Cabinet Makers Association Website Relaunches cabinetmakers.org

Posted: 03/18/2013 9:31PM

 

click image to zoomThe Cabinet Makers Asociation website has entry points for consumers and for professional cabinetmakers.   The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) announces today the re-launch of its entirely new website. The project, over 2 years in the making, has culminated in a ground up rebuilding of the CMA’s online presence, and is now open for business.

“When we began this process, we knew the way people use the web had dramatically changed from the time we launched our old site,” Dave Grulke, the CMA Executive Director said. “Therefore, our efforts were focused to design and implement not only a brand new look, but to integrate functions and features our members wanted with an eye to the future for needs, expectations and desires of other constituents we serve in our part of the woodworking industry.”

As one enters the new site, the intro page directs a visitor to select from one of four categories- Homeowners/Contractors, Cabinet/Woodshop Owners, Woodworking Suppliers and Students/Educators. Once selected, the visitor is then directed to menus for features, pages and articles of the website that would be of the most interest to them.

Here are some of the features built into our new online home.

Information about the CMA, its history, people and a number of its programs are found in the ABOUT drop down menu.

A new and upgraded SHOP FINDER pin points the locations CMA general members in a radius from a zip/postal code or from a city and state/province pair in the US and Canada.

Industry news and member press releases are included in searchable full article formats. Most of these items are included in the CMA monthly e-newsletter, and a link to sign up for a complimentary subscription is included on many of the web pages. These pages are dynamic with new content being added each week, so we hope you’ll visit often.

CMA events, and featured member galleries are shown in both photo and video formats in the PHOTO GALLERIES section.

An event listing and calendar shows upcoming events, along with integration to register for CMA events built into the site.

Associate member listings are categorized by type of business and hyperlink to their individual websites. The same hyperlink feature is true of our INDUSTRY LINKS section.

Our JOB BOARD is a self-service classified ad section offering categories for those seeking employment or training, available positions, selling of machinery, tools and supplies, offering services to other woodworkers or the general public and the like. CMA members get free ad posting privileges, while non-member ads are available at nominal rates.

Online member applications are available for both GENERAL MEMBERS and ASSOCIATE MEMBERS, and the site features a MAKE A PAYMENT widget for CMA invoices or payments in a secured page for credit card transactions.

Our private side of the site includes our outstanding member forum and other member-only kinds of information. Dues paying members log into this part of the website with secure passwords. This is the place where members connect between face to face events and meetings to share their thoughts and challenges, and to learn from each other.

The ONLINE EDUCATION section is where we will be announcing in person live educational events and holding live and recorded class sessions for the CMA’s PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION program. Classes for online instruction are now being finalized to be uploaded there in the near future.

We hope you’ll take some time to visit the brand new CMA website to look around as you get to know us better. Let us know what you think.

About the CMA

The Cabinet Makers Association is a professional organization where cabinetmakers and woodworkers from both the residential and commercial markets get together and share their hard earned knowledge and experience to help one another.

We do not believe we are competition. We believe that working together is the best way to improve our own individual companies as well as the industry as a whole. Visit our website at www.cabinetmakers.org Take a look around and join in the experience.

For more information about the CMA, contact Dave Grulke, Executive Director at director@cabinetmakers.org or by phone in their Milwaukee, WI office at 414-377-1340.

 

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