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Our industry association memberships are an investment in education, research, advocacy and networking, and their benefits help us to better serve our clients.

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC strengthens inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information on the field about urban market opportunities.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world (by membership) — supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations (SRA), more than 750 staffers are working to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible.

Founded in 1997, the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association (CIMA) remains one of the veteran interactive associations in the country. CIMA maintains a critical emphasis on thought leadership and cross-media outreach through forums, panels and seminars with experts from the Windy City and beyond.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is the leading global trade association of business and nonprofit organizations using and supporting direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates industry standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the entire direct marketing process.

The Digital Analytics Association (DAA) exists to help organizations illuminate and overcome the challenges of data acquisition, exploration, deduction and application. The DAA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-powered association that strives to help individuals become more valuable through education, community, research and advocacy.

With more than 1,100 members, the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing (CADM) is the largest regional direct marketing association in the U.S., and the only broad-based direct marketing association in the Chicago metropolitan area. The membership of CADM consists of marketers, buyers, suppliers and all others who desire to share ideas and work together to promote the industry.

The American Marketing Association (AMA), the largest marketing association in North America, is a professional organization for individuals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide. It is also the source that marketers turn to every day for information/resources, education/training and professional networking. AMA members are connected to a network of experienced marketers nearly 40,000 strong that includes leading academics, researchers and practitioners from every industry.

The Heartland™ Mobile Council (HMC) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help businesses “cross the chasm” from mobile technologies to mobile marketing. The council seeks to provide insights into mobile behaviors that will help businesses reach their consumers through their mobile devices. The result will be faster adoption and a more strategic approach that will grow the mobile industry and make every year the “year of mobile.”

Clutch identifies leading service firms that deliver results for their clients. It does this through an innovative research process that melds the best of traditional B2B research and newer consumer review services. Clutch’s research helps startups, and midmarket and large enterprises find partners that meet their needs, whether for a one-off project or a long-term relationship.