Associations

The ICIC Organization. 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 in the field about urban market opportunities.
NACS was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. It is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. NACS member companies do business in nearly 50 countries worldwide, with the majority of members based in the United States. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 149,000 stores across the country, posted $681.9 billion in total sales in 2011, of which $486.9 billion were motor fuels sales.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world*—supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations (SRA), we have more than 750 staffers 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 with critical emphasis on thought-leadership and cross-media outreach through forums, panels and seminars with experts from our Windy City and beyond.
The Direct Marketing Association 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 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, and strives to help individuals become more valuable through education, community, research and advocacy.
CADM More than 1,100 members strong, the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing (CADM) is the largest regional direct marketing association in the United States, 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) is the largest marketing association in North America. It is a professional association 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 and include leading marketing academics, researchers and practitioners from every industry.
The Heartland Mobile Council™ is a Chicago-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help businesses “cross the chasm” from mobile technologies to mobile marketing. They seek 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 services firms that deliver results for their clients. They do this through an innovative research process that melds the best of traditional B2B research and newer consumer review services. Their research helps start-ups, mid-market and large enterprises find partners that meet their needs, whether for a one-off project or a long term relationship.