Dec. 2017 Christmas Breakfast

The Bright Area Business Association hosted the Annual Christmas Breakfast.  Awards presented: Diane Bender, Business Member of the Year and Celeste CalVitto, Community Service Award (Accepted by Fire Chief Jason Eckhoff.  BABA presented donations to the Bright Lions Club for $500, the North Dearborn Pantry for $1500 and Bright Fire & EMS for $9005.  ...

Nov. 2017 BABA Meeting

Bright Area Business Association Meeting Minutes November 2, 2017 Bebe Kinnett called the regular meeting of the Bright Area Business Association to order at 8 AM on November 2, 2017 at the Bright Lions Club in Bright, Indiana. Jim Kinnett led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance Guest were: Dan Johnson, Bright Providence Presbyterian Church and Jane Crady, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting – there was not a quorum present, so the minutes from the October meeting were not reviewed or approved. Guest speaker, Jane Crady, spoke about disasters and being prepared for emergencies.  She noted that November is the second highest month for tornadoes in Indiana and encouraged everyone to be prepared.  Do you have a disaster plan in place at your business and at home? Does your business have a continuity plan in place? Where will you operate? What about your employees?  Does your family have a disaster plan? At home and work, do you have “sewer back-up” coverage? Does Dearborn County have a Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT)? to go through emergency Preparedness – Response – Recovery and Management?  Jason Sullivan is the Director of Emergency Management for Dearborn County. Jane stated that Dearborn County does NOT have an established COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster).  Jane is available to come to Dearborn County to conduct COAD training if there is interest in creating a group. Jane provided very good information and Bebe thanked her for speaking to the group. The Beer Bands and BABA-Q event held in October was a big success. ...

BABA Sept. 2017 Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2017 Bright Lions Club 8AM The meeting was opened by President Bebe Kinnett.  Introductions were heard in round -robin fashion.  Dan Hawkins made the motion to approve the August minutes, second by Chris Faller. Bebe spoke of marketing strategies for members businesses.  Bebe reminder everyone that Secure Socket Layer (SSL) /website security(HTTPS) has new regulations for 2018.  She is asking for ideas for speakers in 2018.  Nominations for officers begin in October.  Bebe recommended that everyone join an internet group “Nextdoor.com” which is specific to each neighborhood and is a great networking tool. Kirk Kuhn spoke about the New Directions Grant Overview from the Dearborn County Foundation for $10,000.  The grant is designed to assist Dearborn County Residents who are long-term unemployed or working poor who need transportation, uniforms, etc. If anyone know someone that can benefit from this grant, please call Kirk Kuhn. BABA membership drive began on September 1. Treasurer Wayne Leslie reported a balance of $12,138.56 Debby Stutz reported that the BABA-Q was coming along slowly.  The need for volunteers is urgent. Lisa Cox passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers the day of the event.  Brett Bischoff volunteered to have UCB sponsor the Pop and Water booth. To date only 3 vendors had committed and Sponsorships were sparse.  She asked that everyone share the Facebook page to help with social media. Those in attendance were: Brett Bischoff/UCB Joe Alig/UCB Kirk Kuhn/WorkOne Southeast Jim Kinnett/Kinnett Consulting Group Chris Faller/Lawn Doctor of NW Cincinnati Dan Cross/ Dan Cross CPA Jennifer Getzendanner/Mia Bella Candles Nick Bader/Mainsource Bank Lisa Cox/JDC Construction Diane Bender/Logan Supermart Cindy Nixon/Cindy...

BABA Aug. Meeting Minutes

BABA Meeting Minutes August 11, 2017 Bright Lions Building   President Bebe Kinnett called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance, led by Lori Enright was recited by the membership.  Our guest speaker was Lynn Deddens, Dearborn County Prosecuting Attorney.  Lynn spoke about the different aspects of what her office does on a day to day basis.  The diverse functions performed by the Prosecutors Office includes everything from DNA tasting and Child support to all types of criminal activity and elder abuse.  She shared several situations she has been involved with which was very interesting to hear.   President’s Report-Bebe noted that September is when we begin to look for the new Leadership Team for 2018.  Interested members should let her know how they would like to serve the organization, and current team members let her know if they want to serve another year.  It was decided that BABA would give Bright Fire & EMS donation for 2017 in two parts, reserving some funds for the BABA-Q in October.  Total to the Fire & EMS would be (estimate) $8700 depending on the success of the BABA-Q.  Earmarked for the N Dearborn Pantry was $1000.   Festival Report-  It was reported that the Basket Booth profited $3700.  A bit less than 2016, but still a success for this year.  Thanks to everyone who supported and participated.   Treasurer’s Report- Wayne Leslie reported a balance of $18,000 which includes $960 in sponsorships for the BABA-Q   BABA-Q Report- Debby Stutz reported that volunteers are needed to help the day of the event.  We also need more vendors and sponsors.  If...

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...

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...