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The meeting was opened by President Bebe Kinnett at Merchants Bank on December 13 at 8am.  Updates were heard from the following committees:

Golf Outing Committee reports that the BABA Golf Outing is Monday, May 19 at Hidden Valley Golf Club.  Merchants Bank is the Title Sponsor and The Beacon has offered a sponsorship as well.  The committee is hoping for a few more sponsorships in January as well as chairmanships, prizes and volunteers.  Pat Sullivan will store any prizes collected until the outing.

Jim Mansfield noted there were 1100 shares on the Facebook page.  He will create a collage to run as background on the page.  He encouraged everyone to “Share” the BABA Facebook page, don’t just “Like”.

All BABA members get $50 off the membership fee for Dearborn County Chamber.

Treasurer Report by Dan Cross reported the balance in the BABA account and that membership dues keep coming in.

Membership committee reports nearly 52 paid memberships to date.  More memberships are added each month. Kate has also been the driving force behind the updated business directory on the BABA website. New member include Bright Family Eye Care, Dearborn County Hospital, Eagle 99.3, Simmons Hummel, ND Motor Company.

Officers were elected for 2014 as follows:

Bebe Kinnett, President

Greg Gronwell, Vice President

Debby Stutz & Lori Enright, Co Secretary

Dan Cross, Treasurer

Celeste Calvitto, Education chair

Jim Mansfield, Publicity Chair

Kate Karaus, Membership Chair

Diane Bender, Festival Chair

Greg Gronwell, Golf Chair

The guest speakers were Ed Brush and Mark Graessle from Dearborn County Hospital’s new Physical Therapy facility in Bright.  The Bright facility is fully equipped to offer a wide range of exercise, treatment and therapy options for orthopedic, P.T., balance disorders and TMJ.  Every patient will have a customized plan of treatment according to their needs.  The facility will have daytime hours as well as evening hours as necessary.  Ed and Mark were very informative and everyone is excited about the Bright facility. Guest speaker in January is Phil from Lawrenceburg Library and the topic will be LinkedIn at Merchants Bank on January 10 at 8am.

People in attendance:

Larry Schideler, The Business Network offers networking all over the Cincinnati area.  The closest meeting is in Harrison at Market Street on Thursday’s for lunch.

Bebe Kinnett, Absolute Web Solutions was named 2013 LEADS Indiana Women in Business Champion.  Bebe’s extensive business education and background led to the honor.  Her advocacy of women in small businesses in Southeastern Indiana, and her voluntary efforts to strengthen businesses owned by women were traits that landed her this honor.  Bebe will be a featured author in book this summer titled INSPIRE.

Dan Cross, Dan Cross CPA-

Kate Karaus, T Systems Electric offers all kinds of electrical services to business owners as well as homeowners.  No job too small.

Celeste Calvitto, The Beacon- Distribution is almost 18,000.  Please patronize the advertisers and tell them you saw their ad in The Beacon

Peggy Waltz, The Beacon- Advertisers needed.

Wayne Leslie, High Noon Guns and Archery just had his 5th grandson!  Congratulations Wayne. Offers customizing and repair on guns and archery.  Hydrographics is up and running, stop in to see how it works.

Jim Kinnett, Kinnett Consulting wishes everyone a Merry Christmas

Les Finn, Waddell & Reed has been investing for 20 years.  Call for a consultation.

Dale Lutz, Cornerstone Realty & Auction Services has auctioned over 40 properties in 2013.  This has been their best year ever.  Thanks to everyone for the referrals.

Pat Sullivan, Hidden Valley Golf Course has lots of T times available.

Greg Gronwall, ACN is a broker for all essential services.  ACN is in 23 countries and has been in business for more than 20 years. ACN is partnering with the “Will Play for Food Foundation”, bringing food to children in need.

Joni Helton, Mary Kay Cosmetics is offering a gift service guaranteed to please the woman on your gift list.

Lori Enright, Eagle 99.3 launched a new website.  The website has > 1 million hits a month.  They are offering 4 sizes of ads for the website in order to entice advertisers with more investment options. Listen to Bob Shannon 11-2 and Bubba Bo in the mornings.

Debby Stutz, Merchants Bank has a car loan special and is celebrating 10 years in the new building.

Minutes submitted by Debby Stutz