In the fall of 1985, the height of the Ronald Reagan era was in full swing. Construction all across America was booming. Our community was no different. Florida Department of Transportation kicked off the expansion of North Dale Mabry Highway from two to four lanes.
About sixteen very concerned business owners were called together to make sure their voice was heard during the construction process. The group asked FDOT to work with them so local businesses could survive the improvement. A business government partnership was formed, leading to one of the first major State of Florida construction projects completed almost solely at night.
In the spring of 1986, CABA founder John Baumann noticed the business referrals being passed and asked the group to stay together and create a business networking group. The Carrollwood Area Business Association was formed and CABA was born! Even from the very beginning, “We helped ourselves by helping others!” This slogan continues to be at the forefront of what being a Member of CABA is all about.
30 years later, the legend continues to grow…