Daily Archive for May 16 2011
A supply management association is forming in West Virginia, and it is looking to engage the state’s small businesses during this year’s May 16-20 National Small Business Week.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) indicates West Virginia’s small businesses are key to the state’s well-being and account for a significant share of the state’s economic production and hiring. SBA’s Small Business Profile for West Virginia released earlier this year indicates nearly 30 thousand small business employers in the state account for more than half of all private-sector jobs.
The organizing drive currently underway is to establish a statewide affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the world’s largest non-profit supply management association. In addition to a membership base of more than 34,000 supply management professionals, ISM also has more than 150 affiliated associations. Eighty-five percent of all ISM members also belong to a local affiliate, according to the Tempe, Arizona, based organization.
“But West Virginia currently has no active affiliates,” said Don Barber, a Pakersburg native and long-time member of ISM. “But this can change with the support of the state’s small business employers.”
Affiliate membership offers several benefits, including volunteer and leadership opportunities, professional development opportunities, local networking with peers and educational events.
Barber said many affiliates go well beyond just the basics of monthly dinner meetings with a speaker and professional development topic, and will often conduct seminars, arrange plant tours, provide college scholarships, host trade shows, publish informative newsletters and more
“I have been a member of several ISM affiliates during my career,” Barber said. “My experience has been that the most vibrant affiliates make a special effort to include small businesses. I would like to do so even during the early stages of the organizing drive.
“I have seen first-hand the value that small business professionals can find in a local supply management association, and an active affiliate offers the supply management professional – and their employers – an excellent return on the time invested.”
Membership in ISM is open to anyone interested in supply management. Most often, this means someone having a purchasing or procurement, supply chain or materials management, planning or scheduling, production or inventory control, distribution or logistics, investment recovery, or related role with their employer. ISM membership crosses all manufacturing and service industries.
Additional information on the organizing effort to establish a West Virginia supply management association is available at www.ismwv.org. Information on ISM and its role in promoting the supply management profession is available at www.ism.ws.