Vinings Business Association Events and Benefits
(All Events Subject to Public Health Concerns and Health Recommendations)
We Will Resume More Activities and Events as More Venues Re-Open
The Vinings Business Association (VBA) Has 2 Meetings/Events Per Month
First (1st) Tuesday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch Location may vary see home page of website for current month
(Lunch Sponsorship's Available, See Home Page)
Third (3rd) Tuesday, Usually 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (unless stated)
(After Hours Sponsorship's Available, See Home Page)
Visitors and Guests Welcome at All Events
Special Events Announced Periodically
With Dates and Times Provided on Website or By Email
Some Special Events May Not Be Specific VBA Events
But Have Business Value
The VBA is Currently Accepting New Members
No Industry Restrictions
Membership Begins at $95 for 12 Months
VBA Members Get Special Rates and Advance Notice on Special Events
Meet and talk with community and business leaders at our luncheons, after hours events, Business EXPO, motor coach trips and other events. Members get advance email notice on special events and opportunities.
VBA Members Get Special Rates On:
- Monthly Lunch
- Business EXPO Exhibit Table and EXPO Sponsorship
- Braves Game Motor Coach Trip Tickets and Event Sponsorship
- Lunch Sponsorship
- Advertising Opportunities on Website
Monthly Luncheon with Sponsorship Opportunities
Our monthly luncheon is 1st Tuesdays of the month, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, visit website for location. Luncheon sponsorships are available for companies, organizations or individuals which allows the sponsoring entity a 5-minute lunch presentation and able to place promotional items or cards at lunch place settings (about 50-80 people) and have your logo and company information promoted on our highly-viewed website for one month. Lunch Sponsorship: Members, $100, Non Members $195 includes a 1-year membership.
Powerful Guest Speakers
We have a schedule of "Top-of-the-Line" community, education, business, celebrities and political leaders to keep you informed on issues that affect your business. Previous speakers include: US Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, Nathan Deal (as governor candidate), Congressmen Tom Price, Phil Gingrey and Barry Loudermilk, Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, Pres/CEO Braves Development Co Mike Plant, Wellstar CEO Reynold Jennings, GA Dept of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Cobb County Commissioners Tim Lee, Bob Ott and Mike Boyce, Cobb Chamber President David Connell, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, reinvention specialist Jim Mathis, Turner Magic founder Joe M. Turner, High Achievers guru Doug Grady, former Atlanta Falcon Michael Reid, marketing trainer LynnMarie Earl, Business Coach Donna Lang, TV meteorologist & Atlanta personality Paul Ossmann, Georgia SBDC Director Drew Tonsmeire, IT Specialist Chad Massaker, Action Coach Russ Hall and Rick Crain, Contacts-R-Gold founder Terry Arrington, Certified Health Coach Joy Povenz, LinkedIn Specialists Oliver Yarbrough and Gregg Burkhalter, motivational speakers Randy Gorek and Glenn Carver, America's Fitness Coach Dave Hubbard, "TrustDALE" President Dale Cardwell, Atlanta Business Chronicle Publisher David Rubinger, Economist Roger Tutterow, Technology of Association Georgia (TAG) President Larry Williams, and other business leaders.
VBA Members Advertising Opportunities on Website
Advertising on VBA Website: Member Opportunities (several spots available per month)
"Member Website Advertising Package" info:
- Website receives 2000 hits/month avg
- Your ad, logo, link and contact info on the VBA website for 3 months
- Inclusion of your info (at least once per month) in VBA email blasts to over 800 people about upcoming events
- Recognition at VBA luncheon
- Recognition at VBA special events
- Logo included on various quarterly publicity
- $100 per month 3 month minimum, billed $300 quarterly, price is for camera ready pdf ad, if you need help with ad, contact us.
To participate or for info contact: Glenn Christian, with your company name & website, or phone 678-725-0099
VBA After Hour Events with Sponsorship Opportunities
We have a regular after hours event in the community the 3rd Tuesday of the month usually from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The event is usually FREE for members and guests and visitors are welcome at nominal cost (if it is a regular event) and usually includes some after hours adult drinks and food. Guest usually RSVP in advance (unless stated). Past sponsors and locations have included: 101 Steak, Copeland's Cobb Pkwy, GRUB Burger Bar, Social Vinings, Fidelity Bank, VHPS, SOHO, Garrison's, Marlow's, FIGO Pasta, Academy Ballroom, The Aberdeen, Tilted Kilt, South City Kitchen Vinings, Delmar Gardens, The Grape, Keller Williams, Atlanta Courtyard Vinings Hotel, Sip @ Riverside, Century Ridge Apartments, Cobb Galleria Inn, Old Vinings Inn, Meyring Law Firm, La Paz, Holiday Inn Express Galleria, Vinings Main Condos, Vinings Corner Apts, First Citizen's Bank, Maggiano's Cumberland, Mutual of Omaha, Hotel Indigo, 53 Bank, Serendipity Labs - Cumberland Lab, Georgia Banking Company, Guaco Joe's, Olive Bistro, Crispina Grill, Noche' and others. Additional events are held and announced frequently. If you want to sponsor and promote your business or hold an event at your location or a location in Vinings, just contact us, email@example.com.
The VBA participates in events that benefit Vinings area business and residents. Look for announcements on the website.
We are always looking for volunteers to contribute their expertise and help with our Community, VBA Membership, Programs/Communication, EXPO and Vinings Business of the Year. To participate, contact us.
VBA Executive Club, (On Hiatus for Now)
VBA Executive Club, a subset of the VBA membership, is on hiatus, please contact us if you want to participate in this group. Future meetings will be posted on the website.
11th Annual VBA Business & Food Expo 2020, TBA
VBA Members Get Special Exhibit Rates
. The 11th Annual VBA Business Expo may be July 21, 2020 based on current situations. The 2020 event is for both members and non members and companies that want to promote and showcase their business and upcoming events. The EXPO will feature 25+exhibitors with drawings, door prizes, free food samples, cash bar and more. To participate or to offer your help in planning the event, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibitor Pricing TBA
Public Admission Pricing TBA
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Non Member $TBA
- Includes one 6'-8' covered table and at least 1 chair per exhibitor, additional chairs may be available but bring portable/folding chair if needed
- The table-top is your exhibit space
- Exhibit hours 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Set up 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
- 1st come, 1st served on table set up, get there early for table selection
- Exhibits are to be table-top size, exhibits taller than 3 ft must be set-up around the perimeter of the room, electricity available in the perimeter of the room
- Door prizes are accepted (not required) from exhibitors, non members and food sponsors, minimum $25 value
Food Sponsors Accepted; food sponsors will just bring food samples, 6 spots available, no exhibit fee, contact email@example.com with questions.
Average attendance 400-600.
If a company or restaurant or food provider wants to participate but does not want to exhibit or provide food samples, you can provide one or more restaurant gift cards or a Visa/MC/AE gift card(s) as door prizes, suggested value $50, or $100 and we will announce and promote your gift at EXPO.
Bring your door prize to the EXPO.
VBA Areas for Member Participation
The VBA has identified 4 areas as points-of-contact for members and businesses in the Vinings area. Contact us to participate in any of the following:
- Hospitality (includes restaurants, hotels and tourism)
Business Services (includes real estate).
Taste of Vinings
The VBA will work with local organizations on a proposed "Taste of Vinings" schedule TBA; contact us for more information, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinings Vision Plan
The VBA has contributed to the proposed Vinings Vision Plan for development in the area. Contact us for additional information.
Next Braves Game Motor Coach Trips From Vinings to Truist Park, TBA
The Atlanta Braves Are Members of the VBA! Next VBA Braves Event TBA
The VBA pioneered this event since 2010. At least once per year, usually on a 3rd Tuesday, we take a luxury motor coach to a Braves home game. The next trip will be planned when activities resume, check the website for details, on how and when to purchase tickets, and sponsorship opportunities. Do the Chop Chop with the VBA as our guys play in our backyard in Cobb.
One Ticket Price Includes Game Ticket, Some Food/Adult Drinks at Reception, and Luxury Motor Coach Transportation To and From Stadium (no parking hassles, if you go on your own, parking alone is at least $20-$25).
All times tentative due to Braves announcements and schedules
Arrive early, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, meet and park at Ameris/Fidelity Bank Vinings, 3020 Paces Mill Rd for reception with some food and adult drinks
6:30 pm Coach leaves for Truist Park, game time TBA by Braves
10:30 pm, Coach leaves Truist back to Ameris/Fidelity Bank Vinings
Cobb County Activities and Events
All updated info on the below is on the website, usually the homepage: www.ViningsBusiness.com
The VBA participates in the Cobb County Chamber "JAM" (Joint Association Meeting) or the "Elevate 2018" events usually held in conjunction with the Cobb Chamber Business EXPO usually held at the Galleria Centre.
We participate in the "Cobb Connections" networking group that meets at the Cobb Chamber twice a month, and the "Cobb Chamber First Monday Breakfast."
We are active in the Coalition Of Cobb County Business Associations (CCCBA) meetings/events and we participate in the annual business association training to help improve the efficiency, function and promotion of the VBA.
We recognize Cobb Public Safety during our regular Oct lunch each year, with a free lunch for them and thank them for their outstanding service to the Vinings community. We also donated to help fund a police dog for the "Cobb Police K-9 Unit."
We recognize Military Veterans during our regular November lunch each year, with a free lunch for them and honor them for their service.
The VBA works with the Pro Business Channel and exhibits at their events.
We work with the Vinings Historic Preservation Society (VHPS) on events and publicity.
We have contributed to the annual "Thanks for Giving" food drive administered by the Center for Family Resources.
We have a prominent presence and partnership with the Metro Atlanta Business Association, for the 20-County metro area.
We work with "The Big Event" on events and publicity.
The VBA is active in the "Greater Atlanta Business EXPO" held a few times per year in the area.
The VBA "Vinings Business and Food EXPO" usually in the Spring is one of the most highly anticipated and visited events each year.
The VBA "Legendary Braves Motor Coach Trip" has been going on for 8 years, and this is BEFORE the team moved to Cobb.
If you have a non profit organization in the Vinings area, let us know your mission and activities.
VBA Business of the Year
Congratulations to WellStar Vinings Health Park, 2019 Business of the Year
Each year we recognize 5 outstanding finalists for the prestigious VBA Business of the Year award, given to a business or organization that has impacted Vinings in a special way. Join us at our November monthly luncheon each year as the 5 Finalists get to speak to our Association luncheon attendees and share "some of their secrets" on how they have succeeded and what Vinings means to them.
Then, the winner is announced the following month (December) at the VBA luncheon. This event has always sold out, so plan on attending, the 1st Tuesday December event, mark your calendar and get your tickets early.
The custom winner award is generously provided by Lillie Glass, Don and Thom Lillie, contact them at Lillie Glassblowers, or 770 436-8959.
If you have a nominee, please contact email@example.com by October 1 each year with a description on why your choice should be considered and include basic contact information.
Past winners include:
SOHO restaurant 2009
Atlanta Courtyard Vinings Hotel 2010
Vinings Jubilee Partners 2011
VHPS (Vinings Historic Preservation Society) 2012
BrightSide News Vinings Edition 2013
Social Vinings restaurant 2014
Walton Communities Vinings 2015
Vinings Village Civic Club, 2016
Fidelity Bank Vinings - Todd Ash 2017
Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club 2018
WellStar Vinings Health Park, 2019
VBA Website, High Visibility for Your Business
From 2014-2017, the VBA website has received more than 80,000 hits.
In 2017 alone VBA members received an average of over 1900 people each month able to look at YOUR company profile included in your membership. When you join the VBA you receive a full page in our Membership Directory, with a unique URL. You can use this link to direct your clients and potential customers to "your company" site.
Members are able to download their company info including photos, logos, blogs, Social Media links, (FaceBook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, YouTube), email and contact info to promote their business. An incredible benefit for our Members.
"G4C" is "G4VBA"
"Good 4 Cobb" is "Good 4 VBA": The move of the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County is good for the VBA. We are THE (only) Cobb County Business Association in the same Zip Code as the new Braves Ballpark. The VBA was represented at the inaugural reception, held by G4C officials, at the Circle 75 office building directly overlooking the new SunTrust Field complex. Latest estimates in Jan 2018 project a $1.8 BILLION development expenditure, and a new destination area in Cobb with shops, restaurants, accommodations, residences and 365 days-a-year access and activity. Look for new details soon.
Membership Rates and Options for Additional Publicity and Exposure
Vinings Business Association
2020 Membership Levels
"Basic" Membership Can Be Enrolled Online With Credit/Debit Card Info
Membership Level & Amount ($) + Additional Benefits
Basic $95: 12-month membership, in addition to all of the benefits listed on VBA website "Benefits"" tab, you receive: Access to membership online, able to enter your profile in detail, photo(s), weblink to your firm, multiple social media outlets, etc, in membership directory. Members also receive: Special discounted rates on lunch (19%), Business EXPO (35%), Braves trip (21%), lunch sponsorship (34%), advertising on website and get advance notice on special events
Enroll for "Basic" $95, 12 Month Membership, With Card
All Levels Include 2 Reps Per Member Company
Additional Levels for Extended Publicity, Participation and Benefits
For info and implementation on all additional levels listed below, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your website and your info; company or individual memberships welcome
All Levels Below Include "Basic" Level Benefits
Silver $500: 24-month, plus 3 months logo/link or advertisement on homepage of website
Gold $1000: 36-month, plus 6 months logo/link or advertisement on homepage of website, 1 free lunch sponsorship, 6 total complimentary lunch passes
Platinum $2500: 60-month, plus 1 year logo/link or ad on homepage of website, 2 free lunch sponsorship's, 12 total complimentary lunch passes, one 30-minute lunch presentation with publicity
Vinings Business Association is a Non-Profit Corporation. Your membership may be tax deductible.
Membership can be renewed on the month of enrollment, notice sent by auto email for online renewal
If needed, you can printout an invoice and mail a check
Mailing address and checks to::
Vinings Business Association
2690 Cobb Pkwy, Suite A5-326
Smyrna, GA 30080
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