Harry Goldman of Allen's Flower Market | September 18, 2017

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On Monday, September 18th the Executives Association of Long Beach met for their weekly networking luncheon at The Grand Event Center. This week's classification talk was given by Harry Goldman, owner of Allen's Flower Market on his classification of Florist. 

Allen’s Flower Market is a family owner business. His dad bought the corner of Atlantic & Willow in 1978 and built the store. Sold it in ‘82 and brought it back in ’95. The name “Allen” came about as they wanted to be listed in the beginning of the listings in the Yellow Pages. (ie: “A”).

Harry graduated from CSULB and started working in the business in 1998.  He and his wife Nancy have 5 kids & 4 grandchildren. 

The “Old School” approach of having the buckets of flowers remains, as people still like to come to the store to smell and touch the flowers they are buying. Though, investing in the internet business has proven to increase business. Google & Yelp are the main sources of this business.

They sell to 70 percent locally, for all types of events and occasions. Having a location near a major hospital is good too. They customize arrangements by using clients photos or pictures. They buy bulk from growers out of state and out of the country. Allen's Flower Market imports their special roses from Columbia & Ecuador. They carry many types of Orchids and living plants as well. 

Harry & his team go to the airport twice a week to pick up flowers, and to downtown L.A. weekly or more.  

After his classification talk Harry gave away “5” unique arrangements to members and described each one.  

Call Harry for a quote on your next event. Every occasion is better with fresh flowers! 

 


Next Meeting:

We meet again next week hear Dan Regan speak on his classification of Printing.
We are Dark on October 9th for Columbus Day. 

Announcements:

Remember to invite guests to keep our membership continually growing!

1st Classification Postings:

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2nd Classification Postings:

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Membership Postings:

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Welcome New Members:

Welcome Steve Allen! Steve is a new member from All Souls to replace Annette Barry. 

Other Membership News: 

Honorary Member Dick Stolz has passed away. Rest in peace Uncle Dick. 

Classification of the Month:

Featured Classification for September:

Auto Repair

Please invite your best mechanic to the September 25th meeting. 

Advertisements/Want Ads:

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PGA West La Quinta Condo. Call Jim Nesmith for details (562) 900-2230.

Board Meeting Minutes:

EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH BOARD MEETING MINUTES

September 18, 2017 – 1:30pm | Board Meeting  Location: Jim’s Board Room at The Grand

1:30 PM M. THOMPSON OPEN MEETING

PRESENT: _x__M. Thompson (P) __x__K. Gragson (VP)    __x__J. Sawday (S/T)

____ R. Deeble  _x___S. Williams __x__ V. Bunting _x__ J. Beeler _x__T. Di Leo  _x__J. Choura (PP)   

Others: K. Sherrill (Executive Director) _x_ (Conference Call)

1:30 PM M. THOMPSON MINUTES

Motion to approve minutes from the August 2017 Board Meeting.

Motion: S. Williams  2nd: V. Bunting  Discussion. All in favor? Yes Any Opposed? No. Motion Carries.

1:35 PM J. SAWDAY FINANCIAL REPORTS

Motion to receive and file the financial reports for August 2017? Vote deferred until October. 

Error found on the budget page. There is a total for the management fee for the year that does not correlate to the actual amount paid. There were a few other areas on the budget that needed fixing as well so that the reports are more accurate. New reports have been generated for next month.  

We are over budget on our credit card processing fees (partially due to more members taking advantage of that option than expected but also due to higher rates than most have for their own businesses). M. Thompson is going to reach out to Clarence Thomas a previous merchant services member and see if he's interested in rejoining and taking over our account. 

1:40 PM J. SAWDAY   MEMBERSHIP

Honorary member Dick Stolz has passed away. We are awaiting details his service. 

There are no new applications in at this time. 

Board would like to focus on the contractor classifications. It was a strong area in the past and needs to be rebuilt.  The membership committee will discuss new incentives and promotions to bringing in new members and present to the board for approval. 

Hot prospects: Melissa from Family Floors and Dr. Gunter a Chiropractor. 

1:55 PM K. GRAGSON  BUSINESS PROMOTION

When will the committee meet again? Do you have a date for the event? Not at this time. October 2018 sometime. 

Review of the Back to Execs event. We had 10 rsvp but only 5 showed up. Should we do it annually? Maybe. Comments from he membership to have it in the evening. The board would like to have a quarterly evening mixer in place of the lunch. 

Christmas Party at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Do we have a date and reservation for this? M. Thompson will contact the Yacht Club and get pricing and availability.  Once received, K. Sherrill will forward the information to the BOD. J. Choura recommends getting sponsors for wine and dessert to keep the cost close to $50per person. 

2:10 PM M. THOMPSON     OLD & NEW BUSINESS

Eric Speier will be attending the IEA Conference next month and representing the EALB in Florida.

Will each board member please comment on their feelings about the EALB at this time.

2:15 PM M. THOMPSON   GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Next Board meeting is on Monday, October 23rd at The Grand at 1:30pm.  

2:15 PM M. THOMPSON   ADJOURN

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