Retail Observer

September 2023

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM SEPTEMBER 2023 32 A S S O C I AT I O N [ N E W S ] T he National Kitchen & Bath Association is the world's largest all-industry trade organization devoted to kitchen and bath design, remodeling, manufacturing, sales, and distribution. The association is dedicated to building a thriving K&B industry in North America and worldwide. It accomplishes these goals with its extensive chapter network, year-round educational programs, summits, industry-leading certifications, and insightful proprietary research – as well as through its ownership of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), North America's largest showcase of the latest K&B products, innovations and technologies coming to market. Joining the association automatically places members in one of NKBA's 71 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, at no additional charge. The chapters are run by volunteers who represent the industry at the local level and cultivate connections among the design, building, retail, and manufacturing communities. Here are five important ways NKBA helps members boost their businesses and enhance their professional skills. • Research Throughout its 60-year history, NKBA has conducted valuable industry research that is always available to members and is included in the cost of membership. In addition to its annual Kitchen & Bath Market Outlook and Design Trends reports, NKBA provides the Kitchen & Bath Market Index, a quarterly update on current conditions, challenges, and future prospects for the four key industry segments of design, retail, construction, and manufacturing – as well as in-depth reports on trending topics like smart home technology, outdoor kitchens, sustainability, designing for luxury spaces, and more. NKBA supplements its research with dedicated virtual and in-person summits featuring expert keynotes and panel discussions that explore the topics of released reports. The association's industry-leading research gives designers, business owners, and executives exclusive data and strategic insights that they can use to make informed decisions. • Community A major advantage of joining NKBA is becoming part of a greater K&B community. At the local chapter level, members have the opportunity to attend meetings, earn Continuing Education Credits to maintain certifications and credentials, and connect with other local professionals to expand their NKBA'S MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGE Joining the association gives unlimited access to groundbreaking research, and a myriad of professional development and networking opportunities and KBIS perks

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