Join Us

The Independent Restaurant Coalition was founded on the simple belief that our small businesses have the power to affect legislative change if we unite our voices. We are delighted to offer three classes of membership: Trade Members, Partner Members, and Associate Members. Dues are based on class of membership and business revenue.  

If you're interested in taking the IRC for a test drive, we recommend joining as an Industry Advocate

The services and products to support our members will evolve over time. In our first year we will provide you with the following:

Advocacy: You can contribute to the strong advocacy programs centered on assuring that our businesses are being supported by our federal policy makers.

Community: Our coalition of over 100,000 people keeps in touch with each other and current issues through the coalition's web site, frequent Zoom calls and email updates of emerging issues relevant to our industry.

Education: Gathering knowledge about everything from tax credits to hiring practices to the latest pandemic inspired pivot can be daunting. IRC members have the opportunity to share ideas, and develop new ways to improve their business and the industry through member forums, seminars and workshops. 

BetterHelp: The IRC has partnered with BetterHelp to support you and your well-being by providing you with easy and convenient access to professional therapy online. As a valued member of IRC, this benefit is completely confidential, no one within the entire organization will know if you have used this benefit, and it is available to you completely free of charge for a total of one month, and it doesn't expire.

Industry Advocates

This membership is for owners, operators and employees of independent restaurants and bars who are interested in supporting the industry with grassroots activations locally and nationally. Advocates pay an annual fee and receive information, guidance and the opportunity to participate in our policy work.

Participation at this level does not include the ability to vote or participate in committee level work. If that's of interest please scroll down to the Trade Member category. 

Join as an Industry Advocate

Trade Members

Owners and operators of independent restaurants and bars who are actively involved in the daily operation of the business. Trade members pay an annual membership fee and are entitled to vote. Trade members have access to twice monthly leadership calls, the opportunity to participate in committee level work and have direct  access to IRC consultants as well as a network of industry mentors.

This class of membership is for restaurants and bars only, if you own a market, catering company, event venue, or franchise we would love for you to join us as a Partner member below.

Join as a Trade Member

Partner Members

Individuals or entities that do not own or operate independent restaurants and bars but whose business activities are directly engaged with the restaurant and bar industry.

Partner members pay an annual membership fee, may occupy a designated Board position, may serve on committees and are not entitled to vote.

Examples of business types that would fit into this category: 

  • Catering Company
  • Event Venue
  • Franchise
  • Market
  • Farmers, Ranchers, Fisherpeople 

  • Wine, Beer & Spirits producers and distributors

  • Coffee, tea and other beverage producers

  • Food Distributors

Associate Members

Individuals and entities who are unaffiliated with the Restaurant Industry directly, but who wish to sponsor and support the Restaurant Industry through the IRC's activities. 

Associate members pay an annual membership fee, may occupy a designated Board position, may serve on committees and are not entitled to vote.

Examples of businesses types that would fit into this category:

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Healthcare

  • Financial Services

  • Insurance

  • Legal 

  • Real Estate

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