Willow Glen Business Association
Serving the Willow Glen Business District
SINCE the 1920's
Downtown Willow Glen businesses organized as the Willow Glen Merchants Association in the 1920's. In 1949 the name changed to the Willow Glen Business and Professional Association, which evolved in the 1990's to the Willow Glen Business Association.
The WGBA organizes many events that bring people together in Downtown Willow Glen, such as holiday cable car rides, wine walks, BBQ in the Glen, trick or treat for kids and other community events. We also sponsor community events such as the Willow Glen 5K Run and the Safe Routes to School Program.
WGBA also helps:
-Maintain & beautify downtown areas
-Promote a positive identity for businesses in Willow Glen by:
Strategic Marketing & Promotion
Events & Festivals
Infrastructure & Beautification
The WGBA was formed in 1984 and in 1988 it was incorporated as a non-profit organization under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law and is qualified as a non-profit organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(6), and governed by corporate bylaws.
When Willow Glen's property owners received approval from the City Council in 2008 to form a Community Benefit Improvement District (CBID), the WGBA was selected to manage it.
The CBID was implemented in January 2010 and the BID was phased out.
FUNDING & MANAGEMENT
In addition to managing CBID funds, the WGBA is also supported by sponsorships, associate member dues, grants and revenue from festival and events.
A volunteer board of directors representing business and property owners, and associate and community members, manages the association with the help of a small paid staff.
Join our monthly board meetings to learn more.
2022-2023 Board of Directors & Community Members
Tim Mulcahy, SDS NexGen
Emilie Highley, Compass Real Estate
Kathleen Erdmann, The Thrift Box
Barbara Hartman, Snow Hartman Fong & Associates
Frank Bejan, Mariette Chocolates
Jim Carpeneti, Guild Mortgage
Gea Carr, Corcoran Global Living
Marcus Estrada, Wheelhouse of WG/Round Table Pizza
Sara Rivas, Luxe Medica Aesthetics
Lynne Rovai, Goosetown Lounge
Jamie Sizelove, Bay Area Phone Doctor
Steve Wymer, 20twenty Cheese Bar
Nate Perez, Willow Glen Resident
Ann Saliba, Snow Hartman Fong & Associates
Steven Sibley, DiNapoli & Sibley Law Firm
Executive Committee – Meets last Friday of month at 9:00 am
Tim Mulcahy (President), Emilie Highley (Vice-President), Barbara Hartman (Treasurer), Kathleen Erdmann (Secretary)
Our Avenue Committee- Meets Thursday prior board meeting at 9:00 am
Kathleen Erdmann (Chair), Jamie Sizelove, Ann Saliba
Strategic Marketing Committee - Meets last Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm
Frank Bejan (Chair), Marie Cole, Jim Carpeneti
Promotions & Events Committee – Meets last Thursday of month at 9:00 am
Lynne Rovai (Chair), Emilie Highley, Sara Rivas, Kandy Stevens, Gea Carr, Marcus Estrada
Board Parliamentarian – As scheduled
Finance/CBID/Grant Committee – As scheduled
Nate Perez (Chair), Steve Sibley, Tim Mulcahy, Barbara Hartman
Executive Committee (Elected Officers) Oversee progress of all WGBA committees; set agenda for board meetings; has authority to meet and act on behalf of Board in urgent situations where the full Board is unavailable (Bylaws, Article VI)
Our Avenue Committee Assist WGBA staff with soliciting and overseeing contracts for maintenance of sidewalks and landscape/planters; work with property owners and city on graffiti abatement; oversee pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives, newspaper racks and other related infrastructure and beautification projects approved by board.
Member Relations Committee Develop at least one activity per quarter that provides an opportunity for WGBA members to network, including mixers/socials, educational events, etc. Assist staff with ongoing communication with members to improve awareness of WGBA activities and member benefits.
Strategic Marketing Committee Create annual marketing plan to promote the business district overall and execute defined strategies/programs. Also provide input to board, staff and other committees to ensure that messages, strategies, and events are effective, appropriate and in keeping with the desired image/brand of the Association. Advise on advertising programs/opportunities offered to Assoc.
Promotions & Events Committee Develop and implement an annual calendar of promotional campaigns and/or events (outside of the major events that have their own planning committees, such as Taste of WG, BBQ Competition, etc.) to support the overall strategic marketing goals for the district set by the Strategic Marketing Committee.
Board Parliamentarian Advise WGBA board on meeting procedures and such books as Robert’s Rules of Order. Assist in drafting bylaws.
Board Development Committee Recruit nominees for annual election and for any vacancies as they arise and present to Board for approval. Engage in ongoing recruitment and development of potential future board members. Propose slate of officers for approval at February BOD meeting.
Finance/CBID/ Grant Committee Review financial reports, internal controls, etc. and make recommendations to the board, as needed. Ensure that all financial reviews and audits required by CBID or other contracts are performed. Work closely with WGBA staff to prepare annual budget for presentation to board for approval at March meeting.
What helps set Willow Glen apart from the rest?
Our first order of business is to understand yours. The Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) holds monthly Board Meetings that we encourage all members to attend and provide feedback. We want you to know what's being discussed, what's in the works and what's happening next.
Please join our next meeting! See the below for our events, benefits and our meeting notes!
The Willow Glen Business Association meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00am. Final board meeting minutes are posted here. Minutes of past/older meetings can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This months meeting will be held in the Garden Theatre Conference Room, located on the second floor.
Willow Glen Business Association
AGENDA | MEETING MINUTES
UPCOMING MEETING AGENDA
Below, please find links to our meeting minutes for the current year and more. If you need to review minutes from past years not listed, please contact our office and we will forward/email minutes to you.
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