Business Membership 2017-10-20T17:17:17+00:00

Business Membership

Two of the Association’s functions is to facilitate opportunities for NC charter schools to maximize their purchasing power and help businesses learn about and appreciate the charter sector.   This results in positive outcomes for both.   Charter schools ultimately secure quality and value in the products and services they need while businesses generate new clientele and enhance their value to charter schools.   If your business wishes to support these functions, please see our business membership options below:
 

Corporate Leader ($1,500 per year)

  • Receive discounted sponsorship pricing for the upcoming conference
  • One-year display of e-business card in Association’s Business Directory
  • One-year subscription with one-year display of company logo in our Matters of Principal e-newsletter
  • Receive priority email invitations to support charters (e.g. invitation to share products and services at a luncheon for administrators of new charter schools).
  • Receive priority notice for call for presentations, discounted sponsor registration, and priority booth selection for the upcoming conference.
     
     

    Business Partner ($500 per year)

  • Receive discounted sponsorship pricing for the upcoming conference
  • One-year display of e-business card in Association’s Business Directory
  • One-year subscription to our Matters of Principal e-newsletter
     
     

    Interested in becoming a Preferred Partner?

     
    Our Preferred Partner program is a business membership extension in which business members offer special discounts to member schools at no additional cost.   Upon becoming a Preferred Partner, your company receives the benefit of being featured in one of our Preferred Partners quarterly e-newsletters in addition to its original membership tier.   As a result, your company will stand out in its reputation among the NC charter school sector.   To qualify to become a Preferred Partner you must: (1) Have a current membership with the Association, (2) Already doing business with at least two NC charter schools, and (3) Offer member schools a special discount on your products and services.

    Preferred Partner Application

     
     

    Membership FAQs

     

    Q: What are charter schools?

    A: Charter schools are non-traditional public schools.   Unlike traditional public schools that are governed by a district or county board, charter schools are governed by board specific to that school.   This allows for greater flexibility in the school’s curriculum.   It explains why you may see some charter schools focused, for example, on the arts, science and technology, or a particular education method (i.e. Montessori, Classical, Flipped Classroom).   However, since charter schools are still publicly funded, they must adhere to state testing and other State Board of Education requirements like the traditional public schools.   See this video to learn more about the myths versus facts about charter schools from NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

    Q: How long will our business membership last? 

    A: Your business membership lasts one year from the date of payment as shown on your receipt.   For example, if BizCompany pays for membership on September 1, 2018, its membership will expire September 1, 2019.
     

    Q: How many charter schools are in NC? 

    A: As of the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year there are 173.   You may see a complete list here.
     

    Q: How long have charter schools been around in NC?

    A: The first charter schools opened in 1997, the year after charter school law was passed by the NC General Assembly in 1996.
     

    Q: Are the number of charter schools in NC growing?

    A: Absolutely!   We are in a pivotal period of the NC charter school movement!   Since the NC General Assembly lifted the 100-charter-school cap in 2011, more individuals and groups have been inspired to start charter schools.   Today, NC has 173 charter schools–roughly an additional 12 schools opening each year over the last 6 years!   Additionally, schools already in operation continue to expand by adding new grades, adding new programs, renovating / moving to larger buildings, and upgrading technology.   At this rate, NC is projected to exceed 200 charter schools in the next few years.
     
     

    Q: I have heard about your conference before?   What is it’s purpose?

     
    A: The NCAPCS Conference is the largest annual gathering of charter school teachers, school leaders, administrators, board members, and supporters from across NC!   It’s purpose is to connect charter schools to various resources and to each other.   The connection to resources includes an exhibition of vendor products and services that serves as a one-stop shop for school attendees.   You may learn more details about our last conference here.   As shown above, our business members receive advance notice, priority selection, and discounted pricing for our upcoming conference.

    Q: How can we pay for membership? 

    Payment by Credit Card
    At the bottom of this page under NCAPCS Business Membership, select Pay by Credit Card.   Enter your company name, title, company description, select the preferred membership tier, and click submit.   You will be taken to a page where you will enter your credit card information.   After you enter your credit card information, click CHECK OUT for your payment to process.   A sales receipt will be emailed to you (check your spam in case you don’t see it right away).   Please save the receipt in your records, and record your expiration date in your calendar.
     
    Payment by eCheck / ACH
    At the bottom of this page under NCAPCS Business Membership, select Pay by Check.   Complete the form and submit.   You will be emailed an invoice within 1 business day.   In the email, click View Invoice and select the eCheck / ACH option. Complete and submit the check information, and you will automatically receive your sales receipt after the check is processed.   Please save the receipt in your records, and record your expiration date in your calendar.
     
    Payment by Mailing a Check
    At the bottom of this page under NCAPCS Business Membership, select Pay by Check.   Complete the form and submit.   You will be emailed an invoice within 1 business day.   You will be expected to have your check delivered to the following address no later than 10 business days (2 weeks) from the date you receive your invoice:
     
    North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools
    242 West Millbrook Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609
     
    Your membership will become active the day you submit the membership form provided that your check is received on time.   Otherwise, your membership will be suspended.   Record your expiration date in your calendar.
     

    Q: Our company is currently a Business Partner, but we would like to upgrade to a Corporate Leader.   How do we do that? 

    A: Please email Operations Assistant Joshua Hoke josh@ncpubliccharters.org indicating your company’s interest in upgrading.   An invoice will be sent to you within one business day to pay the $1,000 difference between the two tiers, and your membership will reset to last one year from the date the upgrade was paid.
     

    Q: Our company was a member in the past under the former Association, but we are not sure if we are still members under the new Association.   How do we find out if our membership is still active? 

    A: Please email Operations Assistant Joshua Hoke josh@ncpubliccharters.org to verify.
     

     

    Submit your NCAPCS Business Membership below!

    Pay by Credit Card

    Pay by Check

     

    Are you interested in learning about advertising and sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming conference?   Click here to start by learning about our previous conference!   You may also contact Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham at (336) 669-9996 or email her at rhonda@ncpubliccharters.org.