Tribes Helping Tribes
Many tribes operate gas station and convenience stores. The Tribal Convenience Store Association consists of single-store operators as well as tribes operating multiple sites. In addition, tribes with an interest in getting into the fuel and convenience store industry are encouraged to participate. Membership includes individuals representing all levels of management – from cashiers to executive leadership.
Since its inception, the Tribal Convenience Store Association has grown to include nearly 30 tribes spanning multiple states. The group meets three times per year and each meeting is hosted by a member tribe. The Tribal Convenience Store Association filed for status as a formal non-profit organization in 2012, organized under tribal law. While the intent and purpose of the group remain largely the same, formalization of the group was important to achieve the next level of growth.
As a formal Association, the Tribal Convenience Store Association is able to generate operating funds. These funds come mainly via membership dues and industry sponsorship. A number of external partners have asked to contribute financially to the group, but this was not possible without being a formal entity. In addition, operating funds have allowed the group to add a small staff to help drive membership growth, develop a clear strategic plan, and improve group communication.
Consistent with non-profit status under section 501(c)(6) of the federal tax code, the formation documents for the Tribal Convenience Store Association clearly prohibit the organization attempting to influence legislation, participating in any political campaign, or publishing or distributing statements with respect to any political campaign or candidate for office.
Tribal Convenience Store Association's Mission: Tribes helping tribes lead the convenience-store industry through peer networking, vendor partnerships, and member education.