Becoming a CIAMO Member of the Closet Institute of America has many benefits if you want to grow your closet business.
Once you join, you are issued a personal launch code which allows you enter the Member Portal and gain access to these benefits.
Benefits Available Now
Consult with active, retired or semi-retired closet professionals who have, 'been there-done that'. Consider participating in temporary staff exchanges and apprenticeship programs to enable your employees to experience how others in our industry are handling similar problems.
Outsource Component Manufacturers Guide
Looking to expand your operation or offer a new product line but can't afford the additional capital expense or don't have the space to grow? Join 42% of our industry who currently outsource all or part of their manufacturing and check out these local, regional and national networks and dealerships.
Vendors and Suppliers Guide
Recessions and economic downturns often require you to find alternative sources. Here you will find vendor links to the latest and greatest in design software, machinery, accessories, hardware, jigs, lighting, sheet goods, edge-banding, etc. Includes instructional how-to videos.
Closet Locator Index
Refer your Raving Fan customers who are moving to another reliable CIA member in their new location..
Forms & Document Exchange
Share closet industry customer contracts, employee manuals, design site sketch sheets, installer checklists, punch-lists, sign-off documents, interoffice forms, etc..
SEALS Team Data
This is the most requested venue at all Summit conferences and CIA events. Annually conducted face-to-face at the Summits, we are expanding these non-compete confidential discussions into year round virtual online sessions.
Meetings will cover a variety of business building topics and strategies shared among participants.
Coming in Spring 2023
Every CIA member company installs closets. Join our Zooms, panel discussions, how-to videos and resource network as we explore all things related to Installation, including truck layouts, staging jobs, check-lists, essential on-site jigs, work site etiquette and bringing the necessary extras to ensure you can finish the install on time and on schedule.
Shop Talk with Derrek
Whether your shop is small or large, there is NEVER enough space. Join us as we share our successes in shop layout, time/labor management, workflow, effective work cells, space efficiency, labor/time saving jigs, organizing job pallets, preventative maintenance, OSHA regulations, check-lists, and cross-training shop employees.
Closet Industry Statistics
CIA has compiled statistics from over 500 attendees at the last seven Closet Summit conferences. How does your company compare to others of the same size and demographics? Find out how you are doing.
Industry Economic Forecasting
Industry data and surveys to determine where we are and where we are going because if you don't know your numbers, you don't know your business.
Website and SEO Marketing Development Service
Complimentary Website and SEO consulting from our in-house experts at Let's Design Your Site & Let's Market Your Business
Coming in Summer 2023
Zoom Discussions, Webinars & Podcasts
Meet with your peers and consider them your very own Board of Directors. (you don't even have to pay them).. Have a problem, question, issue, situation or just need other opinions or advice? With our Zoom, you'll avoid potential Doom & Gloom. Join our live webinars or view pre-recorded podcasts on a variety of business related and growth building topics. These will include marketing, advertising, sales, design, installation, manufacturing, outsourcing, new products and services, competition, efficiency and other business building strategies.
Bulletin Board: Barter Exchange, Help Wanted, Relocation Services, Equipment for Sale
Supplier backordered your melamine? Need a few extra sheets to finish a job? Need some matching edge-banding to collect a balance due check? Short one basket but your supplier is out? Ask your fellow CIA members if they have another source or can spare some inventory.
Coming in Fall 2023
Online Training Course
Course content is helpful for both entry level freshman and graduate level experienced sales/design professionals with emphasis on
Closing the Deal. You can design the greatest closet on earth, but if you can't close the deal, your design is worthless. Train a designer to sell or teach a salesperson to design?
We Do Both!
Coming in 2024
Photo & Marketing Exchange
Marketing material (photos, brochures, taglines, flyers, postcards, etc.) sharing among members and startups who do not have the resources to provide their own.
CIA Southern Command and Conference Center
Discounts at our future Training and Conference Center on the island of Grenada, British West Indies. Can you say"My next vacation could be a business expense.."
Advanced Installer Training
After you teach them how to install, we train them to be your anchor (sales) man to bring in the repeats, referrals and reviews.
Conference & Expo
Member registration discounts for our annual face-to-face networking conference exclusively for the independent closet business community, Participate in special Summit events and activities such as Members-Only Meet, Greet & Eat Happy Hour and SEALS Team discussion panels.
Join us at our 10th Annual Summit Conference and Expo at:
The Desoto Hotel
Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia
October 25th (@5pm) - October 27th (@4pm), 2023