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National Associations/Affiliations

MRA works closely with our national partners in order to provide you, our members, with the best possible support on both a state-and-nationwide scale. 

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The National Retail Federation has represented retail on the federal level for over a century. Membership in NRF gives retailers the opportunity to advocate on important policy issues, gain insights from industry leaders and visionaries, and network with retail’s best and brightest. MRA members that operate exclusively within Maryland receive free membership to the NRF as a benefit of their MRA membership.


The Retail Industry Leaders Association represents large retail companies with annual revenue over $1 billion on the federal level.


The Food Industry Association advocates on behalf of the food industry in the United States. FMI works with and on behalf of the entire food industry to advance a safer, healthier, and more efficient consumer food supply chain.



The National Grocers Association represents independent retail and wholesale grocers on the federal level.


The National Association of Convenience Stores is the leading global trade association dedicated to advancing convenience and fuel retailing.



The Food Industry Association Executives is a national professional association representing local, state, and regional food association executives, who in turn represent over 95% of the grocery retail industry.



Jewelers of America, established in 1906, is the leading nonprofit representative of jewelers in the United States.


JCK Las Vegas is the leading jewelry event in North America open to all jewelry professionals.