Welcome to our New Members!


Betts Plumbing & Heating Supply Inc

Down To Earth Excavating

Gateway Farm & Pet

Gateway Regional School District

Hilltown Community Ambulance Service

J&R Service

Maple Corner Farm

Montgomery Grille

Montgomery Marketplace

PAPPS Bar & Grille

Pioneer Valley Local First

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Salvini Associates

Simply Yours DBA Main Street Styles & Spa

The Rapids Bar & Grill

Westfield River Wildwater Canoe Club

If you live in the hilltowns of western MA, your business is here, or you wish to do business here, you should join us!

The 2015 member form is on this website, and we are always pleased to welcome new members!
Most of our meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, as are many of our events. Your input for events and their scheduling is always welcome, especially if you are willing to help make things happen. All members are invited to our meetings and events, many events are open to their guests, and most are free to members.
Watch our events page for our upcoming events as they unfold!

JLBA Networking Events

When you attend any JLBA meeting or Networking Event, you will be able to join that evening if you are not already a member. Most, if not all, JLBA events are FREE to JLBA paid members!

See the Events page for the majority of the 2015 calendar. All members are invited to attend all events and meetings! Additional information and events will be added as plans are finalized and they become available.

Recent events included FREE Business Start-up Training,a six week series presented by Derrick Mason, current JLBA President and business start-up expert, a Pinterest for Business program, a presentation by the Historic Route 20 Association, all co-sponsored by JLBA and SHAEC (Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center), and more!!!

Visit the NEW Programs page which will showcase Programs and Events provided by our member businesses. Some programs will be open to all businesses, and many will be open to the public. If you are a paid JLBA member and would like your program or event posted, please contact Linda Hamlin. If you are a JLBA website visitor, visit both the Events and Programs pages regularly to find out what's happening!

JLBA 2015 Shop Local and Win Contest

2015 JLBA Shop Local and Win Contest began July 15, 2015 to encourage the purchasing public to buy from their local JLBA members throughout the Hilltowns and beyond! The details of the contest drawing are below:

Start saving all of your original receipts from JLBA member businesses from July 15, 2015 to October 4, 2015. You could win one of two $100 gift certificates redeemable at any 2015 JLBA member business!

All receipts from any 2015 JLBA members between 7/15/15 and 10/4/15 will be eligible, no matter how small, or how large.

To qualify, you need to shop at a minimum of 5 JLBA member businesses, get a receipt from each, and you need to spend a minimum of $100 total at the businesses. (For example, you could buy groceries or farm and pet supplies, get your hair done, buy some plumbing supplies, or a home, or a car, or firewood, get some electrical work, auto repairs, or excavating done, get a new website, have a meal or three, go to the doctor, dentist, or optometrist, get a gift certificate for your Christmas tree, buy some oil, or new furniture, or antiques, get your furnace cleaned, or take your pet to the vet. If your shopping totals $100 or more, you’re ready to submit your receipts.)

Please look through the list of members on the “members” page to plan your shopping forays! There are lots more options from solar supplies to quilted window shades and everything in between.
Have fun!

Download and fill out a copy of the form here and feel free to download the promotion flyer here. You may drop off your form and receipts at the JLBA booth at the Hilltown Fall Festival October 3rd or 4th by 2 pm, or if you are unable to attend either day, you may mail your entry in to JLBA, PO Box 414, Huntington, MA 01050. Mailed entries must be postmarked by September 25, 2015.
Void where prohibited by law.


Small Business Saturday was a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country annually. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Take part in Shop Small, a movement to celebrate small business. Shop Small Businesses Locally! For info about sponsored events in your area, visit http://eventbritepages.com/discover/sbsevents#2 (Copy and paste this address into your browser).

2015 JLBA Brochure

The opportunity to be included in the 2015 JLBA Brochure ended with the March 1 deadline. Criteria for this FREE advertising benefit for members included payment of the $45 annual dues, and ad materials must have been received according to the specifications. The new brochure will be distributed at local venues, fairs and festivals beginning in May! If you have a reasonably fast internet connection, you may view the 2014 brochure. The inside (1.2 MB) is available for download here and the outside (1.0 MB) here. The 2013 brochure is also still available for viewing (inside 1.2 MB) here and (outside 2.2 MB) here.

JLBA Business Scholarship and more!

Check out the winners of the 2011 through 2014 JLBA Business Scholarships, and the 2013 Membership Contest information here. 2015 Dues are $45 for the calendar year - Join now!

Who we are

A JLBA meeting in progress

The JLBA is a group of people with a goal of facilitating business opportunities in the hilltowns, while recognizing and preserving the natural beauty, neighborliness, and resources of the area.

The JLBA works hard to promote the "Buy Local" concept. We also strive to build a support network for the diverse businesses that currently exist and promote attitudes that will encourage new business.

Why a Business Association?

Just as the hilltowns are recognized for recreational opportunities, they are equally known for their diverse and far-flung stores, restaurants and cottage businesses. The low population density which gives our area its rural charm is a marketing challenge in conventional terms.

As business people in the hilltowns, the members of the JLBA are well acquainted with the problems of reaching a market in our area. Our strength lies in our diversity. By maintaining an open line of communication among our membership, we make available the combined business experiences of dozens of business people faced with the same obstacles. Tapping into this network offers the solutions, sometimes mundane, sometimes wildly creative, to these common marketing problems.

The JLBA gives its membership more political clout. By speaking with a unified voice, we have an opportunity to shed more light on the needs of our area with our political representatives.

What we do

Each year, the JLBA hosts networking events which are often open to any member of the business community, and free to JLBA members. These events are opportunities to visit with old acquaintances and make new ones. We share ideas, news and resources.

For several years, the JLBA sponsored the "Stop! Think! Shop Locally!" contest, which encouraged residents and non-residents alike to do business in the hilltowns, and with JLBA members, by offering several gift certificates to JLBA member businesses as prizes.

Other initiatives the JLBA has sponsored include welcome bags for new homeowners, fundraisers for the JLBA Scholarship Fund, the local Food Pantry and the Shriners Hospital, a free bike helmet program for local children, and an award-winning tourism brochure and outreach program.

Is the JLBA for you?

Maybe you think your business is too small or maybe it's only part-time. Perhaps it's not located in one of the seven Gateway towns. Maybe you already belong to one of the local Chambers of Commerce. If you live or do business in the hilltowns, whether full or part-time, or if you are concerned about the economic well-being of the hilltown community, the JLBA has something to offer you.

For your annual dues of $45, you get exposure on the JLBA website, access to free or discounted advertising, networking opportunities with other small businesses, and much, much more.

These are just a few of the many benefits you will realize with your membership in The Jacob's Ladder Business Association.

Advantages of Membership

Your $45. membership in the Jacob's Ladder Business Association brings you these important benefits:

  • Listing on the JLBA website
  • Networking opportunities
  • Diverse membership base
  • Unified political voice
  • Community service opportunities
  • Commercial benefits
  • Free or discounted advertising and marketing opportunities

Join today!

To join the JLBA, please download the Membership Form, fill it out, and send it with a check for the $45. annual dues to:

PO Box 19
Huntington MA 01050-0019

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