Benefits of NAPO-St. Louis Membership
"Being a member of NAPO-St. Louis has had a profound positive impact on my business and career as a Professional Organizer. Through my experience with NAPO-St. Louis, I have been encouraged, supported, cheered on, instructed, guided, and I feel like I belong in this industry. NAPO-St. Louis is a welcoming and supportive group. I'm blessed to say that many of the business relationships I've developed at NAPO-St. Louis have since become friendships as well. I can't imagine trying to be a Professional Organizer in St. Louis and not being a member of NAPO-St. Louis." - Julie Hough, Past Chapter Member
The programs at our chapter meetings (monthly except December) offer opportunities to learn about local resources, business development, and organizing and productivity methodologies.
NAPO-St. Louis invests in its members’ continuing education by providing access to NAPO National conference recordings. The recordings provide the opportunity to learn more about the organizing and productivity industry, as well as marketing and other business development topics. The NAPO-St. Louis lending library allows members to borrow CDs from past NAPO conferences and ICD conferences.
Additionally, chapter members have collaborated on a list of favorite books, CDs, and other learning resources on organizing and productivity topics that they are willing to lend to fellow members.
"NAPO-St. Louis has made a tremendous difference in my life and my business. I walked into my first meeting thinking this might be something that I want to pursue, and left knowing that this was my calling. It was great to know that I had a network of people I can go to who want to help me succeed and who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with me. I have made many great friends there and my membership has helped me to grow my business so much faster than I could have done on my own." - Shannon Zipoy, Past Chapter Member
Personal and Professional Support
NAPO members are highly supportive of each other. By joining NAPO-St. Louis, you have the opportunity to network with other members at our chapter meetings and socials in a non-competitive atmosphere. Fellow members offer help, support, referrals, and collaboration.
"As one of the original chapter members, I so value the support and collaboration I have received from NAPO-St. Louis members over the years. I haven't encountered a business problem I couldn't solve with the help of my NAPO colleagues. I require the independent contractors I use on my organizing teams to be NAPO-St. Louis members. Chapter meetings are a great starting point for that relationship." - Janine Adams, Chapter Member
Mentor Teams Program
New NAPO-St. Louis members are eligible to participate in our Mentor Teams program, included with chapter membership. They are teamed with three veteran organizers, each of whom serves as a mentor for one month. It’s a great opportunity for new organizers to get all their questions answered.
"The mentor program is a great way to learn from others and create a support system that lasts beyond the actual program. It's reassuring to know I can go to any of my mentors and ask questions or brainstorm ideas." - Jessica Avery, Chapter Member, mentee
"The mentor teams program offered by NAPO-St. Louis is a phenomenal benefit to new members. You get to "pick the brain" of THREE other experienced members! Not only will you learn about the journeys of other organizers and productivity specialists, but you will also make immediate connections with people who can help you throughout the life of your business. I can't think of anything more valuable for a chapter to offer.” - Jennifer Stewart, Chapter Member, mentor
In addition to the opportunity to serve on our Chapter’s Board, NAPO-St. Louis is always seeking volunteers for various chapter activities. Some of these volunteer positions include serving on a committee, while others are micro-volunteer opportunities that require a small time commitment.
By volunteering to help in our chapter, you gain valuable leadership skills, increase networking opportunities, and grow your own business by adding new skills to your toolkit. As our national colleague, Barbara Hemphill, says, “Together, we are better!”
"When I joined the NAPO-St Louis Chapter, it was exciting to immediately connect with like-minded individuals who love the theory and practice of organization. I also learned just how diverse we are in our own unique skill sets. Like any relationship, genuine effort to contribute usually results in exponential reward. By offering my talents to the group through volunteer roles, I already see transformation in my personal and professional growth. I highly encourage each member to engage in the various opportunities available to fully benefit from their membership too!" - Amy Rizner, Chapter Member
"I love being helpful and friendly. When I attended my first NAPO-St. Louis meeting I wanted to jump in and meet everyone. I never dreamed there would be such an organization as NAPO where I could connect with like-minded people. I volunteered to help at the meetings as much as possible. As a greeter at the sign-in table, I met current and new members as well as visitors. Getting to know everyone's names and have the opportunity to make new members and visitors feel welcome made me feel valuable to the chapter." - Gail Lay, Chapter Member
Increased Credibility and Visibility
As NAPO membership skyrockets, its position as "The Organizing Authority" solidifies. As a NAPO-St. Louis member, your local visibility as a NAPO member is magnified. Our chapter meetings and programs enhance your knowledge of local organizing and productivity related resources, making you an even better resource for your clients.
"The best thing I did for my business was to join NAPO-St. Louis. Being a chapter member gives me visibility and credibility in the community, as well as networking opportunities with fellow organizers who share my love of organizing. Our chapter members provide a wealth of information and inspiration, encourage each other to succeed, and help educate and promote our industry to future clients throughout the Greater St. Louis area!" - Jodi Granok, Chapter Member
On the odd-numbered months, members get together for two hours of fun in the evening at a member's home or a local restaurant. On the even-numbered months, members stay after the chapter meeting for a Brown Bag Social. These are
informal ways to get to know fellow members, share knowledge, and brainstorm new ideas for our businesses and for our chapter.
"For me, being a NAPO-St. Louis chapter member has built my confidence level to a new high. There is a tremendous amount of knowledge I have gained just by having the social relationship with fellow members. I know I can go to any member and ask their advice without feeling like I am competing against them." - Stacey Cheek, Past Chapter Member
Being listed on the NAPO-St. Louis website is a key referral source for our members! Our website provides the public easy access to NAPO members and helps them understand why hiring a NAPO organizer is a good idea. NAPO-St. Louis members are included in the Find an Organizer searchable directory.
"As a member of NAPO-St. Louis, I have realized increased business in a number of ways. One way is that new potential clients can find me through the 'Find an Organizer' page on the website. The link to my website on this page increases SEO and drives more traffic to my website. Another way is that members refer clients to other NAPO organizers. This happens when the potential client is located out of their service area, or when the client needs a specialty service that they don't provide. It still amazes me how my NAPO-St. Louis colleagues help each other grow their businesses, even through we are actually competitors! Together we ARE better!" - Sally Morgan, Chapter Member
The NAPO-St. Louis chapter has an electronic forum, which allows members the digital opportunity to ask questions of their peers, compare notes, and share resources.
"Organized Times" Newsletter
The chapter newsletter, Organized Times, is an excellent resource for NAPO-St. Louis members. Learn trade secrets on how to build your business, as well as information on the latest training and education opportunities.
A chapter member is profiled in each issue, giving you the opportunity to get to know fellow NAPO-St. Louis members better. The newsletter also includes a calendar of events, meeting news (in case you miss one), and much more! If you are serious about becoming a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant, we encourage you to come to our next chapter meeting.
Details about our meetings can always be found on the home page of our website. Click here to apply for membership.