announced Baker who also explained that April and May were too busy with school events and graduation. “The summer months are a good time to focus on the 4th Friday events,” she added, “and if successful, then we can add another event the following year.”

Cromier said it was important to keep the annual Halloween parade and the Christmas movie, but allow more planning time “to do it right.” Last December’s movie had about 70 kids and the Muncy FBLA was able make almost 200 hundred dollars in the concessions.

A fundraiser idea was discussed, a thought brought up by Mike Klein, with Wise Crackers Comedy Club based in State College. Other ideas were proposed that included social mixers, speakers from the Muncy fire companies, changing general meeting structures, and a selection of guest speakers.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 5 at Orlando’s Deli.

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2014 Muncy Halloween Parade

P1020348The MPBA is currently making plans for this year’s Halloween parade!   It is tentatively scheduled for 5:15pm on Thursday October 30th as a lead into Muncy’s Trick or Treat at 6pm. If your organization would like to participate, there is no cost. We would ask that you please register your group so that we can coordinate with local officials concerning times and street closures.

Thank you and we hope to see you then!


Register Here! 

Halloween Parade Registration

Please use the form below to register your group for the 2014 Halloween Parade. Your registration will help us coordinate with local service providers for volunteers and street closure times.

2014 Corvettes on Main Street Show

Corvette headerCome to Downtown Muncy for the 7th Annual Corvettes on Main Street and Artist from Our Own Backyard Festival!

Every year we welcome even more Corvettes to Main Street and this year is no exception!  With a Kids Zone Area, Food Court, Local Artist Show, and of course the area’s largest collection of Corvettes!

Saturday September 20, 2014

Rain or Shine • 10am-4pm

street pic

Artist Vendors to include:

Painters • Baskets • Jewelers • Photographers & More Each year the Annual Artists from Our Own Backyard Festival grows in size and quality. Come enjoy beautiful downtown Muncy and see why each there’s more to see!

Brought to you by:
The Muncy Professional & Business Association • Muncy Bank & Trust Co. • Blaise Alexander Chevrolet • The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club • KISS FM • Haywoods • Susquehanna Health • McCain Industrial • Lundy Construction • Albarano Construction • Bastian Tire & Auto Service Center • BASS Fishing & Rentals • Shaheen Auto Sales • Providence Engineering Co. • Susquehanna Bank • Myers-Pepper Insurance • Brickhouse Advertising

September Monthly Meeting

MPBA meeting this evening will have be host to several speakers:

  • Flood insurance updates
  • Myers Auto Parts building update
  • Opera House building update

and last but surely NOT the least…. Muncy Borough will be in attendance to give the updated status of our downtown intersection dilemma. Pass the word along. We expect a large turn out. 
Time is 6:30pm at Orlie’s Deli on S Main St Muncy.

Harvest Market for August 4th Friday!

Join us for our annual corn husking competition, farmers market, bounce house and more!

August flyer

MPBA projects for 2014

March 4, 2014
The Luminary

In all three communities, volunteers and businesses are working on committees to build a more aesthetic and economic environment in order to attract more visitors and bring more awareness to their residents.

MUNCY – The Muncy Professional Business Association held an open house Thursday night at Muncy Bank & Trust. Members voted on some changes in their by-laws and a new board introduced their new roles in office. “Muncy is a growing community,” announced President, Cindy Appleman from Re-Max Edge.

Kim Wetherfeld, Treasurer, said that this small town is a nice place to raise children and would like to continue with hosting children’s activities for 4th Friday events.

MPBA was formed in 2006 for local professionals to bring the community together with local events, sponsorships, fundraising, time and energy. “I see a need for closer business relationships here,” Appleman said, “and not just on Main Street. I see a need for small businesses to depend on each other. We have every service imaginable right here in Muncy to promote a beneficial business climate. Our intent is to network together and give something back.”

A website has been updated to include social networking to make best use of time and services. Links and contacts for all member services and companies are listed. Events are posted and all documents and applications for memberships and vendors can be downloaded. “It is functional and useful for businesses and consumers to find information,” said its originator, Chris Johnson from Brickhouse Advertising.

“We want to help your business,” said Ann Baker, Vice-President. “And we also want to work with schools,” she announced.

On March 6 Nicholas Lentz from the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University will present a program for companies to update their business disruption and continuity plans. Lentz said it is important for business owners to have plans in place to mitigate the impact of any type of business interruption, especially natural disasters. Using cloud-based alternatives for operations, tools and infrastructure will be presented among other strategies to maintain connectivity. The program will be held at Orlando’s at 7 p.m. and any interested business owner is welcome to attend.

The board also said they would like to sponsor some entertainment and try to help out the Ritz, Muncy’s long-standing theatre. They are currently working on bringing in a well known hypnotist and mentalist. Details will be announced later as well as more open houses at the local businesses and welcome packages will be given out to new members and residents.

A fall festival is being planned, as well as the annual Corvette and Artists in The Backyard, a free movie for kids at the Ritz and some outdoor entertainment during 4th Fridays starting April 25.

State Representative, Garth Everett also made an appearance at the open house and expressed his concerns over businesses affected by the Biggert-Waters Act. “Many were not aware of this problem until they got their bills,” he said. Some businesses have told him they’ve seen increases up to $9,000 and $17,000. “We are moving through the process at a state level. Something will have to happen.”


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2013 Holiday Movie


Seasons Greetings

Please join us for our annual Holiday meeting which will be held on Thursday Dec. 5th, at 7pm.

We will not have a formal meeting, so we can enjoy all the hard work that has been done throughout the year. However, it is also that time of year for the voting of new officers and executive board members, so attendance is important. There will be light fare and refreshments, bring a loved one if you wish.

Hope to see you there!

Keri Krause
Chairperson, Executive Committee

Holiday Sponsors Needed!

FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.inddThe Muncy Professional & Business Association is looking for sponsors for this year’s annual Holiday Movie “ Disney’s Frozen” at The Ritz on December 14th. Not only will your organization’s name be in the newspaper ads and handouts to all 550 of Muncy’s elementary students, but we will also have on-screen advertising prior to the show featuring your personalized holiday message. Your organization will be providing a wonderful afternoon of fun for local families. We need to raise $1,400 to cover the cost of filling the theatre and advertising, so any contributions would be greatly appreciated.

This event has long been a tradition of downtown Muncy, so please help if you can. Deadline to be included in the newspaper campaign is December 1st. Deadline for the On-Screen message is December 7th. Sponsors can contact either Karen Spring at SantanderBank or Chris Johnson at Brickhouse Advertising to reserve your sponsorship.

Executive Nominations

The MPBA is now accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • Chair Person
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 5 executive committee members

A detailed description of the Officers and their duties is outlined under Article IV. of  the MPBA By-Laws 

All nominations should be sent to the current secretary:

Voting will take place at our Annual Holiday Meeting on December 5th, 2014 at Orlies Deli.