Member-to-Member Benefits

ESSAE has established a member-to-member benefits page, where members can offer discounted programs and services specifically tailored to the needs of Associations and their members. Check this page often as we continue to build it and add to the benefits list.

Discounted Credit Card Processing

The Retail Council of New York State is pleased to partner with ESSAE to give members access to discounted credit card processing. We aren’t just talking about terminals anymore – the Retail Council can help you with web hosted payments, ACH payments, and virtual terminals. They even have a surcharging program to pass the credit card processing fees onto the card holder. 

The Retail Council is an association too, so they understand just how important it is to get dues dollars in fast. You don’t have to wait for a check to come in the mail anymore. You can email invoices and payment links so your members can pay dues online.

ESSAE members will work with a staff of dedicated Electronic Transaction Association Certified Payments Professionals – Michele Coons, Nicholl Lockwood and Carly Brentini. Contact Nicholl at (800) 442-3589 or [email protected] to discuss your association’s payment processing needs. Your association can also add the Retail Council’s processing program to your list of member benefits! Be sure to ask Nicholl about partnering with the Retail Council to provide discounted payments processing for all your members.

How Well is Your Organization Really Communicating?

Find out for free with a no-strings assessment by Van Slyke Strategic Consulting

There are few things more valuable to an organization than the perspective of fresh eyes. As a benefit available only to ESSAE members, Van Slyke Strategic Consulting will provide a free, one-time communications assessment that will include a review of the following elements:

  • Overall messaging strategy (do you have one?)
  • Effective targeting of key audiences
  • Effective means of reaching target audiences (are you using the most effective and efficient channels?)
  • Website functionality/design
  • Social media presence/effectiveness
  • Value proposition(s) effectiveness (are your messages resonant and customized to your  targets audiences?)
  • Paid media performance (are you spending advertising dollars wisely)
  • Earned/free media performance (what is your relationship and performance history with the reporter corps)
  • Advocacy strategy (do you have the right messages, targets and tactics to drive your message with policy makers?)

Click here to learn more about Van Slyke Strategic Consulting

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University Club Corporate Membership

You know that your membership in ESSAE provides the information you need to help you manage your association and advance your career. But did you know that you can also get a big discount on membership at the historic University Club of Albany?
  • If you are a member in good standing of ESSAE, the University Club invites you to join as a Corporate Member. This significant discount on monthly dues usually requires 4 individuals from one business to join, but the University Club has agreed to offer this rate through ESSAE for as many members as wish to join! The Corporate monthly fee is $129 per person, a savings of 35% off the regular monthly dues.
  • For members of statewide organizations whose jobs require frequent travel, the University Club offers reciprocal benefits with several clubs in the Empire State, and more than a hundred across the country. These include the Binghamton Club; the Century Club in Syracuse; Club 101 and the Cornell Club in New York City; the Cortland Country Club; the Elmira City Club; the Fort Schuyler Club in Utica and the Town Club of Jamestown.
  • Not sure what else the University Club has to offer? Visit their website at, or attend one of these upcoming programs at the National Register-listed clubhouse at 141 Washington Avenue (at Dove Street).
  • To receive a membership application or arrange a tour, call the University Club, weekdays, 518-463-1151.
SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP RATE AT UNIVERSITY CLUB ESSAE members enjoy special access to the University Club’s Corporate Membership Rate of $129/month, with no initiation fee.  You can host meetings and other events and enjoy reciprocity with other clubs around the Empire State.  To get the special rate, enter “ESSAE” in the “Sponsors” field in the membership.