I am a firm believer that every professional should belong to an association with others in the same profession. In the case of small business owners or managers in New England, the most useful association is SBANE. My experience with SBANE, as the former president of Beckwood Services, Inc., included three major benefits to me and my company. First, the SBANE programs and other members provided me with a forum for new ideas and contacts. Second, the SBANE programming includes an excellent venue to be informed of the latest regulations that need compliance. Third, SBANE provided us with the introduction and education to become a supplier to Raytheon, now a substantial customer of Beckwood’s. SBANE is a dynamic organization with helpful and friendly members offering programs that are useful to all small business leaders.