Become a Member of the Indian Trail Business Association

The big question: why?
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Have you ever walked into a beautiful, well-manicured garden? Everything appears to be in perfect order; yet, every single tree, flower, and shrub is constantly changing. And, while it looks natural, organic, and self-sustaining, it obviously didn't get to its present state without some directed effort.
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Communities are no different. Successful communities with growing, strong local businesses don't develop by accident. It takes a community-building mindset and collective support to make it a reality. And, that's where the ITBA steps in.
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You see, it's not enough for local businesses to make great products or offer great services. It also takes the support and patronage of local residents, which only happens when they are informed (and enthusiastic) about the great things happening in and available to them in their very own community.
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The ITBA was created not only to foster a friendly and cooperative environment for the business community in Indian Trail, but also to promote awareness and excitement for "buying local" with the growing population of Indian Trail residents. By doing so, the ITBA will help to ensure that Indian Trail is both a great place to do business and a great place to be in business.
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Does that sound like the community you want Indian Trail to be? If so, don't pass on this opportunity. Join the ITBA today and work directly with other entrepreneurs, leaders, and residents to make that shared vision a reality.
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Here's what you get when you join.
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Networking and Relationship-Building Opportunities
Meet, network, and build strong relationships through regular interaction with local business owners and company representatives. The ITBA encourages member-to-member support and promotes the "buying local" message.
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Monthly Meetings on Topics of Interest
Our meetings are designed to provide valuable information and encourage collaboration, all while infusing energy and variety in our approach. You'll look forward to these; they're not run-of-the mill, monotonous meetings.
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Real Business Advocacy
The ITBA gives you a voice by providing a forum to express your individual praises, concerns, suggestions, and solutions related to the operation of your business as it may relate to government regulation, policy, and laws. Such issues may be local to Indian Trail, or may be issues to address at the county or state levels. The ITBA works to empower businesses by providing this forum, enabling members to speak with a well-informed and unified voice. There certainly is strength in numbers, and through the ITBA, you can now be part of the solution!  
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A Single Point of Contact
Getting the word out (and in) to the business community can be an arduous task when there is no single point of contact in place, and much information may never even find you. When there are changes to government regulation that affect business, opportunities for exposure at events, or chances to be involved in the community, do you even receive such information? How many times have you felt that you missed out on an opportunity? The ITBA aims to serve as a channel for effective communication between the community, local government, and local businesses. 
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Effective Community Engagement
The mission of the ITBA includes promoting community engagement, primarily through public awareness activities and resources that educate residents on why buying local is both critical to their community and beneficial for themselves. Through this, we will instill a "shop local" mindset in residents. Also, we strive to be a community-driven organization, one in which businesses and residents interact effectively, provide a reciprocal benefit, and work together to build and serve the community of Indian Trail. 
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Complementary Legal Resources
Local attorney and ITBA Director, Nathan Workman, Esq., will present monthly seminars for ITBA members on critical legal topics facing small businesses, including taxation, regulatory compliance, employment law, intellectual property, contract law, entity and structure, and business succession planning. Additionally, ITBA members will receive updates on changes to laws and regulations that may impact their businesses, as well as notice before important local, state, and federal filing deadlines.
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A Welcoming and Engaging Organization
Each member is asked to adopt our pledge to foster and maintain a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. We encourage all members to reach out and engage others, whether they are visitors, new members, or established members. We want to be an organization you enjoy working with!
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And Much, Much More to Come

If you've been one of the hundreds of business owners who have attended one of our community planning meetings or been in contact with the ITBA, you know that we're just getting started in advancing our mission. Within the next year, we plan to offer the following to ITBA members:
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- Advertising Opportunities
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Business Listing in Our Directory
- Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Events
- Online Community Billboard
- Free Business Counseling through SCORE

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Be a part of our energy, synergy, and success. Join the ITBA today! 
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Which membership is right for me?
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There are two types of membership with the ITBA: Corporate and Individual. The difference is simple. Corporate members are business entities, which are represented in the ITBA by a primary contact and, if desired, a secondary contact. Individual members are persons who represent themselves in the ITBA, and have the ability to promote their products, services, or employer (even if the employer isn't a member of the ITBA). Both memberships are the same price (annual dues are $300) and afford the same benefits and standing in the ITBA. 
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In order to make the ITBA an effective, unified voice for its members, membership is limited only to business entities and individuals which have a vested interest in the success of the Indian Trail community. Eligibility for membership in the ITBA is based on the following criteria:
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Corporate Membership
A business is eligible for Corporate Membership in the ITBA if it meets any one of the following four criteria:
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1) Its principal place of business is in Indian Trail 
2) Its registered agent resides in Indian Trail 
3) It has an Indian Trail privilege license
4) It has a substantial commercial relationship with Indian Trail (subject to review and approval by the ITBA)
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Individual Membership
A person is eligible for Individual Membership in the ITBA if he or she meets any one of the following three criteria:
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1) He or she is a resident of Indian Trail
2) He or she is a member of a civic group in Indian Trail
3) He or she has a substantial commercial relationship with Indian Trail (subject to review and approval by the ITBA)
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Charter Members
As a way to thank our members, all businesses and people who join the ITBA in 2011 will be designated as "Charter Members" on the ITBA website, recognizing their initial support of the ITBA and contribution to the promotion of the Indian Trail business community.
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ITBA—the best value around!
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When you compare the ITBA to other organizations, our member services and benefits represent a fantastic value. Check out the following head-to-head comparison of membership fees below:  
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Charlotte Chamber of Commerce: $400-$5,000 /year
Matthews Chamber of Commerce: $275-$5,000 /year
Union County Chamber of Commerce: $375-$4,625 /year
Better Business Bureau (BBB): $575+ /year
Rotary Club: $500 /year
BNI: $500 /year
ITBA: $270-300 /year
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Questions? Here's how to contact us.
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Phone
704-661-5922
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Email
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Mailing Address
598 Indian Trail Road, Box 123
Indian Trail, NC 28079 
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