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  • 28 Apr 2020 11:02 AM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    Asian Buffet to Provide Food for Frontline Essential Workers 

    MABA Member Henry Kwok just reopened his family restaurant, Asian Buffet in Okemos and he would like to donate meals to frontline essential workers. They need assistance in covering some food cost, as they will be donating food to facilities workers once a week for the foreseeable future. If you want to help out, click this link.


  • 21 Apr 2020 2:55 PM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    Hints to Help Local Business from MABA Member Truecare Chiropractic, Dr. Steven Greenberg

    There are lots of ways you can support small businesses right now:

    • Plan! Birthday gift you need to get? Can you get meat from a local butcher? Plants from a local greenhouse? Shoes/Apparel from a local store? Do it!
    • If you eat/shop/visit a local business tag or share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
    • One of your favorite places is closed? Let them know you miss them. Knowing people are thinking of them does help!
    • Review a local business you love on Google/Facebook so when they do open back up others know how awesome they are too!
    • Even if local stores are closed many still offer gift cards or product sales in a COVID approved way, whether it be direct shipping, drop off, etc.
    • Remember these businesses don’t want to be closed. They may have been forced to close or chose to close to protect their community #peopleoverprofit. Be kind to them when they re-open as business may not be “as usual” again.
  • 03 Apr 2020 11:09 AM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    VIRTUAL MEETING APRIL 10th, 8:00AM

    We want to see you on our computers! MABA is holding it's monthly meeting virtually on Friday, April 10th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Come see how your friends are doing with all the changes we have had in the last month. 

    MABA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: MABA Virtual Member Meeting
    Time: Apr 10, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/614303139
    Meeting ID: 614 303 139

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    Meeting ID: 614 303 139

    Our next planned meeting is Friday, May 8th, 7:45am hopefully at the MSUFCU on Farm Lane and Mt. Hope. We hope to see you there! 


  • 24 Mar 2020 2:44 PM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, PC Remains Open during this time for their patients. 

    FROM HOMELAND SECURITY* - PHYSICAL THERAPY HAS "A DUTY" TO REMAIN OPEN

    On March 19th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a memorandum on the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response.

    Physical therapy has been identified as an essential part of our health care system, and it states that we as a health care facility have "a duty" to remain an available health care service.

    "Physical therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. They play a key role in keeping people they can help out of doctors' offices and ERs. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19 but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist." *

    ORS CLINICS ARE OPEN AS ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE BUSINESS DURING MICHIGAN "STAY HOME- STAY SAFE" DIRECTIVE

    As an essential health care business during this crisis, Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists is open and providing physical therapy treatment.

    Here is a list of things that we are doing every day to make sure our patients and staff are safe and protected when they come into our clinics:

    - We are following all CDC regulations for cleaning and sanitization.
    - We are keeping appropriate social distance, utilizing private treatment rooms when appropriate, and practicing strategic scheduling.
    - We use pre-treatment surveys to help determine whether it is safe to treat in the clinic.
    - We are offering Telehealth visits when it is not safe to perform your treatment in the clinic.

    If you are not sure if you should come in for an appointment, please call us at 877-202-2175, and we can help determine what treatment option is best for you.

    By being open and available for physical therapy treatments, we are hoping to help keep the strain off of doctors' offices and ERs with non-emergencies.

    With Direct Access in Michigan, you are able to see a physical therapist without a referral. We will communicate with your doctor if physical therapy treatment is recommended.

    Please call us at 877-202-2175 if we can be of any help during these challenging times.

    For more information, you can visit our website at orsmi.com where we will post the most up-to-date information available.

    (*According to Dr. Matos, an official with the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, and the CDC, source: https://www.cisa.gov/…/guidance-essential-critical-infrastr…)


  • 24 Mar 2020 1:51 PM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    Henry's Place website

    Unfortunately we've sold out all our inventory at Asian Buffet so both businesses are closed until the remainder of the time being. But if you would still like a gift card from either restaurants or want to buy beer, wine or growlers togo, email us at hnk7919@gmail.com and we'll sure to take care of you. A portion of that fund will help our staff get through this hard time. We love our staff if it weren't for them, we would not stay in business! Cheers!

    Anybody who wants to buy gift cards to @Henry's place or Asian Buffet can email me at hnk7919@gmail.com. We take paypal, venmo, text to 5174492580 to take a card over the phone or come in and pick one up. Either we can mail it to you or you can pick up at Asian Buffet. Thank you for supporting local and doing what you do. Much appreciated. By the way, asian buffet is opened for take out!


  • 24 Mar 2020 1:33 PM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    MABA Member Sylvan is still here for leaning during this time of change.

    Sylvan Learning (Lansing/East Lansing, MI)

    In response to the Governor's orders, we will be moving our services to 100% virtual beginning Tuesday, March 24th. Our staff will be working remotely to provide you with the same quality sessions that you have been receiving in our centers, in a live online format. Reach out to us via phone/text at 517-372-7410 to learn more, or to schedule your sessions.


  • 24 Mar 2020 7:30 AM | Rita LaMoreaux (Administrator)

    MABA Has a COVID-19 Resource Page for Members

    COVID-19 is here. MABA wants to help you get through this pandemic. 

    Click Here for the MABA COVID-19 Resource 


    During this trying time for our community we will do our best to support you and your business. As a member of MABA, you are a member of the 
    Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Please utilize their resources and legislative updates to help your business. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce also offers updates on how the government is helping business during this crisis. 

  • 13 Feb 2019 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to 2019 MABA Members!

    As we launch into our busy routines and new goals for the year I wanted to take a second and thank you for being members. We have seen great growth during the last couple of years and higher engagement with our membership. I am very excited to be part of this movement and honored to be at the helm this year.

    Currently we are at 129 members. Our growth goal for the year is to be at 145 members. We’re hoping that our new, professional location at MSUFCU, located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Farm Lane, will provide you with greater ease and comfort for inviting guests to the meeting. Although our day has not changed, second Friday of each month, our time has slightly changed. Doors now open at 7:45 for networking and the meeting starts at 8 and ends at 9. We’re afforded a brief time after that for continued networking. We are very appreciative to MSUFCU for donating this space to us. As a caveat, we did make two changes for the year. Due to previous bookings, in April we will meet the third Friday, April 19, instead of the second. In June we will meet the second Friday, June 14, but will change the location to the Meridian Sun Golf course, as our golf outing will follow.

    Rolling into the rest of the year, please check out our new Team (formally committees) formats to plug-in and get involved. For more information, visit the MABA website. And as always, “Do Business with a Member!”

    Kellie Garrett

    President, MABA


  • 13 Nov 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    I want to take a moment to truly thank our Veterans who have served both home and abroad. We are so blessed to have people who sacrifice of themselves to protect us and our American values. What an example to follow, to put others first and not ourselves. I hope you have taken the time this week to thank a veteran for serving our country. May God Bless you for your years of service to the USA! As we think about this time of the year, being Thankful is something that we all need to all keep at top of mind. We live in and work in a great country and a terrific local community. Thanksgiving is one of those holiday’s where you really have to make sure you take time to let people know how much you appreciate them, co-workers, friends, family. I am sincerely Thankful for the MABA Board, what a great group of professionals who take the time during their busy work schedules to meet and strategize on how we can keep making MABA better and better. I am truly humbled and thankful to be able to lead such a great group this year. We hope you’ve benefited from our meetings, socials and opportunities to get involved this year…And… if you haven’t, talk to a board member today about what you can do to help you do business with more members!

    We had a great final member meeting at City Limits this month. We heard some great information from Chaz Carrillo from Holt/Dimondale Insurance Agency on some important notes to take on growing your business policy as your business needs change over time. Great job Chaz! Our updates and announcements really hit on so many things MABA members are doing throughout the community. As always it was terrific to hear some great testimonials and to meet some awesome visitors. I am thankful that we have had so many visitors this year turn into MABA members! That is truly something to be thankful for, we are so close to our goal of 135 by years end. Will we make it? Will you help keep inviting people?

    We voted on our slate for new Board members and I would like to welcome and congratulate Ryan Larsen as a first time Board member and Jennifer Bennett as a second term Board member.

    Our December Holiday meeting we make the move to the Community Room at MSUFCU Mt. Hope and Farm Lane location. This is a meeting YOU don’t want to miss. Enter at the Community Room Door as it opens at 7:45 am and once you check in we hope you come hungry as we celebrate…We have Dusty’s catering a nice breakfast for you and a chance to network and meet folks that perhaps you haven’t seen in a while. We’ll have a welcome from MSUFCU and we’ll get to hear from SBAM and the many benefits you automatically get as a MABA member. We are also so excited about the Grants we get to award some worthy non-profits as well as hand out some annual awards to some very deserving folks. I also look forward to giving you some details from our annual report. Of course there will be time to network and connect with folks! Remember to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Haslett Food Bank to help those who are hungry in our local community.

    In addition to being your MABA president this year, I am an Executive Sales Representative with Liberty Mutual Insurance. I’m going on my 14th year selling personal auto, home and life insurance to all kinds of individuals, several of whom are MABA Members. The professional development I have been able to attain by joining MABA over 9 years ago, and serving on the board these past 5 years really have helped me professionally in areas of leadership, attention to detail, and organizational skills. Thanks to my involvement with MABA it has helped me opened doors to so many other great opportunities in my work and personal life. This Thanksgiving, I hope you take some time to appreciate your MABA Membership, and make it a point in the coming weeks and months to invite other professionals to join you in the journey, encouraging them, to use the website among other tools, to take advantage of opportunities to make yourself known and get to know other friendly people in our area, to JOIN US and become an active MABA member. Come on and Keep on joining us and I look forward to seeing you soon as we seek to always…DO BUSINESS WITH A MEMBER!


  • 02 Nov 2018 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    Happy belated Halloween MABA! Hope you had an exciting time and fun time with your co-workers, friends and families. We hope you have kept MABA at the top of your mind when it comes to doing business with other members. The website has the directory so be sure to go there if you are looking for a profession to work with and even post jobs open at your company on the job board. It can really be a great place to learn about what is going on in the area. Check out the video on the home page from Matt Sloan with Graff Chevrolet. He explains why he belongs to MABA, check it out!

    We are excited for the upcoming MABA awards as well as see who is going to be awarded this year’s philanthropic grants. If you haven’t voted for the Awards please do so as the deadline is today! We’ve listed the many new members on the front page of the website as well, please make it a point to introduce yourself to someone new. With 130 members as of last count we are 5 away from our 2018 goal of 135…we can get there! We want to plug people in, those who are new, those who have been around awhile…there is something you can be involved in to keep MABA on top of mind when it comes to doing business in the area. The board gladly welcomes your feedback so please continue to reach out with your thoughts, questions or ideas.


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