How NABAS Works
NABAS (National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers) was established in 1987 as a chapter of NABA, the balloon association of America (the S was added in the UK as there were a number of suppliers involved). Since then it has grown to serve in excess of 700 members (and growing), including decorators, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
An independent management committee, elected by the members, oversees the running of the association. All committee members have balloon-related backgrounds and all share a vested interest in working for the interests of the members and the industry.
The management committee is currently working on issues including:
- Fighting the campaign to ban balloon releases
- Increasing public awareness of balloons through events such as National Balloon Week
- Increasing the NABAS approved training courses into key skill areas and
- Implementing a new marketing initiative to promote members to the public.
NABAS also organises various events including the annual NABAS show, a two-day event where members can showcase their creativity in the Festival of Balloon Art and attend workshops and seminars, as well as socialise with old friends and meet new associates.