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Powering through Challenges with Adaptation and Change

Powering through Challenges with Adaptation and Change

Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is a large organization with a strong membership that represents the entirety of the electronic components industry supply chain, including distributors, manufacturers and independent manufacturer representatives.

100 Years of Leadership, Service, and Fellowship

100 Years of Leadership, Service, and Fellowship

Kin Canada

Across the Great White North, Kin Canada members operate hundreds of small clubs in their local communities. These members, who proudly refer to themselves as “Kin”, are like-minded people united in a common goal: to Serve the Community’s Greatest Need.

Lifting and Moving the World

Lifting and Moving the World

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association

One of America’s oldest and most venerated trade organizations, Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association of Washington D.C. represents 1,400 members from 46 different nations. The SC&RA speaks for the industry on key issues affecting safety, profitability, and efficiency.

Fueling the Economy, Enhancing Security and Improving the Environment

The Texas Oil and Gas Association

The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) has a simple message: oil and natural gas are good for Texas and the United States in general. Oil and natural gas drive the Texas economy, generating billions of dollars in annual royalties and taxes while providing high-paying jobs to nearly 350,000 people. Surging oil and natural gas production has enhanced domestic security by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign fuel sources, while industry-funded innovations have had a positive environmental impact.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

The International Economic Development Council

Considered by many economists to be the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 actually started a few years earlier, during the then-booming housing market in the United States, when subprime lending was recklessly given by banks to borrowers with poor credit ratings.

Leading the Future of Urban Development

Leading the Future of Urban Development

LEED for Cities

On a quest to create sustainable, smart and equitable cities around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the LEED for Cities program in December 2016.
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LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an environmental rating system that has traditionally been used for buildings since the 1990s. Today, LEED is being applied to entire cities and communities as well, allowing them to measure and improve their performance and set a positive example for other parts of the country and the planet.

Driven by the Need for Progressive Change

Driven by the Need for Progressive Change

SmartWay

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy
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It takes only a small group of thoughtful, committed and enlightened individuals to recognize the need for change, wherever that might be at the community level, the national level or even grander – on a global scale.

Advancing an Industry that is Energized with Opportunity

Advancing an Industry that is Energized with Opportunity

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

The solar energy industry employs over a quarter of a million Americans who work for companies and organizations that are dedicated to the promotion, manufacture, installation, innovation and support of solar energy. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) represents all of them.
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SEIA is an organization that serves over 1,000 member companies with the shared objective of removing barriers for increased rates of solar adoption and supporting job creation in the industry.

Creating the Pathway to Clean, Renewable Energy

Creating the Pathway to Clean, Renewable Energy

Energy Storage Association

Energy storage in America is advancing at a rapid rate now that new, progressive regulations are in place. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, even more so for the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the trade organization that provides a voice for its members. ESA’s outreach to policymakers and regulators on Capitol Hill and at the state and regional levels is making change toward a greener, more sustainable future.
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It’s no fun when the power goes out. Food spoils, and, depending on the time of year, heat or cold can pose serious threats to the health of vulnerable seniors and infants. There is also the economic impact to businesses put on hold during an outage.

Changing Consumer Perceptions

Changing Consumer Perceptions

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association

Grocery bills are rising, and households are busier than ever, making many consumers recognize the convenience, choice and cost savings that come from frozen and refrigerated foods. Sales and selection in the frozen and dairy aisles of grocery stores continue to grow for reasons ranging from consumers seeing the benefits of portion control to generating less waste and having healthier meal and snack options. Under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Skip Shaw, the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Inc. (NFRA) serves as the voice of the industry.
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The NFRA is a trade association that represents all areas of the frozen and refrigerated foods industry from manufacturers and distributors to retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and sales agents. Its origins go back almost seventy-five years, and the association is still growing.

Pulling its Weight for Members

Pulling its Weight for Members

There’s strength in numbers, as the old adage says. Joining forces with and sharing information and knowledge among like-minded individuals can be a positive and powerful channel for growth and development. This holds true not only on a personal level, but for any trade association and its members hoping to realize their full potentials and optimistic futures.
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Being a member of an association translates into camaraderie and shared ideals structured upon a strong foundation that will support future endeavors. For members of such associations it becomes a matter of pulling their weight as a unified group for the benefit of the many.

Global Markets, Global Vision

Global Markets, Global Vision

Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)

The electronic components industry is comprised of over 20,000 businesses that employ over a million people and represent more than $470 billion in annual revenue. Its products are used in many sectors including medical, energy, lighting, communications, consumer product automotive, agriculture, aerospace and defense and much more.
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“So many applications are exploding with the usage of electronic components. Automobiles are a tremendous market driver. Cars have a greater chip or electronic component content than they did just a few years ago, and with the internet of things, you are seeing electronics in almost anything that you touch, buy or use,” said Bill Bradford. The newly-appointed chief executive officer of the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) brings a wealth of private sector experience.

Where Business and Workforce Thrive

Where Business and Workforce Thrive

Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI)

Florida has sixty-seven counties with unique characteristics and needs. The state offers diversity in environment, entertainment and, most importantly, opportunity. With forward-thinking leadership, collaboration and a vision for the future, it has become a place where both business and workforce can flourish.
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People from the Eastern Seaboard and north into Canada have long traveled to the southern-most state to escape the cold of the winter months, drawn to its weather, beaches, culture and vibrant communities. The climate is more than just ideal for tourists; its pro-business environment is conducive to growth.

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

The International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – the world’s largest economic development membership organization – has a staff of thirty and an average annual budget of $5 million, with which it works as a powerful force in the economic development arena.
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When Category 4 Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas last August and September, the aftermath was devastating. The storm claimed an estimated eighty-eight lives, and two feet of rain poured down in just twenty-four hours. Emergency provisions like food and blankets were soon distributed to those in need. Economically, the brutal hurricane had a terrible impact on the Houston Metroplex, America’s fourth-largest city and its population of 6.22 million. Some 738,000 people registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance, and a bill approving $15.25 billion in storm aid was soon signed by the president.

The Profession that Addresses Overall Well-Being

The Profession that Addresses Overall Well-Being

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) has approximately 14,000 members to date, comprised of physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, businesses and those in academia. These are in fifteen specialized divisions, and there is a branch in each province and territory.
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Health is the greatest of human blessings Hippocrates once said. No one would deny this as being a universal truth. Good health leads to more fulfilling lives and overall happiness. To be blessed with good health is not a guarantee at birth. It takes a conscientious effort and a real desire to maintain the whole body system at its optimum level.

Alive and Well and Thriving

Alive and Well and Thriving

The National Tooling and Machine Association

During a worldwide speaking tour well over a century ago, famed American author Mark Twain is said to have responded to rumors that he was gravely ill with one brilliant, succinct line: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” And much like Twain’s untruthful demise, the so-called decline of manufacturing in America has been wildly overblown. The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is helping to separate truth from fiction and lead the way for strong American manufacturing today and into the future.
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From its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) represents a growing membership of almost 1,300 member companies across the nation. Ninety-eight percent of member companies are privately held family businesses, and any of their employees are welcomed to participate in NTMA activities or services.

Supporting Solar

Supporting Solar

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Solar energy is growing by leaps and bounds. “It took us more than 40 years to get to a million [solar installations], and our data tells us that it will take only two years to get to two million,” says Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications for Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “So we are really growing at a warp speed in the solar industry.”
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Just ten years ago, solar accounted for only one tenth of one percent of all the electricity in the United States. Now, solar energy accounts for one percent of the nation’s electricity. “That doesn’t sound like very much, but within the next five years we are going to go up to 3.5 percent. So you are seeing this exponential growth in the use of solar. In the future it will be the energy source of choice for all Americans.”

Working to Build a Better Minnesota

Working to Build a Better Minnesota

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota is the voice of Minnesota’s construction industry. “We try to promote the construction industry in any way we can,” says AGC of Minnesota CEO Dave Semerad. “We try to make Minnesota a good business environment for contractors. Our members are committed to improving the industry and their communities.”
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The non-profit professional trade association provides a centralized point of focus for industry information, education, safety, construction labor relations, and training, as well as promoting a favorable statewide business climate for its members.

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