Trade magazines are an inexpensive way to learn about your industry. It is one of best methods for finding up to date information about your industry. Reading through them, you will find companies with which you want to correspond. Keep an eye out for companies that might offer the products you are looking for. Most trade magazines now offer online versions of their magazines. Through their websites, trade publications make a wide array of industry specific content available to you. What you find could be a gold mine of information. Many offer online forums where you can exchange ideas with others in the industry. You can submit questions on topics, and get answers from others who went through similar experiences. You may find vendors, competitors, suppliers, and even make friends. In addition, they provide a search able database of archived articles. Libraries usually have a nice cross section of trade publications. Visit your local library browse through what they have to offer and subscribe to the best ones. Some publications offer free introductory issues. Tip: If there is not enough information to help you decide the quality of the publication, contact the advertising department and ask for a sample issue. Regardless of your industry, trade magazines can help you improve your chances of success. Trade organizations connect the movers and shakers of industry. They maintain a list of members that is usually available online. The websites are a great resource for learning about the industry. You can read about the latest industry trends through reports and articles. Association board members know the key players, trade events, and concerns affecting the industry. Introduce yourself and use them as a resource. Their primary goal is to match up buyers and sellers. So how do you find the right trade organization? Check out these resources for help in locating the proper channels: ·The Marketing Resource Center marketingsourcedotcom/associations ·Encyclopedia of Associations by Thomson Gale galegroupdotcom ·National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States Columbia Books Inc Publishers Before you purchase any of the above directories, be sure to check for a copy at your local library.