Large businesses in our industry have the funds, weight, and connections to meet their business needs and challenges. But what about the small and medium-sized businesses competing in many ways for the same resources?

HAI wants to learn more about the business-related challenges facing small and medium-sized HAI member companies in their daily operations so the association can develop programs and benefits to support them. To help gather this information, the HAI Board of Directors has formed the Small Business Initiatives Industry Advisory Council (SBI-IAC) and invites small and medium-sized HAI member companies to participate.

“We’re looking beyond aircraft operation,” says HAI Senior Director of Operations Chris Martino. “We want to know what challenges our small and ­medium-sized member companies face in running their businesses, in human resources, employee benefits, labor, accounting, marketing, accessing regional business programs—those kinds of daily concerns.”

HAI is seeking a diverse group of 20  members representing small and medium-­sized businesses to form the SBI-IAC, whose first meeting will be in July 2023. The council will meet on an as-needed basis, with the initial goal of meeting monthly through the end of 2023.

All HAI members in small to medium-sized businesses are invited to join, from aircraft operators and maintenance facilities to product manufacturers and service providers, such as insurance brokers and parts suppliers.

Interested HAI members can contact Chris Martino at [email protected] to express their interest and request more information.

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