MBA Merger Announced



It’s official! The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) and SMC Business Councils (SMC) recently merged operations to offer more valued services to more member employers across the region.

What does this mean for you, our members?
For the last 70 years, SMC’s mission has been to provide members with insurance, legislative, HR, training and networking opportunities. Now, by operating jointly as the Manufacturer & Business Association, the MBA can actively expand these offerings while continuing to provide its longstanding and regionally recognized training programs, HR/legal support, discounted logistics program and the Association’s energy solutions provider, EnergyAdvisors, to more employers and in more places.

The merger, effective Friday, March 1, 2019, has a profound impact on the visibility and expansion of the Association as you know it. Going forward, the MBA now represents nearly 3,000 member employers across the Commonwealth. Additionally, the Association now has three office locations – Erie, Cranberry Township and Harrisburg – providing member services.

The Association recognizes this is an exciting time and truly a win-win for the members as we are poised now, more than ever before, to provide the value services that employers need to succeed!

In fact, in this edition of the Business Magazine, we’ll showcase many of the MBA’s programs and services that you can access, as well as the expert advice of the Association’s professionals and members on topics th are timely and relevant to employers today.

Our March issue, for one, focuses on the area of banking and finance, particularly the solutions that can help you achieve your business goals. We’ll hear from Marquette Savings Bank on how its Business Banking team has a local commitment to the local success of employers. We’ll also hear from Jeff Beach, CPA of BKD CPAs & Advisors on the state of the accounting industry, the present tax season and recent tax law changes that could impact your bottom line.

Plus, don’t miss a powerful article on the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by guest columnist Jon DeArment of Channellock.

The Business Magazine is the MBA’s premier member publication. Be sure to take a few minutes to learn how the information on the following pages, as well as the Business Magazine’s website and the Association’s website, can benefit you!