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How To Use Trade Associations

Learning how to use trade associations for research and information is an important skill in starting your business.  Almost every industry has a trade association.  These can be extremely valuable sources of information.  Associations often conduct research on trends. demographics and other issues.  They keep current with the latest regulations.  They frequently sponsor trade shows and meetings.  And they help train and certify people in the industry.  Contacting and joining your business' trade association can be one of the most important steps you can take to grow your business.

Finding the trade association for your business can be harder than you think.  Frequently the names aren't obvious.  There are a couple of places you can begin your search.  I recommend starting with the American Society of Association Executives website

However, to make it easy for you, I have included a list of the top associations for each of the businesses profiled in the Top Business Ideas section.  Check this list often.  As we add more business ideas, we will add their trade associations to the list.   

Photography:

Professional Photographers of America

International Freelance Photographers Organization

Association of Independent Architectural Photographers

National Press Photographers Association

American Photographic Artists

Catering:

National Association for Catering and Events

International Caterers Association 

Auditing:

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The American Association of Medical Audit Specialists

American Accounting Association

Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants

Career Coaching:

Career Planning and Adult Development Network

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches

National Career Development Association

Janitorial Services:

International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association

International Sanitary Supply Association

Building Service Contractors Association International

Meeting Planner:

Meeting Professionals International

Event Planners Association

Professional Convention Management Association

Association of Meeting Professionals

Public Relations:

The Public Relations Society of America

International Public Relations Association

Computer Consultant:

IEEE Computer Society

Apartment Finders:

National Association of Apartment Locators

Ecotourism:

The International Ecotourism Society

Recycling:

The Recycling Association

National Recycling Coalition

Consulting:

Institute of Management Consultants

Business Consulting Group Association

Training:

American Society for Training and Development 

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