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What is Web 2.0?

What Is All the Buzz about Web 2.0 and Social Media and Will It Get Me a New Client? Robert E. McLean, CAE If it seems as if lately there’s a whole new wave of technology floating around the Internet, you are right; there is. And the reaction of many AMC owners I spoke with […]

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After the Lobby Day: Building on that New Relationship

ASAE’s Government Relations Association grassroots lobbying programs across the country are full of one-time wonders: grassroots lobbyists who come to Washington, attend a training class, get their picture taken with a Member of Congress, and never do another thing to support the legislative agenda until time for next year’s trip to DC. How does this happen? […]

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Staging a Lobby Day at the State Capitol

Managing a small staff association is always challenging, especially when producing a special event. A particularly challenging project is staging a lobby day with your state legislators. This article is a collection of lessons learned from several small-staff colleagues. With their help you can produce a successful event to help grow your grassroots program and […]

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Leaving Home for a “Real” Office

Size Wise, February 2006 When I opened my association management company nearly a decade ago, deciding whether to work from home or leased space was easy. The home office was all I could afford. The home office setup was surprisingly easy to establish and manage, but growth brought additional needs my little condominium couldn’t meet. […]

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Second Session Task List

Government Relations, January 2006 This month begins the second session of a Congress, a good time to stop, consider our legislative successes and disappointments from the first session, and develop plans and goals for the second, shorter session of the 109th Congress. Here’s a checklist of ideas and tasks to jump-start your planning process. 1. […]

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Keeping Client Funds Separate – at All Costs

Let’s talk about staples. Not the office supply store, but those metal devices for holding together multiple pieces of paper. If you have two association clients, do you need to buy two staplers? Or submit individual bills for staples? Of course, you don’t need to do either. Overhead costs (including staplers and staples) are typically […]

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