Business & Community Engagement
Committee Chair, Melissa Kilmer
Committee Vice Chair, Samantha Melhorn

The Business & Community Engagement Committee works to support member business owners and develop the business district to reflect the demographics of the neighborhood by working directly with business and property owners to address their needs and objectives. The Committee works to develop and plan community and fundraising events throughout the calendar year.  Community Events will reflect the goals of the organization and work to create new opportunities to explore the neighborhood for residents of Brookline and the Greater Pittsburgh Area. This committee is also responsible for providing coordination and awareness of member needs. This is done through an annual member survey, dissemination and compilation of evaluation forms from each education program. The Membership Committee is also charged with new member recruitment and members retention. The Membership Committee welcomes all new members to the committee, either personally or through a welcome packet, and coordinates the annual new member event. The Membership Committee is responsible for building and maintaining the organization's membership. The committee will coordinate the organization's membership campaign to fulfill the organization's goal of new members for the upcoming year.

Other specific job responsibilities include:

  • Develop business district design standards.

  • Offer business owner support.

  • Welcome and support new businesses.

  • Create networking and learning opportunities.

  • Act as a liaison for business members to the executive board.

  • Create a business development plan.

  • Working with local government to address business district.

  • Develop a year-end summary of activities and objectives for the current year.

  • Planning and developing one key signature fundraising event per year.

  • Maintaining established community and fundraising events and creating new events, as community needs change and develop.

  • Reporting to board on all committee activities.

  • Setting a fundraising goal for the year and creating a specific plan to achieve that goal.

  • Develop a year-end summary of activities and objectives for the current year.

  • Maintaining a line of communication for the community to the board.

  • Developing marketing and promotion strategies that articulates the primary audiences for the organization, how best to reach them, and what they most care about.

  • Monitoring the presentation of the organization's brand, and ensures that the services and programs of the organization remain relevant.

  • Develop a year-end summary of activities and objectives for the current year.

  • Requesting and approving newsletter articles.

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