Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is the American Holiday Decorators Association (AHDA)?
What is the difference between an associate member and a general member?
What can AHDA do for me as a general member?
What can AHDA do for me as an associate member?
My busy season is over, why should I join now?
How do I join AHDA as a general member? How much does it cost and how long is the membership for?
How do I join AHDA as an associate member? How much does it cost and how long is the membership for?
Who runs the AHDA and what if I have some questions?
Where do my membership dues go?


What is the American Holiday Decorators Association (AHDA)?
The American Holiday Decorators Association is an association created to strengthen and connect the holiday decorating industry. Industries often have an association that allows their members to share information and assist each other in growth, creating a stronger industry. A holiday lighting company in Massachusetts founded the AHDA in order to bring this opportunity to the industry. This association will give your business the opportunity to network with hundreds of companies all over the United States and Canada involved in this industry. This allows you to share ideas, trade supplies that are otherwise unavailable, refer business that is too far to other companies, receive business from other companies for customers located in your area, and much more. This industry is growing very fast. The customer base for this industry is growing, with more people looking to hire professional decorators to service their holiday decorations, for all occasions, not just Christmas and Halloween. This has left a shortage of knowledgeable and experienced holiday decorators in some areas.

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What is the difference between an associate member and a general member?
An associate member is a supplier or a supply company. A general member is a member of the holiday decorating industry. They can also be a supplier, but they serve as an installer as well.

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What can AHDA do for me as a general member?
As a member of the American Holiday Decorators Association you gain access to the expertise of the entire industry. Your membership gives you the opportunity to consult both other members of the industry as well as suppliers in regards to their experiences, the best products for a job, and their formula for success.

1. The most important benefit of becoming a member of the AHDA is the opportunity to network with other companies in the industry throughout the United States and Canada. This association provides a common link that allows you access to knowing who the companies are and the opportunity to contact them for advice or to discuss common experiences.

2. The Association will publish a newsletter every 3-4 months that will list all general and associate members. This will allow you to have instant access to other people in the industry all over the United States and Canada. The newsletter will do a feature story on one of our general members and an associate member. These stories will allow you a glimpse at what other companies in the industry our doing and what some of their keys to success are. Other members are welcome to email us any educational or unusual experiences that they have had in this industry. We may use these stories in the newsletter for others to hear and possibly learn from.

3. Becoming a member of the AHDA gives you access to a website for members! This site will provide information about any featured products and will also have a discussion board that will be up and running in the near future. Here ideas and information from all members can be shared and may give you important tools to help your business grow. In addition to the message board, we also plan to have all member contact info, photos of work members have done, and much more!

4. Joining the AHDA also gains you access to advanced trainings on installation, sales and design. These trainings allow you to create business plans, expand marketing to make it more successful, and gain you access to successful design plans. These trainings are great for any existing business and essential for any new company. Advanced trainings are sold separately. Inquiries should be made to AHDA Member Services.

When you join AHDA you gain access to other holiday decorating businesses for networking and sharing, and membership to an association that will never stop working for you. We are committed to strengthening the holiday decorating industry to make it not only more successful but also making every member a success story, one member at a time.

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What can AHDA do for me as an associate member?

As a member of the American Holiday Decorators Association you gain access to the entire industry. Your membership give you the opportunity to advertise your products and create an additional client base.

The most important benefit of becoming an associate member of the AHDA is the opportunity to promote and supply your products to some of the best commercial decorators in the industry. You will gain access to all our general members contact information. This will allow you to target some of the larger and more serious holiday light and decorating companies in the United States and Canada. Ask about how you can use our website to promote any new products you may have.

The Association will publish a newsletter every 3-4 months that list all general and associate members. This will allow you to have instant access to other people in the industry all over the United States and Canada. the newsletter will do a feature story on one of our general members and an associate member. These stories will allow you a glimpse at what some of the other companies in the industry are doing and what some of their keys to success are. Other members are welcome to email us any educational or unusual experiences that they have had in the industry. We may use these stories in the newsletter for others to hear and possibly learn from.

Becoming a member of AHDA gives you access to a website for members! This site will provide information about any featured products and will also have a discussion board that has been set up for easier networking. Here ideas and information from all members can be shared and may give you important tools to help your business grow. This site will also allow anyone who visits to find your company. If you click on the Associate Members page you will find all your company contact information, but do have to be a member to see all the contact information for General Members. In addition to the Message Board, a Photo Gallery of photos of work members have done, and much more!

When you join AHDA you gain access to other holiday decorating business for networking and sharing, and membership to an association that will never stop working for you. We are committed to strengthening the holiday decorating industry to make it not only more successful but also making every member a success story, one member at a time.

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My busy season is over, why should I join now?
When you join AHDA you gain access to a network that allows you to gain information and ideas on how to make your holiday decorating business more successful. In order to take full advantage of these ideas and information, you will need time to coordinate and incorporate them into your business. What better time to do that then when things calm down and areas for improvement can truly be assessed? By joining now, you will be able to consult others in the industry about any imperfections that you noticed in your business this year, and have plenty of time to make improvements before next season.

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How do I join AHDAas a general member? How much does it cost and how long is the membership for?
You can join by completing the AHDA general membership application and returning it to AHDA either by faxing it to (978) 858-0029 or mailing it to: AHDA 36 Hillman Street - Unit # 4, Tewksbury, MA 01876. Payment must be included with either submission. Check, money order and credit cards are accepted. The cost of one year of membership to the AHDA is $100 for a general member.
Want to Join? Get a General Member Application Form here (PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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How do I join AHDA as an associate member? How much does it cost and how long is the membership for?

You can join by completing the AHDA associate membership application and returning it to AHDA either by faxing it to (978) 858-0029 or mailing it to: American Holiday Decorators Association 36 Hillman Street - Unit # 4, Tewksbury, MA 01876. Payment must be included with either submission. Check, money orders and credit cards are accepted. The cost of one year of membership tothe AHDA is $150 for an associate member.
Want to Join? Get an Associate Member Application Form here (PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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Who runs the AHDA and what if I have some questions?
The President of the AHDA is Bobby Cooper. He is a 31-year-old from Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Bobby has owned and operated his own successful holiday business for 3 seasons, as well as 14 years of experience running an additional seasonal business. In the short time that he has been in business as a holiday decorator, Bobby has become an accomplished installer. He has designed and installed holiday decorations in seven different states and does both commercial and residential installations ranging from large corporations to the average home. He has also gained experience in coordination decorations for large corporations, with as many as 64 buildings in one contract. In addition to managing the decorating business, he also runs a commercial supply company for other holiday decorators. His supply company has sold holiday lighting all over the United States. Bobby will oversee the AHDA and will be assisted in the day-to-day operations by other board members. If you have any questions please call AHDA Member Services at (978) 858-0250 and you can ask for Bobby or any member consultant.

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Where do my membership dues go?
All membership dues go towards the cost of running the AHDA. They go towards the newsletter that comes out, the website, recruiting expenses to gain new members for the association to strengthen it, as well as towards any events planned by the association.

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