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Minority Trade Group Waives Annual Dues

Martin Romjue
Posted on October 24, 2018
Strong donations from vendor sponsors, such as this $2,097 check from Chosen Payments given this month, have enabled the MLOA to waive membership dues. The Chosen Payments donation is the largest one the MLOA has received so far. (L to R: Darrell Anderson of MLOA, Jim Luff of Chosen, MLOA President Maurice Brewster, Reggie Tymus of MLOA, Sarah McKee of Chosen, and Travis Latham of MLOA. (photo courtesy of Chosen Payments)
Strong donations from vendor sponsors, such as this $2,097 check from Chosen Payments given this month, have enabled the MLOA to waive membership dues. The Chosen Payments donation is the largest one the MLOA has received so far. (L to R: Darrell Anderson of MLOA, Jim Luff of Chosen, MLOA President Maurice Brewster, Reggie Tymus of MLOA, Sarah McKee of Chosen, and Travis Latham of MLOA. (photo courtesy of Chosen Payments)
The Minority Limousine Operators of America has taken a bold step for boosting trade association involvement by waiving its annual membership fees for 2019.


Current and new members may still voluntarily "donate" the annual $295 dues for 2019, or give above or below that amount, but dues are no longer required to join and participate. An increase in association sponsorships from the industry businesses listed below made the pilot program possible.

"We had a board meeting and looked at what sponsors had brought in so far that provided really good incentives to our members," said Barbara Oliver, executive director of the MLOA and the publisher of Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) Magazine. "We said 'let's try a different model' and take the weight of the dues off our members."

As of today, the MLOA has 135 members. As a result of the waived membership fees, the group hopes to more than double its roster in 2019 to 300 members, said MLOA President Maurice Brewster. "In the presentation I gave, I said there is power and strength in numbers. We've had six or seven sponsors that have stuck with us for years. When we talked with them about increasing support, they said we need to see an increase in members. So we did some quick math and arrived at this solution."

The MLOA aims to become the largest luxury ground transportation association in the world outside of the National Limousine Association, Brewster said. "More membership numbers translate into deeper sponsorships. We would like to get more funds to educate our operators."

Since the MLOA formed in 2011, the group has served as a strong resource and advocate for ground transportation companies seeking minority and women-owned business certifications that enable them to land more contracts. The group works with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

"We'll be actively reaching out to other organziations for potential members in the minority and women- owned business space," Oliver said. "We help members get certifications under their belts so they are considered an asset to any corporation they may approach."

The industry vendors and businesses that support the MLOA and make the new membership model possible include:

  • Grech Motors
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Ford/Lincoln
  • Access Commercial Capital
  • Advantage Funding
  • Towne Livery
  • Motev
  • Chosen Payments
  • MUFG Union Bank
  • Mosaic Global Transportation
  • A National Limousine
  • MBE Magazine

Related Topics: Barbara Oliver, Chosen Payments, industry vendors, limo associations, Maurice Brewster, minority business contracting, Minority Limousine Operators of America, minority-owned businesses

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