Business is one of the most versatile fields, both in study and in practice. Because the business industry is constantly developing in response to the global market, business professionals and students form organizations and associations for support. These associations provide information, networking opportunities and support for members. Whether you are a current business professional or a prospective business student, it is important to have these kinds of resources available to you. At Notre Dame College (NDC), we understand the kinds of skills and support that business need. That’s why we have two online business programs, associates and bachelor’s degrees in business management and administration. The programs that NDC offers ensure that you are getting the business degree that’s right for you. We’ve put together a list of business organizations, both in Ohio and throughout the U.S., that offer a variety of resources for professionals and students.
American Marketing Association
The American Marketing Association (AMA) is one of the largest marketing associations in the world. It currently has over 30,000 members who work in the marketing field. The AMA offers training, tools and knowledge to its members and provides important skills and connections. It serves as a means by which marketing professionals and students can network, fostering success. For AMA membership information, visit www.marketingpower.com.
Columbus Young Professionals Club
The Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP) is a membership organization with over 20,000 members who are young professionals, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, students and executives. It serves the greater Columbus area and offers weekly events, volunteer opportunities and athletics. Almost half of CYP’s members are between the ages of 25 and 29, and many are between the ages of 30 and 34. These age groups give young business students and professionals the opportunity to connect and interact with Ohioans their age who work in the same industry. For more information visit www.cypclub.com.
National Human Resources Association
The mission of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) is to facilitate the career development, planning and leadership of human resources professionals. The NHRA offers networking programs and development services across the U.S. to support human resources professionals throughout their careers. This means that whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for years, the NHRA is a valuable resource for you. The NHRA offers services including live meetings, conferences, seminars, webcast and audio events. For membership information, visit www.humanresources.org.
American Business Women’s Association
The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) provides a way for female business professionals to network and support one another. They offer leadership, education, networking and national recognition. Its members include working women and women business owners. The goal of the ABWA is to deliver career development and professional opportunities to its members. It also provides mentoring and a supportive environment for women in business. More than 5,000 ABWA meetings take place yearly across the U.S. For more information visit www.abwa.org.
U.S. Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government that was created in order to counsel, aid, assist and protect the interests of small businesses. Its mission is to help Americans start and grow businesses. The SBA has a network of offices throughout the country and partnerships with both public and private organizations. The Ohio offices of the SBA are located in Cleveland and Columbus. The SBA offers loans, contacts, counseling and other forms of support to small businesses. Visit www.sba.gov for more information.
Professional Accounting Society of America
The Professional Accounting Society of America (PASA) is a business organization for entry- and mid-level accountants. PASA is the only professional association to actively recruit professionals of all experience levels. It partners with accounting societies at the collegiate level to bring more students into the industry while providing networking opportunities and support. Membership is free. For more information visit www.thepasa.org.
Business at NDC
The business community in Ohio is as active as ever, and now is a great time to begin or continue your business education with the online business programs at NDC. There is a wide variety of resources and organizations of which you can become a member. To take your business career even further, NDC’s associates and bachelor’s degrees in business management and administration prepare you for the complexities and challenges of the business world. You will gain a functional understanding of business essentials and be ready to critically think about and evaluate important business issues in a professional setting.
The organizations profiled in this post are valuable resources for business students and professionals. If you are looking for networking opportunities and continued support, these associations are great places to start. For more information about NDC’s business degrees, visit our online programs page.