New Member Q & A?
Q. I know that NAHB and NCHBA do a lot of lobbying and the HBA serves at the local level, but how does it affect me here in my area?
A. Because the housing industry is so diverse and wide-reaching, housing legislation affects every member of HBA. Our local, state and national associations keep your best interest in mind so that you can continue with the business of building.
Our associations work to ensure that pro-housing and industry friendly political candidates are elected to office. (We are bi-partisan.) You can build the industry’s strength by contributing to BUILD-PAC. There is both a state and national political action committee. Or you can become involved in the local government affairs efforts.
Q. I know there are so many different ways a member can get involved in the association, but can you recommend the best path for me?
A. Start with looking at Council and/or Committees that serve your special interests.
Consider joining an amazing council that will ensure you maximize your time and investment. Specifically, there is:
Q. As an Associate member, what is the best way for me to earn the business of Builder members?
A. Talk to fellow Associate members to learn what style of networking has been successful. Ask for pointers for how you might get to know the builders in your HBA.
One piece of advice you will hear again and again: You have to be actively involved to make the connections that will be meaningful to you. Also, be mindful of networking do’s and don’ts.
Q. I have recently joined and know there is a large network of resources through my membership. Where can I find more information?
A. Our association sends out a weekly e-newsletter on upcoming events, classes, and notes of interest. In addition, be sure to visit the state and national associations as they generate their own materials to help members be aware of upcoming events, professional development opportunities, awards entry opportunities, conferences, and more.
Q. I joined because I wanted to connect with other industry professionals – to learn from them and to do business with them. How does my membership help to make these connections and boost my bottom line?
A. Jump in! Start by looking at the weekly HBA E-Newsletter to find about upcoming events. Every event is designed to help you make connections. Learn from active members by getting to know them and how they benefit from membership and involvements.
Q. How will my membership keep my informed of industry updates at the local, state, and national levels?
A. Visit the state and national associations. For example NAHB has an Eye on Housing and NAHB Now blogs, NCHBA published the North Carolina Builder Magazine, and our HBA shares regular updates and more through its weekly E-News and social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Q. I am a new members of the association, may I use the logos of the local state and national on my marketing materials and website?
A. Absolutely, please contact the HBA to get your Member Logo.
Q. I know how to run my business, but occasionally I run into problems or have questions on a specific topic. Does my membership provide the resources and research I need?
A. NAHB has a network of smaller groups designed to get members helping other members. In addition, our HBA is always ready to help you succeed. Contact us so that we can direct you to the best resource.
Still have questions? Contact us to find out how your membership can work for you.