History of the Mishawaka Business Association

Non-Profit

The MBA is a non-profit, 501(c)(6), corporation, formed in 1961 and revitalized in 2006. We believe that a vibrant business community is healthy for the community at large. We are committed to enhancing and developing the commercial environment in Mishawaka. The Central Business District remains our primary focus, but we are committed to assisting the business community in the entire city.

Governance

The MBA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board has seats reserved for one appointment by the Mayor of Mishawaka and one appointment by the Mishawaka City Council. The remaining members consist of seven representatives from the following sectors: retail,  professional services, financial, real estate and legal sector.  All other members are representative of the diverse businesses in the City.  The MBA has an Executive Director responsible for member and governmental relations.

History

The MBA was first formed in 1961 as a merger of four smaller business associations that were active in various parts of the city.  Each association had the same goal in mind but were often competing against each other for members and in different promotions in the city.  As a result the associations gathered together to form the Mishawaka Businessmen Association.  For years the association's focus was on downtown Mishawaka only and it produced Mishawaka Sidewalk Days and other smaller community and business events.

In 2005, the MBA moved its office at the Yorktowne Center building at Lincolnway and Main – in the heart of the downtown to a new location on West Fourth Street, still in downtown. The articles of incorporation were officially changed, and the MBA was born with the expansion of its focus to include all busiensses in the City of Mishawaka and the renewed focus on providing services to members and being a local advocate for businesses.

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