Membership

Becoming a WREN Member gives you the opportunity to join the WREN community and take advantage of the wide range of programs WREN offers. WREN’s workshops, classes, and technical assistance training help members advance their skills, grow their businesses, and build connections. By joining WREN’s Membership Program, you also become a valuable partner in WREN’s mission of supporting better lives and livelihoods, promoting tourism in the North Country, enhancing the vitality of Bethlehem’s Main Street, and advancing innovation and rural economic development.

BECOME A MEMBER

WREN OFFERS SEVERAL TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP:

Community – $50

Benefits available for 1 individual under Community membership.

  • Classes and workshops: members receive special discounts
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted rates

Community – Couple – $75

Benefits available for up to 2 individuals under 1 Community – Couple membership.

  • Classes and workshops: members receive special discounts
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted rates

Community – Super WREN – $100

Benefits available for up to 2 individuals under 1 Community – Super WREN membership. This membership provides the opportunity to support the organization at a higher level.

  • Classes and workshops: members receive special discounts
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Early access to special events
  • Free canvas tote bag with WREN’s logo
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted rates

Business – $75

Benefits available for 1 individual under Business membership. Typically, this is the business owner.

  • Classes and workshops: members receive special discounts
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted rates
  • Market Visibility: Your business can benefit from WREN’s extended market visibility through its marketing campaigns and NH Grand destination marketing programs
  • FREE listing on WREN’s member directory webpage, including logo, 3-4 sentence write up, and external link

Retail Vendor – $75

Benefits available for 1 individual under Retail Vendor membership.

  • Classes and workshops: members receive special discounts
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted rates
  • Market Visibility: Your business can benefit from WREN’s extended market visibility through its marketing campaigns and NH Grand destination marketing programs
  • Market Access: opportunities to sell you products in Local Works Marketplace at WREN
  • FREE link on WREN’s Local Works Marketplace webpage with external link to vendor’s website or social media platform of choice

CDBG – $0

Benefits available for 1 individual under CDBG membership.                                                                          

Low to moderate income (LMI) residents of Grafton, Coos, and Carroll County may be eligible for this free membership through WREN’s CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program*.

This free membership is designed to help small business owners with 5 employees or less to start/grow their business through entrepreneurial education and market opportunities. To learn more about eligibility for this grant program, please visit the “Grants” page on our website.

TO APPLY FOR THIS MEMBERSHIP TIER, PLEASE CONTACT WREN’S MARKETING & OPERATIONS MANAGER AT scarlettm@wrenworks.org.

* Funding for the CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program is made possible by HUD, the NH CDFA (Community Development Finance Authority), and Grafton County.

  • FREE access to all of WREN’s online classes and online class recordings
  • E-newsletter: a free one-year subscription
  • Special invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN
  • Early access to special events
  • Networking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendships
  • FREE Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching services
  • FREE listing on WREN’s member directory webpage, including logo, 3-4 sentence write up, and external link or FREE link on WREN’s Local Works Marketplace webpage with external link to vendor’s website or social media platform of choice
  • Market Visibility: Your business can benefit from WREN’s extended market visibility through its marketing campaigns and NH Grand destination marketing programs
  • Market Access: opportunities to sell you products in Local Works Marketplace at WREN

 

WREN 2021 Membership Types & Benefits

 COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP
(1 Individual)
COMMUNITY COUPLE MEMBERSHIP
(2 Individuals)
COMMUNITY SUPER WREN MEMBERSHIP
(2 Individuals)
BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP
(1 Individual)
RETAIL VENDOR MEMBERSHIP
(1 Individual)
Classes and Workshops - Members receive special discounts
E-Newsletter - A free one-year subscription.
Special Invitations - Opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WREN.
Networking Opportunities - Events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, ideas and make new friendships.
Technical Assistance - One-on-one business mentoring or coaching services at discounted fees.
Free Canvas Tote Bag.
Early Access to Special Events
Listing on WREN’s Website - Promote your business with our Free listing, which includes a link to your website.
Free listing on WREN's member directory webpage, including logo, 3-4 sentence write up, and external link.
Market Visibility - Your business can benefit from WREN’s extended market visibility through its marketing campaigns and new NH Grand destination marketing programs.
Market Access - Opportunities to sell your products in The Local Works Marketplace at WREN
Free link on WREN's Local Works Marketplace webpage with external link to vendor's website or social media platform of choice.
BECOME A MEMBER

Spring Membership Campaign 2021

 

Some of you might recognize Ayla.

As an advocate for Bethlehem as well as a thriving, independent businesswoman, Ayla Quieroga has made quite the mark in town.

She’s volunteered to be a part of Bethlehem’s “Just Be” campaign, and alongside her husband Bruce, supports initiatives around the Maplewood Train Station in Bethlehem with the intentions of rehabilitating it. Ayla is always eager to connect with others who are committed to community development, and has found a way to forge those connections through WREN.

Ayla joined WREN as a Community member 5 years ago, and soon after found herself serving as Treasurer on WREN’s Board of Directors. Alongside her background in accounting and business administration, Ayla’s ambition and focus proved instrumental in the organization’s ability to rebound from a challenging temporary closure. Looking back on her time on the Board, Ayla hones in on one of her brightest memories. When WREN emerged from its reimagining initiative in 2019, “opening the doors again after being closed for 6 months”, the organization found itself building a new path forward.

A little over two years later, even in the midst of the pandemic, WREN is continuing on, nourishing – and finding strength in – community. After overcoming so many obstacles, “seeing the community stand behind WREN’s history and purpose, and having individuals on the Board full time who really believe in the mission and future of WREN is inspiring”.  

As one of those Board members, for Ayla, WREN’s value resides in all of the ways it helps support community. Thanks to Local Works Marketplace and the Gallery at WREN, “you get to support local vendors and artists, and know that you’re providing them with a venue for their product”. In Ayla’s eyes, “the community and North Country is so fortunate to have an organization like WREN.” It is an organization that adds intrinsic value to the region, giving artists and makers a chance to showcase their work, and small business owners the opportunity to attain economic prosperity through education and community engagement.

Eyeing the years ahead, Ayla hopes that the organization will “continue to inspire all of those around us to be inclusive”, and that the North Country will “share in the greatness of what WREN has to offer”.

Be a part of the greatness still to come, and show your support for WREN alongside Ayla. Sign up to be a WREN member today!                

In shades of gray and green and wisps of pink sunlit clouds, resides Rebecca M. Fullerton’s gift for capturing the moment.

As an archivist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Rebecca spends her days preserving the past and discovering untold stories of regional significance. As an artist, she leaves gallery goers swooning over meticulously painted summits and secret, forested places. Looking at these two careers side-by-side, a common theme emerges: Rebecca’s appreciation for one-of-a-kind communities.

As a WREN member, Rebecca is part of a community like no other.

While Rebecca is a New Hampshire native, she didn’t connect with WREN until 2018, when she and her husband began house hunting for the chance to swap a bustling Boston life with one centered around nature and the North Country. Rebecca relates that “[o]n one such trip, we stopped in to WREN to see what it was all about,” and happily, “the very friendly person in the shop that day gave use the grand tour, told us all about the organization, and [shared with us] the latest newsletter showing how much was going on (answer: A LOT).” Rebecca’s connection with WREN and its mission was immediate.

After her relocation to Bethlehem was complete, Rebecca became a WREN Retail Vendor member. Along the way, she held her first solo show in the Gallery at WREN. While she only had a month to prepare, Rebecca looks back on this time with fondness. “It was a wild ride and an intense hustle, but the Gallery made it happen, and the show was incredible.” With a touch of humor, she adds “I hope any solo shows in the future won’t be such a trial by fire, but I wouldn’t trade that learning experience or the resulting show for anything.”

Today, Rebecca is one of our most prominent Retail Vendor members. Whether she’s at the helm of an exhibit in the Gallery at WREN, hosting a table at one of our holiday pop up events, or teaching an online class for other WREN members and artists in the community, Rebecca’s reach is remarkable.

When she reflects on her time here at WREN, she acknowledges that “the most important benefit of being part of WREN is the feeling of being invited.” In Rebecca’s experience, “[w]ith a lot of membership organizations you just pay your dues and maybe take advantage of the member benefits– or not. With WREN you’re invited in.” As a small nonprofit built on the power of community and the passion of its members and staff, WREN succeeds because of this warm, inviting spirit.

For Rebecca, WREN’s openness is demonstrated in many ways. It could mean “to be part of a show because your work came to mind in fitting perfectly with the theme, to hear about a class or learning opportunity right away because they know it would fit your needs, or to sell in the shop but also be pushed to excel in making your product look its best.” Each time, WREN extends an invitation to grow a little more, and connect a little more.

As Rebecca sums up her time as a Retail Vendor member at WREN, her gratitude is as evident as the artistry in her paintings. “I always get the feeling WREN wants you to grow and help build this community as a partner, not just a member.”

Today, we invite to join our community. Become a member and a partner, and join WREN’s history, every day in the making.

Shop the art of Rebecca M. Fullerton in Local Works Marketplace and our online store.

Farmer’s Breakfast. MacIntosh & Birch. Mexican Hot Chocolate. Ever since The Kitschy Wick made its debut in Local Works Marketplace, one-time shoppers have become repeat customers, arms full with their favorite, playful soy candles.

Amanda Burrows is the face behind The Kitschy Wick. She’s a busy mom, budding entrepreneur, and a proud member of WREN. From her home base in North Woodstock, NH, Amanda churns out stacks of soy candles infused with subtle, astounding scents, and trust us — WREN’s community has taken notice.

Amanda first connected with WREN in the winter of 2018, when she attended an exhibit opening in the Gallery. Reflecting on this first experience at WREN, Amanda notes that she was “impressed and intrigued by not only the artists and the work itself, but the supportive and encouraging environment that WREN has created for female ‘makers’ to thrive.”

As a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting better lives and livelihoods, that encouragement is a part of everything we do here at WREN. Whether it’s our online classes designed to help entrepreneurs, our monthly events to foster community connections, or the opportunity to sustain local livelihoods through the store and gallery, we know that our strength lies in strong, empowered members.

When it came time for Amanda to start pursuing her own small business dream of candle making, she looked to WREN for guidance. As an income-eligible small business owner with big goals, Amanda was a perfect candidate for WREN’s CDBG Microenterprise Grant ProgramOne of the benefits of this program? A free WREN membership!

A few months into 2019, Amanda joined the ranks of WREN as both a Business Member and a CDBG grant recipient. Her first memory as a WREN member is one of her favorites. As April reached its end, Amanda took advantage of her member benefits and attended one of the organization’s in-person classes, “Fundamentals for Starting or Growing Your Business or Gig.”

For Amanda, she was “feeling intimidated and nervous to show up, not knowing what to expect.” Fortunately, she quickly “felt at ease with all the women in the room, casually asking and answering questions, sharing stories, admitting failures and insecurities, and encouraging one another.” Amanda left class “relieved, inspired, and incredibly motivated.”

This motivation has carried Amanda throughout her journey with WREN.

Thanks to the free classes and 1:1 technical assistance available to her as both a WREN Business Member and CDBG grant recipient, Amanda has learned the ins and out of pricing and packaging her work for market success, resulting in a Kitschy Wick that has met the challenges of the pandemic head on and exceeded expectations.

Amanda acknowledges that “if it wasn’t for WREN offering the CDBG program, I don’t think that I would have pursued my candle making business to this level.” WREN gave Amanda the “tools and encouragement” to accomplish great things, and the “confidence to pursue further success.”

Through it all, WREN’s community has remained a pillar of support. In Amanda’s own words, being a WREN member means having “the reassurance that I’m not alone through the overwhelming process of figuring out my small, yet growing, business. This network reminds me that I am capable, even at times when I am unsure of how to proceed, and it gives me the confidence I need to pursue more and set my goals higher.”

Amanda’s story is one that inspires, that invites optimism and opportunity with open arms. If you have been looking for a way forward with WREN, consider becoming a member. Our community is a powerful, passionate one. Let’s make a difference, and grow some small businesses together! 

Do you qualify for the CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program? Find out today! Visit the “Grants” page on our website.

Show your support for all of Amanda’s hard work, and shop The Kitschy Wick 

in Local Works Marketplace and our online store.