More Benefits

Top Reasons to Join

  1. Legislative Representation

    Protection of Maine’s retailers before state lawmakers is RAM’s primary function. When you join, you hire a full-time, year-round lobbying team that develops legislation, provides expert testimony at legislative hearings, and works with government agencies to ensure fair treatment of your business. When state or federal laws are enacted, the Retail Association of Maine will show you how to comply with new requirements or take advantage of changes in tax statutes. The Retail Association of Maine’s legislative efforts save retailers millions of hard-earned dollars.
  2. Regulatory Representation

    State boards, agencies and commissions regularly meet on issues and promulgate rulemaking that impact your operations. The  Retail Association of Maine monitors these meetings, provides timely feedback to members, and testimony to these entities to help make sure your voice is heard.
  3. Communications

    The Retail Association of Maine, created by retailers for retailers, keeps its members on top of business issues and trends through direct and frequent communications from staff, weekly legislative email updates, action alerts and a quarterly newsletter! We also organize a variety of events to help your network and grow your business.
  4. Increased Profits & Savings

    The Retail Association of Maine researches and negotiates group-buying discounts on services that you may not be able to negotiate as an individual retailer, such as our 401K program, a low-cost workers’ compensation trust program (for qualified members), energy discounts for commercial and residential and discounts on credit card processing, shipping costs and much more!
  5. Full-Time Presence

    Located in downtown Augusta, only a block away from the State Capitol, the Retail Association of Maine has a powerful and full-time presence before our state's lawmakers.
  6. More Experience

    No other state business association is more qualified or experienced to serve you because no other group has all types of retailers as its #1 priority. Protecting Maine retailers since 1933, we know how to get things done.
  7. Complimentary Use of Conference Facilities

    Got a meeting but no place to meet? Members can take advantage of our Augusta conference room for a meeting of up to 15 people for 2 hours per month. Conference table, chairs, podium, parking and high-speed wireless included. Contact us to book the space.
  8. Immediate Answers

    We can help you understand the ever-changing laws and regulations that affect your business. When you have a problem with state government, we handle the bureaucratic red tape. Whether the question is about taxes, alcohol sales, gift cards, inspections, health care, transportation issues, or anything else, we are happy to call any government agency or department and ask your questions for you anonymously.
  9. Strength in Numbers

    As a member, you have joined hundreds of other businesses providing the strength to bring about change. Maine's retailers employ approximately 90,000 Mainers and the larger we get, the more influence we can exert to bring about the necessary laws that will help your business succeed.
  10. Personal Service You Expect & Deserve

    The Retail Association of Maine strives to provide our members the same courteous and prompt service you extend to your own customers. Our members are our customers: we work for you!