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AFCI Members: Please login to view FULL member benefits details

If you and your organization are involved in the global creative arts industry, membership in AFCI is essential for your success. Whether you’re just getting started and need the tools and connections to drive your business forward, or have a successful business that is looking to expand your presence, influence or access to information to take your organization to the next level of achievement, AFCI has what you need.

AFCI is your trusted resource for industry information, events and insights. It’s a network of thousands of companies, individuals and influencers at your fingertips. It’s the credibility that comes with becoming a member of your industry’s leading trade organization. AFCI membership will take your business from average to astonishing.
 
AFCI is pleased to offer the following member only benefits. Click on a benefit category to see the full description:
 
 
Free access to all members and deep discounts for exhibiting members at Creativation
 
Discounts on Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conferences throughout the year
iDiscover Chats - Online learning at your desktop
 
The Ultimate Craft Industry Buyers Guide
 
 
International and US AFCI Member Distributor Resource Book - access to current AFCI member distributors around the world
 
 
Vistage International - Network of more than 14,500 CEOs and executives with expert speaker workshops and individual coaching 
 
 
Access to private AFCI Facebook Groups 
 
 
SGS Consumer Testing Services – SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company
 
Insight Laboratories – Product safety testing, factory social audits and inspections, and product assessments
 
Regulation/Compliance Support – Growing Roots Engineering offers consulting services on compliance and product safety regulations
 
 
Staples – Discounts on printing and copying services
 
 
UPS Savings Program® – Save up to 34%* on shipping
 
 
Office Depot/OfficeMax – 10% off online prices, free shipping on all orders of $50 or more
 
LifeLock – Discounts with LifeLock, an industry-leader in identity theft protection
 
 
Intuit Quickbooks Self-Employed – 50% savings on tax prep software
 
 
 
TSYS Merchant Solutions – payment processing for business to business
 
 
ProPay – 24/7 payment processing; Smartphone, Tablet or PC
 
 
 
Craft Industry Today – the premier AFCI quarterly publication of the creative arts industries
 
 
Career Corner – Monthly career and human resources information from The Creative Network
  
 
Creative Scrapbooker Magazine - 20% discount on NEW 1-year and 2-year subscriptions to the magazine, 5% discount on wholesale orders for retail store members
 
 
AFCI Member Newsletter
 
 
Creativation Exhibitor Newsletter
 
Exclusive Health/Business Insurance Program – The buying power of 300 national associations pooled together.
 
 HotelStorm – Hotel discounts up to 55%.
 
Rental Car Discounts – Avis and Budget discount rentals
 
 
2016 Size of the Creative Arts Industry Report
 

AFCI Designer Section Trend Reports
 

VALID8D™ Design Preference Research Tool – Test up to 24 designs pre-launch via screened consumer panel by craft channel or by specific retailer
Constant Contact – Email marketing platform
 
 
Vital Imagery – Stock Photo images
 
Hootsuite – Social Media Dashboard Social Media Management Tools
 
 
 
Canada Only
 
 
Staples - You are now eligible to receive 20% off your full service printing needs at any Staples Copy & Print Centre
 
AFCI and Chase Paymentech are working together to deliver a tailored payment program for Canadian members to accept credit and debit cards. Let Chase Paymentech provide you with a free cost analysis.
 
 
Exclusive Insurance Program - Receive competitive rates for a series of insurance products from Health Insurance (Individual & Group), Critical Illness, Dental Insurance, Disability Income, Life Insurance, Visioncare Insurance, Long Term Care and Person Insurance for Businesses. 

 
All of these benefits and more can be accessed in the Members Only section of this site. Click here for information on how to join.