BABA June meeting.

Thanks to the Bright Fire & EMS for the rescue demonstration at the June BABA meeting! BABA Meeting Minutes June 15th, 2017 The evening meeting was held at the Bright Firehouse on Salt Fork Rd on June 15.  The meeting was called to order by President Bebe Kinnett. Reports were as follows: Jim Kinnett reported that the golf outing was a success with 87 golfers. The net proceeds were $9,128. Members reported that at least 2 other golf outings were down 20% in participation this year. Although participation was slightly lower, expenses were cut by approximately $5000 which made the net proceeds close to last year.  Next year the event will be much easier since Jim has posted a guide to follow for the next event in 2018.  A round of applause was given to Jim for stepping up to the plate and organizing the successful golf outing. Wayne Leslie reported the balance in the account is $14,368.00 Dan Hawkins reported that the new bylaws have been posted for a while on the website for everyone to read.  Dan made a motion to accept the bylaws as written, 2nd by Bebe Kinnett.  Motion passed. Diane Bender is asking for baskets for the BABA Basket Booth at the Bright Festival.  She needs baskets and volunteers for that weekend.  She reminded everyone that a basket is the perfect way to show case your business. Debby Stutz handed out BABA-Q sponsorship packages to those in attendance.  The bands that will play at the event are Southbound Sound, My Brother’s Keeper, and Michael T & Friends.  Freddie Burger & Custard will sponsor a...

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...

BABA Minutes Nov. 11, 2016

Minutes from Bright Area Business Association November 11, 2016 8AM Bright Lions building   The meeting was called to order by Greg Gronwall, President.  Aaron Negangard, Prosecuting Attorney for the counties of Dearborn and White was introduced as our guest speaker. Negangard presented us with a model for drug prevention in Dearborn county.  His initiative involves not only to stop drug traffic but recovery and more affirmative support for addicts.  The presentation briefly explained how we came to have the (mainly) heroin problem and his statistics on drug use and recovery were very sobering.   Those in attendance introduced themselves and the business they represent in turn.  We had two first time attendees Jay Knowles of Bischoff Realty and Doris Gibbons owner of Gibbons Insurance Agency.  Both were warmly welcomed. Those in attendance: Celeste Calvitto, Mark Lutz, Debby Stutz, Doris Gibbons, Jim Kinnett, Bebe Kinnett, Les Finn, Art Little, Diane Bender, Chris Faller, Greg Gronwall, Dan Hawkins, Wayne Leslie, Jamie Osborne, Lisa Cox, Lori Enright, Linda Mitchell, Teri Waltz, Joni Helton, Jason Eckhoff, Casey Knigga, Dan Cross, Jay Knowles.   Dan Cross gave a short treasurer’s report.  BABA has had some paid membership resulting in a change in net cash of $8160.   A recap of the previous evening’s Dearborn County Annual Auction was given by Bebe Kinnett. BABA was honored with the Lauren Hill award for Community Service. Those in attendance were Greg Gronwall, Doris Gibbons, Dale and Rachel Lutz, Jim, and Bebe Kinnett, Cari Vuko, Mark Lutz, Diane Bender, Celeste Calvitto, Don and Debby Stutz, Lori Enright, and Casey Knigga.  Doris Gibbons won the BABA gift basket...

Oct. 14 2016 Minutes

BABA Meeting Friday, October 14, 2016 Bright Lion’s Club CALL TO ORDER:  President Greg Gronwall called the meeting to order and welcomed attendees to the Bright Area Business Association. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: ATTENDANCE / ROLL CALL:  Members told who they were and what their company is. GUEST SPEAKER:  Dearborn County Commissioner Mr. Kevin Lynch.  Celeste Calvitto introduced Mr. Lynch.  He spoke about the I-74 Bright Corridor study that has been active this year.  It is winding down.  The County put $40,000 into the study.  OKI Regional Government Organization put in $160,000 into the study. A final proposal will be presented which will consist of the recommendation of road improvements and meeting up to date codes.  Mr. Lynch reminded us that Stateline Road was a 17-year project In the works.  It should be wrapped up in the next 30 – 45 days. Mr. Lynch spoke about the recent announcement of the Indiana Ports.  Lawrenceburg will be a new port in the Indiana port system.  This is will have a huge impact not only to our area, but 5 neighboring counties and several different states.  There will be economic as well as physical growth to our community.   It will probably be about a 2-year time frame before the location is operational. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:   Minutes for September 2016 meeting were posted on the BABA website   www.brightareabusinesses.com TREASURER’S REPORT:  Dan Cross unable to attend today’s meeting.  No report. LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORTS: President—Greg Gronwall Vice President—-Jim Mansfield Membership—Cari Vuko—not present Social Media Publicity—Jim Mansfield Program Chairman—Celeste Calvitto—we have our meetings scheduled through January 2017. Golf Tournament—Greg Gronwall—nothing to report Festival—Diane...

Bright Area Business Association- Meeting Minutes from 9 September 2016

Bright Area Business Association- Meeting Minutes from 9 September 2016 Recording Secretary: Lori Enright Call to order: Jim Mansfield Jim gave a recap of the Terrorist Attack on the United States on 9/11/2011 and a special recognition to and of our 1st Responders. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jason Eckhoff Programs: Celeste Calvitto Celeste introduced our Featured Speaker: Jeff Raatz (Indiana State Senator) serving the townships of Harrison, Logan, Kelso and Jackson. Jeff gave information on his family, personal and professional background and discussed some of his key initiatives and his concerns at the state and local level. – Mr. Raatz disussed ways to combat the ever-growing heroin problem in Southeast Indiana, noting that there is a fine-line between the law and giving people a “break” because of an addiction. Raatz noted that he did vote against the needle exchange program, though this was ultimately passed. He discussed the pressure that sits on the shoulders of local government, and the limited resources available to help combat the problem. – Raatz also noted that he sits on the Education Committee; including both K-12 and Higher Education, noting on the issues associated with I-STEP testing and some of the projected changes coming to the (current) state testing/grading system(s). Q/A Session: Discussion was had over the lack of skilled laborers coming out of High School. Fewer students are looking into “trade/skilled” labor as the decision/pressure to attend a 2/4 year university continues to increase. Fewer students are entering into trades, with leaves local businesses with a much smaller pool of employees to choose from. Also noting that if this trend...