Industry Associations: Helping Iowa Businesses & Making a Difference

by Rob Williams March 22, 2011
Did you know nearly every business has an industry specific trade group and/or association? Did you know that most of them will provide valuable market research information, networking events, and promotional/sales opportunities for their members? When we get questions from existing business owners looking for new ways to grow their businesses; we will first turn to their industry associations to learn as much information as we can and tell the business owner to do the same. Far too often, small businesses do not belong to their trade associations or industry groups. Perhaps it's the cost of membership, or maybe it's hard to see the immediate value. Regardless of why, too many entrepreneurs don't invest in memberships; I'm going to try to change your mind with a couple of commendable Iowa examples. The Technology Association of Iowa The Technology Association of Iowa has been working overtime to bring business owners in the technology sector together across the state. One of... [More]
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The Iowa Association of Business and Industry

by Kim Didier August 31, 2010
ABI is the largest and oldest business network in the state.  We were formed as the Iowa Manufacturers Association in 1903.  Today we represent almost 1400 businesses of all kinds which employ over 300,000 employees.  However, contrary to popular believe this is not an organization just for large businesses.  In fact, 75% of ABI’s members employ fewer than 100 individuals.  Why do so many businesses, regardless of size turn to ABI?    Our core competency is in Public Policy Advocacy for all business interests.  We serve that role in three principal areas: Two full-time lobbyists at the Capitol.  (They are two of the best and brightest not only in the state, but in the country.) IIPAC – The Iowa Industry Political Action Committee – we feel that the statewide business scope of our organization allows us to more strategically direct resources to candidates that can truly make a difference on Iowa’s business clim... [More]

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