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Business & Professional Associations

Business & Professional Associations

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Companies in this industry promote the business and professional interests of members. Major associations include the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Realtors, and the US Chamber of Commerce (all based in the US), as well as the Architects' Council of Europe (Belgium) and the Medical Protection Society (the UK).


Demand is driven by business expansion and job growth. The profitability of individual associations depends on the ability to expand dues-paying membership. Large associations have economies of scale in marketing. Small associations can appeal to businesses or professionals in niche industries or serve local markets. The US industry is fragmented: the top 50 business associations account for about 25% of revenue; the 50 largest professional organizations account for about 33% of revenue.


Major sources of revenue include membership dues; conferences, meetings, and trade shows; and publications, certification and training materials. Additional revenue sources may include contributions, grants, and investment income.
Business, or trade, associations represent groups of businesses within an industry, whose members are typically individual companies. Professional associations represent groups of individuals within a specific field, such as law, medicine, or science. By representing large numbers of companies and professionals, both types can collectively promote group interests more effectively than can individual members. Most associations operate at regional, state, or local levels; many are affiliated with national or international groups. Associations at all levels generally hold annual...

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