Member Benefits for Restaurant Members

AdvocacyMontana State Capitol Building

Your association has played an important role for Montana businesses by providing a full-time registered lobbyist who advocates for you by giving expert testimony and lobbying the Montana Legislature on issues that are important to the your industry.  We help educate both legislators on various issues and how proposed legislation will affect the business environment.  We keep our members updated on the legislative bill and activities, as well as how important it is for businesses to have a voice in the legislative process as bills progress through hearings, committees, and onto the floor of the Senate and House. We research issues that may affect your business to determine whether it will be a benefit to you, or not. 

We provide several updates during the session for keep you current on the issues of the day and also collaborate with coalitions and groups whose philosophy and goals resonate with yours to best decide how to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Each session we host a Lobby Day for our members to come to Helena to meet and greet the legislators and introduce you to the legislative process.  We are looking forward to the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.

What can you as a member do to help your association lobbyist?

  • Inform us about current policies or problems affecting your community and business environment.
  • Evaluate your goals and examine whether advocacy could play a larger role in your organization.
  • Educate yourself on the current issues and provide your lobbyist with your opinion on those issues.

Association members are also represented at the national level by several organizations, including:

Dual Membership

When you join the Montana Restaurant Association, you also become a dual member in the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The NRA is ranked in the top 15 lobbying groups in Washington, DC by Fortune Magazine. Membership in the NRA includes incredible resources to help operators train employees in all facets of food service.

The dual membership in the NRA includes a subscription to The Washington Weekly, a publication dedicated to weekly updates on issues in Washington, DC. The NRA’s monthly magazine called Restaurants USA is available on-line. It is full of useful information to help improve your operation. Members also enjoy access to a huge library of educational materials through the NRA Educational Foundation.

For more information, visit

Member Services

In addition to advocacy, your association membership also provides other benefits that can save your business significant sums of money. 

Please call the vendor representative for more information.


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Visit for more information or call Randy Holbrook at 406-670-4598 .


Workers Compensation and Property & Casualty Insurance
Advocacy  |  Tailored Insurance Solutions  |  Peace of Mind

The Montana Retail Association has endorsed HUB International Mountain States since 1995. Since then, HUB has worked with many of the association’s members, creating customized insurance programs.  HUB is recognized as one of the largest property casualty brokerages in the world.  HUB can provide specialize risk management services, and top-notch customer service. 

  • Workers Compensation
  • Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Personal Insurance

For more information visit

For all your insurance needs, give HUB a call.

Drew LeVeaux, CIC
Account Executive
[email protected]

When you contact the HUB office.  Be sure to identify yourself as an association member.


BMI Services

BMI has the ability to power music establishments, restaurants, live concerts, fitness clubs and other music users with the most popular music in all genres. We also have an enduring commitment to innovation that brings our copyright owners and licensees new technologies to manage their music and their music use. Learn More



Exclusive Discounts and Solutions for MTRA Members through the Hospitality Associations Alliance Program

The Montana Restaurant Association is part of a strategic alliance program to help address the diverse needs of the hospitality industry. The Hospitality Associations Alliance, a strategic alliance platform created by the National Restaurant Association and UnitedHealth Group, offers exclusive discounts and solutions that benefit MT Restaurant Association Members and their employees.
This alliance program provides access to more health care solutions, promotes and supports health and wellness in the hospitality industry. Here are some of the program’s members-only offerings.


Free National Restaurant Association Pharmacy Discount Card

This free pharmacy discount card helps employees save up to 80% (average savings of 47%) on all FDA-approved prescription medications.

- Accepted at more than 62,000 pharmacies nationwide.
- Cards and coupons are pre-activated and easy to use; privacy is protected.
- There are no costs for using this card.
- Administered through OptumRx®. This discount card program is not insurance.
- Search for the best price and download a coupon or the card to access your discounts here:

Questions? Contact Leslie Teague at [email protected]

Why join your state trade association?

  • One of the most important benefit of association membership is networking with other professionals and entrepreneurs in your field.
  • Access to membership directories that may help increase your exposure to new markets and potential clients.
  • Privileged access or discounts to industry related conferences, trade shows and other events in your area.
  • Potential cost savings. Some vendors grant association members access to special rates on products and services.
  • To reap the benefits, you must also make an investment of time and effort in association activities and become involved.