The Need of Small and Independent Business Associations
Plasterer, Nancy A.
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The aim of this paper is to explain the need of a small and independent business association and to highlight a few of the problems facing this type of organization. The main source of my information has been the first hand knowledge that I gained through my internship with the Independent Business Association of Kalamazoo.(IBA) As a Legislative Analyst there, I was constantly pondering the question of advocacy along with the question of whether intervention by government in any form was "worse than the disease." My hope is that this paper may serve IBA's legislative analysts in the future with coping with these same questions as well as serve as a reference and guide for their work. Part One of this paper serves to introduce the subject of small and independent business associations and to describe the approach taken in analyzing them. Part Two is divided into three sections, the first section, the background, is used to illuminate to the reader this author's biases in favor of 'pluralistic' society, This is an important starting point because this bias surely 'colors' the eventual conclusions. The second section gives the justification for the need of small and independent business associations, and the third section highlights some of the problems inherent in this type of entity. Part Three serves to give the specific explanation of IBA's Legislative Action Program and concludes with the job description of the program's Legislative Analyst.