Professional and trade associations represent the interests of specific industries and are important disseminators of information to the public via press releases, blog posts, research reports, etc.. Chambers of Commerce are local networks whose primary function is to support business in a particular geographic region. As IABEP members, both of these trade partners collaborate with industry and academia, provide local expertise and promote economic growth in their respective sectors and communities.
Trade partners may participate in a number of public relations activities (e.g. advertising, education, publishing, etc.) and may also host conferences, stage networking events, offer classes and other training/reference materials, and thus have much to contribute to IABEP.