The Plover Area Business Association (PABA) was established in 1979 with the intent to give the Plover area businesses a stronger role, both in the Stevens Point Area Chamber of Commerce and in central Wisconsin. Becoming active in a business association helps area businesses shape their own destiny through both civic and business advocacy.
Founding committee members included: Larry Mankins (Stevens Point Area Chamber of Commerce); Robert Worth (President of the Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce); Jim Harmon (American Potato Co.); along with Dennis Freund, (owner of Sky Club Restaurant) who was elected as the first president.
PABA also provided camaraderie between leaders of various Plover businesses. Today, PABA's leadership cites an association 'vision' of being an essential alliance helping members connect with community resources across the Greater Plover Area with a 'mission' that targets business growth, community enrichment and employee retention.
Boasting as 'Plover Proud', PABA works every day to make our local community a better place to live, work, play and succeed! As a local business, PABA claims a fiscal year that extends from June 1 - May 30 of the following year.
Members are listed through an on-line directory with membership categories based on company business and membership categories after dues payment selected as Classic level at $250, as Premium level at $550 and Elite level at $1,000 annually.
Membership gatherings take shape through member mixers, semi-annual dinners (annual in June; holiday in December), and other educational 'info-sessions' on issues / topics of interest to member businesses.
History of PABA
The Plover Area Business Association, Inc. was organized for educational and charitable purposes with articles of incorporation filed in March, 1984, as a 'not-for-profit' under provisions of Chapter 181 of Wisconsin Statutes and organized exclusively for the charitable, educational and public welfare purposes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
Formative activities that led to the formation of this organization date back to the late 1970's as efforts were being made to give Plover businesses a stronger voice in the Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce. Described as espousing behavior that is 'chamber-like', PABA's primary activities have long centered around building and promoting the greater Plover community in a pro-business climate and intending to be the 'unified voice' of the business community within the geography served.
Over the years, literally hundreds of local business persons have represented the organization in serving on the Board of Directors, PABA Backers (the welcoming arm) and in numerous other ways as active volunteers of the association.