The ORA. Right Choice. Right Now.
Whether you're a restaurant owner/manager, a supplier of products and services to restaurants, or affiliated in some other way with the foodservice industry, the Ohio Restaurant Association provides you with the resources and information you need to sustain and grow your business.
Benefits of Restaurant Membership
Dual Membership. For ONE annual investment; you receive DUAL trade association memberships; one to the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and one to the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA). You get two teams at the state and national level offering representation, benefits, services, education and assistance to help you sustain and grow your business. To see the full offering of NRA benefits, please reference the ORA/NRA Dual Membership Brochure.
Cost Savings. Get best-in-class service and products from ORA's Strategic Partners. Your membership offers you an opportunity to save thousands of dollars annually on business services. When you sign up with our Strategic Partners, you get the highest quality products and services at competitive prices available only to ORA members. To see how members saved in 2012, CLICK HERE.
A Voice in Government. As an ORA member, you get the opportunity to make your voice heard at the local, state and federal levels. You are instantly a part of a grassroots advocacy network that ensures the foodservice industry and, more importantly, your business are effectively represented.
A Full-Time Team of 14 Focused on Your Needs. As an ORA member, you gain access to a full-time team of 14 dedicated to helping you navigate the day-to-day challenges of your business. In addition to the ORA’s staff, restaurant category members get another team at the national level through the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Whether it’s trying to tackle a Workers’ Compensation question; looking for a product or service connection with the ORA’s more than 250 purveyor members; seeking free legal advice for an employee issue; or making sure you are compliant with the latest laws and regulations, the ORA provides you with a full-time team focused on helping you grow and sustain your business.
Information Services. From legislative updates to late-breaking foodservice news and information, we also keep you updated on important events taking place around the state and across the country that affect Ohio's foodservice industry. À la Carte is the official publication for the Ohio foodservice industry and contains important industry news, legislation information, upcoming events and new trends within the industry. News Bites is an extra portion of e-news from a la Carte. The weekly e-newsletter keeps members updated on ORA and industry news, events and alerts between issues of a la Carte.
ORA Member Blender Events. Interact directly, face-to-face, with your peers at the ORA Member Blenders, the association's free networking events that are a direct result of the ORA's 2011 Member Satisfaction Survey. These quarterly events centering around different quadrants of Ohio allow industry leaders the opportunity to network with one another while learning about the ORA, pertinent industry information and much more.
Networking Opportunities. The North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show (NAPICS), is held in Columbus each year. As an ORA member you receive one free ticket for each $100 dues investment. The NRA offers perhaps the greatest networking opportunity at the annual NRA Show, where more than 100,000 restaurateurs and suppliers gather to see 2000-plus exhibitors. As a restaurant member, you receive two complimentary tickets to attend the show.
Restaurants, CLICK HERE to join the ORA now!
Benefits of Purveyor Membership
ORA Membership Directory. Online directory provides members'-only access to thousands of foodservice owners and operators, representing current information for all members.
ORA Buyers' Guide. One free standard listing in our online Buyers' Guide and the opportunity to purchase additional category listings and enhanced listings for greater visibility to our members. With more than 1,400 unique visitors each month, the ORA website drives a constant flow of traffic to your company's listing. For information on Buyers’ Guide additional category or enhanced listings CLICK HERE. To order your Buyers’ Guide additional category or enhanced listings now CLICK HERE.
ORA Purveyor Member Logo. Market your commitment to the restaurant industry! Purveyor members can obtain a "we support the foodservice industry" logo in a variety of formats, which you can include on your website, in your e-mail signature and on your marketing materials. To download the Purveyor member logo request form CLICK HERE.
ORA Member Blender Events. Interact directly, face-to-face, with restaurant members and foodservice professionals at the ORA Member Blenders, the association's free networking events that are a direct result of the ORA's 2011 Member Satisfaction Survey. These quarterly events centering around different quadrants of Ohio allow purveyors to meet restaurant members and potential customers, strengthen existing relationships with current customers and to network with your peers.
NAPICS Admission. Receive one ticket to the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show (NAPICS) for every $100 you spend in dues!
A Full-Time Team of 14 Focused on Your Needs. As an ORA member, you gain access to a full-time team of 14 dedicated to helping you navigate the day-to-day challenges of your business. Whether it’s connecting you to one of our restaurant category members; getting your product in front of decision-makers; or making sure you are compliant with the latest laws and regulations, the ORA provides you with a full-time team focused on helping you grow and sustain your purveyor business.