Your industry association is a valuable business resource for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is an important way to keep up-to-date on industry best practices, new customer opportunities and supplier developments.
Secondly, your association will share professional development opportunities and scheduled networking events. Also, your association is an important resource for suggesting relevant government programs and investor resources to assist you in growing your business.
Lastly, your industry association will act as an advocate with government and with professional service providers. Staying connected regularly makes sure that your voice and opinions are heard and shared with these crucial organizations.
However, your association will likely be run by a number of dedicated volunteer members. Your volunteering a few hours per month to assist their efforts will ensure that the association will be able to continue offering their critical services. Your time will be a considerable gift that will reward you with opportunities to meet others in your industry and connect with government representatives. You will have opportunities to collaborate on interesting projects and perhaps even an opportunity to become a board member, which is very valuable experience.
Please take this opportunity to check out your Alberta association: