HBA officials are investigating the possibility of
starting their own Chamber branch, or perhaps affiliating with another
group, such as
Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce.
We are investigating whether it is feasible and advantageous for us
change,” said HBA President Chris Miller. “Local organizations
tend to go
strong for a few years, then fade away. That’s happened here
before. The Chamber would give us long-term continuity.”
Miller cited a number of advantages in addition to
continuity that would be
derived from an alliance with the Chamber. He said belonging to the
would give the HBA a set of standard operating procedures, establish
of directors, aid in developing a charter, provide liability insurance
provide a means for the group to attain non-profit status. “
It would also give us more name recognition,” Miller noted. “Many
come into town wanting to know if we have a Chamber of Commerce.”
A concern with joining the Chamber was the costs involved, but Miller
he was pleasantly surprised to learn the fees would be just $125 per
for the group, plus $11 per individual.
I thought that was very reasonable,” he noted.
Miller stated he expects a representative of the Chamber of Commerce to address the HBA at one of its next couple of meetings. HBA members would have to vote for any change.
I would hope we could have a decision one way or the other by the end
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