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Frequently Asked Questions
to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the NPA East Web site.
We've put together a list of questions members and potential members have
asked us about over the years. If we didn't cover your question,
or if you have additional questions concerning the list below, please contact
Paul Kushner, NPA East's Executive Director at 856-985-5446. E-mail:
just paid my dues to NPA. Why are you sending me another invoice?
A: What often happens is that members pay their National dues, which
are $49.00, thinking that this payment includes regional dues. This
is not the case. NPA East Regional dues are $95.00, which primarily
supports our advocacy efforts on the local level, as well as other benefits
that come to come directly from your membership in our region. Sometimes,
your payment and our invoice cross in the mail.
can join NPA East? A.
Voting membership shall be limited to persons or firms engaged in the manufacturing,
retailing, distributing, and/or consulting of natural foods, products,
services and supplements who pay dues and are members in good standing.
This category of membership may include academics, natural foods lecturers
and authors, providers of ancillary products and/or services to retailers
or suppliers, and government officials.
and Honorary Members. A
Life or Honorary Member shall be an individual who has made an outstanding
contribution to the natural food, dietary supplements, and related products
and services industry, or to NPA East, and has been accorded such status
by the Board of Directors.
of Membership. Membership
in the NPA East is non-transferable. When a business is sold, the
new owner must apply as a new member.
does advocacy mean and how does it affect my business? A: NPA
East is the only regional organization that monitors regulatory activities
at the state level. Our constant diligence means that many proposed
bills are killed long before they become laws that could prevent or greatly
restrict your ability to run your business. By stopping the bill
at the state level, it also stops that same bill from being picked up federally
and causing havoc in all states.
else does NPA East do to support my business? A: NPA East
provides a number of services to its members, advocacy, described above
being one of the most valuable. In addition to our primary activity
of advocating for regulations that protect your ability to do business,
each year, NPA East provides an in-depth educational program through its
partnership with New Hope Natural Media at Expo East in Boston. (Please
go to www.expoeast.com
for more information regarding the show and this year's dates.)
We also provide our members with access to the NPA East Web Site, and the
quarterly NPA East Newsletter, written exclusively for natural foods retailers
and the businesses that support them.
states does NPA East serve? A: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC
is the difference between the National organization and the Regional organization?
A: We are branches of the same association, dedicated to protecting
your business from bad legislation at the federal and state levels. NPA
East focuses on legislative threats in our 12-state region; NPA National
focuses on federal level legislative threats.
much are Regional Dues? A: NPA East regional dues are $95.00
annually, plus $25.00 for each additional store. For more information
on joining NPA East, please go to our web site, www.npaeast.org.
do I become more involved in the Region? A: NPA East keeps its
fingers on the legislative pulse in your state. We are looking for conscientious,
independent retailers, who are willing to stand up and take action when
threatening legislation appears on the horizon. To lend your support to
protect your livelihood, please contact the Executive Director, Paul Kushner
at 856-985-5446. E-mail: email@example.com.
can be on the NPA East Board of Directors? A: A candidate must be the
Designated Representative or otherwise designated owner, officer, director,
or employee of a voting member in good standing. A candidate for
President-Elect must have served at least one year as a Director prior
to the beginning of his or her term as President-Elect.
non-retailers join NPA East? A: See Question 2 above.
often is the NPA East Newsletter published? A: The NPA East Newsletter
is published quarterly. To view a recent issue please go to www.npaeast.org
and click on NEWSLETTERS, located at the top of the home page.
I contribute to the Newsletter? A: Yes! If you have an
idea for an article that would be of interest to other retailers, or if
you would like us to feature you and your store, please contact Executive
Director, Paul Kushner at 856-985-5446. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
is the relationship between the National organization and NPA East?
A: A: The primary difference between the two organizations is how
we approach advocacy. The National organization focuses on Capitol
Hill, and promotes our industry at the national level. NPA East promotes
advocacy at the local level, monitoring the legislative activities
at the state level
NPA East have a web site? A: Yes. www.npaeast.org
issues is NPA East currently working on? A: We are currently
working on a number of advocacy issues that we believe are critical to
our industry, including a labeling bill in New York State, that would require
all manufacturers who sell to retailers to add language to all natural
products stating that, among other requirements, whether or not the
product has been approved by the FDA. Since the FDA does not oversee
natural products, this labeling requirement makes no sense, and would cause
manufacturers unnecessary expense that could be passed on top retailers,
making it virtually impossible for them to compete in contiguous states
who are not required to make changes to their products' labels. For
a complete list of NPA East's current advocacy efforts, please go to www.npaeast.org
and click on the TAKE ACTION button at the top of the home page.
are also working with Expo East to create relevant content for independent
natural products retailers. We also encourage independent retailers to
offer suggestions directly to us for how to improve the show, and ensure
that New Hope receives your comments.
there any other organizations that do the same work as NPA East?
A: There are some organizations that get involved in some of the
same issues as NPA East. And we do, when appropriate, join with them to
advocate for our industry. However, NPA East is still the only regional
organization whose resources are dedicated exclusively to the needs of
natural products retailers and the businesses that support them.
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