Hospital bidding

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Schrock Lawns, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,506

    Ok then. Its the facility manager or vendor relations dept. Have fun.
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  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    I really thought Mark's post would have solidified what the rest of us said. To answer your question, contact the facility/grounds manager and see what their bidding cycle is, or ask to be put on their vendor list if they have one so when the grounds bid comes out you will be notified.
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,755

    The only and absolutely only time I have saw where an extremely large LCO like Brickman hasn't won a bid is when it is a private/non-for-profit and you know someone(s) on the inside with a lot of pull.

    Like I said, I went on a walk through one time just for giggles and the fact that I did know the plant manager and he begged me, (even though I told him I would not submit a bid... we are a 6 person company during our peak times)...

    I honestly don't see how even these large companies can make the money when they are throwing 15/20 guys at it even paying them minimum wage and checking green cards... I guess they are just pushing pure volume and quantities....
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    when you grow up and can figure out who to contact, then you might be ready to bid on one, if you can't figure that out , then your not ready.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    Try the CEO, they'd love to talk to you. :rolleyes:

    PS If you don't want advice unless you want to hear what you already know, don't ask questions. Heaven forbid anyone try to help you.
  6. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Where else can you go and get the cumulative years knowledge as what was said here and blow it off? I love this place.
  7. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    Its all about pure volume. Valley crest and TruGreen each gross about a Billion dollars a year in revenue. They obviously dont do it from one single branch. Each branch grosses approx. 3million give or take depending on the branch. In order to compete with them you have to be doing at least over a million. Sometimes they under bid the maintenance work on properties and they pick up the slack with irrigation repairs, color installations and enhancement work.
  8. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Shrock, I hope your dad has common sense but they say "The acorn don't fall far from the tree!" The business will probably fail within 1yr if you bid & get the contract. I hope you lie about equip & employees when bidding & get it. Good Luck!
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  9. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Seems like you're jumping in too early...(NOT BECAUSE OF YOUR AGE) Just because of your companies Size. Im not going to ask what you're biggest account is but if you're not currently doing any accounts equal or BIGGER I wouldn't even waste my time.

    Don't get me wrong, Having b_l_a_n_k_Hospital On your reference sheet looks FANTASTIC, But if you can't provide for them THEY WILL "F" YOU UP!

    The Liability is HUGE.
    Yeah take everyone else's info Call the prop. manager, Facilities Mgr. Etc... But most wont even return your call!

    If You want some real advise start calling local restaurants, stores, and plazas. Most plazas are dealt with through a property manager. Once you get the mgmt. company pursue in that direction. But those aren't always easy either! GOOD LUCK!
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    You need to read his last reply, he doesn't want advice, only who to contact.

    Which tells you something right there.

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