CAMA brings awareness to manufacturing in Colorado which benefits us all in the long run. What they are doing for manufacturing as a whole is a good thing for all manufacturers. Though CAMA’s B2B meetings and networking opportunities, I’ve connected with others in the manufacturing industry that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. -David Martindale, ACU-Tec CNC
10 good reasons small manufacturers should join CAMA
1. Business Advancement
Whether it is discovering innovative business practices or connecting with fellow manufacturers, trusted advisors, and strategic partners to streamline business processes, CAMA provides tools, resources, and collaboration opportunities to help small manufacturers develop and grow their businesses.
2. Member Programs
CAMA offers member programs to help small manufacturers build their business network, grow their supplier and prospect databases, make connections, and learn effective business practices and processes from their peers.
- CAMA’s M2M Leads Groups provide an informal setting for sales team members of CAMA to exchange leads to drive business, creating shortened lead times, reduced transportation costs, increase profitability, and industry support.
- CAMA’s C-Suite Exchange Groups provide a confidential setting that encourages an open exchange of ideas, experience, processes, and best practices among C-Level manufacturers.
3. Exclusive Discount Programs
CAMA utilizes its partner relations and combined purchasing clout of its members to leverage strategic partnerships with vendors and service providers that result in exclusive member discounts and benefits to drive success, increase profits, and reduce operating costs.
4. Trusted Advisors
CAMA connects small manufacturing members to vetted expert consultants and advisors that provide insights and services manufacturers can take advantage of to effectively function and grow their business.
- Associate Members are companies that provide services manufacturers utilize on a regular basis in the Banking, Accounting, Insurance, and Legal fields.
- Specialty Services are individuals or companies that bring unique expertise to CAMA members to help benefit manufacturing businesses.
5. Business Connections
CAMA provides small manufacturers with numerous opportunities to connect with fellow manufacturers and advisors to drive business, acquire leads, discover new business practices, and develop strategic partnerships.
6. Industry Events
CAMA brings Colorado manufacturers of all sizes together to network, develop new business, share best practices, and stay informed at its signature, industry-related, annual events in each chapter region. Find event details on our Event Calendar.
7. Strategic Resources
CAMA offers small manufacturing members access to strategic resources to assist with issues small manufacturers face including day-to-day operations, liability, workforce, federal regulations, awareness, supply chain issues, and more including:
- NAM Manufacturer’s Marketplace
- Expert advisors
- Membership directory
- Online community posts to engage in discussions on manufacturing-related issues, solutions, and opportunities
- Member web profiles to expand members’ online reach and develop new business
- Committee involvement opportunities
- Free resources linking businesses with job seekers
8. Workforce Development
Through strategic partnerships, funding, and student education programs, CAMA works to fill the workforce pipeline and helps small manufacturing members find qualified job candidates, discover internship funding, and advance their business.
9. B2B Networking Events
CAMA runs B2B networking and educational events and tours that provide small manufacturer members the opportunity to connect with fellow manufacturers, develop new business, and learn effective business practices, ultimately helping their business grow more rapidly.
- Tours are hosted by CAMA members and give attendees the opportunity to observe operations of different manufacturing facilities helping them discover new processes and best practices.
- Following the tours are B2B Lounges – a networking reception focused on connecting manufacturers and introducing new business.
10. Informative News and Updates
CAMA regularly provides small manufacturer members exclusive access to legislative and industry news, events, updates, information involving key issues affecting members’ businesses and their bottom-line.
Listen to what others are saying about CAMA
“The CAMA membership has provided us with 3 very tangible benefits; 1) we have received additional customers via CAMA networking events and trade shows 2) we have increased our supplier database through strong referrals 3) we have strengthened our ability to strategize as a company during summit trainings. Our annual CAMA membership renewal is a no-brainer!”-
After being in business for more than 16 years and having been involved in a number of local professional organizations without seeing a lot of success, I was skeptical when asked to join CAMA South. After being an active participant for the past three years I have come to realize that not only is this a successful organization, but it has brought additional success and business to my company. Those that I once saw as competitors have now become strong allies as we work together to support one another and the growth of manufacturing in Southern Colorado and Colorado as a whole. I wholeheartedly support and endorse CAMA South and the great efforts of this local organization to strengthen and grow manufacturing in Colorado, including a strong emphasis on Department of Defense work.
CAMA is a proud member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As a NAM member, CAMA is your source for Colorado and U.S. manufacturing information. CAMA serves as a conduit of valuable information for our members including legislation and national manufacturing initiatives like the Manufacturers Marketplace.
The Manufacturers Marketplace is a nationwide manufacturing database designed to bring together companies looking to expand their market and/or secure their supply chain. It provides the most comprehensive search capability including locations, processes, certifications, NAICS & SIC codes, capabilities and much more. It allows for unlimited searches and constant profile updating.
CAMA has partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to develop and offer this database to manufacturers of all sizes, on a nationwide basis. CAMA and the NAM are continually reaching out to manufacturers to encourage enrollment so profiles can be completed and searching for the perfect partner can begin.
CAMA is the only entity in Colorado to offer this resource.
Benefits for a small manufacturer:
Control of your profile content
Ability to update your profile as your capabilities and market offerings change
An affordable and efficient way to market your company
An efficient way to search for suppliers