July 8, 2009 > Warm Springs creates new online page
Warm Springs creates new online page
Submitted By Steven Wyant
The Warm Springs Business and Community Association (WSBCA) announced the launch of their new website, WarmSpringsOnline.com, that is focused on the needs of the residents.
The site, designed by 'divineHunch', a Warm Springs based web & print design firm, features an event calendar, newly expanded business listings, RSS news feeds, community and school information, and articles of local interest. Upcoming features will include classifieds, a discussion forum, coupons from member businesses, and photo and video galleries.
"We feel this new website will serve our community well," said Sandeep Saini, President of the WSBCA. "Our goal has always been to promote and support both our business and residential communities, and our new site will make it easier for all of Warm Springs to stay connected and stay better informed of what's available and happening in our district."
"More and more people are turning to the web as their primary source for information, but that's often been a real challenge when you're looking for information within a small community", explained Steve Wyant, WSBCA Secretary and the principal designer of the site. "We wanted to re-design our website to make it more of a robust resource for Warm Springs". Enhancements include expanded information about the various businesses, non-profit & community groups, service organizations and clubs in Warm Springs.
"If you want to know which local merchants are having a sale or provide coupons, arrange a carpool to Horner Jr. High or Irvington High School, announce your garage sale, see which community groups are meeting next week, or just have a forum to express yourself, we wanted to make it easier to do that," Steve said. He also noted the site will always be a 'work in progress'. "We want our members and users to help us build it, so it will ultimately be what they want it to be."
They also hope to attract new members. Started in early 2004, it is the newest association in Fremont, joining more established groups in Irvington, Centerville, Mission San Jose and Niles. Perhaps best known for its Annual Tree Lighting event held early each December, membership in the WSBCA has grown slowly yet steadily over the years. They hope to build on that trend by focusing on the needs of Warm Springs residents.
"We want to make sure we provide real value to all of our members, both our business members and our non-profit & community members," said Michelle Koan, former WSBCA president and current board advisor. "By bringing all of us together in a virtual environment, we think we've created a very compelling reason to join the WSBCA."
Promoting your business or organization, adding events to the calendar, and submitting articles and other content to the site does require a yearly membership ($49/year for businesses, $19/year for non-profits & residents). However, free site registration allows you to RSVP online for certain events; and offers free postings to the upcoming classifieds, discussion forums, and article commenting system. There is no cost or registration required to browse through all that the site has to offer.
The association's URL has also changed from wsbca.com to WarmSpringsOnline.com. If you choose to still use the previous URL, a notice and link will be provided to the new website.
The Warm Springs Business and Community Association (WSBCA) was launched in early 2004 in order to create a venue for business owners, residents, community groups, and others to share information and resources and to strengthen our sense of community. Our goal is simple: improve the lives of those who live, work, and play in Warm Springs.
For additional information contact:
Steven Wyant, Warm Springs Business and Community Association
Phone: (510) 676-8521 _ Fax: (510) 740-3592