MLBA History

Since 1939, when the Progressive Liquor Alliance, Royal Ark No. 2, and Harmony Lodge joined forces to form the Michigan Table Top Licensees Congress, now Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, the MLBA has been improving the business climate for its members. The MLBA plays a proactive role with the legislative process, public safety entities and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and implements innovative and useful membership services for its members.

The mission has not changed much from the 40s, when the purpose of the Table Top Congress was to unite all licensees into a state-wide organization for the purpose of promoting the general welfare of licensees, to improve business standards and discourage harmful trade practices, and to further the legitimate business of selling alcoholic beverages in a lawful and upright manner.

The MLBA will continue to fight just as hard, if not harder, for its members. Everything we do, we do for small businesses. After all, they are the backbone of this association. Our main focus is to continually live by the MLBA mission, which is to protect Michigan liquor licensees. We also plan to maintain and increase MLBA membership because, like MLBA President Rick Swindlehurst always says, “Strength in numbers is and always will be the most effective.”

The MLBA has definitely come along away and we hope to continue this journey with you!

Cheers!

Click on the links below to learn more about the MLBA throughout the decades.

1940s
1940s
1950s
1950s
1960s
1960s
1970s
1970s
1980s
1980s
1990s
1990s
2000s
2000s
2010-Present
2010-Present