About the MBA

Mission

The Mishawaka Business Association (MBA) believes that a vibrant business community is healthy for the community at large and is committed to enhancing and developing the commercial environment in Mishawaka.

To that end, here is our Mission Statement:

The Mishawaka Business Association is dedicated to the promotion and growth of our community and business environment. We are a committed advocate for the success of our members and a facilitator for the continued development of business opportunities.

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 downtown to a new location on West Fourth Street, then in 2016 moved to Grove St. still in downtown. The articles of incorporation were officially changed, and the MBA was born with the expansion of its focus to include all businesses in the City of Mishawaka and the renewed focus on providing services to members and being a local advocate for businesses.

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.
The Membership of the MBA has elected the current Board of Directors slate. The slate of candidates for the MBA Board were elected by acclimation during the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Board of Directors

President

Stacy Vervynckt
McCarthy Insurance Group

Dan Riley
Immediate Past President

Vice President

Samantha Smerika

 

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Barry Wertz CPA

 

 

Board Members
 Jeff Anglemyer, AIA Cindy Cohen, RN, BS BA Jeri DeCola
Doug Elder Lacy Hahn Lou Ann Hazen
Gregg Hixenbaugh Joel A. Laidig, AAMS George Mighion, DDS PC
Pam Richardes Dan Riley Samantha Smerika
Bryan Tanner Stacy Vervynckt Barry Wertz, CPA