The Marietta Business Association brings everyone together.
By Cory Sekine-Pettite
While you may not directly be familiar with the Marietta Business Association (MBA), you certainly know about many of its community-oriented events, which not only bring us together for family fun but also raise funds for worthy causes. Like most business associations, the MBA’s primary goal is to “promote civic, social, and business goals through providing a forum to exchange business policies and create good customer relationships, all in good faith and integrity.” This cadre of local business owners meets regularly to remain knowledgeable about the community, its drivers, and its resources.
When you join the MBA, you get not just an outstanding networking group, but a built-in support group that cheers you on and helps you persevere, says MBA President Michelle Faucher. “We have a Networking Opportunity Weekly that meets every Thursday 3-4:30 at The Third Door. To that end, we have started an exciting new program, our Business Development Series. This is a quarterly luncheon featuring guest speakers aimed at helping you grow your business,” she continues. Additionally, you can join the MBA on the fourth Monday of every month for a luncheon filled with networking opportunities. This year, the chosen event space is The Foxglove in Marietta.
The MBA’s support extends into the community at large as well. The organization has created multiple special events over the years with which you likely are familiar and perhaps have attended, including SPLASH, its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, and the annual Marietta Egg Hunt. For more information on any of these events, visit their website, mariettabusiness.org, and continue reading about the MBA’s signature events:
Known as the annual event presented each year by the MBA, the SPLASH event’s purpose is to raise money for local charities while networking and having fun. Six Flags White Water Park plays host to this year’s SPLASH on Thursday, May 18. Enjoy food tastings from local restaurants, meet local business owners, and try your luck with the duck race while celebrating the upcoming opening of White Water and the beginning of summer. Held at the pavilion inside the lazy river with the backdrop of the wave pool, expect a relaxing atmosphere to network and meet new friends. Note: This year’s event is free to attend but you have to sign up in advance!
MBA Annual Golf Tournament
Attendees of this annual event are guaranteed to have a good time, regardless of how well they hit the ball. Tee up with your business partners or make new friends at the City Club Marietta course where attendees are treated to great, local food and beverages; vendor tables; and chances to win prizes. City Club Marietta presents challenging shot selections and new Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens while providing an incredible golfing experience. The course has presented golfers with 10 decades of the finest playing experience among rolling hills, towering pines, and spectacular Southern vistas. Keep an eye on the events tab of the MBA’s website for this year’s tournament schedule.
Marietta Egg Hunt
Those of you with young children or grandchildren likely have participated in the annual Marietta Egg Hunt, which is presented in partnership with Superior Plumbing, Life University, and JRM Management. Attendees are sure to find fun, food, games, music, entertainment, a kids’ zone, and of course egg hunts for all ages. There are more than 40,000 eggs to be found each year! Can you imagine? For details on sponsorships, event history, and attending the 6th annual Marietta Egg Hunt next year, be sure to visit the MBA’s website at mariettabusiness.org.
2023 MBA Board of Directors
Michelle Faucher (President), Biltmore Insurance
Sean Rayborn (2024 President-Elect), Money Pages
Michael Lindsey (Past President 2022), Freedom Payment Solutions
Kathy Winiarcyzk (Vice President), Credit Union of Georgia
Greg Fuller (Past President 2021), White Water/Six Flags
Dr. Tricia Patterson, Marietta City Schools
Bobby Lindsey, Atlanta Braves
Brent Rittersdorf, High Caliber Realty
Sergio Queiroz Santos, SQS Photography
Chase Sanger, Office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk
Elizabeth Bachman, Wildflower Social Media
Akella Clore, Kolorful Kreation
Christine Reynolds, Majestic Plumbing
Jacob Deaton, CEO Shindig My Event