Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland

Membership Benefits - Association Level

Professional Development

A significant benefit of ISM-Cleveland, Inc. is the opportunity for Professional Development. Eight monthly dinner meetings provide the venue for informative programs on topics of interest to the Association. Our speaker base is broad and includes leading executives, seasoned academia professors and instructors and our own members! We strive to bring best practices to the forefront as well as cultivate relationships for the ever important personal professional network.

We also host many seminars and workshops including:
  • Boot Camp for Beginning Buyers
  • Materials Management Group Conference
  • Advanced Purchasing War College
  • Satellite and DVD ISM Seminars

For those pursuing professional certification, Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM.), ISM-Cleveland, Inc. periodically offers review classes to help prepare you for success.


ISM-Cleveland, Inc. offers the chance for you to meet your peers whether it is in manufacturing, health care, academia or non-profits. We network through opportunities such as:
  • Tours of local companies with leading edge Supply Chain processes
  • Build relationships by Committee or Board of Director service
  • Annual Mini Trade Show
  • Quarterly Newsletter, Buylines
  • Monthly Forum and Dinner Meetings
  • Social On-Line Networking
There is no better time to be a part of a growing organization run by and for supply chain management professionals.

“Members Only” Privileges

ISM-Cleveland, Inc. offers a secure Members Only access to the membership roster with over 300 members from more than 125 member companies. Employment opportunities and resume posting is limited to Members Only as a benefit. In addition, to assist current members who may become unemployed, ISM-Cleveland, Inc. will offer those members up to a one-year dues-free membership to provide continued networking and training opportunities at a member rate.


Participating members will acquire and develop new skills in planning, managing, and organizing while also developing their leadership potential. Committee members participate in ISM-Cleveland, Inc.'s strategic planning session, set committee goals, assist in program development, and much more. Only ISM-Cleveland, Inc. Board of Directors Committee Members may participate in these career-enhancing roles.

ISM Report On Business®

Published in Inside Supply Management™; ISM’s monthly magazine, the Report on Business®  is considered by many economists to be the most reliable near-term economic barometer available. It is reviewed regularly by top government agencies and economic and business leaders for its timely, accurate information regarding the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors of the economy. ISM-Cleveland, Inc. in conjunction with John Carroll University’s Boler School of Business tracks and reports our regional ROB with the participation and support of our member companies.

Recognition and Awards

ISM-Cleveland, Inc. honors its founding fathers with the S. Holmes Mansfield Award. In the fall of 1914, a small group of energetic purchasing agents spearheaded by S. Holmes Mansfield and H.J. Richards assembled in downtown Cleveland to formulate plans for the organization of a "Purchasing Agents Association of Cleveland." Our resulting organization has emerged as one of the best and most progressive local associations in the nation.

In honor of Mr. Mansfield, ISM-Cleveland, Inc. began this annual award in 1964 to recognize an individual who has achieved significant professional excellence and served the ISM-Cleveland, Inc. with distinction. This award is given to honor members for their outstanding contributions to the growth and welfare of their community, our Association and to the purchasing profession

Membership Benefits – National Level

As a regular ISM-Cleveland, Inc. member, you will also have access to the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Members Only section also. The tools you will find here include the Online InfoCenter, CAPS Research, ISM Online Career Center and many, many more. The Online InfoCenter is a fast and easy way to find information on supply management and purchasing-related topics. CAPS Research mission is to help organizations achieve competitive advantage by providing them with leading-edge research and benchmarking information to support the evolution of strategic sourcing and supply management. The ISM Online Career Center is a valuable resource to job seekers, and employers seeking qualified candidates. It includes global career opportunities and applicants from around the world.

ISM’s monthly magazine, Inside Supply Management™, contains national and international information on trends and developments in the supply chain profession including insightful "how-to" articles. The magazine is published exclusively for ISM members and free to ISM-Cleveland, Inc. members.

ISM-Cleveland, Inc. members can network with over 2000 peers at the only international conference devoted exclusively to purchasing and supply management. At ISM’s Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, members have the opportunity to examine emerging trends and challenges during comprehensive workshops conducted by their peers. The conference attracts distinguished speakers who will discuss current national and international issues and solutions. The conference also offers several sessions, which are instructed by prominent corporate leaders with successful procurement strategies. ISM-Cleveland, Inc. Regular Members receive significant savings on registration fees.

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Members - Share Your Successes!

We all work hard and need to remember to buoy ourselves & support each other! ISM-Cleveland, Inc. wants to celebrate your successes - those from work and elsewhere. Please consider sharing news of promotions, position changes, employer changes, process improvements implemented, significant cost savings accomplished and other recognition you may earn. Remember, your success today may help a ISM-Cleveland colleague be successful tomorrow.
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Interested in getting more involved with ISM-Cleveland, Inc.? Consider joining a commttee or becoming a board member. It's a great way to work with your peers outside of your industry and make some fun friends in the process! Take a minute to Read More!

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