Priscilla Lynn: New DMBA Executive Director

We had a Q&A with Priscilla Lynn, new Executive Director of the Downtown Milford Business Association, as of November 1st, 2012.

As the New Executive Director of the DMBA, what are you hoping to accomplish?

First and foremost, I am extremely pleased to be in a role to support the jewel of Milford and its downtown district merchants and businesses. I just love downtown Milford, and have been a frequent visitor for years - walking around shopping, visiting, dining, and taking care of business.

I anticipate continuing the successful momentum forged by former ED Louise Hebert, developing and managing additional destination-oriented programs, and working with the organization and committees on various endeavors. I am particularly keen on ramping up visitor traffic to the DMBA’s website and forging greater online presence via social media marketing, tech-smart applications, and partnering with local and statewide organizations, businesses, and corporations.

For example, I and DMBA committee members will be working with former State Representative/Speaker of the House Jim Amann of L.A. Productions & Entertainment to develop the Hollywood East Film Festival, slated to take place in downtown Milford.

You've been active in Milford for years, how will you use that experience in your new position?

One big plus as a long-time Milford-based business owner is that I myself am a downtowner – my office is on River Street in the Milford Office Suites.

I believe my tenure and active role as a member and volunteer in the many business and community organizations provides a positive platform as I advance the DMBA’s branding and growth goals.

My network of local, national, and international contacts should be of benefit in terms of destination-oriented marketing objectives. What I also bring to the party is many years experience working with other similar merchant/business organizations.

Will you be doing less work with PrisCo Consulting or just work twice as hard at both?

While the DMBA position is part-time, most certainly my workload will increase. However, I’d like to think I’ll be morphing into working smarter rather than harder.

PrisCo Consulting has been providing public relations, marketing, special events, and business development services to businesses from small to mega-corporations for 22 years. I will continue my work with consulting clients as well as enthusiastically embrace and manage my new role with the DMBA.

What advice would you have for potential business owners thinking about opening up shop in Downtown?

Downtown Milford is a shoreline jewel, and most certainly the heartbeat of the ‘Little City with a Big Heart.’ It is a vibrant, friendly hub of activity wrapped around the State’s second largest Green.

It possesses all the important elements to provide a successful platform for any potential business with its mixed-blend combination of residential, retail shops, restaurants, and professional service businesses. Milford is consumer and business-friendly.

Besides the DMBA, there are many other support organizations to connect with while exploring location options such as the Milford Chamber of Commerce, the City of Milford Economic and Community Development Commission, Milford Pride Inc. (MPI), and more.

I would also recommend that potential business owners experience downtown – as the DMBA motto states: Shop, Dine & Play.

RONALD M GOLDWYN November 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Dear Ms Lynn, Congratulations, and let me wish you much success. You take office in a rough time and it will be hard for you to succeed in this business climate, but if anyone can, you are most qualified to succeed.
Priscilla Lynn November 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Mr. Goldwyn: Thank you for being the first to offer your congrat's, well-wishes, plus honest and sage observations. I intend to do my very best to support the DMBA members, their ambitions and goals.
Jennifer Lynch November 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Congratulations Priscilla! The DMBA is lucky to have you and I am positive that you will do a fabulous job. Since I am downtown myself I am pleased to have you in this role being it will most certainly benefit me and Hudson Valley Bank.
Priscilla Lynn November 13, 2012 at 06:09 PM
So nice! Thanks Jennifer, I look forward to our work together.
Priscilla Lynn November 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Thanks to Ryan and Milford Patch for this nice article. I look forward to my new role and working with all the businesses of the DMBA. Shop, Dine, Play...the DMBA way. If anyone reading this believes that Downtown Milford is the heartbeat of the 'Little City with a Big Heart,' add your comments here. Watch for more news on the upcoming 11th Annual Lamplight Stroll Dec. 7 & 8th.
Joann Dunsing November 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Congrats to you Priscilla! I am confident you will do a wonderful job.
Priscilla Lynn November 14, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Joann: How very sweet of you, thanks for the Congrats and vote of confidence!
Sheryl Shaker November 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Congratulations, Priscilla! This is terrific news for you and for the DMBA.
Downtown Milford Business Association (DMBA) November 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thanks Sheryl, so nice of you to take the time to offer Congratulations and your support note. P.
Diana Nytko November 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Congratulations. I know you will do a splended job. Diana
Downtown Milford Business Association (DMBA) November 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thanks Diana aka 'Dee' for your congrats and supportive comments..so nice, just like you. I'm glad that your business is also located in the Downtown Milford District.


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