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FOOD SERVICE OPERATOR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:

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CERTIFICATION & EDUCATION
Discounted Certification Courses- Required city and state ServSafe Sanitation Classes and Alcohol Awareness Classes provided at reduced rates to IRA members. Courses taught in English, Spanish or Mandarin, and occasionally in Cantonese and Greek.

Training Products- Geared for the restaurant manager, training manuals are available covering  numerous topics such as legal issues in food service, cost control, waitstaff training and time management.

Contact the Education Department at illinoisrestaurants@illinoisrestaurant.org or (800) 572-1086 ext. 121

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Illinois Diner’s Guide- At no cost to you, this diner’s resource features only members of the IRA, and is geared for the Illinois diner looking for either a particular city or type of restaurant. It is available on the Internet at www.illinoisrestaurants.org. Your free listing in the IRA Diner’s Guide gives you exposure with your peers and suppliers.

Industry Networking- Local, statewide and national food service industry networking event opportunities available only to members throughout the year.

Contact the Membership Department at membership@illinoisrestaurants.org or (800) 572-1086 ext. 115

INFORMATION RESOURCES
Free Industry Publications-
Through your dual membership, you will receive the IRA’s monthly fax alert Member’s Briefs and our newsletter Seasoning. In addition, you will also receive the National Restaurant Association’s Washington Weekly.

Toll-free Member Hotline- Have questions regarding your operation and restaurant in general answered by telephone or fax, both statewide and nationally.

Industry Library- Available materials include consumer trends, industry studies, how-to manuals, training videos and industry consultant listings.

Contact the Communications Department at illinoisrestaurants@illinoisrestaurants.org or (800) 572-1086 ext. 125

INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION
Legislative Representation-
Registered lobbyists work to protect your business by promoting views and legislation in the best interest of the food service industry at the national, state and local levels of government.

Public Affairs Conference- Annual conferences for IRA members, consisting of legislative and regulatory briefings with key government officials and representatives.

Grassroots Program- This program coordinates a statewide or local industry response to proposed laws and regulations so operators speak out with one voice on issues which impact our industry’s business climate.

IRPAC- The Illinois Restaurateurs’ Political Action Committee contributes to Illinois candidates who support the restaurant industry.

Contact the Public Affairs Department at illinoisrestaurants@illinoisrestaurants.org or (800) 572-1086 ext. 141

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
The IRA Educational Foundation-
Serves the hospitality industry’s growing labor challenge by creating and operating workforce development programs focused on generating career and job opportunities for the youth of Illinois, while providing a skilled labor force for our industry. The Foundation manages the ProStart Schools to Careers Program, scholarships, career mentors, job shadowing, internship opportunities, field trips, workshops and guest speakers for students.

Contact the Educational Foundation at edfound@illinoisrestaurants.org or (800) 572-1086 ext. 147

 

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