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Has SIMA benefitted your business?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by xtreem3d, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Can anyone comment on whether or not SIMA has truly hepled you get,sell, advertise your business? & in what way? I guess I feel most customers probably don't know or care..but still interested in hearing from real life members ( I am not a member)
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Here's just one reason why I advocate for people to join SIMA:

    A couple years ago when I became a member an ambulance company needed someone to plow their shop in my town. They searched online for contractors in my area and they found me using SIMA's Member Search function.

    I made enough off of that account IN ONE MONTH to pay my membership fees for a few years. I obviously can't guarantee that you'll be as lucky but it's well worth the risk IMO.

    I think basic memberships only cost $195/year but you'll get $50 off if you're referred by a current member so for around $150 you have access to one of the best resources available to our industry.

    Good luck.
     
  3. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Thanks for the response...tell if if I understand the site info..i would have to buy the study modules for about 500.00 (being a non-member)? is that right? Assume I need them to test?
    Steve
     
  4. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    You don't have to become a CSP to be a member of SIMA and realize benefits.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Only if you want the CSP designation. First yr is 130.00 if you use me as a referral.
     
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Thanks a second time...I would want to "boast" that we are CSP certified..maybe it would help maybe not. How do you take the test? Do you go somewhere or at home, online ect?
    Steve
    PS If your not CSP can you still use their brochures for advertising?

    PPS Basically i just went online and found who around me is CSP and I'm pissed they are and I am not..have to keep up with the jones you know
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Think you can do it online now. You can order them I think with your info on it.
     
  8. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Last I knew, you have to go to a testing center. They are all over the country so one shouldn't be too far away.

    There are certain brochures you can use if you are a member and then additional ones if you become certified.
     
  9. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    SIMA - A game changer...

    SIMA has really been beneficial in countless ways. Not just from a marketing / utilizing SIMAs logo and being a CSP (which I am, but you do not have to be as stated earlier).

    The biggest benefit I have seen is from the symposiums each year. Imagine going and hearing from industry professionals / leaders who are willing to discuss business practices openly because you are most likely not in the same service area.

    SIMA changed my business life. The snack and chats and seminars put on durning the symposium are top notch. I will be a speaker next year in Minneapolis.

    Hope this helps! The cost is insignificant if you look at the true value.

    -Wayne
     
  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Thank You..i will call tomorrow
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Good,remember ,Grandview for the referral!Thumbs Up
     
  12. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    Say hi to Heather for me and tell her Steve Koep from Fargo referred you :)

    Honestly, when I joined I thought it would be so I could use it in advertising to clients. But after being in a couple yrs the reason I renew is because of the knowledgeable and professional friends I've met through SIMA. It's those relationships that are invaluable. I often call up SIMA friends for advice when I need it.