Local Leaders Form Geist and East Fishers Business Council
The Geist and East Fishers Business Council was created in response to the growing number of businesses whose geographic locations are beyond the west and central downtown Fishers area. As an offshoot of the Nickel Plate District Business Council, it shares the same goal of keeping communication lines open with the city. After a successful first meeting in February, the organization is eager to continue discussions of topics that impact area businesses.
Courtney Andrus, owner of Fishers-based Pure Eatery and a four-year participant in the Nickel Plate District Business Council, was instrumental in creating the new organization. After opening Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub in the Geist/East Fishers area, she approached Stephanie Perry, assistant director of public relations for the City of Fishers. After discussions, the second business group was created.
“The business council’s goal is to provide a space for business owners to meet with the City of Fishers officials, and discuss upcoming events, business ideas, initiatives, construction, and any topics that may impact local businesses in their local area,” Andrus says.
Perry stresses the importance of having two different councils based on geographic locations.
“Meetings can be tailored to speak to each group on specific projects and issues facing them, such as construction or future initiatives like the Geist Waterfront Park or Geist Greenway,” she says.
The first meeting was held at Schoolhouse 7 Cafe on Cyntheanne Road. Although it followed an agenda supplied by Perry, the meeting was fairly informal. Introductions were made, and during the roundtable format, topics discussed included current infrastructure projects and upcoming city-wide events. Participants were informed about new businesses opening in the area, and there was a question-and-answer period. The meeting concluded with an opportunity for networking.
“Most area mom-and-pop businesses could benefit from this group,” says Pam Chemelewski, general manager of Goldfish Swim School. “It’s always a good idea to have a group to bounce ideas from, as well as to learn from. Larger, franchise-type businesses could also benefit. For me personally, I appreciate the chance to connect with area business leaders in my same position. It’s good to share ideas and concerns, as well as problem-solving information.”
The council gives both veteran business owners and new owners the opportunity to share information. Such owners have the opportunity to discuss what works well in the area, and how the area is changing. For those working with a small budget, it can be a resource for information on best marketing practices.
“The goal is to meet quarterly, and we hope to have our next meeting in the late spring or early summer,” Perry says. “We want to build on the success of the first meeting, and reach out to any owners or employees of businesses located in the Geist and east Fishers area. An open invitation is extended to any business that wants to participate.”
For information on local business councils, visit fishers.in.us/771/Business-Councils.