Alliance for Affordable Services
Alliance for Affordable Services, founded in 1981, is a national organization which uses group buying power to provide access to personal, professional and health care benefits and services for approximately 80,000 members nationwide.
Alliance supports a Legislative Advocacy Program to inform its members, promote legislation supporting small businesses and the self-employed and provide access to tools allowing members to contact their legislators and voice their opinions. In late 2011, Alliance supported the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) to extend federal technology research funds to small businesses. These programs were passed for an additional six years.  Alliance periodically hosts advocacy events around the country utilizing elected officials as guest speakers to allow members and other small business owners from the local area an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue on issues under debate in Congress.  Member surveys also support their advocacy efforts on Capital Hill. For example, in 2009, the Alliance conducted a member survey that was used by the Senate Finance Committee to help rank small business incentive ideas. 
Alliance offers an annual scholarship program that has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships to help more than 1,500 high school graduates and college students pursue undergraduate degrees since the scholarship program’s inception in 1996. Beginning in 2012, a Career Education Grant program was introduced as a new membership benefit to provide another option for postsecondary education assistance.
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- Murray, Matthew, “On Jobs, Democrats Find New Allies”, Roll Call, December 9, 2009:9. http://www.affordableservices.org/Advocacy/Surveys/PDFs/RollCallArticle.pdf