MWPA Gearing Up for the Big E Fair
Planning is well underway for the 2014
Big E Fair in Springfield MA. The Maine Wood Products Association is a premier exhibitor at the fair in the Maine Building on the Avenue of States. Last year over 1.4 million
people attended the largest fair in the Northeast. This year the Big E will run from September 12th to the 28th.
Help the MWPA promote our members and friends of the Association as we undertake our biggest fundraising event of the year. Here are three ways you can get involved and help make this event successful;
Sell your products at The Big E
Do you produce consumer products that would appeal to a large audience (over 1.4 million people)? Small, quality items like kitchenwares, toys, and home and garden accessories are a few examples of what fair goers are looking for in our retail booth. By sending your products to The
Big E with the MWPA, you gain new customers, lots of exposure, AND help raise money for the MWPA so we can continue to bring you quality programs, events and services to help your business succeed. For information on how to submit your products for review for this year's Big E, please email Bob MacGregor at email@example.com
Volunteer in our retail booth
The MWPA booth at this 17 day fair is planned and staffed by volunteers from the Association who give their time to help make it a success. Volunteering at The Big E is fun, rewarding, hard work, and eye opening to use just a few of the adjectives we hear every year. Please consider donating a day or two of your time to help us out with this event. There's an online sign-up calendar here, just pick a date or two and add your name to the list. We'll be in touch with all the details you'll need to get onto the fairgrounds to help
Sponsor the MWPA Booth for a Day
A new feature this year is the opportunity for our non-participating and Associate members to contribute to our success. We plan to hire one paid employee from the local area to help us staff the booth this year, and we are offering daily sponsorships in the amount of $150/day to help us offset this added cost. In return for your support, your company will receive special recognition in the booth on your day(s) as well as in the MWPA newsletter Splinters, whenever we promote or report on this year's Big E. Historically the middle weekend has the largest attendance with over 250,000 people attending The Big E each day. The last Saturday of the fair is Maine Day. This is the day that special events recognize and promote the State of Maine. The Maine Building is host to state leaders, dignitaries, agricultural fair queens,musical guest and more!
To become a sponsor simply contact the MWPA and let us know the date(s) you would like to sponsor.
Governance Committee Activity
This year, the MWPA Governance Committee has had the following opportunities to serve, communicate, and advocate for its members and the wood products industry:
• Was invited to participate in an intimate round table discussion forum sponsored the Maine Association of Manufacturers with Senator Angus King. Issues of interest that were raised included the impact of the Affordable Care Act, The Family Medical Leave Act, proposed Minimum wage legislation, and US foreign trade and tariff policies and their impact on manufacturers.
• Communicating with the state senate and legislature on the impact the high energy costs resulting from the harsh winter our region had was adversely affecting wood product producers.
• Working with the Maine Natural Resources Council to educate State government officials on the merits of renewable energy, and of particular importance to the wood products industry, insuring that biomass maintain its renewable status and be recognized as such.
• Presenting at a sustainability event put on by Sustain Mid-Maine and hosted by the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments on the positive role the wood products industry can play (and has played) with respect to Sustainability.
In the coming months our focus will be to poll members on issues that are of particular concern to them with the intent of sharing these concerns with those seeking office this fall around the state. We also hope from the feedback we receive, we will be able to put together a survey to send out to the candidates in hopes of further educating our membership on candidate positions on issues.
April 27, 2014
The Marketing & Membership Committee has created a new brochure for the Association. It highlights the benefits of belonging to the Association and will be used to help recruit new members.
If you would like to help us build the membership, and thereby strengthen our organization feel free to print a copy of the brochure and give it to a potential member.
Take a look
MWPA Brochure (PDF)