Hello, all. I am a successful business owner at the cutting edge of a niche within a larger industry -- so much on the cutting edge of the niche that there are less than a dozen people in the country who can do what I do, although there are probably several thousands who are interested in learning how to do it. I really believe I am in one of those GO BIG OR GO HOME situations, in which I can spearhead something that is going to be mainstream five or ten years from now. Enough grandiose talk. I have been thinking about starting a professional association to represent my niche. But there are four things that are holding me back: 1. I don't want a board of directors telling me how much money I can make as the president of a professional association. 2. I don't want to put my blood, sweat and tears to build something only to risk being voted out after some set term of service. 3. I would not be able to pass an association on to my children or sell it. (You may be getting the impression that I am a capitalist. You are indeed perceptive.) 4. There currently are not enough practitioners of what I do to actually support a professional association (although there are enough potential consumers of what I do that, if they could be enticed to join, it might work). All of that said, I do want to leap WAY out to the head of this niche and establish myself in a lasting way. Some of the ideas I've had about how to do this are: 1. I could start an academy that trains and certifies like-minded people to do what I do. 2. I could create a business that has an "association-like" side (i.e. offers a newsletter, database of certified practitioners, holds an annual conference, and sets certification standards for the niche) and a "for-profit-like" side (i.e. holds training academies in my home town, nationally and abroad). I would ultimately like to have the appeal of an association without it being a non-profit (kind of like the Better Business Bureau), and I'm looking for a creative, honest and effective way to do that. So, while the design of this business is in its infancy, my most pressing question at the moment is: Can I use terms like "Association", "Members", "Board" if I am NOT a non-profit professional association? If not, what other terms can I use? I realize I need to be up-front about this being a for-profit business, and I'm not looking to deceive anyone into thinking otherwise. I'm just trying to really go big and very professional on this. When somebody thinks of this niche, I want them to think of my business. If I don't pour a foundation here, somebody else will. I look forward to your input.