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  • 10 Feb 2017 10:37 AM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    Updates from Meridian Township

    We have added a new page to the MABA website at www.maba.biz that lists the current development projects in Meridian Township.  This will be updated each month after the regular monthly MABA meeting and will be a single place to go for updates.  There will also be contact information for the Township if you have questions about specific projects.  

  • 31 Jan 2017 4:14 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    Re-Designed Member Promotions Page

    Attention MABA, the promotions page has new been completely redesigned to make it easier to find and read promotions that are offered by your fellow MABA Members.  This page is for special promotions, programs, or discounts offered to MABA Members and is not for weekly promotions and sales. Please email your special promotion or offer to tconway@justask.net.

  • 23 Jan 2017 9:13 AM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    The kickoff Wine and Cheese reception was held on Friday, the 20th at Dusty's Cellar in Okemos.  This is where MABA began!  We had three of the founding members, past presidents, current board members, and members present to celebrate the start to our organization's 20th year. It was a wonderful time with shared memories, stories, and fun. 

    Matt Rhodes, owner of Dusty's and founding member of MABA spoke about the history of the organization and that it was started to pull together business people from the Meridian Area and help to grow and support local business. Vivian Laux, another founding member, said a few words and received a bottle of Dusty's Cellar wine as a thank you for her years of support of MABA. Julie Brixie of Meridian Township shared her hear-felt story of joining MABA and Chris Buck, from the EDC, also shared what MABA has meant to Meridian Township and his businesses. 

    A door prize drawing was held with a bottle of Dusty's Cellar wine going to the winner.  Congratulations to Diane Allen for winning the prize! In conclusion, it was a great evening of networking, sharing memories, and fun for all in attendance.  I hope that you will all consider attending one of the upcoming events!

  • 17 Jan 2017 1:52 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    To ALL MABA Members!

    It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as MABA's President for 2017.  This is a very exciting year as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary.  It is extremely meaningful to me since I am a Founding member and have been with the association throughout these 20 years. And, it is exciting for me as I look at our membership today and see many new faces among those who have been there a while. We continue to attract guests and add new members.  Our challenge this year is to meet our goal of 200 members by the end of this year.  We can do it!  We've been there before.

    Hang on to your seats as we unfold many new events and activities and brush the dust off some old traditions.  There will be so much for you to participate in at any level you choose, planning events, volunteering at events, sponsoring events as well as attending events. Our association is focused on networking and doing business with members and we do this through building relationships.  So, it goes to show the more active you are in MABA, or any organization, the more benefit you will receive.  

    YOU are MABA!  Without YOU, MABA doesn't exist.  Please get involved and let's grow together!

    Marsha Madle

    MABA President


  • 10 Jan 2017 4:15 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    Hello MABA Members!

    ALL NEW JOBS BOARD CREATED!

    We have created a new Jobs Board for MABA Members to post available positions that they would like to fill with some of the great talent that the Greater Meridian Area has to offer.  It can also be shared to social media and linked to outside webpages. This is another benefit of your MABA membership because postings are only open to MABA Members!

    HOW DO I POST TO THE NEW JOBS BOARD?

    Simply email a PDF of the complete job description to tconway@justask.net and we will post the position along with a link to the PDF on the MABA Jobs Board. When you fill the position, just send an email to the same address, and the posting will be removed. If you would like a link to an outside website, please include that link in the email with the PDF. 


  • 13 Dec 2016 3:53 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    This will be my last article as MABA President and I am so grateful as I look back over 2016. Life seemed to be chaotic at times, business has been very good, and I feel blessed. It has been a year of getting things organized and ready for tremendous growth.

    MABA has made significant progress with its strategic plan. Policies implemented, membership has increased, and business accomplished. The aspect of MABA that I am truly humbled to be a part of is the charitable efforts. As an organization we were able to give three grants to very deserving charities that can truly make a difference in our community.  We were also able to help three members attend educational seminars that will ultimately help them to grow their businesses.

    MABA is a networking organization of businesses, but we are also an organization with a huge heart. I have enjoyed being the President and serving on the board. There are so many people to thank, so I will just thank everyone involved in MABA. From the board to every member, you are what makes MABA great. Have a wonderful holiday season and let's make it a great 2017!

    Sincerely,

    Tom Conway


  • 16 Nov 2016 3:34 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    An additional Strategic Partnership has been developed with the Greater Lansing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that will allow cross marketing of MABA and the GLHCC.  We are looking forward to this new opportunity to work with another great organization! Please help me in welcoming them at our next meeting!

  • 15 Nov 2016 2:36 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    We spoke about the things that we are truly thankful for at the last meeting. Overwhelmingly we are thankful for our families at home and in our businesses. I am no different. I am most thankful for my wonderful son, Josh, and for my work family at ASK. I also cherish my relationships from MABA.

    MABA is such a wonderful group of people that never ceases to amaze me with the amount of charitable things that are done. Not just dollars, like in the case of the Joan Smith Memorial Scholarship, but in the many charitable events that time is given. I heard of several members that are volunteering time to help organizations with events to raise awareness and money this holiday season. It is in this spirit that I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving and am looking forward to the December meeting and Christmas season. 

    Sincerely,

    Tom Conway


  • 18 Oct 2016 12:05 PM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    We are fast approaching the end of the year.  It is a time to reflect on how far we have come as an organization and to start looking forward to next year.  As the year winds down, we celebrate success with the MABA Awards, Philanthropic Grants, and new board members.  Thank you to all who have submitted nominations for all of these.  The MABA Awards help us to focus on those that have made significant efforts to improve their businesses, MABA, and the Greater Meridian community. The Philanthropic Grants are just a small way that MABA can provide assistance to those organizations that seem to be in need of help.  It allows all to realize that there are those that need help, and we can be a part of the solution.  The MABA board elections are a great way to be involved in MABA, but more important, it provides new ideas, energy, and direction for the organization's future.

    I am excited by the efforts of MABA and am very proud to say that I am a member of a great organization such as MABA. Thank you to all of you! You are the reason that MABA is great. 

    Sincerely,

    Tom Conway


  • 22 Sep 2016 8:57 AM | Tom Conway (Administrator)

    With fall fast approaching, high school football, marching bands, trees turning color, and cooler weather, I am amazed at how fast this year has been moving. We are now 3/4 of the way through 2016 and I have to stop and take stock of everything that has happened. I ask myself, am I better off now? Is my business better? Have I done the right things to make my business better? Time seems to fly by and my answers to the above questions are yes...I have done the right things this year. It is also time to start planning for next year. 


    For 2017, I plan on getting involved on several MABA Committees again and helping the new President in any way that I can. I want to see MABA continue to grow and become even stronger in the upcoming years. 

    Enjoy fall and happy networking!


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As a benefit of being a MABA Member, you automatically get a membership in the Small Business Association of Michigan and are entitled to take advantage of any of the programs available!

MABA is a member of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and allows for cross marketing of MABA events.

MABA is a member of the Holt Business Alliance. This partnership allows for cross marketing of MABA events.

MABA is a member of the South Lansing Business Association. This partnership allows for cross marketing of MABA events.

MABA is a member of the Greater Lansing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This partnership allows for cross marketing of MABA events.


MABA is a member of the Delta Side Business Association. This partnership allows for cross marketing of MABA events.




Meridian Area Business Association

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