Dave Cooper, who first was elected president of the Northland Area Business Association in December 2007 and has held the office more or less continuously since then, has been replaced.

Alice Foeller, secretary of the Northland Community Council and CEO of SiteInSight, a company that develops websites for small businesses and organizations, was elected NABA president at the organization's final meeting of 2018, held Dec. 11.

Cooper, who will move into the vacant vice-president post for the business group, couldn't be happier.

The owner of the Ink Well franchise on East Dublin-Granville Road said he has one main goal for the coming year: "to help Alice, give her answers to questions."

"We're on the verge of something here, and I didn't want to just watch it," Foeller said after the luncheon meeting.

"There are changes this year," Cooper said in announcing results of the election by NABA trustees.

He said he was stepping down from the top leadership post to which he has been elected and re-elected often.

"I forget how many times, but I know it's a lot," Cooper said.

He predicted he and his successor would work well together.

"We're going to tag-team this to make good things happen this year," Cooper said. "I know that Alice is going to do a tremendous job."

"I think small business in 2019 will look different from small business in 1990, and it's our job to help them," Foeller said.

Although admitting it's early to make plans to revive old NABA events or jettison existing ones, Foeller did say she thinks evening networking events might be on her agenda, rather than just daytime gatherings.

In addition to serving as an NCC officer, Foeller is president of the Strawberry Farms Civic Association board of trustees.

The guest speaker for the final business association event of the year was Mary McCarthy, owner of Westerville-based YMT Consultants Inc.

McCarthy started by asking those in her audience how many had made plans for what they hoped to accomplish in 2019, both in their business activities and personal lives.

She said that many business owners and managers often forget to take their own lives into account when establishing goals.

"I set really great goals," McCarthy said. "I really love to push myself."

The co-founder of the Women's Small Business Accelerator, with offices on Riverside Drive, advised her listeners to take advantage of networking opportunities, which she said help develop referrals and relationships that can increase profitability. She suggested setting a minimum number of networking opportunities for each month.

"Set a realistic goal that you know you can do month after month after month," McCarthy said.

She asked NABA members about their business plans. Cooper admitted he created one to get the loan to start his franchise, but really hasn't looked at it since.

Such a document, McCarthy said, can help define what a business is all about, and that it needs to change over time. The plan that worked for starting an operation may not be all that effective in helping it grow, she said.

A daily priority for businesspeople, McCarthy said, is to figure how to improve that business.

"If you do that every day, you're going to achieve your goals by the end of the year," she predicted.