It is awesome owning a Westchase business. The people are great, the neighborhood is beautiful, and the local business owners are fantastic. All the Westchase businesses I know, whether they be small, large, have a big store front or are internet/home based, work very hard and enjoy their work. That is why I am SO EXCITED about the new Westchase Area Business Association (WABA), spearheaded by Joel and Marlene Bigham, of the Computer Valet. For the first time, there is an organization built by and for Westchase businesses.
The first WABA event received a very nice write-up by Alicia McMillan in the World of Westchase. I was lucky to be able to attend this marvelous event and meet lots of new Westchase people. I was even quoted in the WOW piece:
Over 60 area businesses were represented during the evening. Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford of locally operated Bright Eyes Family Vision Care stated that he’d just found out about the event the night before, but was determined not to miss out. He explained, “A lot of us work really hard to grow our own Westchase businesses. I had an event at my office last month and it drew a lot of attention, but I had trouble communicating with other businesses. There’s no reason at all why we shouldn’t all be working together.” He added, “The turnout is awesome. I think that just reinforces that there’s obviously a need.”
I have been so impressed with WABA, that I have volunteered to assist with events and online marketing. Bright Eyes hosted a successful morning coffee recently at the office. There will be regular coffees and cocktail hours, as well as larger events in the future.
If you are a Westchase business owner or resident, I encourage you to check out the official WABA webpage, as well as the Facebook and Twitter page. We are looking for energetic people who want to strengthen Westchase connections.
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.