Excerpted from the United States Career Guide
Business associations throughout the United States offer services that strengthen the business community and help professionals achieve success. These groups create professional networking opportunities, provide press coverage and membership directories, facilitate contact with potential customers and often offer connections to peers in other regions of the United States and other countries.
The Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s independent business and technology forum, facilitating the open and timely exchange of ideas, opinions and viewpoints among business leaders and innovators. The 6,500-member non-profit organization offers dynamic programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national business leaders who meet on stage to share and discuss their newest thinking. Events regularly draw more than 400 attendees and give members the opportunity to question and interact with the leaders of Silicon Valley. In addition to a stellar lineup of senior executives, the club features panel discussions offering invaluable information about technology, entrepreneurship, life sciences, business leadership and innovation. Membership is available at the individual and corporate level.
Email: Online Contact Form
IEEE Computer Society
The IEEE Computer Society is a volunteer-led, international organization focused on computer science and technology. A society of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), it advances the theory, practice and application of computer and information processing technology, and promotes an active exchange of information, ideas and technological innovation in the IEEE community. Its more than 60,000 members collaborate at conferences, in local and student chapters, at technical committee meetings and in working groups. The IEEE Computer Society serves the information and career development needs of computing researchers and professionals through books, conferences, conference publications, magazines, continuing education courses, software development certifications, standards, technical journals, and applications-related and research-oriented journals such as Computer. The IEEE website offers a repository of digital content and tools, including the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL), which holds more than 500,000 articles, papers and the society’s Career Watch career development articles. The site also offers the IEEE eLearning Library, where members can access short online courses and conference workshops on numerous topics. The IEEE offers a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates.
Tel: +1 202-371-0101
Fax: +1 202-728-9614
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education. The association develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and it promotes activities that support increased student enrollment in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities. Its 12,000 members include deans, professors, instructors, students, government personnel and industry representatives. Organizational membership is composed of 400 engineering and engineering technology colleges and affiliates, more than 50 corporations, and numerous government agencies and professional associations. Its award-winning monthly publication, PRISM, covers engineering education in the US. Back issues are available online at no charge; current issues are accessible online by members. The Journal of Engineering Education is ASEE’s scholarly, quarterly journal that covers engineering education, current trends and innovations within the profession. ASEE also offers white papers and blogs that concisely describe industry developments and academic trends. The website includes information about engineering fellowships and internships, and lists links to potential employers in the engineering education field. Membership is available at individual, corporate and institutional levels.
Tel: +1 202-331-3500
Fax: +1 202-265-8504
Accounting and Finance
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
The American Institute of CPAs is a professional association for CPAs and represents the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries. It established US auditing and reporting standards, prepares and grades the Uniform CPA examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who pursue designated accounting subspecialties. Members work in many sectors of the business and financial services profession, including public accounting, tax, business and industry, law, consulting, education and government. The AICPA publishes the Journal of Accountancy, The Tax Advisor, the AICPA Insights blog and several informational newsletters each month, conducts industry research, presents continuing education programs and surveys CPA practices. The AICPA Career Center allows users to search the online AICPA classifieds, post résumés, review company profiles and build mentoring relationships. Members can assess their personal strengths and skill development needs with online articles and surveys; other career-related resources include a salary guide and career advancement articles.
Tel: +1 212-596-6200
Fax: +1 212-596-6213
Business Management and Marketing
American Marketing Association (AMA)
The American Marketing Association has a worldwide membership of 30,000, including leading marketing academics, researchers and practitioners. It fosters research, sponsors seminars, conferences and student marketing clubs, and provides educational placement services and a doctoral consortium. The association’s proprietary Professional Certified Marketer designation allows marketers to demonstrate mastery of professional skills and develop greater aptitude in the field. The AMA’s website offers a daily connection to marketing data, articles, case studies, best practices and the professional marketing community. Its resource library features videos, webcasts, social media trend reports and several research collections. The AMA’s LinkedIn community for marketing professionals and academics provides a venue for peer networking and collaboration. Its Career Center offers a jobs board, academic placement services and an ‘Ask the Expert’ column for students and professional marketers. The AMA publishes the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Marketing and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. It also publishes several magazines, newsletters, webcasts and other resources, including Marketing Insights magazine.
Tel: +1 312-542-9000
Fax: +1 312-542-9001
Industry Organizations and Councils
National Small Business Association (NSBA)
The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is a non-profit organization representing more than 65,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs across all sectors and industries of the US economy, including retail, trade and technology. The NSBA promotes state and federal policies that benefit small businesses and encourage free enterprise. The association prepares statements and reports that address contemporary governmental and business issues from the perspective of small business owners. It also lobbies on behalf of its members before the Small Business Administration, Congress and various state regulatory and legislative bodies. The NSBA hosts networking and informational events throughout the year, including the Small Business Conference and the Washington Presentation (a policy education event). Members receive subscriptions to several publications, including the Weekly Advocate e-newsletter and semi-annual economic reports. Membership is available only on the company level.
Toll-free: +1 800-345-6728
Lions Clubs offer volunteers a platform from which they can serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. With more than 1.35 million members in 206 countries and geographical areas, Lions Clubs work to help meet the needs of the global community. Programs include the SightFirst vision-facilitation program, health initiatives, community and environmental programs, international relations projects, youth mentoring activities, literacy projects, and disaster preparedness and relief programs. Individual clubs can be found under the website’s club locator tab.
Tel: +1 630-571-5466
Chambers of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
1615 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Tel: +1 202-659-6000
Toll-free: +1 800-638-6582
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete United States Guide.