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About HBBA

Currently open to all Wisconsin-based businesses, HBBA is a not-for-profit business networking group dedicated to helping its members grow their business through face-to-face networking, business referrals, and business advice. For more than 25 years, we've mastered the art of business networking, developing a positive and supportive organizational structure, while at the same time offering each of our chapters the flexibility to create their own imprint for success.

We recognize that in order for our members to be successful, we must also support our local communities. Through a combination of volunteer work and charitable contributions, we've become a leader in community service.

Our Mission

We help businesses grow and succeed by providing educational and promotional opportunities, developing strategic partnerships within our communities, and building effective business networks with people we know, like, and trust.
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HBBA Executive Board

In order to guide the strategic direction of our organization, the HBBA maintains an 8-person Executive Board. To learn more about Board Elections, Board Meetings, and the Board Members themselves, please visit our Executive Board page.

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History of HBBA

From our humble beginnings as a focus group formed by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce to our current position as Wisconsin's number one resource for word-of-mouth advertising, HBBA has had quite the history.

  • A Meeting of the Business Minds

    HBBA started in 1998 as a focus group sponsored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The initial purpose of the focus group was for businesses to meet to share how their businesses began, discuss the types of problems they encountered, and find solutions to those problems together.

  • Taking a Stand to Protect Home Businesses

    In 2003, when a neighboring town government began upgrading its ordinance, restricting its perception of legitimate home-based business to that which was defined in the mid-1900s, HBBA leadership, with the support of its members, addressed the issues in town meetings and took an active role in protecting the rights of small businesses.

  • Widening Our Focus to Serve All Business Types

    In 2006, without forgetting our origins with the home-based businesses of our area, HBBA turned its focus to other aspects of the business world. We redefined our purpose and image in order to appeal to a wider business audience. The results paid off quickly with new chapters sprouting up in the Fox Valley area.

  • Reorganizing to Serve Different Geographic Regions

    By 2010, interest was building in the Milwaukee area and HBBA had to reinvent itself once more to meet the needs of our members. Districts were formed to allow each region the ability to address the unique needs of area businesses while maintaining our strong relationships, ideals, and culture.

  • Wisconsin's #1 Resource for Word-of-Mouth Advertising

    Now open to all Wisconsin businesses large and small, HBBA is quickly becoming the number one resource for word-of-mouth advertising in Wisconsin. With more than 13 chapters (and growing) in Wisconsin, HBBA is poised to become the most influential business networking organization in the state of Wisconsin and anticipates growth to accelerate in the near future.


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