Info for prospective members
An important first question is: What benefits does this organization provide to me?
The problems facing our industry today affect every member, no matter how large or small. And, since no individual could possibly begin to solve these problems alone, it remains that each person needs his or her industry trade association for the collective wisdom, bargaining power and networking opportunities that help create a sustainable and successful business. There are many benefits that accrue simply from belonging – low cost education and training for your employees; direct assistance with SHERQ problems; the privilege of meeting with and learning from your peers; conferences, publications and much more. Your greatest benefit—networking and association with your peers—come only from your direct personal involvement in association activities.
A second question might be: What can I contribute to this organization that will, in turn, benefit me?
- First and foremost: A common voice to government and stakeholders – Government is not able to listen to each and every person that comes to them for support or with concerns, let alone respond to those concerns. A focused group or unified voice can bring common issues to the attention of government. It can also work with government to create viable and applicable solutions for those issues, or to strategically work to move the industry forward. The NUA can provide a focal point for government to collect the information that it needs to get.
- Secondly: Access to information – The NUA provides information to their members in a variety of forms from workshops and conferences, to field days and focus group sessions. Printed materials like newsletters, brochures, and websites also provide valuable information. We have dedicated employees who are tasked with helping particular needs on a daily basis .Conversely of course, this information is also available to people outside the industry, like your potential customers.
- Thirdly: Promotion, branding and visibility – The NUA is the face and voice of the uranium industry and as such, spends a great deal of effort in promoting the benefits, strengths and values of the industry. It generates promotional materials or attempt to direct customers to its membership or the things that its membership offers. The NUA connect with the media and have websites and other promotional tools.
- Fourthly: Collective research – The NUA conduct its own research, or sponsor research, which serves the entire industry by providing information, answers and solutions back to the group.
These are a just a few of the benefits that can result from membership of the NUA. No doubt you will identify others that we have missed. As with any endeavor: you get from it what you put into it. Whichever direction you choose, get involved, volunteer, ask questions — communicate, cooperate, collaborate and reap the benefits!