Trade Associations

Florida’s small businesses often turn to trade associations for industry research, networking and, perhaps most important, lobbying support in Tallahassee. Membership costs and services and interaction with members vary widely from group to group. The following is a sampling of Florida trade associations of particular interest to small businesses. To find out if a group is right for you, talk to current members. The organizations that are underlined have a website.

Accounting

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
850/224-2727

 

Agriculture

Florida Farm Bureau Marketing Division Associated Industries of Florida

352/728-1561

 

Florida Citrus Commission

863/499-2500

 

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association

321-214-5200

 

Aquaculture

Southeastern Fisheries Association

 850/224-0612

 

Architects

Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects

850/222-7590

 

Attorneys

The Florida Bar

850/561-5600

 

Banking and Finance

Florida Bankers Association

850/224-2265

 

Florida Credit Union League

800/342-1266

 

Florida International Bankers Association

305/579-0086

 

Business and Industry

Florida Chamber of Commerce

850/521-1200

 

Associated Industries of Florida

850/224/7173

 

National Federation of Independent Business 850/681-0416

 

Florida United Businesses Association

850/681-6265

 

Florida League of Cities

850/222-9684

 

Florida Economic Development Council

850/201-3332

 

Florida Association of Counties

850/922-4300

 

Contractors-Construction Attorneys

Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal, and The Florida Bar Air Conditioning Contractors Association

407/671-3772

 

Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida

850/222-7300

 

Florida Concrete & Products Association

800/342-0080

 

Florida Association of Electrical Contractors

407/260-1511

 

Florida Home Builders Association

850/224-4316

 

Education and Training

Florida Association of Community Colleges

850/222-3222

 

Florida Education Association/United

850/201-2800

Engineering

Florida Engineering Society

850/224-7121

 

Forestry

Florida Forestry Association

850/222-5646

 

Horticulture

Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association

800/375-3642

 

Insurance

Florida Association of Insurance Agents

850/893-4155

 

Labor

Florida AFL-CIO

850/224-6926

 

Marine

Florida Ports Council

850/222-8028

 

Medical-Pharmaceutical

Florida Hospital Association

407/841-6230

 

Florida Medical Association

800/762-0233

 

Florida Pharmacy Association

850/222-2400

 

Publications-Printing

Printing Association of Florida

407/240-8009

 

Real Estate

Florida CCIM Chapter

888/767-2246

 

Recycling-Reprocessing

Florida Business and Industry Recycling Program 407/678-4200

 

Retail

Florida Retail Federation

888/357-3824

 

Associated Grocers of Florida

305/696-0080

 

Merchants Association of Florida Inc.

813/273-7700

 

VMA Manufacturers Alliance

386-673-0505

 

Transportation Trucking Automotive Aviation

 

Florida Transportation Builders’ Association

850/942-1404

 

Florida Trucking Association

850/222-9900

 

Florida Automotive Industry Association

800/989-1992

 

Florida Aviation Trades Association

800-280-9662

 

Utilities

Florida Municipal Electric Association

850/224-3314

 

Florida Electric Cooperatives Association

850/877-616