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netForum AMS Updates
This section will provide regular updates on the progress of the implementation of ACG’s new association management system (AMS), known as netForum.

Click Here
to review the netForum project punch list. ACG is actively working with Avectra on these items. This document will be updated as items are completed and added. 

Click Here for the netForum Terms of Use. This is a policy to be followed while using netForum. 

Every Thursday at 10:30am CST there will be an AMS update call. Dial in number is: 866-228-9900 and access code is: 7432632 Webinar Link: 
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/237978519

Click here to view the AMS update memo that was sent out on March 19th.  Click here to view the AMS update memo that was sent out on April 3. Additional memos will be sent every two weeks to provide the latest updates. 

Click here to register for the InterGrowth AMS training session that is happening on Tuesday April 29th from 2 to 4pm in the Aria's Blue Thorn Rom. 

AMS webinars have been hosted by ACG Global staff members and they have been recorded, you can download these webinars: here, here, here, here, and here!  We will add more links as we conduct more webinars.

Avectra's netForum offers a wide range of benefits including:
 
*ACG data is now all in one site. Prior to netForum Chapter Executives had to go to multiple sources to get a picture of member activity.
 
*More functions for Chapters to manage their members – password resets, dues renewal  payments, communication preferences and change member demographics.
 
*Chapters have more flexibility of  membership packages and promotional campaigns. For example, chapters have set-up Young Memberships in netForum which used to have to be managed manually.  
 
*Can track all correspondence the member has received.
 
*Tracking of prospect members. Now a completed picture of a non-members activity with ACG is available. 
 
*Improvement of membership join and renewal applications
 
*Robust query tool – chapters can pick from many types of custom report or build their own queries to track all sorts of member and event data points. 
 
*Event price attributes/options based on member qualifications. For example, can charge     PEGs a different event registration fee than advisors. 
 
*Event revenue summary reports

About Avectra:

Since 1995, Avectra has been translating the business needs of member-based organizations into market-leading association management software (AMS) - and innovating the industry along the way. Avectra's vision for innovative membership software stands for itself: netFORUM has been chosen by more associations than any other membership management solution since 2008. Avectra was the first AMS provider to design a completely Web-based membership management solution for the association industry, and the first to provide software exclusively for small to mid-size organizations. Their membership management tools integrate data, business processes and member services to engage members, increase non-dues revenue, make smarter business decisions - and get more done. Check out their website
here for more information!
InterGrowth 2014
InterGrowth® 2014. New Year. New City. An All-New InterGrowth.
April 28- May 1, 2014
Aria-Las Vegas, Nevada


With re imagined networking, connecting attendees with the people they want to meet remains the number one goal for InterGrowth. From connecting funding sources with buy opportunities at the Opening Reception on Monday night to dedicated to a completely revamped mobile app and semi-private meeting space in the InterGrowth Lounge – networking opportunities are around each corner of InterGrowth. For more information and to book your hotel click here.  Registration is now open!! Click here to register. 



The InterGrowth Chapter Challenge 2014 Winners are: 1st ACG NY, 2nd: ACG Chicago, and 3rd: ACG Connecticut. We thank all the participating chapters who helped to promote this year's InterGrowth!

 

ACG News And Announcements
ACG Chapters of the Year Announced
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, announced the winners of the annual "Chapter of the Year" honors. Awards are presented in three categories based on a chapter’s membership size. This year’s winners are:
  • ACG Indiana
  • ACG Los Angeles
  • ACG Wisconsin
"These chapters represent the best of the best in the past year," said Pam Hendrickson, COO, The Riverside Company and ACG chairman of the board. "But it’s not just about solid business performance, but also innovation, mentoring and supporting ACG’s mission of Driving Middle-Market Growth®."
 
President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement as a Chapter Executive

2014's winner is Christy Dancause of ACG Boston. Christy will be recognized at the Chapter Leaders Reception at InterGrowth in Las Vegas on the afternoon of Monday, April 28. She will also be recognized at the annual meeting of Chapter Executives in June in Chicago. 

Past recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement are:

•    2010 – Joan McCarthy, ACG Cleveland
•    2011 – Stephanie McAlaine, ACG Philadelphia
•    2012 – Debra Michie, ACG Raleigh Durham
•    2013 – Lou Halstead, ACG New York

Chapter Innovation Fund (CIF)
The goal of the Chapter Innovation Fund is to spur innovation, spark creativity and strengthen capacity to benefit all members of ACG. One-time grants of up to $10,000 per chapter will be awarded annually to seed or support new chapter-based initiatives. Grant applications will be reviewed twice a year: January and June.  

The 2013 first round winners of the fund are listed below. To view these applications please join the Chapter Innovation Fund online group (must be logged in to view).
       ACG Cleveland
       ACG Los Angeles
       ACG Seattle

On December 10th a final report webinar was conducted for the January 2013 winners (listed above). The final report can be viewed here and the webinar can be viewed here

Chapter Collateral Store
ACG Global is proud to announce the opening of the ACG Chapter Collateral Store. Via this store, all chapter executives will have the opportunity to purchase and print personalized versions of the following: ACG membership brochure, ACG membership brochure envelopes, ACG business cards, ACG letterhead, ACG envelopes (#10), Thank You Cards and envelopes. To access the ACG Chapter Store, click here. Chapter executives were issued their usernames and passwords in an e-mail on February 22nd. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Contact Kerry Lennon: klennon@acg.org.
Chapter Staff Development Matching Grant

ACG recognizes the importance of professional development. ACG will offer matching funds of up to $750 per year, per applicant to support professional development for chapter executives and staff. Development funds are limited to CAE prep, association management education and membership in ASAE or association management allied society. Total funding for this effort is $15,000 for fiscal year 2013 and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until the fund is used.

A great way to utilize the Professional Development Fund is by sitting for the CAE exam. A link to the exam content can be found here.

Consulting Services
A consulting service gives chapters the opportunity to utilize the experience and expertise of the staff on a complimentary basis. Services include board training, membership recruitment planning, strategic planning and financial systems review. 

ACG Cup

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Click here for information on the ACG Cup Program.

Leadership Call Schedule

All Calls Take Place at 10am Central

May 13, 2014-Membership
June 10, 2014-Chapter President’s
July 8, 2014- Corporate
August 12, 2014- Programs
September 9, 2014- Membership
October 14, 2014-Public Policy
November 11, 2014-Corporate
December 9, 2014- Programs
January 22, 2014-Public Policy
February 26, 2014- Membership
March 26, 2014- ACG Capital Connections
April 28, 2014–Leadership Meeting at InterGrowth
May 28, 2014- Chapter Innovation Fund
June 25, 2014- ACG Capital Connections
July 23, 2014- Public Policy
August 27, 2014-Women’s Program
September 24, 2014- Young ACG
October 22, 2014- ACG Capital Connections
November 26, 2014- Young ACG
December 17, 2014-Chapter Innovation Fund

*All Calls Are Recorded*

Dial In Number: 1-866-228-9900
International: 719-359-4032

Association Related Articles


Give Members a Reason to Give You Their Data - Associations Now article. 

ACG Global Webinars

Investing in Latin America Post Crisis and Beyond: In partnership with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Thursday, April 17, 2014  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to register. 

Leadership Call Replay Info
Latest Call:
The leadership call that took place on Tuesday April 8th on the topic of Public Policy was recorded. If you missed the call or wish to listen again you may do so by dialing 888-203-1112 OR (719) 457-0820. The replay passcode is: 175469384. To view the presentation from the call's webinar
click here

Older Call:

The leadership call that took place on Tuesday March 11th on the topic of Young ACG Programs was recorded. If you missed the call or wish to listen again you may do so by dialing 888-203-1112 OR (719) 457-0820. The replay passcode is: 183457305.



Middle Market Growth-Digital Publication
Public Policy News
ACG Western Michigan Meets with Local Rep
On November 6, 2013 ACG Western Michigan board members met with local Rep. Bill Huizenga to showcase the importance of middle-market companies in his district. Thanks to ADAC Automotive for hosting the meeting. Check out the MLive article
here!



ACG Releases First Ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda"
ACG has released its first ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda," a statement of the organization’s official position on relevant policy topics directly affecting its members. ACG members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. To download a full copy of the agenda, click here.
 
Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy
At ACG’s Middle-Market Growth Public Policy Summit, held in Washington, D.C., ACG unveiled Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy, a book that graphically depicts data from GrowthEconomy.org for each congressional district. The data included in Driving Growth are available for all chapters to use at their events, in their communications to members and in external media outreach. For creative files or personalized local data, please reach out to the ACG marketing team at marketing@acg.org. Proper attribution must be included for all usage.  To download a copy of the PDF, click hereTo download a copy of the press release, click here.  For a localized copy of the press release, email marketing@acg.org.
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