The most important benefit of NPA membership is the legislative and regulatory protection that it supports. NPA’s powerful lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., as well as powerful grassroots networks at national and regional levels work to protect and advance the common goals of the natural products industry. Click on the links below to learn more about our public policy and advocacy efforts and how you can get involved.
How do I develop a relationship with my elected official?
There are several ways to take the first step and become politically involved in the natural products industry. Don’t ignore opportunities to visit with your lawmaker at home. Arrange for them to visit your business while they are in town, or invite them to speak at a local industry event. Begin educating your lawmaker about issues by arranging for a town hall meeting of your customers and other business people to discuss topics important to your success as a businessperson. Offer to become an informational source for your legislator on industry issues. Finally, remember to give a little back by contributing time or financially to your legislator’s campaign.
When is my elected official visiting my hometown?
Most elected officials hold town hall meetings or other constituent gatherings when they visit their home districts; the schedules are on your legislator’s website. Even if you can’t attend a formal meeting with your elected official, most members of Congress have newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to keep constituents up to date on the member’s activities and schedule. Visit your official’s website and sign up for these services.
How can NPA help me to meet my officials?
NPA’s Natural Products Day is an effective way to connect with those who represent you in the U.S. Congress. This day-long event offers you an opportunity to not only meet and mingle with your representatives and their staff during formal meetings and an evening reception, you’ll also have plenty of time to network with your industry colleagues. So that you can relax and enjoy your day on Capitol Hill, NPA takes care of everything for you: breakfast before our lobbying workshops; transportation to Capitol Hill; pre-scheduled meetings with legislators; and an evening reception. And because we value your time and effort to travel to Washington, there is no cost to attend Natural Products Day.