“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a deep observer of life and people, wrote those words more than 225 years ago. Like much of his wise counsel, those words hold as true now as they did then. In today’s incredibly fast-paced business environment, investing in knowledge for yourself is important to help you and your company remain competitive and current. A proven way to invest in knowledge is to volunteer your ideas and leadership talents in your specific industry association and learn from the people you meet along the way.

Getting involved in a professional association will help you learn more about your industry and its trends, tactics, technologies, and best practices. You can volunteer to serve on or lead a project or committee to learn new skills or offer to speak at a meeting to share your knowledge with others. Through these types of opportunities – and others offered by your particular association – you will develop helpful professional and leadership skills and build your personal brand. You’ll also expand your network which will let you explore new business opportunities. You’ll also have fun as you get to know more people and they get to know you and your company!

The Barter Company is a proud member of the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE). Owner Ric Zampatti is a four-time past president of the organization and a past board member on the NATE Board of Directors. He enjoys learning from others, sharing his knowledge, and influencing the direction and standards of the industry. The Barter Company has sponsored numerous national conventions and reciprocates with more than 50 exchanges nationwide. By reciprocating with these exchanges, the company gives clients access to thousands of barter options across the U.S.

Put Benjamin Franklin’s advice to work for you. Check out your professional association today to see how you can invest in some knowledge for yourself and your company. There is always room for leaders in a professional association to expand their network, develop professional and leadership skills, explore new technologies, and develop their personal brand. Get involved today!