There are many types of organizations you can join for business purposes. Many of these will find you and try to get you to sign up. However, many more are more complicated to find, but well worth the research and signing up. Why should you give your hard earned money to these organizations? There is a lot to be said for some of them, and the price of membership can be well worth the price.
Small and home operated businesses do not have access to group health insurance. By joining an association, there may be opportunities to receive low cost health insurance by being part of a larger group. One example is for the agricultural industry. If you join certain associations, you can qualify for group health insurance. Most small farms are family run; therefore the cost of a health care program for an individual is astronomical. By joining an association, there may be a group insurance program available to help offset the high cost. Romance writers can join the Romance Writers Of America organization and receive group insurance rates.
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Restaurants that need to purchase bulk supplies can benefit from joining local groups of other restaurants. This can provide discounts and new information about potential vendors that can save the restaurant owner money. Fresh produce can be purchased direct from the growers to provide the best price and fresh pick quality that will win you loyal customers.
You can network with local businesses by joining the Chamber of Commerce. If you are looking for a new customer base, the Chamber of Commerce is one of the best outlets for letting other business in your area know that you exist and what you can do for them. If one motel is full, a friend from the Chamber will be more likely to recommend your motel over someone they don’t know knowing you will return the favor in the future.
Information about new grants and free advertising opportunities are also available by joining some of the associations and bureaus. Join you Better Business Bureau to receive free advertising when someone contacts the BBB for a referral.
If you have a problem that needs solving, do not overlook your local government sources. The Small Business Administration can assist you with business plans and marketing opportunities. The County Extension service has numerous publications for dealing with strange plants growing in your agricultural crops. Your local Department of Labor can help screen and find you qualified personnel if you need to expand your staff. They can also assist with training for your employees.
By networking and contacting various organizations and associations, you will be able to select the ones that can benefit you the most. Be selective and find out what the organization can do for you and your business.