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30, 2008 (ALPINE) -
More than 50 business owners gathered at
the Liar’s
Club restaurant in Alpine Aug. 21 to celebrate the launch of the Alpine Business
Networking Association ABNA).

“`Fun in marketing’ is the key phrase to describe this organization,” said
Greg Fox, president of ABNA.  “What we are about is promoting the
personal interaction of like-minded business folks coming together periodically
to break bread and socialize and develop personal relationships with each other.”

The nonprofit 501(c)3 organization’s mission statement is “to
create and nurture an atomosphere where local small business owners, merchants,
educators, bankers, health and other professionals and concerned citizens,
by participating in the various group activities can render mutual support
and promotion and ensure the strength of our local economy.”

Besides social networking, ABNA offers other benefits to members.  “Many
small businesses don’t have a web presence,” treasurer Roger Garay
observed.  “We offer to remedy that by giving to those who become
members a one page “mini” website that will be linked to our own.”  A
modest fee applies for the amenity, added Garay.

The organization is not intended to replace, but rather supplement activities
of the Alpine and Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, which recently expanded
to encompass communities east of Alpine. 

Membership in ABNA costs $75 a year plus $20 event dues. 
All members must have e-mail addresses and be approved by ABNA’s board
of directors.  For more information, visit

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