Compiled from Associations Unlimited and Other Web Sources
This page provides links to trade associations and organizations representing specific business categories. It is listed in order of:
- Retail (by specific category)
For additional information on business statistics & benchmarks (i.e. sales per square foot or per establishment) for various business categories, see www.BizStats.com
Retail Business Categories (by NAICS code)
New car dealers
National Automobile Dealers Association
8400 Westpark Drive
McLean , VA 22102
(703) 821-7000 or (800) 252-6232
Description: The National Automobile Dealers Association, founded in 1917, represents more than 19,000 franchised new-car and -truck dealers in the United States , both domestic and import. NADA members hold close to 40,000 separate franchises nationwide. NADA provides counsel on legal and regulatory matters represents dealers on Capitol Hill develops research data on the automobile industry operates training and service programs to improve dealership business operations, sales and service practices
Used car dealers
National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA)
2521 Brown Blvd.
Arlington , TX 76006-5203 USA
Fax: (817) 649-5866
Description: Individuals, companies, or corporations licensed by their states as dealers to buy and sell used motor vehicles; associate members are businesses related to or associated with the buying or selling of motor vehicles. Gathers and disseminates information relative to the used car industry; represents used car dealers before regulatory and legislative bodies; provides educational and other programs to help used car dealers understand their responsibilities; works for the betterment of the automobile industry. Works closely with local and state independent automobile dealers’ associations and others concerning dealers and the public. Maintains code of fair dealing for members. Conducts seminars, meetings, and professional training programs. Maintains speakers’ bureau, children’s services, and charitable programs. Sponsors competitions; compiles statistics.
Recreational vehicle dealers
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
1896 Preston White Drive, P.O. Box 2999
Reston , Virginia 20195-0999
Recreation Vehicle Rental Association
3930 University Drive
Fairfax , VA 22030
Motorcycle, boat, and other motor vehicle dealers
Automotive parts and accessories stores
Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors/Parts Plus (AAAD)
5050 Poplar Ave., Ste. 2020
Memphis , TN 38157-2001 USA
Fax: (901) 682-9098
Description: Not-for-profit corporation owned by members who are independent automotive warehouse distributors. Purchases and markets automotive replacement parts through wholesale/retail auto parts stores; conducts marketing activities.
Wisconsin Automotive Parts Association (WAPA)
13 Odana Ct
Madison , WI 53719-1109 USA
Description: Automotive parts stores. To further the auto parts wholesale and retail industry through education and employee training. Offers insurance; monitors legislation.
Description: Corporations engaged in all sectors of the replacement tire industry. Seeks to advance members’ interests. Serves as a clearinghouse on economic and regulatory issues affecting the replacement tire industry; conducts educational programs; sponsors lobbying activities.
Description: Retailers of home furnishings. Provides educational programs for retail sales managers and trainers; for middle management; for owners and executives; for family businesses; and for residential interior designers.
Description: The association is the leader for the unfinished furniture industry. The annual trade show continues to grow along with their trade publication, Unfinished Business. New groundbreaking programs are in the works to take the association and industry to the next level. The Unfinished Furniture Association has a membership of more than 650 retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives in the United States and Canada .
Appliance, television, and other electronics stores
Description: Vacuum cleaner and sewing machine dealers, manufacturers, and distributors. Seeks to increase the independent vacuum cleaner and sewing machine dealer’s share of the market and provide a forum for continuing education. Is developing certification program for service operations; has developed code of ethics. Compiles statistics.
Computer and software stores
c/o Jim Charles
3110 Baffin Ct.
Dublin , OH 43017 USA
Fax: (614) 791-8695
Description: National trade associations representing retail dealers and distributors of business machines worldwide. Serves as a forum for the exchange of information among members.
Camera and photographic supplies stores
Paint and wallpaper stores
Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA)
403 Axminister Dr .
Fenton , MO 63026-2941 USA
Fax: (636) 326-1823
Description: Trade association of locally owned paint and decorating stores in the U.S. , Canada , and around the world. Offers professional advice, personal service and quality products for every paint, wallcovering, window treatment, and floor covering project.
Hardware stores/Home Centers
National Retail Hardware Association
This association provides the services and information retailers need to be better and more profitable merchants. It does this by helping retailers develop techniques that will enable them to operate successful and competitive businesses.
Description: Retail locksmiths; associate members are manufacturers and distributors of locks, keys, safes, and burglar alarms. Objective is to educate and provide current information to individuals in the physical security industry. Maintains information and referral services for members; offers insurance and bonding programs. Holds annual five-day technical training classes and 3-day technical exhibit. Maintains museum.
Other building material dealers
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA)
40 Ivy St. SE
Washington , DC 20003 USA
Fax: (202) 547-7645
Description: Federation of state and regional associations representing 8,000 lumber and building materials companies throughout the U.S.
Outdoor power equipment stores
Description: Retailers of farm equipment, implements, light industrial equipment, outdoor power equipment, and related supplies. Conducts programs on management training, and governmental and trade relations.
Nursery and garden centers
American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA)
1250 I St. NW, Ste. 500
Washington , DC 20005-3922 USA
Fax: (202) 789-1893
Description: Vertical organization of wholesale growers; landscape firms; garden centers; mail order nurseries; suppliers. Promotes the industry and its products. Offers management and consulting services and insurance, and public relations programs. Provides government representation and bank card plan for members. Maintains hall of fame and library; sponsors landscape awards program.
Landscape Nursery Council (LANCO)
1689 Glens Dr .
Florence , KY 41042 USA
Fax: (859) 525-9114
Description: Nursery and agricultural association. Encourages the exchange of information. Sponsors research and educational programs. Compiles statistics.
Supermarkets & other grocers (ex convenience)
The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) is the national trade association representing retail and wholesale grocers that comprises the independent sector of the food distribution industry
Food Marketing Institute
This site includes a comprehensive collection of information, conferences, products and services available from FMI. It is a place where food retailers and wholesalers of all sizes and formats can come together to network and find solutions to the operational issues facing the food industry.
Cooperative Grocer Information Network
CGIN is a membership organization founded to support the growth and development of food co-ops. Given the increasingly competitive climate all food co-ops operate in, CGIN aims to help co-ops maximize their collective resources and keep them, as independent groups, from being put at a competitive disadvantage. The Network’s mission is to strengthen retail food cooperatives by providing a vehicle that facilitates the sharing of resources among its members.
National Association of Convenience Stores
Web Site: http://www.nacsonline.com
The mission of NACS is to represent the industry and to assist retail members in increasing their current and future effectiveness and profitability by providing knowledge, solutions and connections needed by the industry; improving the image of the industry; impacting government action beneficial to the industry through the active participation of its membership; anticipating and facilitating change which ensures the long-term viability of the industry; maintaining a financially independent association; and fostering productive, efficient relationships with industry suppliers.
Specialty food stores
Description: National trade organization representing more than 1,800 meat, poultry and seafood processors, wholesalers, retailers, caterers, home food service companies and suppliers to the meat industry. Provides industry information, education, national lobbying, consulting, and facilitation of communication among members.
Retailer’s Bakery Association (RBA)
c/o Peggy Hoffman
14239 Park Center Dr .
Laurel, MD 20707-5261 USA
Fax: (301) 725-2187
Description: Independent and in-store bakeries, food service, specialty bakeries (2500), suppliers of ingredients, tools & equipment (780); other (220). Provides information, management, production, merchandising, and small business services.
National Ice Cream & Yogurt Retailers Association
A trade organization whose members are in the retail ice cream and frozen yogurt business. The members of NICYRA are located all across the United States , Canada and several other countries.
Description: Ice cream vendors, manufacturers of ice cream vending equipment, and suppliers to the industry. Promotes responsible and ethical practice in the ice cream vending industry; seeks to maintain a positive public image of ice cream vendors; works to insure ongoing profitability in the industry. Serves as a clearinghouse on the ice cream vending industry; facilitates the exchange of information among members; conducts safety education programs.
National Nutritional Foods Association
The National Nutritional Foods Association, founded in 1936, represents the interests of manufacturers and retailers of a wide variety of natural products including organic and health foods, natural ingredient cosmetics, sports nutrition products and vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements.
International Dairy Deli Bakery Association
IDDBA helps its members (manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, and many others) enhance their economic position by providing opportunities for professional dialogue, education, exchange of industry data and selling opportunities.
Specialty Coffee Association of America
A trade association that focuses on quality coffee, members include Retailers, Roasters, Roaster/Retailers, Producers, Exporters, Importers, Manufacturers of Coffee Processing-Roasting-Brewing Equipment and other Allied Products.
The Cocoa Merchants Association of America, INC
26 Broadway Suite 707
New York , NY 10004 USA
1 212-363 7334
Retail Confectioners International, INC
1807 Glenview Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025 USA
www.retailconfectioner s .org
A not-for-profit Illinois corporation founded in Chicago in 1917 to represent the interest of confectionery manufacturing retailers and to promote public interest in these products.
National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.
The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade is a not-for-profit business trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. An international organization composed of domestic and foreign retailers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, brokers, restaurateurs, and others in the specialty foods business.
The Organic Trade Association
OTA is a membership based business association representing the organic industry in Canada , the United States and Mexico . Members include retailers, growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, manufacturers, consultants and distributors.
American Bagel Association
111 W. First St.
Dayton , OH 45402
Phone: 8008448493, USA
Fax: 9372223354, USA
National Association of Specialty Food and Confection Brokers (NASFCB)
11044 Wood Elves Way
Columbia , MD 21044 USA
Fax: (410) 740-2958
Description: Professional food brokers who supply department stores, gourmet shops, grocery chains, health food trades, and other companies with products for retail purposes.
Beer, wine, and liquor stores
American Beverage Retailers
5101 River Rd., Ste. 108
Bethesda , MD 20816-1508 USA
Fax: (301) 656-7539
Description: Federation of associations of alcohol beverage retailers.
Wine and Spirits Guild of America (WSGA)
c/o James Newberry
30 W 39th Ave. Suite 106
San Mateo , CA 94403 USA
Description: Liquor firms comprising 500 retail wine and spirits outlets. Promotes exchange of information on merchandising, marketing, and buying of wines and spirits.
Pharmacies and drug stores
National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
413 N. Lee St .
PO Box 1417-D49
Alexandria, VA 22313-1480 USA
Fax: (703) 836-4869
Description: Chain drug members (130); associate members (1400) and (80) international members include manufacturers, suppliers, manufacturer’s representatives, publishers, and advertising agencies. Interprets actions by government agencies in such areas as drugs, public health, federal trade, labor, and excise taxes. Sponsors meetings and pharmacy student recruitment program. Maintains library. Offers insurance and discount services to members.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
205 Daingerfield Rd.
Alexandria , VA 22314 USA
Fax: (703) 683-3619
Description: Owners and managers of independent drugstores and pharmacists employed in community pharmacies offering pharmacy service. Provides support for undergraduate pharmacy education through National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation.
Cosmetics, beauty supplies, and perfume stores
The Salon Association (TSA)
TSA provides innovative opportunities for improving an owner’s business success. As a nationwide non-profit organization, TSA’s definitive edge is our ability to give members valuable and cost-effecitve benefits, services and education to create more profitable, productive and professional salon environments. TSA Creates a bond between three very important groups: salon owners needing help, salon owners offering help, and TSA.
Optical goods stores
National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO)
PO Box 459
Marblehead , OH 43440 USA
Fax: (419) 798-8548
Description: Licensed optometrists, opticians, and corporations. Conducts public affairs programs of mutual importance to members; serves as an organizational center for special purpose programs; acts as a clearinghouse for information affecting the retail optical industry.
Gasoline stations with convenience stores
(See Convenience Stores)
Other gasoline stations
Gasoline and Automotive Service Dealers Association (GASDA)
9520 Seaview Ave.
Brooklyn , NY 11236 USA
Fax: (718) 763-6589
Description: Owners/operators or dealers of service stations or automotive repair facilities (900); interested individuals (100). Aim is to educate, inform, and help increase professionalism of members and of the industry. Offers periodic technical training clinics, and other educational programs including advanced automotive technical training, prepaid group legal services plan and group health insurance, and liaison with government agencies. Informs members of political and legislative action or changes affecting their industry.
Children’s and infants’ clothing stores
Childrenswear Marketing Association
236 Rt. 38 W., Ste. 100
Moorestown , NJ 08057 USA
Fax: (609) 231-4664
Description: Childrenswear specialty retail dealers, manufacturers, distributors, licensors, general retailers, publishers and all other suppliers. Committed to working together to promote the childrenswear industry.
Clothing accessories stores
Description: Retailers, designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, industry suppliers, press writers and editors, PR professionals. Strives to provide accessory-related information to its members.
Other clothing stores
Description: Retailers, manufacturers, tanners, cleaners, and other individuals involved in the leather garment industry. Seeks to increase the sales of leather clothing through public relations, consumer education, and business support services. Marketing programs focus on fashion videos, media tours, press kits, brochures, hangtags, manufacturing and cleaning guidelines, and market research. Conducts seminars.
Professional Apparel Association
994 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 1019
Wayne , PA 19087-1802
FAX: (610) 971-4859
TOLL FREE: 1-800722-7712
Funded in 1984, PAA was organized as a result of a shared concern for the future of the professional apparel industry by both retailers and manufacturers. There are more than 2,200 retailers nationwide who are affiliated with the PAA, attend the association’s educational forums and the Annual Fall Trade Show; receive PAA publications and marketing aids; and carry our members’ product lines in their stores. Provides retailers with the tools and knowledge to capitalize on their market potential.
The National Shoe Retailers Association
Web Site: www.nsra.org
NSRA is a trade organization representing independent shoe retailers. Founded in 1912, NSRA provides independent shoe retailers with solid, practical workplace benefits that enable them to operate their business more profitably and successfully
Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America
Web Site: www.fdra.org/
Mr. Peter Mangione, President
1319 F Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D. C. 20004
fax: (202) 638-2615
Description: Retailers of jewelry, watches, silver, and allied merchandise. Conducts surveys and compiles statistics. Conducts educational programs. Provides information to consumers.
Luggage and leather goods stores
American Luggage Dealers Association (ALDA)
c/o Marion Jones
1114 State St., Ste. 316
Santa Barbara , CA 93101 USA
Fax: (805) 966-5710
Description: Committed to recognized good business practices of independent retail luggage dealers; develops merchandise programs.
Sporting goods stores
Outdoor Industry Association
Description: Provides services, education and information to retailers, dealers, suppliers sales agents and industry associates since 1929.
Hobby, toy, and game stores
Description: Specialty retailers and manufacturers, sales representatives, and industry-related members of the specialty toy industry. Provides resources to specialty toy and related businesses; conducts market research; makes available to members discount credit card services. Compiles statistics.
Hobby Industry Association
Ms. Sandra Wilmot
PHONE: 201 794-1133
FAX: 201 797-0657
319 E. 54th Street
P.O. Box 348
Elwood Park , NJ 07407
Description: Established in 1940 as the Model Industry Association, today HIA (Hobby Industry Association) serves the interests of over 4,000 member companies engaged in the manufacturing and merchandising of craft and hobby products. Representing every segment of the craft and hobby industry, members manufacture, distribute, design and sell craft and hobby products and allied supplies.
Description: Provides toy manufacturers and retailers information on the toy industry. In addition it also offers parents information on the safety of toys and information about what toys are popular or maybe suitable for their child.
Sewing, needlework, and piece goods stores
Musical instrument and supplies stores
Description: Music product retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and publishers. Continuing effort to help the music industry thrive. Offers educational training, books, products, and videos. Provides group discounts on insurance and various other services through their membership services department. Advocates public education for music and the arts.
Description: Retailers of musical instruments and allied products, manufacturers, distributors, jobbers, wholesalers, and publishers of print music. Holds several professional development seminars in various locations around the country and 2 major trade shows.
Book stores and news dealers
Description: Retail book stores. Works toward the establishment, improvement, and maintenance of favorable trade conditions. Strives for the maintenance of sound bookseller-publisher relations. Conducts educational seminars and workshops on retail bookselling. Sponsors promotional campaigns to increase the sales of all books. Provides members with time and labor-saving services that simplify daily operations. Maintains library; provides educational programs.
Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA)
PO Box 901
Grand Haven, MI 49417 USA
Fax: (616) 842-0051Toll-Free: 800-745-2460
Primary Contact: Jim Dana, Exec.Dir.
Description: Booksellers. Supports bookstores and promotes excellence in publishing, distribution, promotion, and selling of books. Provides a forum for information exchange; fosters a sense of community among booksellers; provides information and services for the advancement of members; promotes literacy; and supports the First Amendment rights of members.
Prerecorded tape, CD, and record stores
Professional Audiovideo Retailers Association ( PARA )
10 E. 22nd St., Ste. 310
Lombard, IL 60148 USA
Fax: (630) 953-8957
Primary Contact: Rosemary Wemstrom, Contact
Description: Retailers of specialty high end audio/video equipment. Provides computer seminar, service managers seminar, sales training course, and retail financial management course.
Independent Music Retailers Association
10 Spruce Rd. Saddle River , NJ 07458 USA
Fax: (201) 818-6996
Primary Contact: Don Kulak, Contact
Description: Independent record retailers. Seeks to provide independent music stores with money-making marketing information. Aims to create better working relationships between record labels and independent stores. Maintains speakers’ bureau and museum; compiles statistics. Bulk purchasing discounts on industry products and services.
Description: NARM serves the music and other prerecorded entertainment software industry as the pre-eminent forum for insight and dialogue. Its members include retailers, wholesalers, distributors, entertainment software suppliers, and suppliers of related products and services.
Description: Striving to act as the national organization for importers, domestic manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, overseas suppliers, manufacturers sales representatives, etc., of artificial, botanical, Christmas & floral products and accessories. Formerly: (2002) American Flower Importers Association
Society of American Florists
Mr. Peter Moran, Executive Vice President
1601 Duke Street
Alexandria , VA 22314
fax: (703) 836-8705
33031 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia , MI 48150-1618 USA
Fax: (734) 466-8979
Description: Retail florists. Conducts education, networking, and business partner programs.
Office supplies and stationery stores
National Office Products Alliance
c/o Independent Office Products
and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA)
301 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Phone: (703) 549-9040
Fax: (703) 683-7552
Description: Dealers who sell office supplies to commercial accounts and through retail stores. Seeks to provide members with the information, tools, and knowledge needed to be profitable in an evolving business environment.
Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers
Mr. James A. McGarry, President
301 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria , VA 22314
fax: (703) 683-7552
Description: Retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers’ representatives, and manufacturers of office furniture, supplies, and machines. Sponsors management training programs and sales training programs. Conducts economic research. Compiles statistics.
Description: Resellers of office equipment and networking products and services. Offers 60 seminars on management, service, technology, and business systems. Conducts research; provides business-supporting services and benefits, including insurance, and legal counsel.
Gift, novelty, and souvenir stores
Souvenir and Gift Novelty Trade Association (SANTA)
7000 Terminal Sq., Ste. 210
Upper Darby , PA 19082 USA
Fax: (610) 734-2423
Description: Manufacturers, wholesalers-distributors, resort gift shops, and others associated with the souvenir and novelty industry. Conducts trade promotion activities for the industry. Plans to collect trade statistics and information on such topics as new merchandising methods; domestic and foreign distribution, including imports and exports; freight rates; production; stocks of goods on hand; and shipments.
Description: Established in March of 1998, NSGA was formed out of the cooperative partnership of several gift basket retailers. Their mission is to achieve greater industry recognition, better purchasing terms, reliable resources, and expanded networking. NSGA now has over 350 members ranging from home-based corporate specialists to mail-order companies, and gift stores to wholesale vendors.
Used merchandise stores
Description: Provides information, marketing, insurance, and health care opportunities for its members.
Pet and pet supplies stores
Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)
5024-R Campbell Blvd.
Baltimore , MD 21236 USA
Fax: (410) 931-8111
Description: Promotes the development of the pet industry.
Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA)
1040 Madison Ave.
New York , NY 10021-0111 USA
Description: Retailers and wholesalers of antiques and art objects.
Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA)
575 Madison Ave.
New York , NY 10022 USA
Fax: (212) 940-6484
This E-Mail address was provided by the association; Gale is not responsible for its accuracy.
Description: Art dealers united to promote the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship, and ethical practice within the profession and to increase public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers. Works with museums and scholars on activities and problems of mutual concern; cooperates with domestic and international government agencies on art matters and offers assistance and expertise to these agencies; advises on legislation and other governmental activity regarding the fine arts; seeks to identify and remove fake works of art from the marketplace. Appraises, for tax purposes only, works of art donated to nonprofit institutions.
Discount Store News: http://www.dsnretailingtoday.com/index.cfm
Chain Store Age: http://www.chainstoreage.com/
Stores online: http://www.stores.org/
National Retail Federation
325 7th St. NW, Ste. 1100
Washington , DC 20004 USA
Fax: (202) 737-2849
Description: Represents 50 state retail association, several dozen national retail associations as well as large and small corporate members representing the breadth and diversity of the retail industry’s establishment and employees. Conducts informational and educational conferences related to all phases of retailing including financial planning and cash management, taxation, economic forecasting, expense planning, shortage control, credit, electronic data processing, telecommunications, merchandise management, buying, traffic, security, supply, materials handling, store planning and construction, personnel administration, recruitment and training, and advertising and display.
Institute of Store Planners (ISP)
25 N. Broadway
Tarrytown , NY 10591 USA
Phone: (914) 332-1806
Fax: (914) 332-1541
Primary Contact: Ron Kline, FISP, Pres.
Description: Persons active in store planning and design; visual merchandisers, students, and educators; contractors and suppliers to the industry. Dedicated to the professional growth of members while providing service to the public through improvement of the retail environment. Provides forum for debate and discussion by store design experts, retailers, and public figures. Makes available speakers for store planning and design courses at the college level; develops programs for store planning courses. Sponsors student design competitions and annual international store design competition with awards in 10 categories. Maintains placement service.
North American Retail Dealers Association
NARDA’s mission is to enhance the ability of independent dealers to build progressive, profitable businesses. NARDA members sell and service kitchen and laundry appliances, consumer home and mobile electronics, computers and other home and small office products, furniture, sewing machines, vacuum cleaners, room air conditioners, and other consumer home products.
International Mass Retail Association
The world’s leading alliance of retailers and their product and service suppliers-is committed to bringing price-competitive value to the world’s consumers.
Description: Devoted to the promotional needs of the retail industry. Recommends incentive promotion at the retail level. Offers legal and legislative services and public relations programs. Conducts research programs; compiles statistics. Publishes newsletter and sponsors a trade show.
National Restaurant Association
National association website providing news, government and legal issues, business advice, and industry research reports for restaurateurs.
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Essentially the same as the National Restaurant Association’s services, although specific to Wisconsin .
Internal Revenue Service
Contains links to other sites (mainly specific pages of interest from the NRA site) with industry trends, such as food and drink sales projections , quick service and full service outlook , state/regional outlook , and restaurants USA food service trends .
Contains many good articles, reports, facts, and advice for restaurateurs on a variety of topics. This website also contains information on restaurant businesses for sale, advertising, and also other related opportunities.