Valuable tools, resources, education and networking.
When you join NACE, you immediately become part of an extended family, there to help you with all your business and career needs. You immediately have a long list of member benefits at your fingertips—most only a mouse click or phone call away. From more than 40 local chapter meetings across the country to the premiere industry annual conference, from exclusive professional certification to monthly news and trends reports, you gain access to valuable tools and resources designed to move you to exactly where you want to go.
Outstanding Networking Opportunities: Let NACE help you build your professional network. National conferences and seminars, local chapter events, member directories, leadership training – these and more offer our members the chance to network with colleagues, experts, and professionals from their own and related industries.
Relevant Educational Services: You have the chance to attend national and local NACE seminars, often offered through local NACE chapters, and all designed to ensure you stay up to date with what’s going on in your industry.
More than 40 Chapters Nationwide: Your local NACE chapter gives you the chance to learn, share and grow with colleagues close to home. Chapter involvement offers peer-to-peer idea sharing, opportunities to build professional relationships, and the chance to hear the latest industry news—in addition to giving you access to nationally known speakers and high quality educational programs tailored to your interests and locale.
Experience! Annual Conference : The finest national showcase of industry trends in catering and event design! Each summer, nationally recognized speakers and catering and event professionals bring the year’s innovations in menu planning, food preparation, entertainment, event planning and décor to the NACE conference. It’s your opportunity to learn new skills, meet and network with colleagues, build your career, and gain the experience you need to advance in your profession.
Certified Professional Catering Executive Certification: Available to all hospitality professionals, the CPCE certification is the best in its class and members achieving this certification are consistently recognized as the best in the industry. Course materials, research and tests are kept on the industry’s cutting edge, so candidates are assured of receiving the most critical, up-to-date information available. As of May 2007, NACE has contracted with the University of Central Florida to revise this program. The newly-revised certification program will be based on seven core content areas, which will reflect practitioner competencies required in the industry, as well as strategic elements for the future. Details on the launch of this new program will be added to the website as they become available.
Online Membership Directory: Looking for colleagues in your state? Interested in partnering with compatible businesses? Hunting up old friends you met at that last NACE seminar? Search for members by chapter, state, or type of business using the on-line NACE Membership Directory (middle, right side of the page).
Consumer Directory: Reach more potential customers through the Consumer Directory, a web service allowing consumers to search on-line for caterers, florists, photographers, venues and other event suppliers. Only NACE members can list their services here (middle, right side of the page).
NACE e-News Network: Don’t miss an event! Stay up-to-date on the latest NACE events and news with our regular monthly e-news, featuring educational opportunities and industry news and events.
NACE Idea Swaps: NACE members have an all access pass to participate in these monthly members only webinars. Each month, you have the opportunity to discuss issues, share best practices and nationally network with colleagues in your area of interest including Small Business Owners, Event Planners, On-Premise Caterers, Off-Premise Caterers, etc. View the 2013 Idea Swap Schedule. Contact Alicia Crosby for details.
NACE Trends Report: NACE conducts member surveys to analyze industry trends and hot topics that help you stay ahead of the curve in your business. New NACE Trends Reports are sent to all members electronically on a regular basis.
Leadership Summits: Getting involved with NACE on any level can result in a big pay off. Chapter Presidents and other local NACE volunteer leaders are eligible to attend NACE Leadership Summits, annual training and educational sessions with the NACE Board of Directors.
Awards program: Be recognized among your peers! The NACE Awards Program honors the outstanding achievements and contributions, as well as the vision and inspiration, of our members at an annual gala and in industry publications.
catersource Magazine: NACE members will receive a complimentary subscription to catersource Magazine, published by Catersource Magazine, Conference & Tradeshow.
Career Opportunities: through the NACE Career Center, you can post your resume or find your next position to advance your career.
The NACE Advantage Program: companies with special business offers to NACE members are listed here. Companies such as Staples, Fed Ex Shipping, and Amazon.com have some excellent values.