|Reasons To Join CFSA|
Joining CFSA puts you on a team of high-quality funeral suppliers who constantly strive for higher performance standards and greater financial returns. Investing in this community gives you direct benefits and strengthens the funeral supply industry by supporting CFSA's ability to enhance and expand its delivery of value to suppliers.
Download CFSA's printable membership brochure, The CFSA Community: Benefits of Belonging.
FELLOWSHIP & NETWORKING
CFSA offers opportunities to meet with peers and associates to promote
your company and develop a network of long lasting business
relationships. The annual Winter Seminar provides the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, see old friends, and meet new ones while you enjoy industry educational programming in a resort setting. The Fall Conference & Trade Show, held in early November, draws 300 members of the funeral supply industry to Indianapolis. It is the buy-sell opportunity of the year for the funeral supply industry. Funeral supply manufacturers and distributors display their latest goods and services. In addition to tabletop exhibits, the Fall Conference presents the latest in topical education and the opportunity for you to network with your colleagues and suppliers.
CFSA membership includes (without additional fees) important tools offered exclusively to members that can help them avoid bad debt. CFSA compiles a record of payment histories of over 20,000 funeral homes through its Funeral Home Credit Guide program, available online 24/7. Based on data reported by CFSA member participants, this service provides suppliers with important information about their current and potential customers. This program alone can save your dues investment by eliminating devastating accounts receivable write-offs. Part of the Credit Guide program the Past Due Survey program, provides information on funeral homes with past due accounts.
CFSA also offers members discounted rates on professional debt collection services provided by our CFSA-sponsored collection agency, CST Company. CFSA members receive a 20-25% discount on collection fees. Further, members receive the Monthly Bulletin of Accounts Placed for Collection, which provides information on funeral home accounts that have been placed for collection through CST Company.
CFSA's monthly CFSA Newsletter, available in print and electronic format, keeps members informed about important CFSA, member, and industrynews, including: CFSA events and conferences, CFSA member resources, news and highlights from CFSA member companies, industry trends and statistics, laws and regulations, information from industry experts, and more. Members also gain access to CFSA's website, www.cfsaa.org, with features including:
CFSA plays a unique role in providing data to funeral supply industry members that they cannot obtain on their own. This trend analysis can be exceedingly valuable in making strategic and tactical business decisions. Regularly published reports include:
CFSA also offers the online Casket Sales Statistics program, which provides participating member companies with customized sales, market share, and product mix data.
Nowhere else will you find educational
programming tailored directly to the business needs and perspective of suppliers. CFSA provides important educational opportunities as part of its annual events, the Fall Conference & Trade Show and Winter Seminar. Speakers have included the likes of industry experts Alan Creedy and Todd Van Beck, and topics have ranged from sales and marketing to consumer research trends and change management. Speaker handouts are archived in the members-only section of CFSA's website.
VISIBILITY AND RECOGNITION
Increased visibility for your company means increased potential for sales. CFSA can help put your company in front of potential customers and supply partners. All new members receive recognition in the CFSA Newsletter upon joining, and CFSA offers ongoing opportunities for publication of press releases and company news. Articles can be submitted at any time through CFSA's website. All members are given placement in CFSA's printed and online versions of the Membership Directory, which includes a company description and product listing. Further, all members are listed in the "Find A Supplier" feature of the CFSA website, enabling members of the public to find y our company by name, product, and a variety of other searchable categories.
CFSA also offers opportunities for recognition through it's event sponsorship program. Sponsors are showcased in print and electronic event marketing materials, promoted in issues of CFSA Newsletter prior to the event, and thanked via on-site signage and announcements. Sponsors are also regularly featured as Sponsor of the Month in the CFSA Newsletter and on the CFSA website.