Thank you for your membership in MNLA! Every voice counts toward our goal of helping you operate your business successfully. Thinking of the events of the last 6 months, many members have expressed satisfaction and even happiness at the success of MNLA efforts to help our elected leadership understand the essential nature of our industry. Now, we find it necessary to ask for YOUR help to support your association during this unprecedented time. In addition to paying your dues for 2020, please consider a one-time additional emergency contribution.
The MNLA finds itself in an unplanned financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 actions. Similar to your membership dues, the MNLA Board of Directors suggests a one-time contribution based on gross annual sales. If your company is unable to contribute the amount suggested, that is understandable. But, would you consider contributing something? If we all do a little, it will add up and enable MNLA to continue to serve members.
Isn’t Aid Available to MNLA?
Unfortunately, no state nor federal aid (e.g. PPP or EIDL loans) is currently available to trade associations like MNLA.
How Did We Get Here?
Historically, the association has been dependent on events to fund operating expenses, and with everything coming to a halt, so has a large portion of our annual revenue. MNLA has a reserve fund to help in times of challenge but the effects of a global pandemic the likes of COVID-19, is beyond reasonable financial planning. Therefore, we ask for your financial help.
COVID-19 & Advocacy
MNLA is honored to represent YOU, Minnesota’s Green Industry, at the legislature, agencies, and the Governor’s office. During the normal course of the year, MNLA staff and volunteer leadership work with the legislature on issues impacting the industry, supporting legislation that is consistent with our goals, objectives and principles and watching out for actions that may have negative consequences on our industry. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, large segments of Minnesota’s Green Industry were not considered “essential” and thus not exempt from Governor Walz’s ‘stay-at-home’ order. Quick action and volunteer help in early March, helped turn around what could have otherwise been a disaster for our industry.
MNLA is more than Government Affairs advocacy. Indeed, MNLA is the hub for all things Green Industry; education, relationship building, information sharing, business growth, and more. We value your membership and are honored to continue to serve the Green Industry in Minnesota and neighboring states. If you have questions regarding a contribution or any other association-related topic, feel free to reach out to any member of the MNLA Board of Directors .