Benefits for Associate Members

Did you know? The Toy Industry Association can be a valuable resource for you and your business.  Whether you want to promote your company to the industry, receive information on the new safety regulations or take advantage of the discounts on exhibit space or business insurance, TIA can help. 

Guidance on Toy Safety
Manufacturer Contacts and Company Promotion
Trade Show Discounts
Networking Forums
Comprehensive Business Insurance
Increased Lobbying Efforts
Your Opinion Matters

Guidance on Toy Safety

Safety in toys continues to be an important issue that the industry faces on a daily basis.  TIA works diligently to maintain the industry’s credibility and reputation on safety issues, and to assure that emerging regulations are practical, sensible and effective.  Our expert staff ensures that members stay informed of all the latest toy safety developments with e-updates delivered straight to their inbox along with a detailed webinar series that outlines the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and how to comply.  Members have the opportunity to attend these webinars free of charge and receive expert insight and ideas for implementing and complying with the provisions of the CPSIA.  Upcoming webinars will focus on testing and certification, activity related to warning labels in advertising and lead and phthalates requirements.  TIA’s new Toy Safety Certification ProgramSM also serves as a member tool that addresses safety in toys before they enter the supply chain. For more information, click here.

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Manufacturer Contacts and Company Promotion

The online TIA Member Directory is available exclusively to members 24/7 with real time information.  This searchable tool assists members in making new industry contacts and connecting with prospective customers.  Inventors/Designers and Manufacturer Representatives are also listed in our online Resource Directory.  TIA Associate Members are automatically listed for free, but non-members do have the opportunity include their contact information for a fee of $150.

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Trade Show Discounts

Members of TIA receive exclusive benefits at trade events such as Fall Toy Preview and Toy Fair.  Discount rates and priority points on exhibit space are available to members only as well as a 30% discount on material handling costs for advance crated or skidded shipments at Toy Fair.  TIA members can also access the members-only business center and receive discounts on advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

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Networking Forums

TIA hosts a variety of events that help members build industry relationships and bring exposure to their business.  Fall Toy Preview and the member-exclusive ToyCon each boasts a networking reception where attendees are sure to make valuable industry connections.  The Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) is another wonderful event that honors the best toys developed by the international toy industry for North American consumers.  TOTY, hosted on the first night of Toy Fair, is a great place to meet with industry executives and celebrate each other’s achievements.

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Comprehensive Business Insurance

TIA has partnered with HUB International to offer members comprehensive insurance packages for their business.  HUB offers coverage including professional liability insurance and employee health programs to companies with 5 or more employees. HUB’s consultative approach and competitive prices has supported risk management strategies and business growth of TIA members for many years.

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Increased Lobbying Efforts

The TIA effectively represents the toy industry on a vast array of legislative and regulatory issues in the U.S. and around the globe.  Our Government Affairs team has been able to accomplish a number of legislative proposals including federal preemption of proliferating state lead and phthalate standards; exemption of inaccessible parts and electronics from new lead standards; development of an electronic solution for certification requirements; and exemption for inventory from phthalate standard.  The team is continuously working to assure that emerging regulations for implementing new federal laws are practical and sensible as well as effective.

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Your Opinion Matters

Associate Members have the opportunity to make a difference and be heard by serving on the Associate Member Council or potentially on the TIA Board of Directors.  

The Toy Industry Association website is a wonderful resource providing extensive information, tools, research and news to all who visit.  Members have exclusive access to protected areas on the site.

If you have any questions about TIA, please contact Bernadette Boyle, Membership Manager at 646-454-5585. Join today!

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