Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2017     Views: 13

Trade, industry, and professional associations are lobbying and advocacy organizations, but they also serve as a forum to collect and disseminate information on industries.

They can be excellent sources for facts, statistics, reports, and can be a place to locate contacts to speak about the industry.  

Many trade associations include industry data on their Web pages and in their publications. (sometimes for a fee).

More Info / Source(s)

  • ASAE Gateway to Association​s
    • The American Society of Association Executives maintains a searchable list of over 1, 700 trade association home pages.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations 
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
    • Look at the section of each survey titled Industry Survey for a list of trade publications and associations for a particular industry.

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