Certain weeks stand out for me. I remember one professor that said “If your not willing to make today the day, you will never complete the task”. I was invited to participate with City of Ashland on a work plan for the Downtown District of the City of Ashland. I will remember this week and today as the beginning of something special for all of us and our business community. Today was that day for me.

The Alliance also partnered with the Daily Independent for a great Business After Hours last night. The opportunity to see the back end of what it takes to produce a daily newspaper and to see what the Independent is doing both in digital and in the area of job search, partnering with Monster online services, was wonderful. Printing presses and people, represent an art form in providing a daily recap of the news of the day and connection to the outside world.

The Alliance also presented the Daily Independent with our Business of the Month Award. This award highlights members of the Alliance that have gone above and beyond in support of the Alliance and the mission of helping this community grow and prosper. Each month our Ambassadors along with you, the members, will be selecting one business that stands out and is helping this community thrive.

Just as the weather is changing our Holiday Season is ramping up! Shop local Shop Small is right around the corner. Winter Wonderland of Lights and the Christmas Parade are nearly here and some of our biggest Business After Hours of the year are happening soon. This is your Alliance and it is here to serve you!

Make today the day!  I appreciate each one of you and together we are building a stronger community.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance