By Ann McCreary
Twisp business and downtown property owners are invited to meet with a consultant who specializes in commercial development and community revitalization at a brown bag lunch meeting hosted by TwispWorks next month.
TwispWorks is bringing consultant Michele Reeves to town on Sept. 19 as part of an ongoing effort to boost the economy in Twisp. The lunch meeting will be held at the Methow Valley Community Center from noon?1:30 p.m.
Reeves also will meet individually with property owners who request a consultation to discuss building redevelopment, property improvements and management.
“She will do a free one-on-one consultation,” said Hannah McIntosh, TwispWorks director of programming. “It’s all part of the bigger partnership between the town, TwispWorks and the chamber of commerce to re-energize the town.”
Reeves, who consults throughout the country, provides “really pragmatic” advice on how to attract customers and increase revenue, McIntosh said.
“She’s a small business owner. Her approach is that everybody wants to see the town thrive, and they also need to make a living and earn revenue from their business or building,” McIntosh said.
The Town of Twisp is sharing in the cost of bringing Reeves here for the meeting and business consultations as part of the town’s overall efforts to revitalize its downtown.
Before the meeting, McIntosh will conduct a survey designed to identify the needs and habits of local consumers, both residents and visitors, to gain insight into potential business opportunities.
Some surveying will be done online, and some in person. “I’ll be that friendly person on Glover Street with a clipboard,” McIntosh said.
Business and property owners interested in attending the lunch or setting up a consultation should contact McIntosh at 997-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. People attending the lunch can bring their own lunch or order a sack lunch in advance for $15.
Based on the outcome of Reeve’s work and other information on economic revitalization, TwispWorks will complete a report by the end of the year with recommendations on how to boost the local economy, said Don Linnertz, TwispWorks executive director.