Don't Wall Flower - Network Properly!
Here are a few secrets that might make your next networking event a little more enjoyable.
Some easy and effective tips:
Your best strategy - Get involved! Working side-by-side with a builder member on an association project or issue demonstrates your commitment to the industry, while it builds the foundation of a trustworthy relationship necessary to long term business success. It's a more effective approach than hard-selling yourself. You can also purchase NAHB's Mailing List Service at a member discount to target qualified member prospects and reach your strongest markets.
By supporting pro-housing legislation and fighting burdensome regulations, NAHB directly influences national policies, which in turn directly impacts your business at home. NAHB also provides lobbying assistance to your state and local builders associations to ensure a healthy building environment on all levels. Through NAHB's grassroots efforts, you have a powerful voice with our nation's leaders on the issues that matter to our industry.
NAHB keeps you informed of major changes in regulations from environmental, building codes and standards, to labor, safety, and health to OSHA. NAHB offers programs and seminars on critical issues that affect the building industry, publications addressing new or changing policies, as well as a team of interdisciplinary staff experts who are ready to address your needs - and all just a phone call away.
Yes, if you take advantage of our discounted business products and services! NAHB's buying power gives you great deals on office products, airline reservations, car rentals, long-distance phone service, credit cards, and special NAHB logo merchandise - just to name a few! You also receive a 20% member discount on all books, brochures, videotapes, and audio cassettes available through the Home Builder Bookstore. Call the Home Builder Bookstore at 1-800-223-2665, or visit their website at www.builderbooks.com.
When faced with legal questions, you can call NAHB's attorneys for fast answers and expert assistance. All legal services to members are at no charge or just a minimal fee. The National Housing Library will create a free, customized resource list for you on books, magazine articles, convention tapes, and videos relating to any building topic - from ADA compliance to zero lot lines. For a nominal fee, the National Housing Library can even fax your articles or lend you books or videos from their extensive resource collection.
You have taken an important step in your profession by joining your local home builders association, and now you are also a member at the state and national level. Now what?
1. Define your expectations.
2. Get your essential tools immediately (they're FREE!)
3. Call the NAHB Member Service Center for year-round assistance: 1-800-368-5242, ext. 0.
4. Attend your local association's new member orientation.
5. Network at a General Membership Meeting.
6. Read the local, state and national newsletters and publications.
7. Get involved in association projects relevant to your needs.
8. Attend special association events, e.g. education programs, home shows, and industry trade shows.
9. Have fun!
10. Reap the rewards of your membership and RENEW.
We recommend you attend all the events that you can to increase your exposure to meeting new potential clients. Beer with the Builder and General Membership Meetings are our highest attended events each month.
No. However without attending events you limit your ability to increase clients and get all the benefits from the TPBA.
Now that you have joined the TPBA, time to get actively involved to get the most out of your membership! You can join one of our many Committees to get involved & help plan annual events and projects. Come to our monthly luncheons and after-hours events to network and build relationships with others in the home building industry. For more questions about current ways to get involved contact us.
The TPBA keeps close ties with our local city council and building officials to voice concerns of the industry with changing codes & regulations.
TAB represents your interests at the Texas Capitol and before state regulatory agencies. Through its lobbying efforts and relationships with state officials, TAB is protecting your interests year-round.
NAHB fights for its members on Capitol Hill, in state houses, and in the communities where they do business. We work hard to defeat excessive regulations and to protect our members’ bottom lines.
TPBA honors our members with different awards such as Builder of the Year, Remodeler of the Year, Associate Company of the Year, & Volunteer of the Year. TPBA Officers & Staff narrow down the nominees by their outstanding efforts & involvement in the TPBA, and then it is sent out to a vote from the entire membership.
There are many ways to get your money's worth out of this membership. As a Builder member, you can take advantage of TAB's Member Rebate Program and get money back from purchases you're already making from the nations leading manufacturers! Visit our Membership page for other benefits you can take advantage of.
By enhancing your credibility & visibility in our industry as well as building relationships with builders & associates.