We're excited to welcome Autumn and look forward to our annual membership meeting on October 28th!  Come check out Gloriosa's new event venue in the refurbished barn and enjoy a delicious breakfast while hearing the exciting plans for the coming year. 
Want to promote your business at the breakfast?  Contact Shira to be a sponsor and we'll put you on the program!  Plus you can distribute materials or product.
See you in October!
Santa's Workshop, Parade of Lights, Lighting of the Village, and more!
    Kick off the holiday season in Shelburne Falls with Moonlight Magic, a spectacular event known across the region. Join over a thousand shoppers who come to the village to shop, eat, enjoy the parade, and visit Santa! Vendors will line the streets starting at 4 pm selling gifts, warm treats, wreaths, and more. Experience the magic of the lighting of the village, when a thousand luminaries are lit along the streets. Plus, see Santa Claus lead the Parade of Lights through the village ending at Santa's Workshop, where he will join The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch. Don't miss this spirited festival!

    The 2016 Moonlight Magic event will feature a parade of lights. Anyone can enter a float into the parade for free. Cash prizes for the best entries!* Floats will be rated on theme, music, lights, and artistry/creativity. Click here to download the Parade Entry Form and return to the GSFABA by Friday, November 11th to be part of this magical parade!
    Be a vendor at Moonlight Magic! Click here to download the Vendor Application Form and return to the GSFABA by Friday, November 18th. We also welcome entertainers, musicians, and carolers to perform during Moonlight Magic. Please email or call 413-625-2526 to tell us if you will perform.
Do you love living in Buckland? 
Do you want Buckland to continue to be a vibrant community with a high quality of life?
We need your input! Go to: to fill out the survey online, or pick up a hard copy at: Buckland Town Hall, Buckland Public Library, or Senior Center.
    Buckland is facing changes that present challenges and opportunities for the town. The Buckland Housing Plan Committee, with assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), is conducting this survey to gather input from residents for the creation of a local housing plan. The plan will be completed by the end of December 2016, and will identify housing needs in Buckland and strategies that the Town and area organizations can take to address those needs. Please complete this short survey to help us develop goals and strategies that will guide this work. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
    In recent years, Buckland has experienced a decline in population, especially among young families with children. School enrollment has declined, resulting in higher per-student costs for the town. At the same time, the senior population (age 65 and older) is growing, and is expected to comprise 42% of Buckland's population by 2035, compared to 17% in 2010. The current housing market is tight in Buckland, with low rental vacancy rates and few homes for sale. A household earning the median household income in Buckland ($52,356) cannot afford the median home sale price of $207,250. An estimated 31% of Buckland households already live in housing that costs more than 30% of household monthly income.
    Survey results will be available on the Buckland Town website in November and as a hard copy at the Town Hall and Senior Center. A final draft of the housing plan will be publicized and made available for public review in December. 
Thank you for your help with this project!

     Non-profits and small business have similar needs and when it comes to video – they know they need it for their marketing and fundraising efforts, but they don’t know where to start. They are overwhelmed and under-informed.
     The 3rd Western MA Film and Media Exchange will be a day of workshops and panels to de-mystify the process and enable our smaller businesses to become “video literate.” Attendees will learn about the process of making videos.  Such topics will include: how to address your audience, write a creative brief, accurately budget your video, how to use video in social media and how to hire a videographer/filmmaker.
    Our keynote speaker, Michael Hoffman is the CEO of See3 Communications, a digital marketing agency for nonprofits based in Chicago.  He is a leading authority on online video for nonprofits and a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders on digital fundraising, advocacy, and community engagement strategies. He works closely with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Trip Advisor Foundation, UJA Federation New York and many others.  Hoffman is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics such as online cause marketing, web video and social media for social change.
GSFABA Members receive a special discount! Use this code when purchasing your tickets: BFMC

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel - Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144
in partnership with
An Introductory Non-Credit Workshop
Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30PM 
September 20- November 8, 2016
8 Sessions
BCC Pittsfield Campus
Cost: $325
This introduction to film and video production provides a foundation in the principles, techniques and equipment involved in a production - from script to final edit.  Students will write, produce, direct and edit individual short projects as well as participate in group projects.
No previous experience in film production needed.
Digital cameras or phones can be used for filming, but are not required.
Open to all 16 years+
Class size is limited.
Instructor: Erica Spizz
Erica Spizz is a talented filmmaker and teacher.  She was the Operations Manager at Community Television for the Southern Berkshires.  In addition to her experience in producing, directing and camera work, Erica is also an Apple certified professional in Final Cut Pro X.  Her documentary short Sweet Soil about small farms in the Berkshires was broadcast nationally on PBS.  Erica holds a masters in Philanthropy and Media.
Register online at
Taking Registrations until Sept 21 so don't miss out!
at Conference Center Hyannis
Saturday, Sept 24
Register now for a day just for visual artists
24 Sessions- Keynote Speaker Joe McGurl-lunch-hands on activities- giveaways- framing advice from AC Moore-vendors
Saturday, September 24
The Shea Theater, Turners Falls
"A Party to Flaunt the Glorious Unnecessary"
    What does it take to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary? Sometimes grand efforts. Sometimes herculean lifting. Other times a mere tweak of the moment, a nearly imperceptible shift, a head-tilt perhaps, and suddenly everything’s changed.
    The Turners Falls Lost-and-Found Fashion Show is a party to flaunt the glorious unnecessary birthed from the detritus of the mundane, a time to wring the celebratory from the ash of trash. Saturday, September 24 at The Shea Theater in Turners Falls from 5-10pm.    Come meet the designers who transform laundry abandoned at Suzee’s Third Street Laundry into runway fashions. Featured designers include Rachel Teumim, Andrea Glampyre, Anne Harding, Vic Maillo, Richie Richardson, Gretel Schatz and many more. Expect fashion, dance from Craze Faze, and other obtuse performances that celebrate the ways in which we can all transform a garment, a moment, a perspective or an evening. Live music byDaniel Hales and the Frost Heaves and Rebel Base. Also beer and snacks!
After 3pm: Pick up on-line tickets at The Shea
5-6pm: Open House! Behind-the-scenes look before the show begins.
6:30-8pm: Part One - Fun for all ages!
8:30-10:00: Part Two - Ooo la la!
We are a volunteer-run community event, and we are trying to keep the tickets as cheap as possible – and to give some away for free – please pay what you can. All proceeds after paying for the venue and other expenses will go to participants of the show or to future shows.

The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street, $10 General
Tangible Bliss, 38 3rd Street, $10 General
Nina's Nook, 125 A Avenue A, $10 General
LOOT, 62 Avenue A, $5-$20 Sliding Scale
Cosa Rara, 111 Avenue A, $5-$20 Sliding Scale
ON LINE: , $5-$20 Sliding Scale
The Turners Falls Lost-and-Found Fashion show is the latest incarnation of an evening of amazing, glamorous, and sometimes wacky designs and performances that began on 3rd Street in 2004. After ten years, the show took a hiatus to revamp, in part because the laundromat was too small to contain the madness – that is, to offer enough room for the whole community to celebrate. This year a group of volunteer producers have spent the last year working to bring the show to the Shea Theater and, through workshops and open meetings, offer opportunities for the local community to plan, sew, or just goof off with colorful socks.

Slow Money Pioneer Valley will be hosting their annual Entrepreneur Showcase on October 20th at 5pm at the Smith College Conference Center and is accepting applications for local farm and food entrepreneurs who are looking for investors for their local food businesses. Applications are due this Thursday, the 15th!

Slow Money Pioneer Valley organizes an Entrepreneur Showcase each year to bring Main Street investors together with local farm and food businesses interested in their support. For entrepreneurs, the Showcase is an opportunity to forge relationships that will be useful as their businesses grow and need support, including financing.

If you are interested in presenting at the Showcase, applications are due this Thursday, September 15th. Click here for an application. Information about what to expect from the event is available here.

Slow Money Pioneer Valley is a network that aims to inform, inspire and connect individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Pioneer Valley is organized through the PVGrows Investment FundPVGrows Network, and the Franklin County CDC -- organizations working to strengthen the local food system. 

Investors and Food System Supporters: Save the date!  Registration will be opening soon!

Questions: email Rebecca Busansky

PVGrows Fund Coordinator


The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) serves the businesses and the community of region. We strive to empower, strengthen, and sustain our region’s economy by helping businesses prosper and communities thrive.
The GSFABA believes that forging closer regional ties strengthens us all. We work to promote businesses and economic development, and advocate locally and statewide for our region. We create and manage partnerships, provide networking opportunities and relevant educational activities, conduct research, promote tourism, support the creative economy through programs and services, and produce events.
We are honored to have you as a member.
This spring, in response to member feedback, we began a website redesign with the aim of making the websites easier to navigate. At the same time, we shifted our dues payment on-line in order to streamline the process for you, our member, and to increase efficiency and savings in the office. In addition to online dues payment, we also offer a monthly payment plan for paying dues and reserving space on the annual Place Map. Members can log in and change photos, update hours, announce special events, and change contact information.
We announced these changes in the spring through this monthly Business Bulletin and special email announcements. I’m writing to let you know about the change and invite you to check out the new website design. 
To retrieve your password to log in online:
1. Go to
2. Click the Lost Password checkbox.
3. Enter your username and your email address.
4. Click Send Password. Your password will be emailed to you, and you can return to to log in.
If you do not know both your username and your password, please recover the username first, then the password. To recover your username, please enter your E-mail Address, leaving Username field empty, then click the Send Username button, and your username will be sent to your email address. From there you can use this same form to recover your password.
To change your username or password:
1. Log in to your account.
2. Click “edit your profile” in the menu on the left.
3. Type in your new username or password in their respective fields (you must type in your password twice to verify it).
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click update.
To print your invoice online:
1. Log in to your account.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “click here to view the list of invoices.”
3. Click any invoice date to view that invoice. A separate window will pop up with your invoice and you can print it from there.
If you need assistance logging into your account at, please call or email and let us know. If your email address has changed, please send us an email from the new address.
Thanks so much for supporting the economic vitality of our region!

Bowling for Seniors
Fridays, September 16, 23, & 30, 2-4 pm
Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley 

Saturday, September 17
1-5 pm
Winterberry Farm
Saturday, September 24
2-6 pm
Shelburne Falls
Saturday, September 24
Pine Hill Orchards
Saturday, September 24
1-3 pm
Winterberry Farm
Monday, September 26
Saturday, October 1
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Winterberry Farm
Saturday, Oct 8, 11-6 
& Sunday, Oct 9, 11-5
Deerfield Academy Hockey Rink
Friday, October 28
7:30-9 am
The Curtis House
Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring the breakfast.

Cider Days
November 4-6
Friday, November 25
4-9 pm
Tuesday afternoons
1:30-6:30 pm
Alley next to Green Fields Market,
then World Eye Bookstore

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