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Association memberships?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Bunton Guy, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,754

    Is it worth it to try and netword through various associations that our industry deal with?

    Im not a people person and I keep telling myself that one day I will pop out of my turtle shell & become a people person. Im not holding my breath but I would like to at least make a attempt.:dizzy:

    I've got many to choose from and possible some that I don't even know about.

    CAI community association institute
    BOMA building owner & manager association
    Turfgrass council of NC
    PLANET professional landcare network
    NC nursery & Landscape association
    Carolina green industry network

    Membership to all of these would be a little over $1,000 per year. Do any of you every pick any work from going to these meetings?
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Dealing with people may be the most important part of owning a business. Whether it's customers, employees, vendors, etc. Come out of your shell, join some organizations and start mingling.
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  3. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,754

    That's what im after. I've been in business for 10 years and nearly the same size for all 10 years. Flyers & word of mouth will only get you so far

    I need to take it to the next level. I even thought of spending the coin on one of Marty Grunders grow events. Maybe his motivation will spark something in me lol.
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    My associations Keep me informed through their publications, weekly e-mail updates, continuing education, seminars, pests and diseases and a whole lot of other stuff.

    We get a deal on alot of things like liability insurance, parts, equipment, supplies,
    banking services, a discount on gas purchases, vehicle leasing. all of my trees, shrubs, soils, retaining walls etc...and then again, a whole lot of other stuff.

    I'm active with the BCLNA, but I don't go to many meetings. You won't find alot of work by mingling at a bbq with a bunch of your peers, who probably are also competitors.

    There are on-line referal service and publications that go out to the public and business communities that we are listed in.

    I'm not a member to find new clients. I like the deals that are offered and the up to date industry information.

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