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Dear KBA Member,


Just in case you forgot your calendar somewhere on the Florida Panhandle during Spring Break this past week, welcome to Big Shanty week! The festival is this upcoming weekend, so come join your friends and business associates at the biggest, family-friendly party in the middle of downtown Kennesaw! We are grateful for the partnership with the City of Kennesaw that allows us to co-host the Big Shanty Festival!


I say welcome to Big Shanty Week because we are packed solid with activities from Monday through next weekend! We start the week with a new event, a luncheon dedicated solely to our teachers and administrators. Tuesday we have our membership luncheon with Ben Hames, Executive Director of Governor Deal’s Office of Workforce Development, addressing the membership. Wednesday is our Sponsor Luncheon to thank those of you who have supported the KBA’s Big Shanty Festival over so many years. Thursday is our tune-up to the festival, with great networking and great fun at the Alive After 5 event in the Southern Museum parking lot, with a low country boil sponsored by our own JRM Management! Then, finally, the festival itself April 12th and 13th. Mr. Big Shanty, Marlon Longacre, has been working on the weather for a year, and continues to promise blue skies, cotton ball clouds, and temps in the 70’s!


But the KBA doesn’t rest, even after the Big Shanty party! Join us April 22nd at the Main Street Pharmacy in Kennesaw for our April Wake-Up event. Last month’s Wake-Up was hugely successful, with over 50 people networking and noshing on the fine food provided by Sue Picardi of the Active Financial Group, as well as pizza from Pizza and Beyond. It’s been awhile since I had pizza for breakfast… All the folks at the Windsor did a wonderful job of hosting. Be sure not to miss this month’s Wake-Up! And last, but not least, April has a 5th Tuesday on the calendar, so we will be at Carrabba’s on Tuesday, April 29th for lunch and yet another opportunity to expand and deepen your network of KBA contacts!


On the giving side, please bring your bags of non-perishable groceries to our luncheon on Tuesday at the KSU Continuing Education Center. KBA continues to support the great work of the Shiloh Food Pantry in reaching families in need in our area, and you have been steadfast in your help to fill the pantry’s shelves. Thanks for all you do to support the KBA!


See you Tuesday.





Mark Barre
President, Kennesaw Business Association 2014
Managing Partner, Impact Executive Offices