SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) earlier this week announced that they are forming a partnership with the California Service Station and Automotive Repair Association (CSSARA) to offer a unified industry voice in California.
"In an effort to better serve our members, both boards recognized the importance of coming together to fight for the preservation of small business in California," said Reed Rinehart, president of CIOMA. "There are so many synergies between our organizations €" goals, mission statement, and vision €" becoming a united front just makes sense."
The partnership will operate under the CIOMA brand, with CIOMA managing the overall day-to-day operations of CSSARA including government relations, membership services, events and education. "We are in the process of reaching out to CSSARA members with a comprehensive member services program €" employee benefits, workers€™ compensation, property liability insurance, credit card processing €" and we welcome their involvement with event planning, committees, and educational retail programming, especially in government relations focus and at the Pacific Oil Conference," Rinehart said.
CSSARA said the partnership is a practical measure that will streamline the efficiency and effectiveness of both associations.
"The challenges that small businesses face like out-of-control taxes, mandates and fees, runaway health insurance costs, and the constant needs for capital and other resources are increasing constantly," said David Sahagun, past president of CSSARA. "Having been past President of the San Francisco Small Business Commission I saw these challenges that beset all small business classes. As past President of CSSARA, we considered the best ways to address these same small business challenges, assuring that our membership was provided with quality representation, services and a viable networking structure. We found a relationship with CIOMA as the best possible solution. We look forward to a smooth transition and an exciting future."