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Startup Membership

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Benefits of NRF membership

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NRF membership can help savvy startups, from subscription commerce to philanthropic business models, thrive in the retail industry and beyond.

Startups are a special breed. Startup leaders are entrepreneurs, innovators and wearers-of-many-hats. You’re not just breaking the mold, you’re building a new one, helping to transform retail and the way consumers shop.

Startup members have a unique advantage because the NRF community offers busy entrepreneurs the information, connections, resources and support needed to help a small business grow in an industry that’s embracing innovation and looking to the future.


As a member of the NRF community, you can:

Stay informed

Whether it’s through our daily SmartBriefs — free email newsletters that provide a summary of the day’s most important news stories impacting our industry — consumer spending data or our original research publications, NRF helps you stay current on the trends and stories you need to know.

Make connections

NRF has a long-standing ecommerce community that has celebrated innovators and the digital mindset long before omnichannel ever became a buzzword.

Connect with some of the smartest people in the business world through our various committees, find the partners and solutions you need to navigate the challenges ahead, and attend conferences and dinners that give you face time with the best in the business.

Plus, the NRF Job Board lets you post jobs for free, helping you find experienced candidates for open positions at your quickly-growing company.

Learn from pros and peers

NRF events bring like-minded disrupters, innovators and retail leaders together to share ideas, find new solutions and plan for the future. As a member, you’ll receive registration discounts to Shop.org, Retail’s Big Show, NRF PROTECT and complimentary passes to NRFtech.

Advocate for important policy issues

Members have the opportunity to connect with NRF’s policy experts and help influence important policy decisions on Capitol Hill.

NRF advocates on behalf of the retail industry every day, with a policy agenda that’s focused on jobs, innovation and consumer value. We’re the voice of retail in our nation’s capital, advocating for the industry on issues like patent reform, mobile payments and data security


NRF is proud to call such innovators as Jet.com, Kidbox, One Kings Lane, STORY and TOMS Shoes members. Join them and become a member today.

Startup of the Year
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