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Become an MBA Member

To discover if the MBA is right for you, attend a luncheon as our guest.  You can either be invited by an existing member (sponsor) or contact the MBA Managing Director.  To be considered for membership, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be the principal business owner key decision maker for your organization.
  • Your business' main product or service category must be open (check the list of Open Business Categories to find out).
  • You must have a sponsor. If you do not already have a sponsor, contact the MBA Managing Director to have one assigned and to request an application form.
  • Once application has been submitted you must be approved by the Board of Directors.


To remain a member in good standing, dues must be paid in a timely fashion, and attendance at most events is expected.  Regular attendance provides the most benefit from membership in the shortest amount of time.

A Message from the Membership Chair

“Since 1974 Metropolitan Business Association has been the place for businesses to connect and grow. Comprised of owners/ operators, CEO's and Presidents of a wide variety of business types, the MBA meetings give you the inside track to decision makers. Join us and meet the people that will take your company to the next level in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.”

-Verena Lewandowski, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Membership Chair

Testimonials on the Value of MBA Membership

"MBA has provided MARCO with a business network of REAL people for over 10 years.   Members are personable and diverse and mutual respect is evident.  The Executive Director keeps volunteer committee work to a minimum.  MBA has allowed me to grow my business in a fun and profitable way!"

-Nancy Gudekunst, MARCO Ideas Unlimited (www.marcopdx.com)

"I have found the MBA to be a crucial part of my annual business planning. I review the time and monies spent versus the return on investment. Each year, I continue to find the value of my membership based on the business closed, connections and introductions made. There is definitely a time commitment component on my part to participate in events, serve on boards and go to luncheons. The time versus reward makes the participation worthwhile."

-Tracy Maltby, Wells Fargo Advisors

“The MBA has been an invaluable marketing and management resource since my 1st year of membership in 1998.  One of our customers introduced me to the MBA and I have not been disappointed.  Not only do members use our services, they also refer customers, business partners, vendors, etc.  From a revenue perspective, those referrals and intertrades have contributed nicely to our revenue stream.

In addition to receiving business, I have every confidence in referring customers to other members.  I am able to send even my most demanding customer to other members because I know they have the same values in service and integrity that I do.  Additionally, the members have been an important resource in running my business. I have gotten very practical advice on important and mundane business matters.

So, if you are looking for a terrific business organization that returns surefire benefits, please look at the MBA, either as a member or as a user of services.  And, the membership is a fun-loving, spirited group that keeps me laughing and enthused.”

-Nancy Browning, S2 Imaging + PDQ Signs

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