Glossary of terms

This is a short glossary of terms used in associations, societies and federations.

Business Member Organization
An organization that represents the interests of a particular industry or group of businesses or organizations, including those that trade (see Trade Association) and do not trade. 

A large gathering of people, typically organized around a specific theme or topic. Conventions can be held for a variety of purposes, including education, networking, and promotion. Common types of conventions include: Professional or industry conventions, which bring together people who work in a particular field or industry to discuss issues related to their work, share ideas and best practices, and network with colleagues.

Individual Member Organization
An organization with members that are people, which represents and supports the interests of a particular group or specialism.

Professional Conference Organizer
A company that specializes in planning and organizing professional conferences and events, especailly for associations and societies. PCOs work with clients to plan every aspect of a conference or event, from setting the overall theme and goals, programme development, speaker acquisition, co-ordinating logistics, venue and supplier selection and management, registration, transportation, and catering. PCOs may also be responsible for managing budgets, negotiating contracts with vendors, and promoting the event to potential attendees.

Professional Society
A professional society is an organization that brings together individuals who work in a particular profession or have a common interest in a specific field. Professional societies provide a range of services and resources to their members, including networking opportunities, continuing education, access to industry research and information, and opportunities to participate in professional development activities. They may also advocate on behalf of their members and work to advance the interests of the profession as a whole. Professional societies often have codes of ethics that members are expected to follow, and may also offer certification or other forms of professional recognition to individuals who meet certain standards.

Trade Association
A trade association, also known as an industry trade group, is an organization that represents the interests of a particular industry or group of businesses. Trade associations typically focus on issues that are specific to the industry they represent, such as promoting the interests of their members, lobbying for favorable legislation and regulation, and providing education and training to members. Trade associations may also work to promote the industry as a whole, for example by conducting market research and promoting the benefits of products or services offered by member companies. In addition to serving as a source of information and support for their members, trade associations may also provide networking and business development opportunities. Trade associations can be found in virtually every industry, from agriculture to manufacturing to healthcare. They play an important role in the economy by promoting competition, innovation, and economic growth.