SJBMA Organizational Structure
The basic structure of the SJBMA is composed of a chaplain, an executive committee, and specialized subcommittees. There can be as many subcommittees as necessary to accomplish the goals of the association.
The Chaplain: Provides spiritual direction for the SJBMA, and provides education to the SJBMA members on Catholic social economic principles.
The Executive Committee: A five-member committee elected annually. The committee consists of two executive directors, a president, a treasurer, and a secretary. This committee schedules monthly and quarterly meetings, arranges for presentations, and sets a direction for the association as a whole. The SJBMA President heads the executive committee and presides over the SJBMA meetings.
The Subcommittees: Perform the day-to-day work of the association. The subcommittees concentrate on specific areas of interest, have their own specific agendas, their own chairmen, and schedule independent meetings to accomplish their mission. Participation in these subcommittees is voluntary and limited to participating members. Each subcommittee has a specific goal such as new business development, apprenticeship programs, etc., and has a chairman elected by the subcommittee members. The Subcommittee Chairman runs the subcommittee meetings and coordinates subcommittee activities.
Underlying Principles of the SJBMA
The St. Josephs Businessmens Association is founded on several key principles. These principles help explain what the SJBMA hopes to accomplish. By joining the SJBMA, you acknowledge that these principles are worthwhile and you agree to help the association foster these principles.
The association’s principles are that, as members, we should:
1. Know and practice the Catholic economic principles laid down by the Church with respect to operating a business.
2. Foster a Catholic work ethic and ethical behavior both in employees and employers.
3. Respect and assist our parish Priests both in the spiritual and the temporal realm.
4. Understand that economic development and expansion of commerce in traditional Catholic channels directly affect our temporal welfare and indirectly affect our spiritual welfare.
5. Believe that it is worthwhile for an individual to pursue a career as a small business owner if they posses the knowledge and personality traits required to succeed in an independent business.
6. Realize that an individual that wants to start a business may lack some particular knowledge of general business methods, can benefit from the assistance of others, and can learn from their experience.
7. Promote business opportunities among and between Traditional Catholics by networking on a regular basis.
8. Avoid any type of activity that promotes, or appears to promote, a political agenda.