Advantages of Membership

Why Should You Join The HBA of NELA?

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A Solid Business Investment - benefits of three memberships in one! Local, State and National. When you join Home Builders Association of Northeast Louisiana, you automatically become a member of Louisiana Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders and enjoy the benefits of all three organizations. As a member of all three organizations, you receive HBA of NELA's Builder Times, LHBA's Louisiana Builder Magazine, and NHBA's Builder Magazine. Members also have access to the websites of the local, state and national associations.

Louisiana Home Builders SIF - One of the important benefits of membership in your HBA is your eligibility to participate in the Self Insurers Fund (SIF), Louisiana's premier workers compensation fund available only to HBA of NELA members. Many of our members report that the savings through the SIF program more than pay for their membership in the association.

Annual Home Expo - As a member of the association you are eligible to market your company's products and services by exhibiting at the annual Home Expo. For more than a quarter century the Home Expo has continued to grow in popularity among our members and the consumer public. The most recent Home Expo drew more than 5000 visitors (not including children) and more than 100 exhibitors. Many of our members say the Home Expo is their most effective way to reach their potential customers to showcase their services and products.

Continuing Education - Your HBA offers a regular schedule of speakers who are specialists in their fields, who convey important and timely seminars on topics aimed at improving your business. As a member you may receive Continuing Education credits at no charge to meet requirements for contractor license renewals.

Networking / Social Events - A schedule of exciting social events and networking opportunities sponsored by your HBA helps to bring balance to all the hard work of its members as they individually pursue their business ventures as well as the collective efforts of the association. Membership meetings provide the opportunity to network with fellow members. In addition, there are special events such as the Home Expo Preview Banquet, the annual crawfish boil, and the HBA golf tournament.

Legislative Involvement and Representation - Your HBA uses the collective voice and influence of its members to work effectively with local, state and national officials. Members become actively involved in such issues as the Ouachita Parish Land Use Commission, builder licensing requirements, voting records of legislators, and influencing the passage or defeat of legislation that affects our industry. The association and its members participate in the annual Legislative Day sponsored by the Louisiana Home Builders Association. The event provides the perfect environment to meet state legislators and voice your opinions about legislation before them, or to propose new legislation to improve our industry.

Education Resources - Your HBA office maintains a selection of reference books, trade publications, video programs, audio cassettes and DVD's on a range of subjects relative to the homebuilding industry. These HBA resources avoid the need for our members to spend hundreds of dollars for their own copy of these materials. Audio-visual equipment is also available at the HBA office. As a member you will receive discounts on materials ordered from the vast selection of reference materials at the HAHB Bookstore - "A world of information at your fingertips."

Online Resources - local, state and national Home Builder web sites with host of information to help you manage your business.

Membership Savings, Discounts, and Special Offers - Your membership in the Home Builders Association entitles you to numerous discount and savings programs. Earn an extra $500 rebate from GM, or special pricing with Office Depot.

General Liability Trust - HBA of NELA members may also qualify for saving on General Liability Insurance through the LHBA G/L Trust.

HBA of NELA Code of Ethics - All members of this association shall agree to observe and be bound by the following Code of Ethics:

Our membership is made up of:

Builder Members - State Licensed Residential & Commercial Contractors, and Remodelers with a Home Improvement Registration.

Associate Members - Associates make up a large portion of our membership and includes everyone else it takes to make the home building industry work such framers, electricians, plumbers, concrete finishers, material suppliers, mortgage lenders and insurance agencies.

Affiliate Members - Allows a single company to have multiple active members without paying for multiple full memberships.

Membership Benefits for Associates - Why Associates Join the HBA