Have you thought about becoming an MCAI member? Well, don't think about it. Just do it! Now, you may be asking, "What's in it for me?" Well, as chapter president—and a member who really values her MCAI membership—let me give you some examples of the benefits that you will enjoy, and show you the $ VALUE of joining MCAI:
For me, the intangibles are the most important- like growing your business through networking. I don't have to tell you how important the right connections can be to getting work! For many of us in the media, networking is our major form of marketing, so it's important to reach a large and diverse group of people. Because MCAI has chapters all around the US, (as well as Canada and New Zealand!) members are connected in various ways with other professionals from all over. And of course local networking revolves around our monthly meetings, which also provide valuable programs for your professional development.
Now let's turn to the hard dollars and cents. Our International website www.mca-i.org (use the pulldown menu under 'Benefits') lists close to 30 Member discounts broken into separate lists for Production and Business services! If you utilized all of them you'd be saving literally thousands of dollars a year! Practically speaking, however, most of us will only utilize a handful. But just a few of them can easily pay for your yearly membership. For instance, Bill Ennis reports that through his MCAI membership he saves $100 on his Production Hub subscription, alone. Utilizing the Antics 3D discount for MCAI will net you another $200 saving! Add to that Adobe's special spring 2009 offer for MCAI members and you'd save two to three times your annual $160 MCAI dues!
I want you to take a close look at the companies offering these special MCAI rates. These are all national companies with products and services you use in your business every week! Everything from editing software to shipping; media storage to production libraries, and a lot more!
One last benefit, which for some of us may be the most important of all-an AFFORDABLE MEDICAL PLAN. HealthFlex Linited Benefits Plan is a medical discount program that provides savings on Physician and Hospital Care, Prescriptions, Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, Mental Health and more. It's also a limited group accident and health indemnity insurance benefits for Daily Hospital Confinement, Doctor Visits, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Intensive Care, Accident Medical/Dental Expense, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Accident Disability. Check it out. It may be just what you need!
The International board is continuing to implement new member benefits all the time. For instance we're looking at ways to make our "Go To Meeting" internet webinar service available FREE to our members for use with clients. Look for that later this spring!
So the $160 you'll pay yearly to be part of MCAI is worth every penny and more. You'll also gain lasting friendships through mingling at local meetings, mixers and educational events. Now, can you afford NOT to be a member?
So give it some thought. Better yet, don't think about it. Just do it!
MCAI Chapter President