Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Lawn Maintenence Association


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-21-2008, 04:24 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well It's been a pain in the butt, but I have got the 1st meeting set up & it's tonight at 7pm so I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes. I was goint to start a local LMA from scratch but found there is a Florida Lawn Maintenence Association established. It was strong at one point & is currently struggling due to low participation. I am aiming to start a chapter here in Charlotte County and probably join the state board myself. I have arranged a local mower shop is hosting the even, renting tables, chairs & providing food & drink. I have the executive director of the Fl. LMA coming as a guest speaker, a guy or 2 from the local dept. of horticulture, & I expect somewhere bettween 15-30 lawn care operators to attend! So we'll see what happens!

Wish me luck.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 05-21-2008, 07:17 PM
quickcleanlawn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Thats awsome! keep us posted.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-21-2008, 09:37 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Went pretty good. I didn;t get the turnout I was hoping for but it went good & I think there are about 6 guys really interested in getting this going. It's a start! All big organizations had to start somewhere right!?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-21-2008, 10:59 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,003
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Chuck,

That is fantastic! Great job!

I bet a lot of readers are interested in starting their own chapter in their area. Can you tell us how you lined up the store to host it?

How did you promote it? What kind of food and drinks did you have?

How many people showed up?

Did you take any pics?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-22-2008, 07:38 AM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well the shop was more than willing to host it & he helped alot with promotion too, Handing out flyers to his more well established clientel whom he though would be good candidates & might be interested in such an association.

Most of the promotion from this was through some flyers handed out at a big sale (down at this shop last saturday & throughout this week) or via word of mouth & by calling several operators I've met in the past.

The shop supplied 2 huge platters of subway subs, chips etc. a cooler full of soft drinks.

There was only about 8 guys that showed up....
kinda aggrivating just because there were at least 5 or 6 others who seemed really interested & said they would be there for sure including one who helped me arrange the meeting! I haven't talked to him yet but I'm sure something big came up to keep him from getting there.

No I didn't take any pictures. I guess I really should have so later I could have been able to show how it all started.

This is going to be a chapter of the florida LMA.

For our forum members here in the state please visit
http://www.floridalma.org/ I beleive it is important for our industry that we all take a little initiative & participate in were the industry is headed... Like I said to the guys last night.

"We all run into many of the same problems & continue to complain about them, it will never get better if nothing is done about it. Granted 8 of us may not be able to fix it all alone, but it's gotta start somewhere. If we do nothing but just continue to bitch and complain, that's exactly what will happen. Nothing. If we don't begin some positive movement for our industry now then we have no right to complain in the future & we'll just have to swallow whatever comes down the pipe."
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-22-2008, 11:20 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,003
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Chuck,

You really are a great coordinator!

I am very impressed you got 5 or 6 others to show up. That is a great start! I wouldn't feel bad about that in the least!

Can you tell me what your next step is? Also, how much involvement do you feel you will have in this? How much time per week will it take to organize and run this? Do you feel you will find a benefit out of this that will make it all worth it to you?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-22-2008, 09:02 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well I'm going to continue to follow up with those that attended & try to get them on board. I submitte my membership application & annual dues last night. I will try to continue to generate intrest from other lco's . Hopefully set up another meeting like this & get a better turn out. I don't know how much time per week it will take...?

I think being a member will certainly have it's benifits from a public & proffesional standpoint. If absolutly nothing else it adds another level of credibility. but I think it can & should be much more than that.

As far as being a good coordinator.... Yeah, it's kind of in my blood line. Much like my old man was, I tend to grab the bull by the horns and take control of almost anything I decide to get involved in which is why I've always quickly climbed to a management position in every job I've ever really done. The ingrained business owner mentality is a blessing & a curse though.... I'd sweat every detail of running the several auto shops I've managed, service departments, construction crews & job sites, project management, health & life insurance, etc. and granted the high performance reflected well on me but I was never the guy at the top really reaping the benefits of my hard work.

So, now I am. It just made sense.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-22-2008, 09:24 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,003
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I know you can make this happen. It will just take time to build.

Have you thought of other ideas to draw in potential members? Could you have a swap meet on the days you host a meeting? Could you allow other lawn care businesses to sell their used equipment in the parking lot of where ever you host the next show?

What other ideas can you think of to attract new members?

Also, will you put together a website to promote this?

Do you want to add something into your signature to attract florida lawn care business owners?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-23-2008, 06:33 AM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

All god ideas Steve, Thank you.
Anything I put into this is on a voulenteer basis, I will do all that I can though, but family, & my business are well above it on the to-do lists. I will wait to gain my membership at this point & then kick back into gear....

I probably won't start a whol new site (at least not on my dime) but I will probably help them update their 10 year old page. I am also seriously considering joining the state board for the association.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-23-2008, 11:43 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,003
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Great!

I think this, along with everything else in the world, needs critical mass to be successful. Or in other words, you need to chip away at it until you get a large enough group where others think this is the place to be, this is the group to be with.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I am also seriously considering joining the state board for the association.
Can you tell us a little about what this is and what it will do for you?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 63
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
07-21-2016 04:55 PM
by Steve
21 5,857
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-20-2016 09:09 PM
by Chilehead
8 131
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-19-2016 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 598
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 88
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 39
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 70
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 100
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 198
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 729
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
by Lawnline
0 372
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 246
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 264
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 192
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,718
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,268
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,499
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 232
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,223
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 348
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 834
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,678
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,883
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-28-2016 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 661
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
06-28-2016 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 247
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-28-2016 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 440,061
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
06-28-2016 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 484
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,318
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:08 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:08 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy