Membership Benefits

The HBA of F-M offers a variety of services and benefits to its members. By participating in the association, members can enhance their business opportunities and gain a competitive edge by staying exposed to the most current information and issues. Being involved in HBA activities is the key to getting the most from membership.

Government Relations

Through its local, state, and national lobbying efforts, the HBA of F-M is a voice for the home building industry. The HBA's efforts focus on the promotion of homeownership and fighting legislation that would result in cost increases to the residential buyer. Members: Read more in the Members Only menu item.

Education

The HBA of F-M provides the opportunity to further its members' education through several seminars and educational opportunities. Many of these seminars offer credits to builders who need to meet state licensing requirements. Notice of these seminars is published in our monthly newsletter, the Plains Builder. They are also announced at the monthly General Membership Meetings. Members receive discounted rates for classes offered by the HBA.

Some of the various topics covered by these seminars are: marketing, technical, legislative, legal, tax, management, office, building codes, computers, health and safety.

Networking

Fun HBA events such as its Golf Outing in June and monthly General Membership Meetings are great opportunities to meet new people and build or begin business relationships. Members also have the opportunity to involve themselves with the HBA's committees, Remodelers Council or Home Builders Care Foundation. Click here if you are interested in signing up for a committee.

General Membership Meetings (GMMs) are offered each month September through May in the evening. Each meeting consists of fun and games, industry information, association business and an opportunity to socialize with your peers. The first general membership meeting you attend as a member is "on the house."

Three Memberships in One!

Upon becoming a member of the HBA of F-M, you also hold membership with the North Dakota Association of Builders (NDAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Both of these entities can provide you with a wealth of information.

On the state level, NDAB works hard in Bismarck to support legislation across the state that is favorable to the building industry; in addition, NDAB works with North Dakota's national representatives. The state association also offers several additional benefits such as education and leadership opportunities.

On the national level, NAHB's staff of technical experts examines and monitors the marketplace for members. They study economic, demographic, technological, legislative and regulatory issues, as well as consumer trends that will have an impact on the building industry and your business. NAHB has established and continues to provide a strong voice for members and the building industry, concerning legislative issues. NAHB's professional staff has the answers, whether members are dealing with day-to-day problems or complex issues that could have a major impact on their businesses.

Membership Discounts

Members are eligible to receive discounts at a number of national companies including Lowe's, General Motors, FedEx and Verizon Wireless.

Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities

Members can advertise to companies they want to do business with: utilize the Plains Builder (member magazine), Membership Directory, show tabloids, golf outing sponsorships and General Membership Meeting tabletop sponsorships.

Members receive discounted rates for these services. Most opportunities are member-exclusive.

Promotional Shows

Market your product and/or service to quality prospects. Members receive discounted rates on the Red River Valley Home and Garden Show and the Fall Home Show. Builders can place an entry in the annual Parade of Homes. Associates can participate in the supplier discount program for builders whose homes are displayed in the Parade.

Contractors Insurance

Take advantage of this special program designed for HBA members and endorsed by the local and state associations. Members can insure their property, liability, auto, builder's risk, tools, and equipment with State Auto Insurance. This competitively priced package provides broad protection and an opportunity to earn dividends based on the loss experience of member participants. Contact your local State Auto agent. If you need assistance locating a local agent you may contact State Auto Mutual Insurance Company at (800) 444-9950 or visit its website at www.stateauto.com.

Health Insurance Plan

The F-M Home Builders Health Plan & Trust is a self-funded, nonprofit health insurance program available to qualified members. The program offers excellent competitive plans and consistent rate stabilization. Rates are based on the health trust's own claims experience. F-M Home Builders Health Plan & Trust is designed for HBA members to maximize benefits and keep rates affordable. The uniqueness of the plan is the provider-based premiums, allowing you and your employees to review and select the plan and provider that meets your company's budget. If you would like more information, please contact Allison Weckman at the HBA: (701) 232-5846.

Employee Assistance Program Consortium

HBA of F-M and The Village Business Institute offer an affordable Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Consortium that is available for all member companies, no matter their size. The EAP services include confidential, professional guidance for relationship problems, emotional health, drug and alcohol issues, workplace concerns, as well as financial and legal counseling. Today, at least 10 to 20 percent of any workforce faces personal problems; smart employers know that personal problems can reduce an employee’s work performance up to 50 percent. Return on investment research conducted by VBI has shown our EAP services reduced absenteeism by 39 percent just 30 days post EAP counseling. Contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846.

Flexible Benefits Plan

A flex plan, allowing employees to pay their portion of health insurance premiums and unreimbursed medical and daycare expenses on a pre-tax basis, is available to your company at a discount through Discovery Benefits. For more information:

Employer can contact Michelle Larson at (701) 239-6213 or by email at mlarson@discoverybenefits.com.

Participants can contact custom service toll-free at (866) 451-3399 or by email at customerservice@discoverybenefits.com.

Office Building and Services

The HBA office building was built by the members for the members. The facility is here for you!

Mailing Labels... The HBA membership list is a valuable and convenient source of information. Mailing labels are available for the entire membership ($40) or by membership division: Builder ($15) or Associate ($25). Labels can be ordered by zip code, city, company, name, etc. They are ready to use for your mailer and come with a telephone list so you can follow up on the mailing.

Conference Room... The conference room is available by reservation at no charge. Call the HBA for availability. The room is great for employee meetings and presentations, equipped with a telephone, TV/VCR, overhead projector, slide projector and adjacent kitchen facility. The room is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. any day of the week; however, the room must be reserved in advance.

Fax and Copier... A fax machine and copier are available at no charge. For large quantities of copying, members are asked to supply paper. Feel free to have bids faxed in. We will call when they are received.

Drop Off Point and More... The HBA office building is a great drop off point for blueprints or meeting place for an important client. Also take advantage of the Construction Related Library, Scanner and Video Library.

CareerFargoMoorhead/Job Bank

Are you looking for workers? Give us the specifics on any positions you'd like to fill and we will place them in our Job Bank and put them on the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation's website, careerfargomorhead.com. Listings on CareerFargo are limited to eight general areas. Call Krista at (701) 232-5846 for more information.