Ryan Brooks, a Grayson resident and business owner, has created a unique Facebook group aiming to connect local business owners and customers in one easy place. It’s called Greater Grayson Area Connections, and it already has well over 170 members despite only being around for a month.
In fact, the group has done so well connecting folks across Grayson that Brooks has partnered with Graft to host an evening get-together on October 22nd from 7-9 PM. There will be food and drink specials provided by Graft and an opportunity for folks to chat about what Grayson has to offer.
I chatted with Brooks via email about the Greater Grayson group to get a better understanding of its purpose.
Full disclosure–Ryan Brooks is my younger brother, but his desire to do something great for Grayson made this story worth sharing.
Grayson Local: What is this group and how does it work?
Ryan Brooks: This group is meant to be an avenue for local small business owners to connect with each other for encouragement and advise within the small business market. From those who’ve just started to those who’ve been in business for years, the group is meant to be a community of small business owners to connect with each other.
GL: Is it for business people only?
RB: No, it’s for consumers too and that’s what makes us different. We encourage all consumers to join this group because it helps connect the consumer to their local businesses. Our business members range from beauty products and Thirty-One consultants to contractors and DJ’s. We have a variety of business owners from all types of industries and several consumers already as well.
GL: How do people gain access?
RB: Gaining access to our group is fairly simple, business owners and consumers can go to https://www.facebook.com/
GL: Why start it?
RB: Being a small business owner myself, I know that sometimes when I’m faced with a difficult business decision it’s nice to have others to bounce those decisions and ideas off of. By networking with other business owners it allows us all to troubleshoot ideas/processes and encourage each other as well.
GL: What do you hope to see happen through this group?
RB: As I said before, we just want as many small business owners and consumers as possible to join together and forge relationships that increase local commerce and strengthen our community as well. Most business owners are our neighbors and our friends and helping that local model succeed helps our community flourish. That’s what makes Grayson great and we are only trying to encourage that.
GL: What are the details about the Oct. 22 meeting? What can people expect?
RB: On Thursday, October 22nd from 7pm – 9pm, we are having a Meet & Greet at great local restaurant called Graft, located at 516 Grayson Parkway Grayson, GA 30017, where we look to have as many participants/attendees as possible. There will be $5 wine specials as well as several tapas/appetizer specials throughout the event. We’ll be outside in their entertaining area with Fire Pits, Corn Hole and plenty of outdoor seating. This is a chance for business owners to connect with other business owners and consumers. I’ve found that putting names with faces over the years has strengthened relationships and helped them last longer over time.