I don't know where this is going so please...don't post "So what is your point". After I dealt with a b**ch of a customer I receive a call from one of my commercial accounts requesting I come in for a meeting. My initial thought was we did something wrong. I set a time and meet someone I have never met before. She explains that one of our properties have been transfered to her property maintenance company and would like for us to submit a bid as well as a contract. When I arrived, there was another LCO cutting with a home depot lawn tractor and a push mower, 2 guys and they were cutting a H U G E complex. Anyway, after 30 minutes, we hit it off (not physically). She tells me that the current company has been offered 12 other commercial properties and the current guy REFUSED the work. He stated he wasn't willing to grow and in the past has only worked for residential customers. The guys cuts the grass amazingly well but his downfall is he has too many resis and doesn't have the time or manpower to properly manage this complex. The reason this company is changing LCOs is the new rule. The company wants ONE company per 6 commercial properties. She shows me 6 bids and what the winning bids were. These contracts range from $30,000 to $44000 per year. In order to handle these accounts, one would need 5 guys once per month to do the beds and 2 guys the remainder of the month to just cut...... Why would ANYONE refuse these contracts??? Would any other solo ops (with one helper) turn this opportunity down? LASTLY, becoming a LCO for this particular company places you in their "book". This book has only 14 LCOs in it and this company manages over 90 properties. I brought this up because I cannot fathom how or why anyone would pass this up???? After our meeting, I went to the liquor store and bought a $70 bottle of wine and a thank you card and will be sending it out tomorrow.