Join a Small Business Association to Save Real Dollars in Your Business
As you start a business, consider joining a small business association in your particular area of business endeavor or a broader small business group. Why? The business association, like other organizations, thrive on growing membership and one of the ways they attract new members (and keep the old ones!) is through membership benefits packages, which loosely translates into money-saving programs.
There is virtually a business association for every industry, endeavor and locality. Here is a sample of what we mean: association of school business officials, business coach association, national cooperative business association, national business aviation association, international association of business communicators to name just a few. There are business associations in virtually every state of the union.
One association we are aware of joined forces with a major insurance company to offer lower rate insurance policies to that association's membership such as workers compensation insurance, liability insurance, car insurance and others. That same association also offers a debt collection program for almost nothing to its members, a credit card program and many others.
Through the credit card program alone, its small retail members are able to save hundreds of dollars over what it costs to be a member.
Listed below are some internet directories where you can possibly find an association in your area of endeavor. There are also several small business groups listed that you might consider joining. Go to Google and type in the type of association you are looking for.
Check Out State Web Pages for Information on Business Associations
Listed below are the business pages of state web sites where you may be able to secure more information on local and state business associations:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,< Washington, Washington, D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin, Wyoming.