Virtually Networking

SEMA Member News - September/October 2010

By Alan Dicker

How to Get the Most Out of the SEMA Website Now That It’s Easier Than Ever to Log-in and Get Started!

  SEMA Member News - September/October 2010  

To access the community, simply go to and select “Forgot Password” on the top right side of the site. When prompted, enter your e-mail address, and voilà!   

The latest iteration of the SEMA website, which can be accessed at, was designed to allow members to access all of the great things that SEMA has to offer in a one-stop shop. Whether it’s all of SEMA’s benefits—from the ability to download past webinars and other educational opportunities to exclusive market research information not available anywhere else to discounts on shipping and insurance—details about how to take advantage of the opportunities can be found on the site. But did you know that there are some new features that allow individuals to find the products and services that your company offers, and they’re live on the SEMA website right now?

Every SEMA-member company automatically has a profile on the website, based on the information that the SEMA membership department has on file about the company: contact information (phone number and fax only), key employees, description of the company and the products and services that it offers. But now members can contact you for business inquiries through the website via the SEMA online community, sending messages directly to your profile on the SEMA website and notifying you by e-mail when someone sends a request.

To access the community, simply go to and select “Forgot Password” on the top right side of the site. When prompted, enter your e-mail address, and voilà! The website will e-mail you instructions on how to change your password. If your e-mail address is not found, you’ll be prompted to create a new account. It’s that easy.
Some additional benefits of creating your account on the website are:
  • A personalized “MySEMA” view that provides information that is relevant to you and
    your needs when you go to For instance, legislation that would affect vintage vehicles would appear at the top of the page for a hot-rod builder, while a wheel manufacturer might see information about the new wheel section at the SEMA Show.
  • The opportunity to network and establish partnerships with others in the industry. Keep track of “favorite” member companies and individuals by adding them as friends for quick access.
  • Join a SEMA council or committee that shares your business purpose or market segment. Be part of the discussion; talk to other members about issues affecting their and your common business goals, issues and challenges. Current discussions include online marketing and public relations assistance.
  • The ability for everyone in your company to take advantage of SEMA’s benefits instead of just the primary contact.
  • And a lot more!

The site also still includes all of the features that you’re used to using—the high-trafficked classifieds section, searchable online membership directory, information about all of the upcoming events from SEMA (including the SEMA Show), news from SEMA’s niche councils and committees, searchable archives from SEMA News, news on the latest legislative and regulatory issues affecting the aftermarket, SEMA’s award-winning exclusive market reports and research, and much more.

But don’t just take our word for it; go try it yourself.

For more information about the SEMA website or for help logging in, contact SEMA Member Services at 909/396-0289 and ask for Tim, A.J. or Monica.