SDABA & Greater Fennville Chamber Members Meet To Discuss Possible Merger
Last week at Salt of the Earth, the Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce and the Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association (SDABA) met to discuss a possible merger.
According to officials from both organizations, it looks like it will happen.
Erica Ramos, director of the Fennville Chamber opened the discussion by having everyone introduce themselves.
Fred Bueltmann of Beer Evangelist, took over to explain the process of merging the two entities.
“The shared mission by SDABA and the Greater Fennville Chamber picked out a name for the new organization: The Greater Blue Star Chamber (GBSC),” said Bueltmann.
“Their mission and vision is to clarify the purpose and role of the organization to identify key actions that support the mission.
“Who will serve? The chamber is funded and driven by a volunteer board, dues from members, business and fundraising efforts. It exists to serve the business community, residents and visitors to the area.
“How will our community be better with the merger? The organization will collaborate to strengthen, support and promote a healthy business community, through communication, networking and education.”
Bueltmann explained the key components that would make a merger successful for its members:
Communication: Promotion spreads the word for and about the community assets and member businesses. Cross promotion encourages businesses to support each other.
Networking: Events and gatherings held will bring area businesses together to see collaboration and build awareness, such as the Winter Banquet.
Education: Provides learning opportunities for business leadership and other community needs. Be a voice for our business community by educating those responsible for community policy.
Proposed Path for Merger: GBSC will assume the chamber entity and will transfer members and operations into the main organization. It will operate under new bylaws and a new board structure to be approved by both current boards.
The public attended, Salt of the Earth provided pizza for those attending.