Bright Area Business Association May Meeting

Bright Area Business Association May 12, 2017 Bright Lions Club Building   Meeting was called to order by President Bebe Kinnett.  Lori Enright led the Pledge to the American Flag.   A change in the Membership Chair position was discussed.  Kelly Will is now the Membership Chair and Alisha Seibert will take an administrative role by collecting dues and information.  A motion was made to add Kelly Will (Membership) and Dan Cross (Golf Co-Chair) as official Board Members.  Bebe made the motion, Dan Hawkins 2nd.  Motion passed.   Lori Enright asked members to send any social media information to her.  BABA wants to announce business specials, notices and any successes to the BABA Face Book and website.   Wayne Leslie gave a treasurer’s report stating a current balance of $17,049.15.  This includes dues sent since the previous meeting.   Alisha Siebert reported that currently there are 60 paid members for 2017.  This is compared to 78 paid members in 2016.   Jim Kinnett reports that as of this date, there are 75 paid golfers and 23 Hole Sponsors.  The committee is still hoping for more door prizes before the outing.  Diane Bender will organize and prepare the door prizes, so all incoming donations should be sent to Diane. The Platinum Sponsor of the golf outing is CalComm Indiana, Celeste’s new company.  Joni Helton and Joyce Cross will be asking for volunteers to help the day of the event. Diane Bender will be stuffing “goodie” bags for golfers.  Please have your “stuffers” to her as soon as possible.  Pat Sullivan gave kudos to Jim Kinnett and Dan Cross for organizing the...

BABA Conflict of Interest Policy

The Conflict of Interest Policy is a new policy recommended by the Bylaws Committee.  Membership will need to vote to approve the policy.  Board members will sign the Acknowledgement form each year.   Conflict of Interest Policy Bright Area Business Association, Inc.   Article I—Purpose   The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect Bright Area Business Association’s (BABA’s) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Association or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.   Article II—Definitions   1.0 Interested Person Any officer, director, or member of a committee with governing board delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.   2.0 Financial Interest A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family: An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the Association has a transaction or arrangement, A compensation arrangement with BABA or with any entity or individual with which the BABA has a transaction or arrangement, or A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which BABA is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.   Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.   A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Article...

BABA Bylaws Proposed Revision

The Proposed Bylaws incorporates the recommendation of the Attorney and decisions of the Bylaws Committee.  Membership will need to vote on these revision. Proposed Bylaws Bright Area Business Association, Inc. To further the purposes set forth herein, the members agree to be, and hereby are, organized under the provisions of the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act of 1991. ARTICLE I—THE ORGANIZATION 1.0 Name of Association The name of this Association shall be: Bright Area Business Association, Inc. hereafter referred to as BABA or as the Association. 2.0 Purposes The purposes for which the Association is formed are: To promote the commerce, welfare, and development of Bright, Indiana and the surrounding community. To carry on such other business as may be necessary or convenient or desirable to accomplish the above purposes and to do all things and for all purposes for which a nonprofit corporation may be organized in the state of Indiana and not repugnant to the laws thereof. The activities of the Association shall be held and maintained in the spirit of these purposes. 3.0 Powers The Association shall have all the powers necessary to provide activities to conduct its purposes including, but not limited to, the power to collect, hold, and disseminate information consistent with its purpose; to conduct seminars and workshops; and the power to collect dues and disperse funds for the membership. ARTICLE II—MEMBERSHIP 1.0 Membership There shall be three (3) classes of membership: Voting Members, Associate Members, and Complimentary Members. Associate and Complimentary Members will not have voting privileges. Any business, association, corporation, partnership, or individual interested in the purposes of the Association is welcome...

March 2017 BABA Meeting Minutes

Bebe Kinnett opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lori Enright. Introductions went around the room.  Guest speakers were Ken Hilton and Larry Craig from the American Legion. They are interested in chartering an American Legion in Bright and wanted to let us know how beneficial an American Legion could be in Bright.  Both were very informative. The Legion would be open to soldiers and families. Financial Report: Wayne Leslie reported the balance $7,009.22 Les Finn made motion to approve.  Jim Kinnett 2nd.  Motion passed. Golf Outing:  Jim Kinnett needs golfers to sign up.  We have 2 Gold Sponsors.  Need hole sponsors.  Joni Helton volunteered to coordinate volunteers for the outing.  Jim presented the new brochure. Very nice. Membership: There are 47 paid members in BABA Festival: No report, Diane was not in attendance. BABA-Q: Details are coming together.  Southbound Sound, Michael T & Friends have committed to play at the event.  Several others including EC Jazz Band are interested. We will need lots of people power on the day of the event.  A list of volunteer opportunities will be available in May.  Sponsorship packages will also be available in May. Bylaws: Recent changes are not back from Attorney recommendations; vote tabled Bebe mentioned the wonderful article about Diane Bender in the past Beacon. It was mentioned about how important it is to like and share BABA Facebook page.  Let Bebe, Lori or Debby know if you have anything about your business to post. Next meeting is April 20, At The Barn Winery, 6:30pm. Motion to adjourn was Dan Hawkins. Terry Hahn 2nd.  Motion passed.  ...

BABA February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Bright Area Business Association Monthly Membership Meeting February 10th, 2017 Recording Secretary: Lori Enright   Call to Order (8 a.m.)- President Bebe Kinnett Pledge of Allegiance- Lori Enright Sign-in Sheet passed around, followed by 30-second individual intro’s. Waltz Woodworking delivered the wood base for the Chamber Award. Thank you!   Programs: Lori Enright introduced the month’s guest speaker: Ginny Faller with the Indiana Small Business Development Center- Free Business Consulting Services. Some highlights included: Strategic Planning Services- funding, direction, marketing, demographics; covering all area of business to formulate a Strategic Plan. What hurdles do you overcome for your customers- why do they need you? What sets you apart? Marketing Plan- do you have one? Know your numbers: Dollars vs. number of clients, etc. Concrete Goals- Have a timeline for goals With Growth your objectives should and will change. Don’t get stuck- What worked in the past may not work now. Activity creates outcome.   Great info from Ginny- thank you for joining us!   General Business Meeting- The January 2017 Minutes were posted on the website. All in favor, none opposed.   Treasury Report- Wayne Leslie $500 Dues were collected Jan./Feb. $5,904.72 Net Assets $1k for Golf Outing $75.14 Credit Card/Bank Fees $100 Chamber Membership Dues   Vice President Report- Lori Enright Lori passed out relevant and upcoming info for other groups. Other reports to follow.   Membership- 3 new checks as of 2/9/17. Website updated and online registration made easier.   Social Media- Lori Enright Up to 150 likes to-date on the new FB page. Please remember to like and share with others to like. Send us your...

BABA Minutes from January 13, 2017

Bright Area Business Association Minutes from January 13, 2017 Bebe Kinnett opened the meeting with the pledge to the American Flag.  Everyone in attendance introduced themselves and their business in turn.  We had 5 guests in attendance.  Minutes from the last meeting were approved. Speaker Therese Copeland from Ivy Tech was very informative about her role with Ivy Tech as Executive Director of Resource Development.  She focuses on building relationships for Ivy Tech within communities in the southeast counties of Indiana.  She has been with Ivy Tech for 8 years. Committee Reports Committee Chair Dan Hawkins presented the newly formed bylaws for approval.  Jim Kinnett made the motion to approve and 2nd by Doris Gibbons.  Motion approved.  The Bylaws Committee will be a standing committee to meet quarterly.  President Bebe Kinnett thanked the group for their due diligence and hard work to get the job done in a timely manner.  Discussion followed about changing the term “Leadership Team” to “Board of Directors” in the bylaws.  Doris Gibbons made the motion for that change, 2nd by Jim Kinnett.  Motion approved.  See attached Bylaws. The recently awarded Lauren Hill Award will be at different retail locations in the area.  Bebe Kinnett recommended that we have a stand made to keep the award secure and protected.  Recommendation was unanimously approved.  Waltz Woodworking will make the stand. Two proposals for the Liability insurance were reviewed.  The lower bid with the best coverage was Gibbons Insurance.  Gibbons Insurance is a member of BABA.  The Board will move forward with that. Vice President Lori Enright will create a marketing survey for the membership to help...

Revised Bylaws

Members of BABA had the opportunity to review the proposed Bylaws and make suggestions for revisions. The committee embraced the recommendations and revised the document as outlined in the December Bylaws Changes below.  The committee will continue to meet and make additional recommendations for Bylaws revisions and establishment of standard operating procedures.  Members are asked to review the proposed Bylaws and vote on the adoption of these Bylaws.  Click to download or scroll down to review the text below. Proposed-Bylaws-DRAFT-12-31-2016-corrected  Typo corrected 1-11-2017 Proposed-Bylaws-DRAFT-12-31-2016   DecemberBylawChanges Unformated version of the Bylaws DRAFT 12-31-2016 Proposed-Bylaws-DRAFT-12-31-2016.docx page 1 of 6 Bylaws Bright Area Business Association, Inc. To further the purposes set forth herein, the members agree to be, and hereby are, organized under the provisions of the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act of 1991. ARTICLE I – THE ORGANIZATION 1.0 Name of Association The name of this Association shall be: Bight Area Business Association, Inc., hereafter referred to as the Association 2.0 Purposes The purposes for which the Association is formed are: To promote the commerce, welfare, and development of Bright, Indiana and the surrounding community. To carry on such other business as may be necessary or convenient or desirable to accomplish the above purposes and to do all things and for all purposes for which a nonprofit corporation may be organized in the state of Indiana and not repugnant to the laws thereof. The activities of the Association shall be held and maintained in the spirit of these purposes. 3.0 Powers The Association shall have all the powers necessary to provide activities to conduct its purposes including, but not limited to, the...

Dec. 2016 Minutes

Bright Area Business Association Minutes for December 9, 2016   The meeting was called to order by President Greg Gronwall with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A delicious Holiday breakfast was prepared and served by Betty and Patsy Grubbs.  There was a special thank you and acknowledgement of their catering and retirement. Guest speaker Jason Eckhoff was introduced by Celeste Calvitto.  Jason is the Chief of Bright Volunteer Fire and EMS.  He has been a Fire/EMS public servant for 13 years.  Jason spoke of the departments accomplishments of 2016 and their goals for 2017 including the purchase of an aerial ladder truck.  Jason also mentioned that the Auxiliary wants to be more active in the planning and preparation of the BABA golf outing.   Jason was presented with a check for $1000 from BABA as an (end of year) donation. Celeste introduced Tamara Zoller and made the announcement Tamara will become the new owner of The Beacon.  Tamara has been working with Celeste for a while and is very familiar with the process and business of owning a newspaper. She will be representing The Beacon beginning 2017.  Celeste is starting a consulting business called Calcomindiana. Everyone present introduced themselves and their business in turn.    Dan Cross (Treasurer) reported a current balance of $4049 in checking.  This balance is after (end of year) donations were given to Bright Fire & EMS, North Dearborn Pantry and Bright Lions at $1000 each.  Other committee reports were by Cari Vuko (Membership) who passed out invoices for dues and Dan Hawkins (By-Laws) reported that the by-laws were ongoing.  Committee members Joni Helton, Bebe Kinnett, Les...