Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

Do I need to be a retailer to join Michigan Retailers Association?

You do not need to be a retailer to belong to MRA. Although MRA provides services to thousands of retailers, we also serve many other companies that need services such as credit card processing, health and dental plans, and business insurances. All companies and organizations, including non-profits, can become members.

How do I display my MRA membership?

Members receive a door/window sticker identifying them as MRA members to the public.

How do I join MRA?

It’s simple. Join online or contact us at mra@retailers.com or 800.366.3699 to have a local business development representative stop by to talk with you.

How do I renew my MRA membership?

A renewal notice is mailed to you prior to your anniversary date. If you do not receive a renewal notice or have questions about renewing your membership, please contact us.

How do I update my information with MRA?

Call Accounting and Membership Assistant Francine Bushrey at 800.366.3699 or email mra@retailers.com.

Member Benefits

Do you offer scholarships to students?

MRA offers one of the best scholarships programs in Michigan and the nation. The families of members and the families of members’ employees are eligible annually for one-year scholarships of $1,500 (four-year colleges and universities) or $1,000 (two-year colleges and approved training schools and institutes). Scholarships are funded by Michigan Retailers Foundation. The annual competition runs from January 1 to April 1. Since 1999, the program has provided $434,500 in funding for 465 scholarships. The Foundation also enables contributors to establish a legacy scholarship in their name or the name of their business or another person.

How can my business gain recognition from other members?

Michigan Retailer, the official, bimonthly news publication of MRA, often writes feature stories about leading members. Members also receive special discounts for advertising their products and services in Michigan Retailer. MRA’s social media activities, along with the Buy Nearby campaign’s own blog and social media channels, also highlight interesting members. In addition, retailers who reach 100 years in business are presented with a Michigan Centennial Retailer plaque from MRA.

What do I get with my MRA membership?

Members receive access to a wide variety of value-added business services to help them succeed:

Members also receive personal customer service and assistance from experienced employees at MRA, not from a call-center or website operating on the other side of the world.

What other information does MRA provide?

In addition to Michigan Retailer, MRA provides ebulletins on credit card processing, legislative issues and Buy Nearby. We also conduct a monthly survey, in cooperation with the Federal Reserve, to gauge retail sales in Michigan and communicate those results through the Michigan Retail Index. MRA’s regional business development representatives and customer service representatives are a great source of information on a wide variety of business topics.

Advocacy

Does MRA have a political action committee?

MRA PAC is one of the oldest political action committees in Michigan. It accepts contributions from members in order to help elect retail- and business-friendly candidates.

Donate to the PAC online or contact Amy Drumm, Vice President, Government Affairs, at 800-366-3699 or adrumm@retailers.com for more information.

 

How can I get involved in supporting MRA on legislative issues?

Learn more about how you can take action on issues facing retailers in Michigan, or contact Amy Drumm, director of government affairs, at 800.366.3699 or adrumm@retailers.com.

How do I learn about legislative issues facing retailers in Michigan?

MRA has a daily presence in the state Capitol to keep our finger on the political pulse. We monitor all legislation and issues affecting retail and business, and we advocate aggressively to promote pro-business issues. MRA writes and distributes the Government Affairs News ebulletin on a regular basis to MRA members when the legislature is in session.