I just came across ACBI while on LinkedIn. I was curious about the membership and what it entailed but the site looked kind of outdated. Anybody here a member? Any perks to it?
I’m a member but no longer in the BI industry. I joined in order to have access to their forums and to have it shown on my resume. Their annual conference may sometimes have good information presented.
To me, it seems like ACBI is more useful to independent contractors who are looking to learn about new contracts, etc. It never struck me as a super useful organization for people on the federal side or full time employees of the big contractors (I was the latter).
I was a member for a bit, but let my membership lapse because I didn’t get anything from it. They have changed the format of the forums, but previously, if someone posted a comment, a blast email went out to every person on the email list. Some of the discussions were entertaining, but every time someone wasn’t “PC” about a topic the entire thread was shut down. Or if someone had a negative comment about an experience with a particular contract company, it was shut down. The forums have since moved to a website (like this one) and you have to log on to see if anyone has posted anything. There were supposed to be groups for various discussions, but I never got on, so I don’t know how it ended up working out. I was in it for the industry discussions, but once they changed that, it wasn’t worth the $50 a year.
I pay $60 year. Wanted to connect to other independents. Never want to national meetings as I figure I could work on my own merits. Downside is that it has lots its voice in form of a newsletter so no longer useful to me.