With 2016 closed out and looking back at what The Association accomplished in 2016, what does 2017 hold in store for our members. Topping 2016 will be a challenge for sure. The Convention Reception, record membership totals, Identification Plus Program, TechnoCasts, record number of local meetings, executive board expansion, electronic Members Choice selection process, Techno Conferences available, Aflac Program partnership, streamlining of The Source and more. There has never been more offered or more value for membership in The Association.
So how do you top such a productive year? The collective abilities of more than one thousand owners working closely together for the good of the group can never be underestimated. Certainly, the ideas and what can be achieve is limitless.
The Association, with the help of volunteers like you, will be looking at the possibility of a credit union. There is always a need for business capital. There should be a capital source that knows our business, helps owners focus on our business and can help members grow within the business.
There will be a major Techno Series on Print presented by a nationally renowned expert on growing print. Information will be shared through the Learning Academy and be accessible through the Members Choice Program for all members. Growing print will take on a completely new look in 2017. The Association’s Cloud Store network will be expanded. Electronic ordering will be tested to make the process easier and more efficient. A new template program for rack cards and business cards will be introduced. An electronic library of templates will be tested with new potential equipment.
There will be a launch of a new communication tool for the Vendor Select Pro-gram participants. It will be a quick hitting ePublication to provide the most up to date information about the latest vendor products and services.
New marketing programs will be introduced to drive sales. Mailbox services for the digital world will be tested. New opportunities will be offered for members to utilize to drive profits in this all-important profit center.
The Association will be working closely with the National Coalition of Franchise Owners Association to review, update and launch an updated health insurance option in 2017. With the changes coming to the health care industry, having the best information and options will be important to our members.
Planning will begin for the next Association Convention reception with ever increasing ways for members to improve profitability. More Vendor Select Participants, more Association Program information, more networking, more catching up with other members, more fun, more food, more, more.
While 2016 was tremendously successful for The Association, 2017 holds even bigger and better things for Association Members. Watch for information coming out in The Voice, The Learning Academy, Marketplace Plus, the Executive Board Journal, and Association Blasts. Listen for information through general membership meetings and the weekly TechnoCasts. If any of these topics hold special interest for you and you would like to help The Association drive these initiatives, volunteer, advocate and participate.
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If you have ideas for new initiatives, vendors that can offer a better product, better service, or better price let us know at
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Stay tuned for the latest information and announcements concerning The Association’s growth, expansion, and benefit improvements. 2017 will be the best year yet for The Association, be a part of it!
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