Benefits of Membership in the MCTA
Interaction among MCTA members creates the opportunity to gain knowledge, share experiences, and heighten business relationships. Networking can supplement your business financially and assist you in customer satisfaction. The annual MCTA membership director will assist you.
MCTA companies throughout Minnesota are afforded benefits and support that only a well established and seasoned Association can provide, and that individual companies acting alone cannot attain. There is strength in numbers.
Through MCTA sponsored programs, events, and presentations; invaluable information can be gained on an ongoing basis that improves what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Membership Certificates and Cards are issued annually.
Industry related businesses are welcome to become active MCTA Associate Members for the mutual benefit of their companies and association members. Direct support with state-of–the-art products and services provide a great resource to benefit all members.
The MCTA has negotiated special programs and discounts on behalf of members, with industry related businesses that can substantially reduce operation costs. These discounts alone are worth the cost of MCTA membership dues. Additional discounts are being sourced.
NATIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION (NLA)
The MCTA membership in the NLA affords additional discounts that are offered periodically, although individual company membership is recommended to receive full advantage of all that Association has to offer. The NLA is actively working to save you time and money by actively addressing national issues that impact your ability to operate a successful business. The NLA’s full time lobbyist is on Capital Hill, yet is also available to help fight for local and regional issues. The success of the H.R. 2546 interstate Commerce Legislation demonstrates the NLA’s ability and commitment to fighting for issues that directly affect our industry and our companies.
The MCTA has a working relationship with Minneapolis City Officials for information exchanges and police cooperation, giving members a competitive edge on street closings, special limousine parking for events, and identification to Officers to do business within Mpls without undue restrictions.
The MCTA Legislative Committee tracks happenings at the Statehouse so you will know immediately about issues of concern and can react. The Airport Committee does a parallel effort with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The MCTA gives you a proactive voice in the ground transportation arena.
MCTA members are annually supplied window stickers for each vehicle. These labels provide quick identification to Officials and the general public that you are a MCTA member and subscribe to the highest standards in the transportation industry. The public is becoming increasingly aware of our “Quality Seal” and look for it on the vehicles they hire.
Members can benefit from MCTA participation in charitable events and functions for civic pride and goodwill of people both urban and rural. The MCTA has contributed to many well known charitable institutions, foundations, and causes for many years including: M.A.D.D., D.A.R.E., Children’s Hospitals, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, Joseph’s Coat, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America and others.
Because the Mpls Park Board owns all Parkway roads, the Park Police have a long-standing ordinance that requires every commercial vehicle transferring the system to purchase a $300.00 annual Parkway Permit. The MCTA has negotiated a special and exclusive Association fee, and will also reimburse members for that fee, which results in a virtual no-cost Permit. A membership in the MCTA may save your company a fine of up to $700.00.
Seminars, training videos, cassette tapes, conventions, shows, quarterly meetings, newsletters, and special events are all available to MCTA members to help educate and keep both the new and established companies on the cutting edge of the chauffeured transportation industry. The MCTA’s Chauffeur Challenge has been held to test chauffeurs in a fun event that challenges their professional abilities and awards the best with cash prizes.
The MCTA is exploring a mentoring program for start-up companies and/or new members, that would offer advice and the expertise of veteran companies or established members, while benefiting both by raising the abilities and standards for the entire industry. Volunteers for this program are needed to establish viable system and implement necessary procedures.
MCTA members are invited to advertise in the official newsletter publication, and on the website at www.mncta.com. Vehicles or items for sale or purchase can be listed the Want Ad sections. MCTA members have been listed in the Twin Cities Bridal Association’s Bench & Bar publications. Newspaper advertising for Light Tours MCTA members is published during the Holiday season, and advertising on radio K102 has been provided in co9njunction with the Charity Limo Open Golf Tournament. Other media sources for effective and affordable MCTA advertising are under consideration. The NLA also offers advertising possibilities on a national and even international scope.
MCTA membership provides you with the opportunity to know about and attend conventions and product shows, including the LCT/NLA Show, the Limo Digest Show, and the BusCon Expo, and others. There are Presidential Summits, Leadership Summits, and seminars available to offer insights in the industry, information and ideas to positively impact your profitability and improve your business. Information is always available for those unable to attend. The LCT Show Scholarship Program provides free admittance for an MCTA member, chosen form a submitted entry who has never attended the yearly event in Las Vegas.