About the Central Minnesota Builders Association
The Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA), founded in 1971
as a not-for-profit organization is dedicated to serving the housing
industry. The Association member companies have over 24,000 employees
in Central Minnesota and are an affiliate of the National Association
of Home Builders. Members include but are not limited to home builders,
remodelers, lenders, suppliers, subcontractors and real estate professionals.
Hiring a Contractor? Do Your Homework
One of CMBA’s top priorities is to educate consumers about
finding and working with dependable contractors. Doing your homework
can make all the difference in the success of your project.
- One way to ensure you have found a reliable, well-trained professional
is to simply ask, "Do you belong to the Central Minnesota
- Get referrals from neighbors, friends and family. Some of the
best contractors get all their business by word of mouth.
- Explore our website to identify builders or remodelers listed
Member Directory tab.
- Interview 3-5 prospects, in person.
- Verify your contractor’s background and check references
– contact their materials suppliers, make sure they're licensed
by visiting the Department
of Labor and Industry website, call recent customers.
- Nail down the contract – get all the details in writing.
Why should I hire a CMBA member?
The best professionals tend to join their industry associations.
They seek opportunities to learn as much as they can about their
industry and to stay on top of current events and issues, as well
as to participate in industry-specific training and network with
their peers. They join to give back to their industry and communities
by participating in volunteer service efforts. They also join as
agents of change, working to shape legislative and regulatory policies
that support the housing industry. They find all this, and more,
through CMBA membership.
CMBA members make a difference in Central Minnesota
- CMBA members promote housing by working against regulatory
barriers to affordability and advocating efficient land use and
- CMBA members work to support Central Minnesota’s economic
growth and quality of life while also protecting the environment.
- CMBA members donate their time, energy and resources to provide
construction assistance to many special needs through the Home
Builders Cares program.
- CMBA members sponsor Habitat
for Humanity to improve the living conditions of low-income
homeowners, especially the disabled, elderly and families with
- CMBA members are a part of the community fabric. Their children
attend local schools; they shop in local stores and participate
in community activities.
- CMBA members actively support efforts to strengthen Central
Minnesota laws that protect homeowners.
- CMBA members educate the next generation of building professionals
through summer jobs. They visit classrooms through the Homes
of Our Own Arbor Day programs and speak at career days; work
to develop a construction curriculum and give grants and scholarships
School Technology Departments and Technical
College Construction students.
Why hiring a CMBA member is to your advantage
- CMBA members are the best. Members subscribe to a code of ethics,
are licensed where required and continually seek to increase their
skills and knowledge.
- CMBA members have connections. Members are plugged in to a
network of subcontractors and suppliers, which help reduce costs,
speed project completion and mitigate project risks.
- CMBA members are well trained. Members take professional development
courses to hone their skills and some
builders have NAHB professional building designations.
- CMBA members are well informed. Members keep abreast of developments
in their industry through state and national trade publications
including the CMBA
On The Level, pamphlets, brochures, manuals and manufacturers'
- CMBA members know technology. Members are conversant with the
newest products and their application.
- CMBA members are insured. Membership in the Central Minnesota
Builders Association requires the maintenance of liability coverage
and workers compensation insurance where appropriate.