National Association for Catering and Events: Who Are They?

If you own and operate a catering and event business in the United States, chances are you’ve heard of the National Association for Catering and Events, also known as NACE. But what exactly is NACE and what can they do for your small business?

NACE has been the go-to resource for catering and event professionals nationwide in the U.S. for 60 years. They provide catering and event professionals with industry-leading education, tools and resources to help them learn new skills and grow their business. NACE also fosters a vibrant community and provides connections and networking opportunities for its members.

If you’re not a member yet, read below to learn more about why you should join NACE today!

Who is the National Association for Catering and Events?

NACE is the first non-profit U.S. national organization for caterers, event planners and event professionals that provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.   

There are more than 40 chapters across the country with more than 3,500 members.

What services does NACE provide?

NACE members receive many attractive benefits, including access to their premier business network, professional growth and development opportunities, pricing discounts on products and services, and more. You can view the full list of NACE membership benefits here

Educational resources

NACE values professional growth and development and helps keep its members at the forefront of their industry. They provide a wide variety of educational resources and opportunities for their members. Here are some of our favorites!

NACE Resource Library

The NACE Resource Library is a 24/7, online portal where members can enhance their industry knowledge with a selection of on-demand videos, articles, presentations and more.

Online courses

NACE offers a wide variety of online courses for its members to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful and thrive in today’s catering and events industry. The courses are self-paced and can be taken from anywhere. All the courses can go towards a CPCE certification or recertification.

Networking opportunities

NACE is a great community full of networking and career opportunities for its members. They even run an awards program to recognize outstanding individuals. Read below for more information about some of their standout networking perks.

NACE Career Center

The NACE Career Center is a job board where employers in the hospitality industry can post job openings and job seekers can search and apply for jobs. They also provide helpful services like career coaching, reference checking and résumé writing.

Monthly virtual hangouts

NACE hosts monthly virtual hangouts with members. These hangouts are great opportunities to learn from and network with other professionals in the industry, and the best part is that you can participate from home or anywhere!

NACE One Awards

Every year, NACE recognizes the best catering and event professionals in the industry with their annual NACE One Awards. Award categories include Catered Event of the Year, Event Production of the Year, Event Photography of the Year, Table Presentation of the Year and more. The awards can be a great way to gain visibility for your work or to simply get to know others in the industry and see what type of work is trending.

News and trends

NACE stays on top of the latest industry trends and keeps its members up to date with everything going on in the hospitality industry.

They produce NACE News, a monthly newsletter about the latest and greatest happenings within the NACE community. They also publish NACE Bites, a more frequent communication with exclusive quick-read summaries and links to the latest industry news. Finally, they publish the NACE A la Carte Blog, a blog reporting on trends and insights on catering and events topics that are all reported by NACE members who contribute content.

Pricing discounts

And of course, who doesn’t love a good discount? NACE offers exclusive discounts to its members on a variety of business supplies, event tickets, educational resources, and more!

Become a member of NACE today!

If you’re a small business owner in the catering and events industries in the U.S., NACE delivers all these benefits, resources and more to support you. Find your local chapter today and consider signing up to be a member.

Choosing the right partner

It is important to spend time deciding who and what organisations are the right choices for you and your business to partner with. FoodStorm Catering Software knows choosing the right technology partner can be daunting, but our Support and Implementation Team will take the time to understand your catering business’ unique needs and develop a solution fit to your goals. 

Contact us today to speak to a specialist and learn how FoodStorm can take your business to the next level.

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