Small Business Showcase Slated June 10 At Cavanaugh’s Grille
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspondent

Mountain Top Small Business Partners, a group that formed several months ago to promote networking for the local business community, will hold a Small Business Showcase on June 10.

The event, to be held from 1 to 3 p. m. on the patio of Cavanaugh’s Grille, will allow a dozen small businesses the opportunity to display their goods or services and connect with local residents. “It’ll allow us to share with the community what we have to offer,” related Kathy Brocca, owner of Women’s Boutique and Consignments.

In addition to Brocca’s business, others represented at the showcase include Rodan and Fields, Boxes & Bows, Tree of Life Music Together, Juice Plus, Winged Wonders Jewelry, PNC Bank, State Farm Insurance, Massage Now, and Joann Joseph’s Initials, Inc. Gerri Vickers-Independent Life Home Care and Concierge Solutions, Sara McKinley-H&R Block, Evan Roberts-State Farm, Christine Mooney-Massage Now, Joann Ready-Essential Oils Station.

Brocca and a few others formed the Mountain Top Small Business Partners earlier this year, as they felt, with no local Chamber of Commerce, owners of small establishments on the mountain needed to connect and help each other.

The group started with five members and now has nearly 30, meeting monthly at varying locations. While members had previously belonged to different community service or social groups in Mountain Top, before the creation of the Small Business Partners, they felt there wasn’t really a group that promoted networking for the business community.

Brocca described her and others frustration when they hear that residents don’t know their business exists, and travel down the mountain to shop a chain stores, rather than locally.

“People don’t realize what’s available to them in Mountain Top,” she said earlier. “They’ll drive downtown to get something not realizing they can get it right here on the mountain.”

She went on, “We want to really help the customers understand what is available and how important it is to support your local businesses. And we have every type of business.” The group held its first Small

Business Showcase at the Kirby Library in January and was well received. The Cavanaugh’s event, where pizza and refreshments will be provided along with the businesses’ various information tables, will be the second.

At Easter time, the Mountain Top Small Business Partners held a scavenger hunt where young participants visited different businesses to pick up clues and treats. The event ended at the Kirby Library where children took their completed treasure map to the Easter Bunny.

Brocca hopes that more community events like this can be held by the group. She encouraged anyone with a business here that is interested in joining the group to like its Facebook page, Mountain Top Small Business Partners. There, information is shared on upcoming events and meetings. Business owners can also attend the group’s next meeting, on June 13 at noon, at the Chalet Restaurant.

“Everyone who is a small business owner is welcome to be a part of our group,” Brocca said. “We don’t have a fee, there’s nothing mandatory. We just have fun networking.”