NBB members finalize program plan, set direction for the industry

By NBB | February 28, 2012

Part of NBB members’ role is to define the long-term objectives and programs for their trade association. The No. 1 priority of the February membership meeting was to finalize the fiscal year (FY) 2013 program plan. The final vote on the program plan was an important step in setting the direction of the industry.


As a member organization, the entire process of developing the program plan is carried out by the membership. Through technical, marketing and regulatory meetings, the process identifies opportunities, as well as issues facing the industry. There are many ways NBB members can provide input to the program plan including: committee meetings, direct member input, an online survey, and formal webinar meetings. This wide variety of media allows for maximum member input, and includes many levels of participation.


One of the greatest values NBB provides to its membership is the ability to leverage dues dollars with outside funding. Of the $14 million program being implemented by NBB in FY 2012, $11 million came from nondues sources including the soybean checkoff program and federal agency grants. This is money above and beyond what members contribute in the form of dues dollars to carry out projects and programs vital to industry growth.


“Not only are members’ dues dollars leveraged at better than three to one, they ultimately decide how that money is spent for the betterment of the industry,” said NBB membership director Doug Whitehead. “The NBB Program Plan encompasses technical, marketing, legislative and regulatory priorities and is the key mechanism to make sure the NBB is serving its members in the best way possible.”


The planning process captures member input and is a way to share association priorities with members. NBB staff and contractors are constantly interacting with biodiesel companies, regulators, users, engine and vehicle companies and distributors to better understand the needs and priorities of the industry.

 
 
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