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Bright Area Business Association Meeting Minutes

February 14, 2014,  8AM

The meeting was called to order by President Bebe Kinnett at Merchants Bank & Trust. It was unanimous to give Olympic Bronze medalist Nick Goepper an honorary membership to Bright Area Business Association. Bebe reminded everyone about the Amazon link from the BABA website. This link is found in “News”. When you access Amazon through this link, BABA will earn 3{7b8c989abf756bf7ce1f89de0a7bd15766f0afcab20f44905b10f83f92dee193} of your purchase.

The Dearborn County Chamber no longer offers a discount on membership fees to BABA members. We are no longer reciprocal members.

Friday February 28 several members will take a tour of the new event center in Lawrenceburg.

Natalie Mortine from Elite Phone Buyers explained the “phone drive” and the rewards that BABA can receive from people who donate old phones. There will be several drop-off spots in the greater Bright area.

The brochures for the BABA Golf Outing have been printed and are ready for distribution. The success of the event depends on talking up the event and getting golfers to sign up. Logan Supermart and Hooper Termite & Pest Control will manage beverage carts. Greg Gronwell also would like a volunteer to supervise and direct events during the golf outing.

Dan Cross reports deposits this month were 2 memberships= $100, and Merchants Bank for title sponsorship= $2500.

Jim Helms from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana was the guest speaker. Mr. Helms has many entertaining stories to tell as well as wise and useful life lessons. Mr. Helms has filled many roles in the education of young people in our community. He was principal of East Central High School, and Chancellor of Ivy Tech.

BVFD will need to purchase a new fire truck for about $450,000. They have a $100,000 grant for a portion of the cost. The current truck is 20 years old. They will be looking for corporate sponsors to help fund the truck.

Those in attendance:

Amanda Ewbanks/Ewbanks Land Title NEW MEMBER

Tom Stevens/ Bright Volunteer Fire Department

Keith Wheeler/ Bright volunteer Fire Department

Natalie Mortine/Elite Phone Buyers

Martha Kersey /Juice Plus NEW MEMBER

Terry Hahn/ Booher and Taylor NEW MEMBER

Dian Bender/Logan Supermart

Peggy Waltz/The Beacon

Dale Lutz/ Cornerstone Realty

Ed Brush/ Dearborn County Physical Therapy

Kate Karaus/T-Systems Electric

Les Finn/ Waddell & Reed

Dan Cross/Dan Cross CPA

Lori Enright/ Eagle Radio

Larry Shideler/ The Business Network

Jim Kinnett/Kinnett consulting

Joni Helton/Mary Kay Cosmetics

Wayne Leslie/High Noon Guns and Archery

Bebe Kinnett/Absolute Web Solutions

Debby Stutz/Merchants Bank & Trust


-Minutes submitted by Debby Stutz