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2018 President’s Letter - Mar 07, 2018

January 1, 2018

The New Buffalo Business Association would like to thank you for your support over the last year. While the NBBA has most recently provided event/activities and general marketing while encouraging economic activity for our members businesses, the NBBA leadership has determined it is time to take a larger look at what the NBBA provides, does and creates for our community and the impact we help provide.

In 2018 the NBBA will be changing its structure to allow the leadership to focus on the larger picture along to help aligning the organization to the needs of New Buffalo.

• Cathi Rogers will step away from the Executive Director roll and focus on managing all events and community involvement for the NBBA.

• Adam Burck will be contracted as a Professional Strategic Planner for the year.

• The board will consist of 5 returning board members along with 2-3 new board members. Local stakeholders will be invited to join in on a SCAN-FOCUS-ACT Strategy

process throughout the year.

• Membership input and feedback will be sought to ensure that we are determining needs for our members and businesses in and around New Buffalo.

• The Board will implement the plan and goals including alignment and/or restructure based on needs for New Buffalo and Community by Dec 31, 2018

Goals for 2018

• Review and create more value for our members

• Look into funding of Economic Impact Study of events for New Buffalo

• Continue to strengthen our relationship with the City and Township to create more positive activities and events to support our community all year

• Assist the Downtown Development Authority and Corridor Improvement Authority with long-term program initiatives

• Help to support other non-profits in our area

NBBA Member Benefits

• Advertising opportunities with our city map and other regional marketing guides

• Reach over 15,000 visitors yearly with your printed material, restocked weekly in the

NBBA Information Booth in downtown New Buffalo

• Event based and Annual sponsor opportunities for over 40 days of events in our area (reaching over 35,000 attending annually and over 100,000 in marketing campaigns) packages include corporate logos, signage, giveaways, free or discounted booth space, digital and print marketing in IL, IN and MI markets

• Revamp of website for easier navigation and offerings in our community

• Networking gatherings include: introducing new and current members, providing updates on plans in New Buffalo and meeting NBBA and City of New Buffalo leadership.

• Social media pages - Facebook (NewBuffalo Page), weekly postings, members’ announcements/specials/events, call out of new members, sponsors, and special highlights in the New Buffalo community. NBBA event specific pages (over 10,000 visitors to pages) including boosted posts to specific demographics. Instagram – posting of events and community images.

• Local and Regional marketing of New Buffalo, events and the community as a place to enjoy, relax, and visit

If you have any questions, please contact We look forward to a new year of exciting possibilities and in working with all our members to help New Buffalo grow.

Respectfully, Karen Poff President, Board of Directors

2017 NBBA Board Announced - Jan 31, 2017

The New Buffalo Business Association announced the Board of Directors for 2017

Executive Board

President - Karen Poff - Horizon Bank

Vice President - Ric Heath - Heath and Company

Treasurer - Karen Gear - Fifth Third Bank

Secretary - Emma Brewster - David’s Deli

Board Members

Katie Maroney - Equilibrium Fitness

Lisa Gawron - The Hidden Gem

Lori Robinson - MI Massage Studio

Rodger Freeman, New Buffalo Savings Bank

We thank the board members for their hard work and focus on making New Buffalo a vibrant place to visit and call home.

NBBA event schedule set for 2016 - Feb 22, 2016

The 2016 schedule of events for New Buffalo was rolled out today and a call for vendors, music, food, and volunteers has started for all the major events.

The New Buffalo Business Association has been working hard on the 2016 schedule to offer a diverse event calendar for our community, visitors, and participants. With a growing community population, tourists visiting our area (both second home-owners and day trippers), and annual events that stretch our season into the holidays, the New Buffalo area continues to prove its popularity as a destination for many each year. Our events and schedule includes smaller one-day events to large weekend festivals – there is something for everyone.

For applications and information on our events, please contact for details

2016 NBBA Board Announced - Feb 22, 2016

​The New Buffalo Business Association announced the Board of Directors for 2016

Ric Heath - President

Migs Murray - Vice President

Karen Gear - Treasurer

Emma Brewster - Secretary

Jan Vallone - Board Members

Katie Maroney - Board Member

Karen Poff - Board Member

Lisa Gawron - Board Member

The board will be working hard on the 2016 budget and the 55 days of events for 2016.

Offers from City Flowers - Apr 13, 2015

Spring is here! Celebrate by sending a beautiful arrangement or learn to decorate cakes for upcoming events.

To order or check out City Flowers, please visit

2015 NBBA Board Members - Dec 17, 2014

​The NBBA Holiday party was a wonderful evening of networking, cheer and warm wishes for a great holiday season at the New Buffalo Yacht Club on December 11th. In spite of all the celebration NBBA business was conducted and our 2015 Board was elected by our members. The 2015 Board is made up of business owners in New Buffalo; Migs Murray (co-owner, Murray Real Estate), Juli Westergren (co-owner, Year Round, LLC), Ric Heath (owner, Heath & Co), Emma Brewster (co-owner, David’s Deli), Jan Vallone (owner, PJ’s), Mark Trail (owner, Lake Country INN), and Katie Maroney (owner, Equilibrium). The 2015 board will meet in early January to elect the new officers for the year, names will be announced when confirmed.

iRock Jazz Fest - Dec 17, 2014

iRock Jazz Fest has set the date for it’s next date, May 29th & 30th, Memorial Weekend. The event will include; 14 different venues, 56 musicians, 28 live performances. More information can be found on their website in upcoming months.

NBBA Member, Richard Ruby’s Obituary - Dec 09, 2014

Posted in the Harbor Country News, December 5, 2014

NEW BUFFALO — Richard Ruby, 84, a Chicago native and long-time resident of New Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from complications suffered from a stroke in September. Up until his illness, Richard had been working at his New Buffalo law office and teaching at Roosevelt University, two professions that he practiced for over 30 years. Besides his professions, his true passions were his family, friends, music, books, theater, lively conversation and his dogs.

Richard attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and owned a car dealership at 72nd & Stony Island for close to 40 years with his late brother, Robert. Chicago residents became quite familiar with their dealership’s catchy and clever advertising jingle, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Chevrolet.”

At age 45, he also decided to enter the legal profession, getting a degree from John Marshall Law School in 1978. His friendly bigger-than-life picture highlighting his law practice can be seen on numerous billboards in the New Buffalo and Michigan City areas. He was a member of the Chicago Bar Association, as well as associations in Michigan and Indiana.

In 2002, Richard renewed his love for musical theater, which started in high school and college. He performed in various summer performances at the Dunes Theater including the Pirates of Penzance, Jekyl & Hyde, La Cage Aux Folles and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Born in Chicago’s Grant Hospital on November, 9, 1930, to Irving and Adelaide (Stern) Ruby, Richard was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Robert and Miriam.

Richard was the proud father of five children, Ron, Donna, Joe, Dan and Noah (Thatcher); and a doting grandfather to his four grandchildren, Taylor, Emily, Matthew and Michael. He was a loving uncle, cousin, and friend to many and as an animal lover, a “dog father” to Minnie, Kendra, Diva, Mason and Casper.

A memorial and life celebration service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, at the Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, in honor of Richard Ruby.

The New Buffalo DDA Presents “For the Love of New Buffalo” (Nov 19th) - Nov 11, 2014

If you love New Buffalo, save the evening of November 19, 2014 for a unique opportunity to help create a vision of your hometown’s future.

Peter Kageyama, an internationally-known urban strategist and author of “For the Love of Cities,” will lead a workshop to encourage residents and leaders to embrace their relationship with the New Buffalo area and create a common vision for the area’s future.

The workshop, called “For the Love of New Buffalo,” will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm at New Buffalo Area High School at 1112 E. Clay Street. The evening will focus on things people love about New Buffalo area and the process of creating a “lovable community” that makes people feel engaged in a relationship with their hometown. Studies have found that passionate and loyal citizens who feel an emotional attachment to their communities create a strong environment for economic growth and sense of well-being.

Whether your love is for the beach and lake, the schools, the shops, the restaurants, the environment, or the artistic opportunities, this workshop will help New Buffalo continue to grow by encouraging energy and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and sustainable economic opportunities and helping to empower collaborative relationships between the area’s organizations, residents and business community.

The workshop is being presented by the New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority, through a grant from the Pokagon Fund.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at before Nov 18th.

NBBA Gearing Up for 8th Annual Harvest & Wine Fest - Sep 25, 2014

​The 2014 Harvest & Wine Fest is almost here - read more in Shore Magazine

NBBA Membership Meeting (Thursday, Sept 25th) - Sep 18, 2014

​Join the NBBA as we host a membership meeting at Casey’s Bar & Grill, Thursday, September 25th. We will start at 6pm with announcements and several updates from Barry Griffin, Board President of the NBBA, including new members, 2014/2015 events schedule, and other additions to our membership benefits. Robert Kemper, of the DDA, will also be joining us to give a quick update on the city’s plans and outlook. Stay afterwards and network with fellow members, appetizers will be served ~ cash bar

Please RSVP to Cathi Rogers at by Sept 24th

ARTigras Art Festival Returns - Jun 25, 2014

The 2014 Artigras focus will provide visitors with the opportunity to view and purchase art from more than 60 local and regional artists. To read more

Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce moves locations! - Mar 29, 2014

Please make a note of their new address:
15311 Three Oaks Rd
Three Oaks, MI 49128

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