A similar idea was presented to me by a cook a week or two ago, and I started looking into it. Based on the last membership survey done by MMA we do have something to offer prospective partners to open the door. Negotiating a national deal goes beyond the number of members, and average income. How likely are members to participate in plan X, for example? It can be a long process.
Beyond that, there are other business/negotiation issues. If you allow yourself to be lowballed once, money has been left on the table for subsequent partnerships. With a relatively small membership we need to do our research, and pick our partners carefully and negotiate the best deals possible. One quality partnership has the potential to open future doors. To a stranger, who your friends are can tell a lot about you.
This is one of those issues that I believe the board needs to look at long term, and develop a strategy in concert with MMA. It's also one that I'd expect to take time, as well as be handled confidentially.
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