Hello MABA Members,
As I continue to reflect about MABA as a 20 year old association, I am struck not only by the longevity of the organization but the caliber of business professionals that we always attract for membership. I am reminded that two core values have successfully sustained us over these many years.
One, networking to build trust and long standing relationships. Relationships that can ultimately lead to business transactions but that seem for many to go deeper. True friendships have been formed through MABA. Our motto, of course, is “Do Business with a Member” and that isn’t simply a nice sentiment but a tenant that means “I know you and trust you enough to do business with you or to refer you to my friends and family.”
As we all know, however, it takes more time to establish such relationships and MABA has always been committed to offering opportunities for networking and volunteering. Which brings me to our second core value, community outreach. MABA has a rich history of working with our local and regional partners to raise funds for projects that serve our larger community. From buses to transport senior citizens and scholarships for our high school seniors in our earlier years to our more recent endeavors of supporting programs through the YMCA and Helping Hands and scholarships to business professionals, MABA has stood strong. I still see the bus from Ingham County Medical Care Facility that still has our MABA logo prominently displayed. That tells me our impact is real and stands the test of time.
So, I encourage you to take advantage not only of the networking provided at the monthly meetings but also the other events and volunteer opportunities. Our annual golf outing embraces both core values. This single event not only provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know your fellow MABA members better but it is a prime time to introduce prospective members to the group. And, because this event is a fundraiser, it allows us to think beyond ourselves and to those we can serve.
Please check out the Calendar of Events on the website for more details about the golf outing and the many other activities we have planned throughout the summer. Talk to the MABA Board members about serving on committees which is another way to get to know members better. Work together, play together and grow your businesses together.
Get involved and have fun!