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.