Thank you for your interest in membership with the Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA). BAMA is the top resource for manufacturers in Tampa Bay, saving its members time and money through advocacy, networking and resources. For more than 50 years, BAMA’s mission has been to provide Tampa Bay’s manufacturing community with quality educational and training programs, events with high take away value and forums for information exchange. BAMA membership offers many benefits.
BAMA partners with local universities and trade schools to establish curriculums to prepare students for careers in STEM related fields. BAMA also provides on-site or off-site training, an on-line job board and annual job fair. BAMA gives scholarships to STEM students, supports local robotics teams and science fair participants.
Business networking is a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others and establish relationships with other professionals in the industry. BAMA offers a variety of networking events such as tours of manufacturing facilities, lunch & learns, roundtable discussions and sporting events.
BAMA works each year to monitor and change legislation that impacts manufacturing in the state. The BAMA Government Affairs Committee teamed up with other Regional Manufacturing Associations,The Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Council (FMLC) and FloridaMakes to attend Tallahassee Days.
All BAMA members are listed on the BAMA website in the member directory, allowing potential customers to link directly to you. There are multiple high exposure events each year that members can gain visibility as a sponsor. Member achievements are posted on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and the monthly newsletter with a distribution of over two thousand industry professionals.
Employees benefit from increased education and training, and you'll see an increase in productivity. We offer assistance to our manufacturing members in applying for grant funds for training. Applying for grants can be very time consuming and frustrating if you have never done them. Utilize your BAMA FloridaMakes Business Advisor as a value added resource to help you apply for grant money.
BAMA members receive some FloridaMakes services for free or at specially reduced member rates. Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $1.24 billion in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q2, 2019).
Memberships run for one year from date of approval by the board of directors. We offer memberships for both manufacturers and associates, companies who provide services to local manufacturers.