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 [email protected].

* 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

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.