Do you own a business or plan to in the future?
If so, you will without a doubt come across the need for a trade or professional association. There is an abundance of resources to support your business’s demands, whether it be networking or advocacy.
If you are new to Illinois gaming, or even the food and beverage industry, here are three organizations that are a great place to start.
1. The Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association’s (IGMOA)
This association is for all things video gaming related. A membership includes gaming manufacturers, distributors, terminal operators, and suppliers that are either in the process of being licensed or have already been licensed by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). The IGMOA “continues to educate legislators & the public about the positive results of Video Gaming, while also protecting the long-term health of the industry by fighting for strong & smart legislation.” The IGMOA caters primarily to terminal operators or those that make gaming possible, but locations themselves can also benefit from the available resources.
2. Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA)
This association is for all things restaurant related. They are another great resource for video gaming establishments that also serve food. Aside from providing required food and beverage certifications, the IRA also provides timely updates on compliance related topics and industry news. The IRA holds prestigious events throughout the year that are worth attending if you’re looking to network. The IRA Buyer’s Guide can be a great tool to search for product and service suppliers to meet your business needs—food, liquor, equipment, credit card processing, and security.
3. Illinois Licensed Beverage Association
This association is for all things liquor related. They are dedicated to promoting and protecting businesses that serve or sell alcoholic beverages. According to their website, there are over 2,500 members of the ILBA, which include business owners of taverns, fraternal clubs, bowling centers, package stores, restaurants, golf courses, gas stations, hotels, convenience stores, and grocery stores. The ILBA also offers education and training for BASSET certification, Illinois Food Handler certification, as well as regulatory updates.