Welcome to the BH BL BPA Homepage
Whether you are a member of the BH-BL BPA yet or not, we want you to be involved in our community! General meetings of the BH-BL BPA are held on the first Wednesday of every month. Please see the "Event Calendar" for a full list of upcoming dates.
Municipal and Small Business Energy Forum
We have come together again in 2014 and will be co-sponsoring a Municipal and Small Business Energy Forum.
When: Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Where: Ballston Spa National Bank Meeting Room 990 State Route 67 Ballston Spa, New York 12020
Topic: National Grid welcomes the opportunity to meet with the members of the Business and Professional Associations of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa and Malta as well as local municipalities to provide information about the Eastern New York energy market and its impact on utility bills.
We will bring the latest information on understating bills, forecasted winter supply prices, choosing an energy supplier and providing the necessary details and tools to help customers manage energy use and costs. A Q&A period will allow us to hear directly from you.
Please click on the below link for details and to RSVP. Considering that the cold weather is now upon us, this aims to be a timely and informative discussion.
December General Meeting
Date – Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014
Please RSVP for you and any guest(s) you may be bringing by phone at (518) 363-8115 or email to Jim Ireland by Mon, December 1, 2014
Time – 6:00 pm
Location: Lakeside Farms
Cost - Free for Members ($25 for guests)
Topic - Please come and join fellow BHBLBPA members, spouses, guests, friends and family as we celebrate 2014 and the holiday season. If you would like, please bring a small labeled gift, which will then be included in the door prize table.
We will be again this year, “passing the hat” for contributions to our Annual Jean Bergstrom Family in Need program. A big thank you goes out to everyone at Shank & Falvey, for their hard work putting together this program each year.
Also, in honor of Jimmy Ktenas, owner of The Burnt Hills Café, who passed away in 2013, in conjunction with his family and the staff of the Burnt Hills Café, the BHBLBPA is holding the 2nd Annual “Jimmy’s Food Drive.” Jimmy loved “feeding the community” so what better way to continue his legacy then by annually collecting food to donate to local food pantries. Please bring a food item to the party to help the drive.
Fright Fun from the October General Meeting
Those who attended the Double M Haunted Hayrides tour by Jennifer and Leo Martin, got a daylight, behind the scenes tour of their famous fright fest. (Click image to see full size photo)
Date – Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Location: Double M Ranch, 678 State Route 67, Ballston Spa
Jennifer and Leo told us about how they employ over 100 actors, technicians, zombies, and more over the coming month.
Checkout some of the new additions like the terrifying Stockyard, and the sure-to-be-scary Clown Carn-evil.
2014 13th Annual Flag Day Parade
BH-BL BPA Sponsors Town Clean Up
BH-BL BPA Reaches New Limits - The South Pole!
Photo curtosey of Kurt Bedore- click on photo to see enlarged.
BH-BL BPA Reaches New Limits - The North Pole!
Photos curtosey of Kurt Bedore- click on photo to see enlarged.
Members: Bring a guest! We are the best deal in the area. Annual Dues are only $85!
This yearly parade, the 11 annual this year, is sponsored by the BH-BL Business and Professional Association and is a wonderful community event. Now you can watch the 1.25 hour parade in under 2 minutes!
Why More are Buying Into 'Buy Local'
Business Week, March 1, 2010
Excerpt: "Advocates say that locally owned stores spend proportionately more on payroll than chains and that buying local will save jobs. Plus, for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 remains in the local economy, compared with about $13 per $100 spent at a big box, according to research by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Austin (Tex.) consulting firm Civic Economics. That's because independents tend to do their purchasing locally, while chains usually centralize it from a head office."
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About the Organization
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business & Professional Association was founded in 1987 to encourage, support, and promote business in the Towns of Ballston and Glenville, as well as in the Burnt Hills School District, and to enhance the quality of life in this area.
Our monthly general meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. We hope that you will consider attending to learn how we can help each other while working to create a positive community spirit. Or if you are interested in joining the organization, let us know!
Our first meetings were held in restaurants, and that tradition continues today. Terry Morris served as the first president to get the organization off the ground, and then Pat DiCesare was voted to leadership near the end of that first year. To see the succession of presidents to date, click here.
In 1994 the association became incorporated, thanks to the support of Bob VanVranken, attorney and charter member. Now we are known officially as the BH-BL BPA Inc.