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Specialty Trade Associations

Commercial Finance Trade Associations

American Factoring Association

The American Factoring Association (AFA) was founded in 2009 with the sole purpose of educating the public and policymakers on the availability of working capital for financing America's small businesses and to conduct efforts in support of increasing working capital financing. 

2665 Shell Beach Road, Suite 3
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: 888-425-2119 
Fax: 805-773-0021


Arizona Equipment Leasing Association (AZELA)

The Arizona Equipment Leasing Association is dedicated to facilitating the advancement and general interests of Arizona´s Leasing Industry through organizing and conducting periodic gatherings of Leasing Professionals from all types and sizes of ethical businesses.


3021 East Laurel Street 
Mesa, AZ 85213 
Patrick Sponsel:  (623) 934-1340 



Association for Corporate Growth

The Association for Corporate Growth®(ACG®) is the global community for middle market M&A dealmakers and business leaders focused on driving growth. ACG members have access to data, content and networking to access capital, make deals and drive corporate growth. Founded in 1954, ACG has grown to more than 13,000 members organized in 55 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2760
Chicago, IL  60606
877-358-2220 - membership
312-957-4260 - general inquiries


Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance

The Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance (AGLF) is a nonprofit association whose membership is comprised of those actively engaged in governmental and nonprofit leasing and finance.  Founded in 1981 AGLF provides resources, educational forums and networking to expand business opportunities and promote best practices.


19 Mantua Road 
Mt. Royal, NJ 08061
fax: 856.423.3420 


Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA)

The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA) represents the asset-based financing, equipment and vehicle leasing industry in Canada. This industry is the largest provider of debt financing in this country after the traditional lenders (banks and credit unions).


15 Toronto Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2E3 
Telephone:(416) 860-1133
Toll-free: 1(877) 213-7373
Fax: (416) 860-1140 


Certified Leasing Professional Foundation (CLP)

The CLP Foundation is an education and certifying body created to raise the industry standards among equipment leasing and financing professionals.


PO Box 302
Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: (610) 687-0213
Fax:(610) 687-4111


Commercial Finance Association

The Commercial Finance Association (CFA), is the international trade association dedicated to the asset-based lending and factoring industries.

Commercial Finance Association


370 7th Avenue, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10001 
P: (212) 792-9390
F: (212) 564-6053


Equipment Leasing and Finance Association 

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers in the $650 billion U.S. equipment finance sector.


1825 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.238.3400
Fax: 202.238.3401


Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF)

Created in 1989, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (ELFF) conducts and commissions credible, unbiased future-focused research about the equipment lease financing industry. As of 2010, the Foundation has funded more than $2 million in research grants.


1825 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
PH: 202.238.3400
Fax: 202.238.3401

Lisa A. Levine, CAE, President
Direct: 202.238.3426


International Factoring Association

To disseminate information to the Factoring Community in regards to developments and changes in the factoring industry and to provide a forum for educational meetings and seminars.

2665 Shell Beach Road, Suite 3
Pismo Beach, CA 93449-1778

1-800-563-18951.805.773-00111-805-773-0021 (Fax)




Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL)

The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) is the leading trade association of the container and chassis leasing industry. The IICL's membership engages in leasing marine cargo containers and chassis to vessel operators and other organizations on a broad international basis. Members own or manage approximately 90% of the global leased container and U.S. chassis fleets, totaling approximately half of the world's container fleet and half of the U.S. chassis fleet.

Organized in 1971, the IICL is a Delaware (USA) corporation, which maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC.


1990 M St NW 
Suite 650 
Washington, DC 20036-3417
Telephone: 202 223-9800
Fax: 202 223-9810


National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers

The NAELB is an organization formed to promote the interests of equipment leasing brokers through education, advocacy, improved communication with funders and programs designed to upgrade the professionalism and profitability of brokers, funders and others engaged in the business of equipment lease financing.


455 South Fourth Street, Suite 650
Louisville, KY 40202
Ph: (800) 996.2352
Fax:(877) 875.4750


National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders

NAGGL serves the needs and represent the interests of the small business lending community that utilizes SBA and other government guaranteed loan programs.


215 East 9th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
Ph. (405) 377-4022
Fax. (405) 377-3931


National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA)

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is a non-profit trade association created to represent the equipment leasing and finance industry throughout North America.  NEFA provides valuable resources to small- to mid-size independent equipment finance companies through education, networking, involvement and over 20 high-quality events annually.

An association that is focused on maintaining a practice of high standards, the NEFA serves a segment of the equipment finance industry focused on business growth and development, and is a leader in education and ethics advocacy.

3525 Piedmont Road NE
Building 5, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 760-2843
Fax: (404) 240-0998

Turnaround Management Association

The Turnaround Management Association ( is the only international non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Its international headquarters is in Chicago.

Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 46 chapters, including 32 in North America, and one each in Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK, with a chapter in formation in Hong Kong


150 South Wacker Drive
Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
Phone (312) 578-6900
Fax (312) 578-8336



Founded in 1982, CompTIA brought together the IT channel in order to create an open dialogue between IT vendors and partners. We were officially established as the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD). In 1990, ABCD changed its name to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) to reflect the expanded scope of its activities, and two years later, it introduced vendor-neutral IT certifications. In 2014, it expanded itslegislative advocacy efforts by acquiring TechAmerica, a leader in international, federal, state and local public policy advocacy, as well as business networking and intelligence. With more than 2,000 members, 3,000 academic and training partners and tens of thousands of registered users spanning the entire information communications and technology (ICT) industry, CompTIA has become a leading voice for the technology ecosystem.


3500 Lacey Road

Suite 100

Downers Grove, IL 60515
Tel: (630) 678 - 8300


Credit Research Foundation
The Credit Research Foundation is an independent, non-profit, member-run organization. For over 60 years, the Credit Research Foundation has emphasized the role of education and research activities to aid business credit, accounts receivable and customer financial managers. Members in CRF include a large portion of the Fortune 1000. 

Credit Research Foundation
1812 Baltimore Blvd., Ste H
Westminster, MD 21157
Ph. (443) 821-3000
Fax (443) 821-3627

IB Comment: While we do not have any direct experience with CRF, they appear to have a number of very interesting and useful courses, such as Doing Business With the Federal Government, Preparing for Bankruptcy & Customer Insolvencies, and Mechanics Liens.

Truck Renting and Leasing Association

TRALA is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association founded in 1978 to serve as a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA's mission is to foster a positive legislative and regulatory climate within which companies engaged in leasing and renting vehicles and trailers, as well as related businesses, can compete without discrimination in the North American marketplace. This mission is pursued by afull-time staff of professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. 


675 N. Washington Street
Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-299-9120
Fax: 703-299-9115 

The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) 
Founded in 1996, The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) is a not-for-profit organization and the only globally recognized membership association for risk managers. 

GARP's goal is to help create a culture of risk awareness within organizations, from entry level to board level. The association has over 150,000 members from 195 different countries. 

GARP promotes best practices in risk management and supports ongoing professional and career development for risk managers.

111 Town Square Place, Suite 1215
Jersey City, New Jersey 07310
Ph: +1 201 719 7210
Fax: +1 201 222 5022

Commercial Collection Agency

Established in 1972, The Commercial Collection Agency Association is overseen by the Board of Governors of the Commercial Law League of America, the oldest creditors' right organization in the country, founded in 1895. Its Commercial Collection Agency Association (CCAA) is a triadic organization with over 200 members. Its core membership group, of over one hundred commercial collection agencies, represents the most prestigious commercial collection agencies in the United States. CCAA’s affiliate members are law firms and law list publishers who comprise the remaining elements of the Triadic System, the oldest and most cost-effective world-wide legal forwarding network.

PO Box 205
Cedar Grove,
New Jersey 07009 
Phone: (973) 239-0721 
Fax: (973) 755-0402

CDFI Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions

Formed in 1992 as an ad-hoc policy development and advocacy initiative, the Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI Coalition) is the lead national organization in the United States promoting the work of community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

Through its member organizations, the Coalition represents CDFIs working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This national network of CDFIs includes community development loan funds, community development banks, community development credit unions, microenterprise lenders, community development corporations and community development venture capital funds. The CDFI Coalition coordinates industry wide initiatives to increase the availability of capital, credit and financial services to low-income communities across the nation.

1331 G Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Linda Davenport - 202-393-5225


The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

NAPBS exists to promote ethical business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, equal employment opportunity and state consumer protection laws relating to the background screening profession.

Founded in 2003 as a non-profit trade association, NAPBS® serves to represent the interest of companies offering tenant, employment and background screening.

2501 Aerial Center Parkway, Suite 103
Morrisville, NC 27560


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