In 1929, the Arkansas Hardware Association transitioned to become the Arkansas Homefurnishings Association in hopes to provide support and protection to the furniture retailers within the state. From its very beginning, the Association offered benefits for the retailers from healthcare to discounted pricing on sold tags. Since then the AHA has made consistent and productive efforts to remain the association that furniture retailers in Arkansas know and trust, however, as the industry has changed over the years, so has the AHA. As a strong and solid competitor in the furniture industry, the AHA boasts over 500 retail and associate members within the state while also working with its affiliate members in 27 additional states.
While encompassing a humble disposition from its very founding, the Arkansas Homefurnishings Association has made great strides to enable itself to provide all furniture retailers in the country with similar benefits. The flagship of this association is within its furniture financing companies, for which the AHA is very fortunate and grateful to call partners as well as friends. This relationship between the AHA and its partners has given the association its ability to adapt in a changing industry and become what it is today.
Accompanying the specialty finance programs, the AHA provides in state members with federal and state lobbying aimed at protecting against unfair taxation and legislation. The Association also provides education for home furnishings retail store executives and employees, consulting with members on business needs, savings on dental insurance, health insurance, and networking opportunities between AHA members to allow the exchange of retail experience and information.
Provide leadership for and initiate all proper collective action which are in the best interest of its members.
Bring its members into closer relationship in order to interchange ideas and render mutual assistance.
Represent its members in government affairs so that their voices are heard. Acting as watchdog of happenings in Arkansas and Washington to protect its members against unfair taxation and legislation.
Promote goodwill and fellowship among all home furnishings industry members.
Exchange home furnishings retail experience and information among its members so that decisions may be made based on reliable and available facts.
Provide for the education of home furnishings retail store executives and their personnel.
Coordinate and improve the methods of home furnishing retailing.
Promote goodwill and fellowship between its members and the other segments of the business community.
Create goodwill between its members and the general public.