Answered By: Andrea Schulman
Last Updated: May 20, 2015     Views: 951

Trade, industry, and professional associations are lobbying and advocacy organizations, but they also serve as a forum to collect and disseminate information on industries. They can be excellent sources for facts, statistics, reports, and can be a place to locate contacts to speak with about the industry.

Many trade associations include industry data on their Web pages and in their publications. [Sometimes this is only available for a fee.]

    • ASAE Gateway to Associations
      The American Society of Association Executives maintains a searchable list of over 1,700 trade association homepages.

    • Encyclopedia of Associations
      Online web resource with descriptions of approximately 120,000 international and U.S. membership organizations in all fields.

    • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
      Look at the section of each survey titled "Industry References" for a list of professional and trade associations for a particular industry.