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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

1201 New York Avenue, NW, #600
Washington, DC 20005-3931
(202) 289-3100
About: AH&LA represents all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry.

ASIS International (ASIS)
1625 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2818
About: ASIS is the largest organization for security professionals, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, governmental entities, and the public.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
(877) 382-4357 (FTC-HELP)
(877) 438-4338 (IDTHEFT) (identity theft helpline)
TTY: (866) 653-4261
About: The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection works to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

International Council of Shopping Centers
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor
New York, NY 10020-1099
(732) 694-1755
About: The International Council of Shopping Centers is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 75,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and more than 80 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers, and other professionals as well as academics and public officials.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
About: MBDA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
1600 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 966-6227
About: NACS represents more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 suppler member companies in the convenience store industry, providing industry information, knowledge, and connections to ensure competitive viability of member businesses.

National Consumers League (NCL)
1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 835-3323
info@nclnet.org
About: NCL works to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the U.S. and abroad. NCL represents consumers on marketplace and workplace issues and provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer perspective on concerns such as child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.

National Restaurant Association
1200 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900
(800) 424-5156
About: The National Restaurant Association represents, educates, and promotes a rapidly growing industry that comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 13.1 million people.

National Retail Federation
325 7th Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-7971
(800) NRF-HOW2
About: The National Retail Federation’s membership comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution, including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores, and grocery stores as well as the industry’s key trading partners of retail goods and services. NRF represents an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. retail establishments, more than 24 million employees, and 2005 sales of $4.4 trillion.

National Small Business Association (NSBA)
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 345-6728
About: NSBA represents America’s small business companies and entrepreneurs, reaching more than 150,000 small businesses, As an organization, NSBA represents all sectors and industries of the U.S. economy from retail to trade to technology. The association advocates on their behalf before the Executive Branch, the Small Business Administration, Congress, and state regulatory and legislative bodies.

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
10900 Nuckols Road, Suite 325
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(877) 693-2874
About: NW3C equips state and local law enforcement agencies with skills and resources they need to tackle emerging economic and cybercrime problems. To the public, NW3C provides information and research so that they may become proactive in the prevention of economic and cybercrime. NW3C helps victims register Internet crime complaints and notify the appropriate authorities promptly and securely.

Postal Inspection Service
U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
(877) 876-2455
About: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a highly specialized, professional organization performing investigative and security functions essential to a stable and sound postal system. The USPS website offers information on topics such as identity theft, shipping and money order scams, check fraud, sweepstakes, and more.

Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
(800) U-ASK-SBA (827-5722)
About: The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE
(800) 634-0245
About: SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.