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Trade Associations like the International Franchise Association are a vital source for industry information. There is a trade association for nearly every imaginable line of business no matter how niche or quirky it may seem. Trade associations exist for several reasons:
- They promote and advocate for the interests of the association's members, this includes lobbying governmental bodies, monitoring legislation and rules, and engaging in broad based marketing campaigns.
- They conduct research in areas of interest to their members, some research is for internal consumption (members only) and some is made available to the public.
- They frequently provide news releases, journal articles, and sponsor educational opportunities for members and/or student groups.
Documents and Media
Documents, reports, and videos to help you along your career development path.
ASAE - The Center for Association Leadership - Search
The ASAE Associations Directory allows you to search for professional associations by topic and location.
Directory of Associations
Search for local and national associations by name, location, or category.
Encyclopedia Of Associations - National, Regional, & International Editions
The Encyclopedia of Associations is a comprehensive source of detailed information about industry organizations, professional societies, cultural organizations, fan clubs and other types of groups along with links to web sites, e-mail and other contact information. It is an ideal tool to identify groups or individuals who may possess knowledge about a topic or industry that is not available in other library resources. Part of Gale Directory Library.
Networking/Job Clubs - MN Workforce
Whether you’re trying to find a job, get your foot in the door with a new company or industry, or explore other career options, the connections you make with other people are indispensable. A variety of networking and job support clubs offer job seekers attendance at meetings to discuss their search, gain insights into current hiring practices, network with fellow job seekers and gain support during a search. The events are offered free of charge, but may be profession/group specific or require an advance registration.