Why Join an Association?

Whether you have decided to join, or you are just thinking about joining, you probably have some questions about what exactly you will gain by becoming a member. Here is a list of some things we think are important, and that we hope will be helpful in your decision making.

Advocacy. An Association represents your interests before the business community and government. If your business or industry is facing a threat, your Association will fight for you.

Benefits. Many associations offer a variety of tangible benefits to members and their employees: purchasing discounts, group health and life insurance, retirement plans and more.

Convenience. When you’re facing a problem, isn’t it great to be able to shop for a variety of solutions under one roof? An association is a “one-stop” center for advice, contacts and suggestions on a wide range of topics.

Friendship. The members of your Association are people who have many of the same concerns, needs and interests as you. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Events. Associations sponsor a variety of enriching events and activities such as conferences, receptions, luncheons, forums, parties and more.

Ideas. One of the most valuable benefits of association membership is the opportunity to listen in on the creativity of peers. Associations are like rich farm soil, once fertilized with the participation of members, bold new ideas sprout up everywhere.

Know-How. Got a problem? Need technical advice? Help with a thorny accounting issue? Your Association is only a phone call away. If you need more detailed information, your Association can put you in touch with one or more individuals who have the know-how you need.

Leadership. Your business or trade needs leaders, people who can actively mobilize you and your peers toward industry-wide action, and who can chart your industry’s future. An association produces voluntary leadership that can make a difference.

Management. An association is the most cost-effective vehicle for managing industry-wide concerns and activities. More importantly, an association frequently provides in-depth management assistance and support to members.