GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum of St. Joseph has completed its merger into Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.
MiBiz exclusively reported on the merger in December.
The two groups plan to keep their separate branding, although the consolidated nonprofit will be headquartered in Grand Rapids, according to a statement.
Under the merger, the MGSSBF will now share resources with the larger WMSBF. The move comes as MGSSBF found it was starting to rely too heavily on its all-volunteer board when it came to program management. Rather than hire support staff, the organization decided to merge with WMSBF “to grow mutual capacity and deliver a greater benefit to our members,” according to a statement.
MGSSBF board secretary Lynette Wolf from Lake Michigan College and Wightman & Associates’ Anna Keehn took positions on the WMSBF board. Wolf also chairs a leadership committee that will steer the WMSBF.
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has a membership of 220 organizations in a 10-county area.