Headquartered in Lansing, the Michigan Retailers Association is not just the unified voice of Michigan's retail industry, but it also provides to all types of businesses a wide range of profit-boosting services, ranging from workers compensation to payment processing. In addition, MRA provides aggressive legislative representation and a popular shop-local program called Buy Nearby, which educates shoppers on why they should keep their money in the Mitten. Membership includes nearly 5,000 member businesses that own and operate more than 12,000 stores across the state. They range in size from the smallest independent operations to the largest national and international chains. Incorporated in 1940 to help retailers succeed in business, MRA has become the nation's largest state trade association of general merchandise retailers.