The Business Toolkit is a collection of materials to help those who work in cultural resource management in the private sector.
2013 ACRA Annual Conference
ACRA's Annual Conferences are always a great time to network with fellow CRMs. Make sure you never have to worry about that, "I should have gotten a business card," moment again, and click here to download the 2013 Registration list.
"ACRA Edition" Newsletters
ACRA creates quarterly Member Newsletters throughout the year. These contain updates on our Core Mission areas (Advocacy, Education, and Equipping), happenings in the industry, information on quarterly activities and articles of interest to our members. Since 1995 ACRA has published a newsletter designed specifically for persons and firms involved in the business of cultural resources management, a newsletter designed to address the needs of archaeologists working in the private sector.
Salary and Economic Surveys
ACRA routinely polls the Member and non-Member CRM communities on issues of greatest concerns to our businesses. All surveys can be accessed here.
The Salary surveys have evolved over the years, but generally focus on regional patterns of annual sales, business practices, wage and benefit packages, and how ACRA can benefit the industry. A public version of the 2009 survey can be found here. Full versions are available to members only and are available here.
In March of 2012, ACRA conducted a brief survey to gauge how the current economic climate is affecting our businesses. We received 45 responses from ACRA members and 31 responses from non-members. The survey report provides a snapshot of how the economy has affected CRM businesses across the United States.
This exchange of standards and examples, by and for ACRA members, is intended to be a dynamic environment through which ACRA members help each other stay competitive by learning best business practices, thereby improving the integrity of the industry as a whole.
Member can list a list of websites providing opportunities for maintaining or growing your business, including government contracts, cultural resources management job listings, grants, training opportunities, and tips for marketing to the government here.
Links to websites that provide specialized technical information related to a wide assortment of topics, ranging from the classification of employees to accessing useful maps and records can be found here.
Federal Regulations and Guidelines
The cultural resources management industry interfaces with the government at a number of levels. These include departments or agencies that regulate business for the benefit of employer and employee, create the federal regulations and guidelines under which the CRM industry operates, provides project opportunities to CRM companies, and maintains historical and documentary information for research purposes.
Army Moratorium on Ground Penetrating Radar
The Army has issued a moratorium on the use of Ground Penetrating Radar and other geophysical techniques on Army cemeteries. This moratorium applies to ALL cemeteries on Army property and therefore eliminates the use of GPR by CRM firms. ACRA has prepared and sent a response. The moratorium, additional Army guidance on post cemeteries, and ACRA's response is provided for members only here.
ACRA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. Seats on the board are assigned to members elected by firms in membership categories. The Board is chaired by a President elected by the membership for a two-year term, preceded by a two-year period as President-elect. An Executive Board comprises the President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Presidents for Government Relations.
In addition to ACRA's management staff and Board, ACRA remains active and dynamic through a large cast of volunteers that make up our Committees.