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The Enterprise and Economic Development Glossary
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membership organization:

... an association, organization or group, typically operated as a nonprofit, to which individuals or enterprise are qualified to belong because interests in common; a special interest group in terms of its total number of members. Among the basic offerings that business membership organizations are expected to provide are networking opportunities.

Membership directories are generally expected to be available to those who join a group. Such directories contain contact data and, therefore, facilitate networking. Some membership organizations may, in fact, be referred to as networks. Not all networks are membership organizations, however. Networks are organized more often with participants than members.

Sometimes resource and contact directories are restricted to members only. However, business associations that focus on building and maintaining working relationships make their membership directories available to outsiders, sometimes referring to them as buyers guides.

Networks are formed and membership directories published by economic development organizations. Savvy EDOs make membership directories freely available to prospects so that resource and service providers can be found when needed. For site selectors, so called economic development directories are published with location data suppliers listed.

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