Cover Story:Association Startup Stories By:Melanie D.G. Kaplan You've heard it a thousand times: There's an association for everything. And as new industries and technologies emerge, new organizations arise to represent them. We take a look at three recent association startups, the issues and challenges they've faced as they've taken their first steps, and their goals for the future.
Who Observes Your Reserves? By:Mark Athitakis Most financially healthy associations have reserves invested for a rainy day. But who keeps watch over the nest egg? Small associations are less likely to use finance and investment committees, but they might benefit the most from extra eyes on the bottom line.
Keep Your Board Minutes Brief By:Mark Athitakis When it comes to documenting your board meetings, less is more. Here's what does—and doesn't—belong in your board minutes.
3 Lessons: Starting Fresh
Curiosity, honesty, and service are the hallmarks of good leadership, says David Labuskes, CEO of InfoComm International. And sometimes, being the new guy helps.
CEO to CEO: Preventing a Data Breach
CEOs discuss the steps that their organizations are taking to protect sensitive data. Some rely staff training while others employ the help of vendors.
Money & Business
The Power of Group Purchasing By:Samantha Whitehorne How the National Human Services Assembly got a successful group-purchasing program—which saves participants 33 percent annually—up and running. Plus, three tips on how to do the same for your organization.
Review Your Resolutions By:Thomas E. Eichhorst, CAE Over time, many associations accumulate a stash of board resolutions, policy pronouncements, and other official statements that no one ever looks at again. To avoid unpleasant surprises down the road, establish a system of periodic review of these documents.
Steps to Creating a Video Strategy
Are you implementing more video creation at your association? Here's some advice from association membership management software provider Personify to help get a video strategy rolling.
Idea Bank: A Hub of Inspiration By:Rob Stott Members of the Mobile Marketing Association were looking for new ways to get inspired in the work they do. The organization's solution: a new awards program filled with inspiring ideas.
Data: Most Common Staff at Associations
Republicans and Democrats continue their push for comprehensive tax reform. With both parties' plans coming into focus, one thing is clear: they're still miles apart on the right way forward.
4 Small Tweaks That Can Improve Your Website Right Now By:Rob Stott There's no need to reinvent the wheel every time you want to make a change to your website. Two experts offer four simple design and process tweaks that will do more for your site than any redesign ever could.
This Gnome Knows Membership
A Q&A with a gnome? It's no joke: The traveling mascot of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association shares his advice on member engagement.
Data: The Money in Membership
How lucrative can a career in association membership be? Check out the latest benchmarking data in compensation for various positions in association membership departments.
Find out what makes Ohio's second-largest city and its many meeting venues rock. On the list: a new convention center, unique event settings, and an easily navigable public transportation system.
Do Drones Have a Place at Meetings? By:Kristin Clarke While legal, safety, and privacy concerns are leaving the role of drones at tradeshows up in the air, they could turn out to be a must-have in every event planner's toolbox once everything settles.
Books: The New Office Cool By:Kristin Clarke Three books discuss how to build a culture of impact, using science to build a leading-edge learning organization, and 10 lessons about gamesmanship for women in the workplace.
Why Organizational Reinvention Is a Must By:Kristin Clarke Josh Linkner, author of The Road to Reinvention, say it's your job to make what you're doing today obsolete. Otherwise, another organization will put you out of business.
How to Make the Most of a New Job
Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach and principal of Communication Matters, about how to get started on the right foot at a new job.
Work Continues on Tax Reform By:Chris Vest, CAE Republicans and Democrats continue their push for comprehensive tax reform. With both parties' plans coming into focus, one thing is clear: they're still miles apart on the right way forward.