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Treat Your Nonprofit Association as a Business Entity with a Strategic Plan

One thing we find with associations is that the leadership doesn’t necessarily view the association as a business. At SBI, we believe that associations should have a business perspective.

Traditionally, professional associations are established as nonprofits. That doesn’t mean they (a) are mandated to do charitable work or (b) they have to spend all their money […]

From #WSAEConnect: Accelerate Your Problem Solving

Seven SBI staff members attended the 2017 Washington Society of Association Executives’ (WSAE) Annual Convention in Semiahmoo. We always jump at the opportunity to spend time with talented association professionals and had a great time at all of the sessions and receptions. There were a few sessions that resonated with us. One of these sessions […]

SBI Presents Assertive Communication Workshop with Emilie Aries of Bossed Up

Several SBI staffers attended a recent presentation by Emilie Aries during one of our client association’s conferences. We were so blown away that we wanted to give our associations and local community the chance to explore assertive communication and how we can all boss up in 2016.

Emilie helps women cultivate a leadership identity, navigate fear and […]

SBI Association Management Announces Acquisition of Melby, Cameron & Anderson

Seattle based SBI Association Management (SBI), a full-service association management company (AMC) announced today that effective January 1, it acquired Melby, Cameron & Anderson (MCA), an AMC based in Edmonds, Washington.

In 2015, after years of collegial peer-to-peer conversations, leadership of both companies began to seriously consider the mutual benefits of uniting efforts to better serve […]

As featured in Puget Sound Business Journal: SBI handles the chores so nonprofits can do their thing

We are thrilled to be featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Sound Strategies. The story by Steven Goldsmith highlights our recent growth, in large part due to six new contracts with national associations, and the aquisition of another local association management company. Read the full article.

Don’t be THAT person — 5 tips for rocking your next networking event

SBI plans more than 200 meetings and events annually for our nonprofit association clients – from Board meetings to monthly business luncheons to multi-day national conferences and tradeshows.

One measure of success for these meetings is the quality of face-to-face interactions – that magical energy and buzz that is in the air when you are […]

Growing Pains: How to successfully manage an association during rapid growth

Although it’s a good problem to have, it can be challenging to manage an association during a time of expansion and growth. You’re dealing with membership numbers that are up, companies that want to exhibit, and volunteers who appear at every turn. While exciting, it requires that you step up as your association’s leader to […]

How your competition can become your best friend

It’s often a little odd when you are interacting with your competition. You can be friendly, but how do you get over that feeling of competition, of envy, of insecurity?
I found out first-hand last April when the owner of a local competitor of ours was collaborating on a project SBI was taking the lead on. […]

Member Engagement and Renewals

Every association wants to increase their membership rolls. Members bring ideas and energy to the organization and more members usually means greater group vitality. Once they join though, it is essential to create many more connections for the members, because, that is what attracts people to your association in the first place — the promise […]

Delivering Membership Value… and Growth

Associations are human creations – by humans for humans. It is a simple thought but it is inherent in being a carbon-based land creature. We are driven to associate, it is our nature.

We at SBI marvel at the incredible range of associations and what they offer to their members. People are social… in every sense […]

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