Professional Affiliations and Memberships


Professional Picture Framers Association

Serving the art and framing community worldwide, the Professional Picture Framers Association™ (PPFA®) encourages artisans to hone the time-honored skill of custom framing.

College Industry

IMG College Licensing Company

The IMG College Licensing Company is the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing company, assisting collegiate institutions in protecting, managing and developing their brands.

Fermata Partners

Fermata Partners is a consumer products licensing agency specializing in collegiate licensing. Fermata works with sport, lifestyle and college brands to formulate global strategies and deliver practical brand stewardship.

Learfield Licensing Partners

Learfield Sports acquired LRG and SMA in 2014. Their goal is to protect and promote brands using best practices and strategies in the industry. Learfield Licensing Partners provides full license management services to more than 560 colleges and universities.

Greek Licensing/Affinity Consultants

Serving the licensing and marketing needs of the largest and most famous Greek-lettered organizations since 1997, Affinity Consultants manages the commercial use of trademarks for nearly 100 of North America's leading fraternities, sororities, and honorary societies.


A global brand extension agency, Beanstalk works closely with the U.S. Army and other clients to unlock brand equity and create recognizable products and services around the globe.

National Association of College Stores

NACS serves as the industry’s leading resource and advocate that ensures the health and vitality of higher education retailers through education and research, the provision of critical programs and services, and the development of strategic partnerships that enable members to better serve their customers.

Independent College Bookstore Association

Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA) continues to be the only professional cooperative dedicated exclusively to institutional collegiate retail stores. ICBA provides the opportunity for owners and decision makers committed to putting their schools and students first and to openly and enthusiastically share operational improvements. ICBA does this by providing exceptional programs and services including buying programs, professional development and much more.

Barnes & Noble College

Barnes & Noble College is the country’s leading college campus store operator, with a diverse range of campus partners across the country, which includes public and private universities, community colleges and law, medical and specialty schools.

Campus Stores of New England

CSNE, is a trade association comprised of New England college and prep school bookstores and the vendors they do business with. CSNE strives to improve the profitability and professionalism of its members by offering resources that give our members a leg up in the industry.

College Stores Association of New York State

College Stores Association of New York State

CSANYS promotes high standards of business methods and ethics among members, faculties, and the students they serve. CSANYS holds regular educational conferences for the dissemination of information beneficial to bookstore managers and staffs. Through this organization they develop a more effective communication and working relationship with the publishers of books and the manufacturers and distributors of supplies to bring about a better understanding of mutual problems to the end that all parties may benefit.

Mid Atlantic College Stores

MACS accepts vendors as Associates on an individual basis so they may participate as equal members of this association. MACS is an Association whose mission is to Develop and Enhance the Professionalism and Profitability of its members.

Matthews Book Company

Over the past century, the company has diversified into three distinct affiliated companies: Matthews Medical and Scientific Books, Inc, a retail company that operates health science bookstores; Matthews Book Company, a wholesale distributor of medical information; and McCoy Health Science Supply, a distributor of medical equipment and supplies.

Texas Book Company

Texas Book has grown to the largest textbook wholesaler in the Southwest, working with thousands of college bookstores in all 50 states. With the Company's innovative leadership and trademark textbook expertise, Texas Book Company's College Bookstore Division has grown to be the leader in customer-focused campus bookstore management, and operates college bookstores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

289c Apparel

289c Apparel is a premier collegiate trademark management company established in 2011 to provide customized brand management for major colleges and universities merchandising.

Exemplar Associates

Exemplar Associates is a specialized trademark licensing and management firm that represents select, premium colleges and universities. These institutions value their white-glove services and hand-crafted original programming, and they share their goal and vision of purposeful, prosperous licensing programs.

Ethical and Social Responsibility

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau's (BBB) mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

Fair Labor Association

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions in factories around the world.

Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise

WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.

Women Business Owners

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned controlled, and operated by women in the United States.

The Women Presidents' Organization

The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. The members of the WPO take part in professionally-facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the 'genius out of the group' and accelerate the growth of their businesses.


Made in Connecticut - CONNSTEP

CONNSTEP is a non-profit organization that assists Connecticut manufacturers with valuable resources to help them grow, improve their profitability, and more! CONNSTEP created a program called Made in CT, which shows products and services of the Connecticut manufacturing industry.

View our Made in CT certificate.


NYC and Company

NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City. Their mission is to maximize travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, build economic prosperity and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world.