Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) The boards of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) and Manchester Main Street (“Main Street”) propose to join together and create a more streamlined organization with the strength and agility to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges impacting our community.
What is the name of the proposed new organization? ___________________________________ is the proposed new organization that unifies the Chamber and Main Street.
What is the mission statement? Our mission is our core purpose, our reason for being: “Chamber/Main Street” promotes economic vitality and a quality of place for North Manchester with a spirit of collaboration.
What is the vision statement? Our vision is what we hope to achieve and create: The “Chamber/Main Street” will be recognized as a leader in creating a vibrant and inclusive community, promoting economic vitality, celebrating our historical legacy and fostering a dynamic future.
What is driving the consolidation? The primary goals of the consolidation are:
One Voice… One Vision!
- Establishes one mission and vision to advance North Manchester’s business, community and economic development interests.
We are stronger working together!
- Working together toward shared goals, we are better positioned to support successful implementation of North Manchester’s Town Plan; focus energy and resources for the benefit of our community, and; eliminate overlapping agendas and service areas.
We will be more focused, more efficient and more effective!
- The new organization will be positioned to leverage and maximize resources and leadership to ensure the community’s success.
Stronger clarity of mission and purpose!
- Collaboration will provide better clarity for community interests and a sharper focus on quality growth and development - allowing creative thinkers to work on progressive solutions.
Positioned to have a greater impact!
- The new structure will allow us to pursue larger goals/projects, be more strategic in fundraising, and expand diversity in our membership base.
It is the right time, the right reason and the right move for our community!
- If nothing changes, nothing changes. This collaboration is vital to sustained economic growth and the vitality of our community. The time is now!
One single point of contact!
- One organization to coordinate business, community and historic resources and interests.
Positioned to be a better partner with aligned organizations in Wabash County and Northeast Indiana!
- We will have the opportunity to be intentional about strategic partnerships.
What will happen to the existing Chamber/Main Street boards? Existing boards of both the Chamber and Main Street will submit a resolution to their respective members resigning their board seats and establishing a new governing board for the consolidated organization. The new board of directors may contain representation from the legacy boards, but a high priority will be placed on engaging a diverse cross-section of community leadership
What is the purpose of the Transition Board? A transition board is in place to champion the work required to accomplish the unification. The board is comprised of a diverse group of leaders representing several area organizations, including both the Chamber and Main Street. The Transition Board will dissolve when the new governing board is elected and seated.
Who is on the Transition Board?
Debbie Chinworth, KenapocoMocha
Sebrena Cline, Congregational Christian Church
Rod Craft, Peabody Retirement Community
Josie Cripe, Rhinestones and Roses
Karen Fawcett, Main View Inn
Ali Goetcheus, Manchester University
Patty Grant, Community Foundation Wabash County
Dan Krouse, Midwest Poultry
Bill Leonhard, Cottage Creations
John Loop, Timbercrest Senior Living
Susan Manwaring, Batteries Plus Bulbs
Dave McFadden, Manchester University
Tod Minnich, Honeywell Foundation
Matt Nettleton, Inceptia
Adam Penrod, Town of North Manchester
Mike Pettibone, Manchester Community Schools
Lindzy Shepherd, Shepherd Chevrolet
Jim Smith, North Manchester Town Council
Tim Taylor, Wetzel Insurance Agency
What is the plan for membership dues? We are encouraging members to maintain memberships through 2019. We anticipate management of the new organization will determine the investment structure for 2019 and going forward. We want investors to see that the strength in services offered by the new company supports their investment.
How will this transition impact the services I receive now? We currently anticipate maintaining the existing suite of programs and services, but the creation of a new organization will present an opportunity to review the suite of services and make recommendations for streamlining and enhancing programs to ensure they meet the needs - and exceed the expectations - of members.
What is happening with the existing staff? All existing staff will maintain their positions during the transition. An orderly process will be followed to select the new organization’s Executive Director. The ED will be responsible for integrating and hiring all remaining staff.
Where will the new organization be located? The Transition Board proposes that the new organization will occupy the offices currently occupied by the Chamber, located at 109 North Market Street in downtown North Manchester.
We chose to live in North Manchester for a reason. How will the new organization ensure our community retains the qualities that make it unique? One very important component of the proposed merger is “building on our heritage.” This statement speaks to the need to honor where we came from and what we have grown to love about North Manchester. The proposed new organization will bring together strengths in our community and provide a better platform to address challenges. The proposed new organization will not be focused on growth for growth’s sake, but rather prosperous growth for the benefit of those businesses and individuals already in our community and those that look to make North Manchester their home.
How do local non-profit organizations fit into the new organization? Both the Chamber and Main Street currently exist under non-profit structures. Main Street is registered under a 501(c)3 and the Chamber is registered under a 501(c)6. Both existing organizations are in the business of helping local businesses/organizations/individuals grow and thrive. Other local non-profit organizations will be able to rely on and partner with the new organization to grow a prosperous community and, in turn, each local non-profit benefits from the prosperity that results.
What will be the structure of the new organization? The proposed new organization will retain a non-profit structure. Existing boards of both the Chamber and Main Street will submit a resolution to members outlining the proposed new articles of incorporation/by-laws.
When will a vote by membership be conducted? The decision to unify the Chamber and Main Street is yours as a member of one or both of the organizations. The Transition Board is developing a proposal to provide enough detail to form the basis of your opinion and vote. Official voting on the unification is proposed to take place in October of 2018. What is the target date for completing the merger? The anticipated date to complete the merger is December 31, 2018.