This Week at WREN 3/8/21

HI FRIENDS,

This week, we are rejoicing in community. 
Ask any of WREN’s staff or board members why this organization is still thriving, and the first word you will hear is “community!”.Thanks to the enthusiasm of our members, the philanthropy of our supporters, and the perseverance of our grant recipients, our WREN community is a strong one. We are proud to say that we are a part of a community filled with optimism and purpose, a community that plans for the future while also honoring the past. 
We love our community, and we would love you to be a part of it! Our WREN membership tiers just got a revamp, so if you’ve let your membership slide over the past few years or never signed up before, now is the time to show your support for WREN and join our ever-growing community. We have so many online classes, upcoming events, and grant opportunities, and your WREN membership can unlock the best these experiences have to offer. 
Get signing up today! 

Seedling to Start Up Online Class
Now that you’ve read our big motivational pitch, here are the basics of our new WREN membership tiers. This week, we’re highlighting our Community – Super WREN membership. 

For full membership benefits in each category, please click the button at the bottom of this section.
 
Community…….$50
(Benefits available for 1 individual)

Show your support for a North Country nonprofit making a big impact in the region. Stay in the know with free e-newsletters. Attend exciting WREN events (in-person and online). 

Community – Couple…….$75
(Benefits available for to 2 individuals)

Sometimes, two is better than one. Get all the benefits of a Community membership x 2.
Community – Super WREN…….$100
(Benefits available for up to 2 individuals)

Do you REALLY love WREN? This is the membership for you!

As a Community – Super WREN member, you become part of a small group of passionate members who show off their love for all things local in every single thing they do.

Attend our classes and workshops, and receive special invitations to attend WREN’s community events before anyone else. We’ll show our thanks for your much-appreciated support with a FREE canvas tote bag complete with WREN’s logo! 

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 up up to 1 individual)

Connect with other business owners. Take part in special networking events. Get your business listed on WREN’s growing member directory


Retail Vendor…….$75
(Benefits available for 1 individual)

Sell in Local Works Marketplace and our online store, and enjoy regional market access. Be a part of the Local Works Marketplace store directory. Receive free marketing across multiple platforms. 

CDBG…….$0
(Benefits available for 1 individual)


Access all of WREN’s benefits free of charge, and grow your small business with the help of this powerful, FREE membership. Available to CDBG grant recipients only. Scroll down to the last section of this newsletter to read more about the CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program.
BECOME A WREN MEMBER
Featured Online Item of the Week
Spring Small Business Series: “Seedling to Start Up”
Part II: Creating a Compelling Elevator Pitch (ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM)
Instructor: Mary Secor Date: 4/13/21Time: 6-7:30pmFee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipientsPre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)
An essential component to launching a successful business or product idea is creating a compelling elevator pitch that inspires customers to buy your product or service. By the end of this session, you will be able to utilize and apply ideation processes to craft an elevator pitch that:
Identifies the problem or opportunity you are addressing.Clearly describes your solution.Identifies your target market.Clarifies your distribution channel.Describes your business model.
*Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Mary! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact [email protected] for additional information.

All of these online classes, as well as class recordings and opportunities for 1:1 technical assistance, are FREE for CDBG grant recipients and discounted for all WREN members! 
Learn more about WREN’s CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program here:https://www.wrenworks.org/grants/
Rediscover you WREN membership benefits (or become a WREN member!) here: https://www.wrenworks.org/membership/

”Shooting Short Videos on Your iPhone or Android” (ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM)
Instructor: Tom LaneDate: 4/15/21Time: 6-7:30pmFee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipientsPre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)
Want to take you website or social media accounts to next level? It might be time to start shooting short videos on your smartphone! Join instructor Tom Lane for an online exploration into the video camera functions on your iPhone or Android. Learn how to utilize different forms of video, including time-lapse and slow-motion, and discover just how easy it is to edit your work and export it to the web. From filming your subject to setting up a YouTube account to better host your videos, this 1.5-online class will prompt you to embrace more than just the camera function on your phone.
*Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Tom! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact [email protected] for additional information. 
REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE CLASS
Did you know we also offer recordings for previous classes? Visit the “Classes On Demand” tab on our website to catch up on content that you might have missed out on the first time around! 
“Flying Bee”, acrylic and iridescent glitter paint on canvas…Lea Stone
 
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See more about CDBG
Is starting a small business on your spring to-do list? Keep WREN in mind! As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on the principle of supporting better lives and livelihoods, we’ve made it our mission to boost small business owners. One of the ways we lift our entrepreneurs up is through the Community Development Block Grant program made possible by HUD and the NH CDFA
If you are starting a small business or already have one, and you’ve been looking for FREE ways to enhance your small business skillset, it might be time to see if you qualify for WREN’s CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program
DO I QUALIFY?
Grant Benefits
FREE access to all of WREN’s online classes and online class recordingsFREE Technical Assistance: one-on-one business mentoring or coaching servicesFREE WREN membership (Business or Retail Vendor)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 choiceE-newsletter: a free one-year subscriptionSpecial invitations: opportunities to attend cultural and educational events hosted by WRENEarly access to special eventsNetworking opportunities: events specifically for meeting other members to exchange information, idea and make new friendshipsMarket Visibility: Your business can benefit from WREN’s extended market visibility through its marketing campaigns and NH Grand destination marketing programsMarket Access: opportunities to sell you products in Local Works Marketplace at WREN

REGIONAL FYI 

Did you know that NH Grand is a program of WREN?
Whether you’re a local looking to learn more about your favorite region of the state, or you’re a traveler coming to New Hampshire’s North Country for the first time, don’t forget to visit the NH Grand website (and the town of Bethlehem’s website!) for all of your area information. 

  • Love newsletters? NH Grand has one too! Sign up for the latest on all things tourism related by visiting https://www.nhgrand.com/ and scrolling to the bottom of the page. 
  • Do you have a special spot in your heart for the scenic town that WREN calls home? Sign up for Bethlehem, NH’s newsletter too while you’re at it! Visit: https://bethlehemnh.org/tourism-e-news/.

Thank you for supporting WREN and your community! WREN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit accepting donations year round. If you would like to show your care for the work we do, visit the “Donations” page on our website.
Many thanks!

The Adair Country Inn & Restaurant is the official sponsor of the Gallery at WREN.

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