Why Join the WBA

The WBA is an organization that's building recognition for service, confidence and trust in the community every day - why not become a part of our growing reputation?

Hi, I'm Jonathan Wolf, and I am so pleased to serve again in 2017 as Membership Chairman of the Whiting Business Association. So many wonderful things are now happening. The WBA grew past 30 paid members for the first time this past March. We've expanded our events to include Business Fairs, Food & Wine Tastings, and an Annual Tree Lighting ar St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

When I joined the WBA in 2013 as a volunteer I had no idea how much I would become involved in the activities and events of our organization. I was thrilled to help with graphics and forms for the 2013 Auto Show, and to appear as an "if I only had a brain" scarecrow at the Fall Harvest Festival. That was indeed fun!

Since then the excitement and the rewards of membership have grown for me and for other active, involved members along with our Calendar of events. So let me tell you a little about the potential benefits to your business of Membership in our organization.

The Mission of the WBA is to energize and grow our Members' businesses while nurturing and giving back to the Community for their support.

The WBA is a WONDERFUL organization that ACTS in support of our community. You can read all about the events we sponsor, other things we do, our community and the ways we "give back" on other pages of this site. Because of the reputation, recognition and recommendations the WBA has earned in the past three years as a result of our active community involvement and service, displaying the WBA Logo in your storefront or office may indeed lift up your business in the eyes of residents who have come to know and trust our members.

But the ultimate upside of your joining the WBA is your choice, because it comes from your becoming involved in our meetings, activities and events. Spending just one hour of your time a month with other business owners in our community gives you the opportunity to share business development ideas, leads and referrals. Here our members benefit by getting to know us and our getting to know them. Since we are a team of business people helping each other achieve common goals, your participation will energize and help grow your business.

Our meetings are now held on the first WEDNESDAY of every month at 5:00PM and they last approximately one hour. Here you'll learn about efficient co-op marketing/ad programs that yield real business results and more...

  • Events: Annual Classic Car Show, Business Fairs, Wine & Food Tastings, Christmas Tree Lighting...
  • Marketing Programs: Welcome Bags  • Place mats  • $WBA Bucks$  • Mailings and Email Programs
  • Co-op Ad Opportunities in the Sun, Times, Ocean County Woman and other Publications
  • WBA Web Site Exposure

At our meeting in June of 2016 WBA President Michael McCullough presented Officer Vincent Manco from the Manchester Police K9 Unit a check from funds raised at our Food and Wine Tasting in May. The meeting was held at the offices of another new member Applebees who has graciously offered their facilities for WBA Meetings during the nice weather!

Now WBA meetings are better than ever in the warmer weather thanks to the generous support of our new Member Applebees.

So... Why join the WBA? I think I've given you the answer - if you want to expand your business here - and you desire to become involved in giving back to our community as a way of promoting that growth.

If you DO I invite you to join us. Contact me with any questions you may have. You may reach me on my cell at 862-262-1676 or via our contact form. You can also download a Membership Application at the link below. The WBA and all of our associates warmly welcome new members who care about the Whiting community and who want to build their businesses here. Call me! I'd love to hear from you.

    (That's me under the Officer's elbow next to the pretty young lady from one of our recent new members Walgreens.)

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