Discussion in 'Industry News, Training & Organizations' started by Jerry Thomas, Oct 9, 2008.
..........Oh PLAQUE...........not plague............
Oh yeah... that would make a slight difference
Ok.... back on topic , Is the WFCA a good fit for someone who installs several different kinds of hard surface material..... not a retailer, but an independent installer? Seems more retail oriented.
Jerry, what exactly are you looking for an association to do for you? Makes a big difference.
Getting leads is nice but not a prime concern for me. If you are looking for that maybe a local group where you can meet people who can provide referrals is best. I know you don't work for retailers so your local floorcovering assoc. may not be the best choice. If you want commercial, try a property or facility mgt group (like BOMA or IFMA). Will take being active in their meetings, but well worth the time investment.
A local chamber of commerce may be a good choice too. Any local groups you join will probably pay off quicker and expand your network.
Educational opportunities may be a big part of your decision. Obviously my needs in this area are different than yours (although they do crossover frequently. Installation knowledge is critical for my end of the industry as well.).
Personally, my priorities are for the fringes, with insurance being a huge one.
Still no answers, but you are making me think. This could be dangerous...
Peter, have you looked into membership in this?
Minneapolis Builder's Exchange | MBEX
They offer health insurance programs and they could be good to network with. Investment of $360 a year.
Jerry--- one of the bennies of the WFCA is for the investment of say $250 you get $500 back for any training schools or even Surfaces for that matter. It is leaning more to the retailor but they don't use the training money.
Oh ya you get a lot of emails a mail from them also.
For me it would trade education, training and a resource for information. I emailed Roland and he says I can join the WFCA thru the Maryland Northern VA. floor covering association.
Jerry what is wrong with the Floor Pro association? You have the best experts here that will find out and help you with anything. You can even get your Puter fixed through Nick and everyone is just like a family member and they are good guys as well.
spend your money on local advertising, that's where your jobs come from.
insurance bennies? I have yet to see any "benefit" from the overpriced programs that these so called group rates from an association is supposed to provide.
They must be out there because everyone keeps talking about them but I'd say most are getting screwed.