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Bright Area Business Association
Meeting Minutes
August 10, 2012

I. Call to order
Bebe Kinnett called to order the regular meeting of the Bright Area Business Association at 8 AM on August 10, 2012 at The Beacon in Bright, Indiana.
II. Roll call

The following people were in attendance: Greg Gronwall, ACN; Celeste Calvitto, The Beacon; Peggy Waltz, The Beacon; Kate Karaus, T-Systems Electric, LLC and All Safe Cleaners; Ken Fey, Fey’s Services; Bebe Kinnett, Absolute Web Designs; Jim Kinnett, The Kinnett Consulting Group; Diane Bender, Logan Supermart, Dale Lutz, Cornerstone Realty & Lutz Auction Services; Joan Hilton, Mary Kay Consultant and Ken Fey, Fey’s Services; Wayne Leslie, Highnoon Guns and Archery; Michael Carroll, Bright CompuTech & LaserArt; Cindy Costa, Bright CompuTech & LaserArt; Kari and Ron Corrill, River City Door.

Guest were Art Little, Little Construction; Laura Rolf, Big Brothers & Sisters of Greater Cincinnati; and Mary Russell, Character Council of Great Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.
III. Approval of minutes from last meeting
Minutes had been distributed by posting them on the website. Minutes were approved.
IV. Leadership Team Reports
a.) President –Bebe Kinnett reviewed the latest website stats. There were 125 more hits in July than last year. Eight hundred six (806) visitors view the Home page most followed by the directory. There were 43 visitors that went from the website directory to a Bright Area Business Association member.

Bebe will be updating the directory soon. Please update your information and send to Bebe.

b.) Vice-President – None

c.) Membership –Diane Bender announced that there were four new members–Wayne Leslie, Highnoon Guns & Archery; Michael Carroll and Cindy Costa, Bright CompuTech & LaserArt; and Kari and Ron Corrill, River City Door. Nine old members have not renewed their membership.
At the festival, $2,753 was raised from our booth. All the huggies were passed out. There were 10-12 membership applications handed out during the festival and about 300 pens given out to passerby’s during the festival.

It was suggested that we could possible relocate our booth next year.

Bebe thanked Diane for all the help she has done, which was followed by an unanimous applause! She has been so instrumental in our success!!

d.) Treasurer’s report –Dan Cross was absent. No Treasurer’s Report.

e.) Open issues–There was a Golf Issue (violation) from the Indiana
Gaming. Greg Cronwall forwarded the issue to David Lynch, Attorney and BABA Vice-President responded back that we were unaware of the violation–Split-the-Pot was a raffle, which must be licensed??–and we would not do it again. He was not acting as an attorney, but as a citizen and member of BABA.

Bright Area Business Association raised $4700 which has been donated to the Bright Community! The Bright Fire & EMT will receive $4000, the North Dearborn Pantry received $500 and $200 will go to the purchase of US flags along the parade route. Thanks to all who donated time, money and resources to help our community.

Suggestion by Diane and others were to buy prizes and hold a raffle at the festival. Diane volunteered to do the booth, but does not want to ask for donations again. Celeste reminded us that we do have a Bright Area Business Association sign that was made already.

V. New Business


VI. Guest Introductions– Mary Russell, Character Council of Great Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is expanding in Dearborn County. Their mission is as straightforward as it is important: “To foster character development in children and adults as a foundation for success in life.” Their vision is “to work within organizations to facilitate positive cultural change, contributing to an enhanced society through an unwavering personal focus on good character.”
The Character Council is committed to encouraging good character qualities in each citizen of our community. Each month, one character quality will be highlighted through public service announcements, billboards, media coverage and other means directed to each citizen. At the same time, the Character Council will encourage all segments of our community to support the same character quality among its members. The Character Council wishes to encourage all organizations focusing on good character development, and to offer materials, trainers, consultants and other resources both to them and others wishing to join the community-wide effort.
There will be educational activities for kids on August 15, 2012 at the Lawrenceburg Library.
One-minute introductions:
-Mike Rafferty, Comcast Business Class, began sighting that Comcast phone service is No. 1 in the United States. Come to one of our ConnectBizNetworking where we share leads and enjoy each other’s company!
– Art Little, Little Construction & Miller Twp Trustee, is seeking office as a Dearborn Commissioner. He is a member of the Bright Lions Organization.
-Diane Bender, Logan Supermart, Feature pizza and ice cream. We do some smaller catering and staying very busy.
-Joni Hilton, Mary Kay Consultant, lives in HVL for 18 years. Mary Kay has a new skin care line.
-Wayne Leslie, Highnoon Guns and Archery. We are doing light gunsmithing and customization, restoring bows and custom dipping. Has lived in the area for 14 years.
-Peggy Waltz, The Beacon, works with Celeste.
-Jim Kinnett, The Kinnett Consulting Group, works with groups and businesses in finding financing. A typical size is $125,000 and up for equipment and etc.
-Dale Lutz, Lutz Auction Service and Cornerstone Realty. 35 years ago he graduated from auction school. We do a lot of estate work. He is also known as “Willie Nelson.”
-DJ, Bright CompuTech & LaserArt, Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening will be August 23-25, 2012. There will be One Time Deals as well as Hotdogs, chips, drinks and more.
-Cindy Costa also with CompuTech & LaserArt and Pretty Crafty, LLC since the early 90’s. She has helped with the festival for many years. Her company will be moving next to the Carousel Cleaners here in Bright.
-Greg Cronwall, ACN, offers many services and products you use in your home. They have a program for cell phone and he has live in HVL for about 20 years.
-Celeste Calvitto, The Beacon, distribution is 17,000 and growing. There are several coupons in The Beacon.
– Laura Rolf, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. She is our Community Development Director and thanked Celeste for posting news free in The Beacon. They serve 11 counties in the Tri-State Area. There are 147 children in Indiana. We are 30 years in Dearborn County. Need male mentors. They meet two times a month with the child. The child may make a different “choice” by your mentoring.
-Kate Karaus, T-Systems Electric, LLC and All Safe Security, Inc., talked about the bucket truck, which was used to hang the flags in Bright before the festival. Dale added it was very timesaving for his wife no longer had to climb up/down the ladder. lol
-Kari Corrill, River City Door, Garage Door & Electric Operator Service. They service all makes and models of residential garage doors and openers from broken springs and cables to keyless entries, safety sensors and more. There is 10{7b8c989abf756bf7ce1f89de0a7bd15766f0afcab20f44905b10f83f92dee193} off right now. Discount for senior citizens and service men and women.
-Ron Corrill, River City Door, dittoed Kari’s information and said they have lived locally for many years. They have an 18 point inspection.
-Ken Fey, Fey’s Services, is our local handyman helping with that “honey-do” list. Jim added he did a great job matching the brick when he patched a dryer vent. Good personal service.
-Bebe Kinnett, Absolute Web Design, has its own server and can host your website. She maintains our website as a volunteer. Please look at the video of the Golf Outing Basket Raffle.
VII. Announcements

Next meeting will be an evening meeting held at the Lions Club located behind the Bright Fire and EMT building. The meeting is open to all Bright and surrounding area businesses. Come and join us for a “getting to know” your local businesses.

Next meeting will be at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Lion’s Club Building .

Meeting adjourned at 9:07 am.
Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kate Karaus