ACE MV’s Community Think Tanks

Martha’s Vineyard’s economy depends on a robust summer tourist season. Now that summer is effectively “cancelled”, what can island businesses do to stay afloat?

ACE MV (Adult & Community Education Martha’s Vineyard) assembled a panel of community business leaders to address these concerns and more.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council

THINK TANK 2 – MAY 13, 2020

Weathering the Financial Storm:
Martha’s Vineyard’s Small Business Leaders Discuss Strategies

Join fellow small business owners, farmers, and entrepreneurs to learn what Island businesses are doing to creatively weather these times. Learn strategies and methods and hear ideas from Vineyard colleagues about how to strengthen your small business in an uncertain economic climate.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Do you have a contingency plan?
  • How are you forecasting revenue and cash-flow for both this summer and this fall?
  • What are the best ways to prepare a budget right now?
  • How do you look at profit versus “engagement” during the pandemic
  • Are there creative strategies small business owners should take to keep afloat?
  • Other financial, budgetary and cash-flow issues, ideas and strategies

Moderator: Holly Bellebuono, Director, Bellebuono Holistic International, former owner Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary, and Executive Director, ACE MV

Panelists:

  • Todd Christy, Owner/Roaster, Chilmark Coffee Company
  • Samantha Hartley, Founder and President, Enlightened Marketing
  • Tilma Johnson, Vice President, Regional Manager – Martha’s Vineyard, Rockland Trust; Member of S.C.O.R.E.
  • Deon Thomas, Owner/Chef, Deon’s Kitchen
  • Norm Werthwein, CPA and ACE MV Board of Directors Treasurer, former CFO Tiffany & Co. and CAO, Avon Products Inc. Member of S.C.O.R.E.

WATCH OUR MAY 13 THINK TANK:

THINK TANK 1 – APRIL 29, 2020

Adjusting to Our New Reality:
Small Business Leaders Discuss Next Steps

Join fellow small business owners, farmers, and entrepreneurs to learn what Island businesses are doing to creatively weather these times. Learn helpful strategies, explore how local businesses plan to handle training and staffing needs, and tips for creating a contingency plan for your business.

Moderator: Holly Bellebuono, Director, Bellebuono Holistic International, former owner Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary, and Executive Director, ACE MV

Panelists:

  • Heidi Feldman, co-Owner, Down Island Farm and MV Sea Salt
  • Nancy Gardella, Executive Director, MV Chamber of Commerce
  • Samantha Hartley, Founder and President, Enlightened Marketing
  • Ky Keenan, co-Founder, Not Your Sugar Mamas and Founder, Frankie’s Flatbreads
  • Jill Robie, Executive Director, YMCA-MV

WATCH OUR APRIL 29 THINK TANK:

Date recorded: April 29, 2020.

For a written synopsis of the event, see the write-up in the MV Times, “ACE MV Aced It”.