Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners which organizations and associations they align with. This is what they said.
• “Local business is the engine for economic development, and we work closely with local arms of two national organizations in support of the same vision. Specifically, these are SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Stephen Hand, executive director of Triangle BNI, a Business Network International networking organization.
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• “Being a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, N.C. Association of Health Underwriters and Triangle Association of Health Underwriters provides me invaluable advocacy in working with members of the legislature, regulatory agencies, carriers and access to continual education,” said Rufus B. Langley, president of Langley Insurance Services in Apex. “Our industry is constantly evolving and is becoming more complicated. These groups aid me in being more professional while providing superior service to my clients.”