Welcome to our New Members!

AFLAC, Assurity Life Insurance Company, and Washington National

Bankers Life

Betts Plumbing & Heating Supply Inc

Bridge Store Packy & Convenience

Chester Common Table

Cornerstone Handiwork

Gateway Farm & Pet

Hilltown Artisans Guild

Hilltown Community Ambulance Service

J&R Service

Maple Corner Farm

Montgomery Grille

NJC Mechanical Plumbing and Heating

PAPPS Bar & Grille

River Cafe & Bakery

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 2016 member form is on this website, and we are always pleased to welcome new 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 to view the 2016 calendar for the next couple of months. All members are invited to attend all events and meetings! Additional information and events will be added as plans are finalized and become available.

Visit the Programs page which showcases 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, please visit both the Events and Programs pages regularly to find out what's happening!


Win $ 100 in the JLBA 2016 Shop Local and Win Contest!

The 2016 JLBA "Stop! Think! Shop Locally and Win!" Contest will begin May 15, 2016 to encourage the purchasing public to buy from their local JLBA members throughout the Hilltowns and beyond. The timing will coincide with the rollout of the 2016 JLBA Member Brochure. You can win a $100 gift certificate from your choice of JLBA member businesses! There must be a minimum of 10 entrants, or the contest will be cancelled effective October 3, 2016. See the details of the contest on the Buy Local page of this website.


2016 JLBA Brochure

The opportunity to be included in the 2016 JLBA Brochure ended with the March 1 deadline. The new brochure will be distributed at local venues, fairs and festivals beginning in May! Watch for it to see where to shop for the chance to win one of the two $100 "Stop! Think! Shop Locally and Win!" Certrificates!

If you have a reasonably fast internet connection, you may view the 2015 brochure. The inside (2.5 MB) may be downloaded here, and the outside (1.5 MB) may be downloaded here. The inside (1.2 MB) of the 2014 brochure is also 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. 2016 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.

The JLBA is again sponsoring the "Stop! Think! Shop Locally and Win!" contest, which encourages residents and non-residents alike to do business in the hilltowns and beyond to support JLBA members. This support is in the form of offering gift certificates for use at JLBA member businesses as prizes. Please see the specifics of the "Stop! Think! Shop Locally and Win!" contest here.

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 2016 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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