Schools rely on relationships with private sector businesses to provide: advisory services, technology tools, and support to the school workforce. MASPA's role is to help schools form positive, trusting, and effective vendor relationships in the spirit of fiscal responsibility and improved learning outcomes for all students.
As a business providing goods and services to schools, you make a direct impact on student outcomes. Consider reinforcing that impact by applying to become an active Business member of the MASPA and State Negotiators groups. Business Membership is an excellent way for your organization to demonstrate your trustworthiness, positive reputation, and recognition as a leader in working with schools.
Quick Facts from the last member year
- 15 events attended by business members. Every month offers at least one opportunity.
- 111 school professionals participate in MASPA events - 96 participate in State Negotiators events.
- 80 participating school districts
- 86 average attendees to MASPA conferences; 36 to State Negotiators' meetings
- Member titles: Director 68 Supervisor/Manager 20 Coordinator 14 Specialist 9 Generalist 8 Assistant 2
MASPA and the State Negotiators group have a long history of effective relationships with the community of businesses that
serve and support schools in Minnesota.
The MASPA Board of Directors has developed three levels of Business Membership with the goals of:
- Connecting vetted businesses with school members to collaborate and solve pressing and complex challenges.
- Strengthening the financial security to the association by reducing dependency on school membership dues.
- Enhancing school member benefits by way of strategic business memberships.
Unlike many professional organizations, MASPA does not make space for exhibition booths, signage, or other swag at our events. Instead, Business Members are given a head start in developing and maintaining long term relationships with school members. Our regularly-ocurring events provide you with repeated visibility, exposure, and opportunities network with top-level school decision-makers. And above all, it shows your commitment to provide quality services in Minnesota
Business Membership Levels
- The Basic Business Membership is event focused and provides a bundled marketing package that integrates amongst MASPA's primary "assets" (website, membership, events, etc.) for one price.
- $550 / year
- Registration and meal for one (1) at each event (view schedule of events)
- Profile in Business Member gallery
- Recognition in conference handouts
- Standard Business membership expands the Basic level with an increased commitment, and provides for increased visibility. Representatives can take advantage of a wealth of networking opportunities, to build relationships with current and future clients.
- $1,650 / year
- All benefits of Basic membership
- Three (3) registrations and meals for each event
- Priority ranking in the Business Gallery
- Priority ranking in conference handouts
- Underwriter recognition in three (3) all-member event invitations
- Businesses supporting MASPA at the highest level play a crucial role in providing the resources necessary to help school HR professionals achieve their educational mission of delivering a high-quality education to all students Minnesota. In appreciation of this support, MASPA provides Premier Business Members with a wide range of benefits.
- $3,300 + / year
- All benefits of Standard membership
- Recognition as Premier Business Member in conference handouts and on mnaspa.org
- Letter of introduction from MASPA leadership
- Access to Member database
- Additional, agreed-to-benefits (examples)
Benefits of Business Membership
- Event Attendance
MASPA holds three conferences each member year - October, January, and May - and State Negotiators
holds monthly meetings. These events provide professional development, growth, and networking opportunities
for school members, and a chance for business members to connect and learn.
Business members at each level are permitted a number of attendees at no fee. Additional reps may attend at the standard event fee, subject to Board approval.
The settlements portion of State Negotiators' meetings is restricted to just school members and attorneys that represent school management in negotiations. Others are asked to leave to preserve the confidentiality of the negotiations process.
- Event Recognition
- Standard and Premier Business members will be verbally recognized in the business meeting portion of each of the three MASPA conferences. All Business members are recognized in MASPA conference program.
- Web Presence
- Business member profiles will appear in the mnaspa.org Business Gallery. Member profiles are rich with information, including the business name, logo, banner image (or video), facts about the work done with in Minnesota schools, testimonials, and a narrative section for the business' offerings. Profile also include specific contact listings. View an existing Business Partner profile.
- Additional, Agreed-To Benefits
Premier Business members demonstrate the support of MASPA and Minnesota public schools through their financial commitments.
In turn, the membership design recognizes the unique value proposition of each partner organization through a flexible
set of offerrings that are co-created with MASPA leadership. Every Premier Business member has the opportunity to develop
a set of agreed-to benefits that best fit their strategic goals. Some examples of agreed-to benefits include:
- Special-Interest Workshops
- MASPA supports geographically and topically organized district cohorts through periodic workshops. Agreement may be made for MASPA to market workshops with exclusive sponsorship of featured presentations by a Business member.
- Premier Business members have the opportunity to produce and deliver webinars to school members on relevant and timely topics. Webinars are coordinated, marketed, and co-hosted by MASPA leadership - offering a focused and invested audience. View completed and upcoming webinars.
- Premier Business members will have the opportunity to provide educational content for periodic email newsletters.
- Market Study
- Design and facilitation by MASPA leadership of market survey and analysis on topics germane to school membership.
Business Memberships require a one year commitment for the membership year beginning September 1, ending August 31. Membership is subject to approval by the MASPA Board of Directors. The Board will evaluate memberships using a number of factors, including:
- Experience in the marketplace and evaluation of other strategic relationships the member may hold.
- Business profile and model, including financial strength (Dunn and Bradstreet, S&P, etc.).
- Products and services provided (must be a leader in their area).
- The organization's benefit to public education.
- The organization's reputation within the school membership.
All business memberships are expected to comply with the following rules and conditions:
- Not aggressively solicit school members at events.
- Comply with all "prohibition of gift" policies of member schools and the state of Minnesota.
- Align with MASPA's Code of Ethics and Professional Standards.
- All members will be subject to a peer review process in the event a complaint is filed.
- Failure of the business member will not place MASPA's reputation or brand at risk.