What's more, membership also helps to develop trust with customers who often favorably view you as a respected company.
There are national associations you can join, but with a little more digging you can also probably find state, regional or local organizations that can be of even more direct benefit to your company. Other benefits of joining a business organzation may include special discounts on trade show and seminars, or other money-saving deals on products and services. Some business associations by even provide an opportunity to get specific business advice from a leading expert in your industry.
But don't stop there.
Many more associations band together within specific industries from accounting and legal services to grocery or consumer retailing. Also consider becoming a funding partner with a favorite social service or charity organization -- to boast "proud sponsor of..." on your local advertising.
Around the Web, check out major small business organizations that can provide a place to find helpful services or get financial backing, share news, trends and information, or otherwise help increase the bottom line of your small business ....
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