Does your community have a local business owner organization? Are you a member of it? What is your view of the organization?
Business owner sees profit for all from association - That group's official goal is "to stimulate growth and networking among community businesses, provide an avenue to voice concerns to civic leaders and facilitate the beautification of Arbutus, and to maintain a thriving business marketplace," according to the group's Web site.
Organized in the late 1960s, the Arbutus group maintains the landscaping in the town's business district, hands out college scholarships and hosts the annual Arbutus Arts Festival, a major fundraiser for supporting those projects while bringing the community together and raising the town's profile.
"The Arbutus Business and Professional Association has been a wonderful catalyst for positive change for the past 40 years in Arbutus," said attorney Terry Nolan, who this month stepped down after a two-year term as president. "I believe that a similar organization could have a similar benefit for Lansdowne."