Massachusetts Marine Group Gears Up For Future Boaters

Associations Now

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, inspired by an association leader who has seen success with a similar initiative at the local level, recently announced its plan to attract youths to boating. A boating group in Massachusetts won’t let the sport fade away. Concerned about an aging boating population, the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association recently launched the MMTA Youth Boating Task Force, a new division targeting young boaters. “We

Massachusetts Tech Group Eyes Way to Put Women Out Front

Associations Now

A new partnership between the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the meeting industry startup Innovation Women hopes to create visibility opportunities for women in the state’s technology field—specifically at events. The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is in a position to help improve this state of affairs. ” The move is a coup for Innovation Women, itself a Massachusetts startup.


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Massachusetts Society of CPA’s Online Community is Members’ #1 Benefit [Case Study]

Higher Logic

A few years ago, MSCPA communicated with its members solely through traditional methods like emails and events. Members connected with one another in the same ways, emailing friends and colleagues or meeting up at events. MSCPA thought about improving engagement using an online community to increase interaction and connect members directly, but wasn’t sure its members would feel comfortable with the software.

Associations at Odds Over Proposed Massachusetts Ban on Noncompete Clauses

Associations Now

The noncompete agreement—a key tool employers use to keep talented employees from jumping ship to join competitors—is under scrutiny in Massachusetts, where the governor wants to ban them. Massachusetts Gov. In one particularly controversial case, teenage camp counselors in Massachusetts who had worked for a company called LINX were barred from working for a competing camp and even babysitting for families they met while working at its camp.

Groups Push Ban on Powdered Alcohol in Massachusetts and Beyond

Associations Now

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) has drawn a line in the sand: No powdered alcohol. ” While the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has already banned the sale of powdered alcohol in the state, The Boston Globe reports , MRA wants possession of the substance to be illegal as well. A number of other states are also joining Maryland and Massachusetts groups in the battle. Powdered alcohol? Yes, there is such a thing.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to Produce Its Own Events

Associations Now

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is breaking into the events business in a new way. The notion of convention centers just being loss leaders and accepting annual losses solely for the benefit of economic impact in the destination … it’s a broken model,” James Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority told MeetingsNet last week. “It

Years After Success, Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition Re-Forms to Close Loophole

Associations Now

Encouraging a Movement The right to repair movement is showing strength outside of Massachusetts as well. More than six years ago, a coalition of Massachusetts auto repair shops successfully made the case, both through the state legislature and at the ballot box, to protect the rights of vehicle owners and repair facilities to repair their own vehicles.

Best Benefit Ever: New Database for Massachusetts Lawyers

Associations Now

Thanks to a new alliance between online legal-research service Fastcase and the Massachusetts Bar Association , member lawyers now have free, unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. “One of the greatest benefits of belonging to the Massachusetts Bar Association is access to tools and services that strengthen an attorney’s practice,” Healy said in a statement. A new partnership brings fast, free information to state bar members.

Mashpee Resident Alleges Discrimination, Speech Violation Over Black Lives Matter Sign (MA)

All the Blogs

DaLomba has retained a lawyer who said he is investigating possible claims of discrimination, interference with her First Amendment rights and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Read the article……………………………… Displays & Signs Massachusetts Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

Rethinking Revenue: Your Membership Plan

Spark Consulting

Hosted by: Atigro, Charles River CFO, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, and Social Innovation Forum. What happens when your membership plan becomes reality?

6 Web Tools to Help Small Organizations Thrive

Wild Apricot

Ja-Naé is also CEO of Wild Woman Entrepreneurs, Ja-Naé Ventures, Co-founder of the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, Founder of The Leaders and author of "How to Start Your Business with $100.".( This is a guest post by Ja-Naé Duane, artist, creative economist, social media strategist and a faculty member at Northeastern University.

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Free Online Course Materials from MIT

Wild Apricot

Did you know that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free online access to course materials? MIT's OpenCourseWare site is a remarkable resource for self-education — or for developing your own training programs for staff and volunteers, especially in the areas of management and communications.( read more ).

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Membership Hack: Fitness Challenge

Associations Now

During the busy tax season, the Massachusetts Society of CPAs hosts a fitness challenge that keeps members active and engaged with the association.

Membership Hack: Coworking Space for Members Only

Associations Now

Mimicking WeWork and other coworking operations, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council recently opened a coworking space near its Boston headquarters. Coworking and flexible work spaces are popular office trends with staying power , which is why the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council opened its own coworking space for members. Spaces cater to members only for impromptu meetings or large-scale events. How to hack it?

Building standards: Improving structural integrity requirements for condominiums


In addition, condominium associations are required to have reserve funding for maintenance, repair, and replacement of major components in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, and Oregon.

The top five Salesforce Clouds association professionals leverage at their organizations

Nimble AMS

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) chose to level up its member experience by investing in Marketing Cloud. Are you interested in discovering what Salesforce Clouds can do for your association?

Making a Day of It


Last week I saw the coolest Facebook post from my sister-in-law, who works at EMC in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It was pretty neat—Patriot tight end (and part time Superhero) Rob Gronkowski had come to EMC as part of a company celebration. She was pumped to see Gronk live and in person. Watch the clip! Turns out, that celebration was part of CX Day —an initiative of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA).

At home, at work: Regulating home businesses in community associations


and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers , says there haven’t been many problems with home based businesses in the more than 4,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire townhome and condominium communities his firm represents.

Are Noncompete Clauses Going Out of Style?

Associations Now

At least one labor group has started up specifically to challenge a Massachusetts tech company’s use of the clauses. Massachusetts, for example, passed a bill i n June that limits the scope and enforcement of noncompete agreements, improving the odds of it being signed by Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the current session. Recent actions in the northeastern U.S.

Daily Buzz: How One Association Is Re-Creating History

Associations Now

In celebration of the Professional Photographers of America’s 150th anniversary, its Massachusetts chapter will reconvene this Sunday to re-create the group’s historic first photograph from 1869. Now, the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts will create a 21st-century version of the photograph. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Professional Photographers of America will re-create iconic imagery from its inaugural year.

How to successfully recruit and retain staff with innovative technology

Nimble AMS

TECH TIP: With Nimble AMS, the Massachusetts Dental Association streamlined staff work processes through automation and boosted revenue in their online store by 25%. According to the U.S.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.31.20

Reid All About it

I guess I need a Massachusetts meatball, not a Neapolitan one. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Marketing General Inc.’s s (MGI) 2020 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey is open.

Safety Top-of-Mind for Bus, Gaming Associations

Associations Now

One example of the partnership in action: The city of Springfield, Massachusetts , the home base of the Peter Pan Bus Company, will soon have a new MGM Resorts International location. The casino will be the first of its kind in Massachusetts, though its future wasn’t a sure thing until recently. For years, the company’s buses have transported casino fans to casinos in nearby Connecticut; soon, buses will start taking passengers to Massachusetts.

GrowthZone Congratulates 2022 ACCE Communication Award of Excellence Winners


According to the ACCE website, ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program is designed to showcase the top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries were submitted to the competition, which is now in its 37th year.

Social Media Statistics For Fortune 500 Companies [Infographic]

Velvet Chainsaw

Data Source – The 2011 Fortune 500 and Social Media Adoption by Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Infographic by- Web Design Company. Social Media blogs facebook social networking twitter

You’ve Got to Read This: September 13, 2011

Reid All About it

Frank Fortin , Chief Digital Strategist at the Massachusetts Medical Society, discovered The Sexiness of Unsexy Innovation. Yes, you’ve got to read these posts… Do you make time for Twitter every day? I schedule two 30-minute sessions for weekdays, one in the morning and one at the end of the day. I make Twitter part of my daily schedule so I can get my random tweets of knowledge and deepen and extend my network. What if you have only 20 minutes a day?

Nurses’ Group Launches Campaign for Better Patient Care

Associations Now

” Founded in 2009 with the merger of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), NNU represents roughly 185,000 members in every state. NNU has also expressed concern about the risks that inadequate staffing levels of nurses pose to patients, and in 2012 came out in strong support of a Massachusetts law that limited the number of hours that nurses could work in a 24-hour period to 12.“Forcing

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.12.21

Reid All About it

Lisa Boylan at Associations Now writes about the services, resources, and safe spaces provided by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs to help its members manage stress. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Association technology and analytics.

Pilot Project Grooms Latino Leaders to Serve On Nonprofit Boards

Associations Now

The Cultural Inclusion Project in Lawrence, Massachusetts, aims to train Latino professionals and pair them with nonprofits that are trying to build boards that better represent the community. A little help may be on the way from the Cultural Inclusion Project, a pilot program being tested by two nonprofits—Jericho Road Lawrence and the YWCA of Greater Lawrence—in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Missed Connections


First, never forget to talk with—or better yet, meet with—your members. Nearly twenty years ago, at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, I oversaw the “CEO Visit” program. I’m still pretty young (by my own standards). But I can remember the days of pink “while you were out” slips, calling in for messages from pay phones and (gasp) not having email at work. And every innovation carries with it the same promise—it will keep us more connected. In many ways, this is true.

Trust is key to success

Association Leaders

Several years ago the Forum Corporation of Boston, Massachusetts, conducted a study of two groups of salespeople. We’ve always known trust is key to success. At CM Services we have six core values (values we believe allow us to achieve great partnerships with our associations and our employees). The values are: Be Trust worthy. Commit ourselves to each other, our company and the industries we serve. Act responsibly. Care about others. Grow every day. Have fun.

Energizing Member Engagement

Potomac Core

This article reflects key insights shared by the participants (referenced in the article) and moderator (the author) at the “Building Trade Associations that Drive Sustained Industry Growth” Panel at the Council of Manufacturing Associations Summer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, August 4, 2017. Driving Sustainable Industry Growth Helps Trade Associations Energize Member Engagement .

Membership Hack: Caucus Meetups

Associations Now

At the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, known as MassBio, these conversations also take place at caucus meetups held during widely attended industry meetings. To bring members and lawmakers closer together, MassBio uses caucus-style events at industry meetings where important public policy issues can be addressed. How to hack it? Public policy discussions don’t have to happen only once a year at a legislative fly-in or lobby day.

3 membership challenges solved with Nimble AMS

Nimble AMS

Here’s an example: Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) already hosts Yankee Dental Congress, one of the top three dental meetings in the U.S. As an association professional, you face a variety of challenges: Acquiring and retaining members. Driving non-dues revenue.

ALS Association to Provide Financial Aid to Patients Through MLB-Funded Initiative

Associations Now

Inspired by The ALS Association’s separate home healthcare pilot program in Massachusetts, MLB contacted the association about collaborating on the effort. With help from Major League Baseball, The ALS Association launched a new initiative to offset high home healthcare costs for ALS patients. To ease the financial burden of home healthcare for people living with ALS and their families, The ALS Association recently launched the ALS Home Health Initiative.

Reads of the Week: December 7, 2012

Reid All About it

Somehow between celebrating the holidays both here and in Massachusetts, I intend to find time to do all those things on my to-do list that I have pushed off week after week, month after month. I didn’t go to ASAE’s Technology Conference this week because I was too busy and too cheap, but I almost felt like I was there – minus the hugs, good conversation and drinks. You know why – Twitter, baby.

Strategies for driving non-dues revenue for your association

Nimble AMS

For example, Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) uses Nimble AMS to power an online store for companies to purchase exhibit booths, sponsorships, and supplies for MDS’s Yankee Dental Congress, one of the top three dental meetings in the U.S,

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.23.21

Reid All About it

I spent time up in Massachusetts last week with my family enjoying local pizza, my brother’s carnitas, and Italian cookies and pastries , so time in my NC kitchen was limited. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Webinar pricing/sponsorships.

Top Tips and Tricks From 2019 Membership Hacks

Associations Now

This year, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council created a flexible workspace near its Boston headquarters that members can use for impromptu meetings and large-scale events.

You’ve Got to Read This: January 4, 2011

Reid All About it

The Blizzard of 2010 hit Massachusetts last week while I was visiting my family. I took a break during the holidays to enjoy time with my family and friends. I didn’t read much online but caught a few outstanding blog posts and conversations, particularly Joe Flower’s post and resulting comments about his decision to not renew his ASAE membership and a follow-up post by Maddie Grant. I’ll go into this topic further in my post this week at SmartBlog Insights.

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