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membership Pays! Jim Steed, Owner, Neighborly Pest Management 3rd Vice President, PCOC As a longtime member of PCOC, I am often asked by prospective members, "What do I get from my membership? Is it worth the money?" My answer for many years has been the same. Membership pays - and it pays big. Let me tell you the three biggest ways that it has paid for me. 1 PCOC Insurance Program. For many years, I participated in PCOC and knew about the insurance program. I was happy enough with my broker and confident that I was getting competitive rates, so I was not very motivated to make a change. Then, in 2010, we had a surprise increase in our auto premiums with State Farm. I decided that it was finally time to let PCOC Insurance bring me a quote. I was very pleased with the rates. We have a fleet of about 25 vehicles and the annual savings for me was more than $6,000. As you can imagine, this is 10 times the cost of my PCOC dues. While this is not the case for every member, you can understand the significant impact that it has had for my business. If you are not participating in this program, be smarter than me. Call them up and ask for a quote now. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. There are 10 other member benefit programs from uniforms to credit card processing that can also save you money. Networking with Friendly Competitors. Some of the best friends I have are people who I have met in PCOC. These relationships have helped me countless times over the years. These friendships have given me the opportunity to work with experienced competitors that have been willing to give me some great advice over the years. I have made changes in my fleet fuel program, online advertising and employee relations that have saved me significant money and heartache over the years. How can you calculate the value of being able to call several competitors when you have important questions to answer? This industry is full of talented experienced people who have a lot to offer. PCOC Protects Your Industry. PCOC has a small full time staff of four people and about 800 volunteer members. These are the people that work on the front lines to make as much sense as we can with the regulations and laws that come out of Sacramento. In the last two years alone, PCOC has succeeded in stopping two terrible changes that were proposed in Sacramento. The first was an effort to give individual municipalities the power to make their own regulations for pesticide use. Can you imagine having to understand and comply with a different set of regulations for every city and county you work in? PCOC stopped this one before it was even put in writing because of the good relationships that we have 2 3 in the state Capitol. The second bill was as bad as the first. This bill would have required you to notify all of the neighbors of your customers prior to treatment. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. PCOC was able to work with several law makers to get this bill put where it belongs, the trash. The bottom line here is that PCOC is the only organization that works to protect your business. There is nobody else. If you care about your business and you want to make sure that we get the best results possible in Sacramento then you need to be a dues paying member. Give PCOC a call today and get your membership going. I promise you the only regret you'll have is that you didn't do it sooner. www.pcoc.org / Winter 2015 21 http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Winter 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Bird Management: Best Strategies and Biggest Challenges
Finding an SEO Company That Will Make — Not Break — Your Business in 2016
Federal Update
Insurance Complying with the Global Harmonized System Hazard Communication Standard of 2012
Membership Pays! Jim Steed, Neighborly Pest Management
State Capitol Report And That’s a Wrap
Building a Sales Culture in Your Business Everyone’s in Sales
Firm Profile The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control, Inc.
Index to Advertisers
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