New GABA President pens welcome letter

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Hi Alameda, I’m Ed “Eddie” Owens, I’m the new 2018-19 President of the Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA). I’m also the President of SpeedPro East Bay, (www.speedproeastbay.com) and a 20-year resident of our fair city.  

Many thanks to Dania Alvarez, GABA’s president for longer than the past 12 months, whom I am succeeding. She’s been a fantastic voice in the business community and instrumental in serving as a representative to the “four families” of GABA, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, West Alameda Business Association and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. Together we’re a louder voice for business, while keeping our individual mandates and goals separate. Dania will continue to keep us connected to the rest of the “families.”

GABA is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent business in Alameda. We are a volunteer-driven organization with one part-time administrative employee.  Our board consists of small business owners, all based here in Alameda and all volunteers, that work to keep GABA running month to month, year to year.  

We’re an organization of its members; independent, mostly small businesses, some doing most, if not all, of their business here in Alameda. We advocate for those businesses to the City of Alameda and to business organizations in and around Alameda.

While we will continue the activities spelled out above, my goal as president for this next 12 months is to grow GABA’s membership. We’re only as great as our membership, and the more members we have, the greater we can become. We’ll be reaching out over the next 12 months to new and established businesses here in Alameda. We’d also like to invite any Alameda-based business owner or representative to join us at our next mixer. 

This event is free and open to all at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park St. This is a chance to meet people you might want to get to know, and enjoy some ice cream.

Finally, I’d like you to know that we’re here and listening. Please send me your thoughts, questions and opinions. In particular this month I’d like to hear your opinion on Alameda’s upcoming potential minimum-wage increase. Please contact me through gabaonline.org/contact.

Ed Owens