Events & Programs Overview
An annual celebration of the MBA’s accomplishments and Midland’s business community. Winners of the Annual Business Awards as well as the prestigious ATHENA , Advocate of the Year and Gerstacker Leagacy Awards are all announced at this event.
Business After Hours
Hosted by a different member each month, these FREE, casual, friendly networking events attract a crowd averaging 100 attendees who find these events to be an effective resource for making contact with both current and prospective clients. Held the third Wednesday of most months from 5-7 p.m.
MBA Holiday Party
Annual holiday celebration that normally attracts more than 450 member representatives.
Issues and Answers
To help keep the membership informed on local, state and national issues and legislation, the MBA conducts advocacy meetings that feature speakers providing in-depth information on a variety of legislative issues that affect the business community.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Business After Hours
Every June, we partner with the Bay Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers for this popular networking event that draws almost 1,000 member representatives from throughout the region.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Summit
A regional collaboration of the MBA with the Bay Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers. Join us for the regional summit to widen your network to more area business people, see the annual regional business awards presentation and hear from an outstanding speaker.
Provides the opportunity for extensive information sharing on topics of critical interest to the community, such as the annual State of the City address, other timely topics as well as networking opportunities.
We invite the most successful entrepreneurs and renowned industry experts to lead discussions at our Innovator Spotlight events. Attendees learn from experiences and expertise shared, have questions answered and enjoy networking.
Membership Orientation Luncheon
Attendees will receive a general overview of the benefits and programs available through the Midland Business Alliance, learn how they can get involved in the business community, hear how current members are using their membership and meet the MBA staff. This event is for new, current and future members who want to know what opportunities are available for their business through the MBA and gain and understanding of how we help our business community thrive.
Share ideas and leverage thoughts with folks who are serious about growing their business at the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Innovation Center! At a Boostrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively boostrapping a startup
Midland’s Young Professionals Network (MYPros)
Program designed to attract and retain talented young professionals by creating business opportunities, supporting community involvement and fostering an overall investment in the future of Midland. Luncheon meetings, Government Issues and social events are held throughout the year.
Small Business Programming
The content for these events is driven by the Small Business Committee and made up of business owners with 25 employees or less. The topics are relevant to small business, such as marketing, ask the experts, social media, and much more.
Fun networking with entertainment in a “talk show” format featuring high-quality speakers, allows members to enjoy and learn while attending this program. Each month an average of 250 community leaders gather at the Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center (at the Valley Plaza Resort) for this 7:30 a.m. event. The program occurs on the first Friday of most months, except July and August. Speakers address issues of interest to business people and the community-at-large.