Business Association Management (BAM) helps business and community groups create effective boards, plan successful events, raise money, enhance visibility and increase their effectiveness in their communities. With more than 20 years of experience, BAM brings resources, skills and energy that helps community groups host successful events. The team of street fair experienced professionals will coach and empower planners to:
- Create successful, memorable events
- Coordinate street fair planning committees
- Attract engaged committee members
- Help volunteers work effectively together
- Communicate effectively
- Raise funds through events
- Punch up marketing, branding and public relations
With more than 15 years of experience helping business associations run successful events, street fairs, branding campaigns and main street activities, BAM brings resources, skills, and experience to community organizers.
One of the founders and hands-on organizer of the wildly successful Mississippi Street Fair, Bridget Bayer, is bringing her considerable community-building skills and experience to a wider audience by authoring a new book on the topic. Her first book, Street Fairs for Community and Profit focuses on how to strengthen a community and profit by it through effective planning and executing sensational street fairs.
Over the past two decades, Bayer has lived and breathed community development—from building and running her own small businesses (including a successful restaurant that is still thriving today under its current owners,) to working with at least 20 business associations in the Portland metro area—to managing and training over 1,500 volunteers. She has most recently managed the Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, a city of Portland-funded effort to strengthen a distressed neighborhood and businesses. Bayer has worked with main street associations and chamber of commerce’s in Portland, Tigard and Vancouver as well as business district associations all over the Metro region.
She has served as an advisor and instructor for Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center, had her own small business mediation firm, and held positions in conflict management and grassroots organizing.
Bayer’s company, BAM (Business Association Management) is dedicated to helping businesses and neighborhood groups build community through events. She specializes in communication and coalition building, recognizing that listening to and engaging others is paramount for successful community development. She is well-versed in developing community events and managing organizational growth and change.
Bayer comes by her civic involvement naturally—she grew up in a big family in a small town in Michigan, where her father served as mayor and her mother energized many community events. She lives on the water, in a floating home on the Columbia River in NE Portland with her husband, an energy efficiency expert. Together they have three grown children.