The benefit package of the World Sweeping Association is constantly being evaluated and updated. The following are the Association’s current benefits.
Approximately 250 articles written to help power sweeping contractors increase their knowledge and professionalism have been removed from the WorldSweeper.com website and are now exclusively available only to WSA members. These include articles in the following topic areas:
• Business Operation Best Practices • Third Party Vendors
• Employee Management • Featured Contractor Profiles With Podcasts
• Bidding • General Business Tips
• Ways to Grow Your Business • Internet Tips & Techniques
• Legal Issues • Management Tools
• Dealing With Noise Complaints • Safety Tips & Ideas
• Selling Your Services • Moving up to Street Sweeping
• Best Practices • Forms
• Industry History • Startup Tips & Info
The best way to run your business pro-actively is to have the info you need to make informed decisions. WSA’s Executive Director gleans information from a variety of sources — not the least from WSA Members themselves — and provides this information every two weeks ONLY to WSA Members. In addition, any imminent or late-breaking information is sent immediately.
The executive director of WSA, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, is the author of a 250-page ‘how to’ manual on all aspects of contract power sweeping, Fundamentals of the Power Sweeping Business. Many copies of this definitive manual on how to operate a contract sweeping business, which is in its 10th update, have been sold for $99.95. Members may purchase it for $25.
WSA supports the insurance program of Crum & Forster’s Pavement Maintenance Insurance Program. With over 20 years experience in providing industry-specific insurance products and services, the Crum & Forster Program can be easily accessed by your existing insurance agent. You can find out more about the program by clicking on the company’s logo or the link below. By being a valued WSA member, could qualify you for additional pricing considerations.
The Contractor Locator at WorldSweeper.com has become one of America’s ‘go to places’ for finding power sweeping contractors. This program has been offered for six years and usage by property managers and others has continued to climb. Because of the high visibility location at the WorldSweeper.com website – combined with the requirement that all contractors in the program must sign the WorldSweeper/WSA Ethics Statement – most contractors in the program receive more than 25 prospect views per month.
Renewal rate by the contractors currently in the program, which has been priced at $249.95/year, has historically exceeded 90%. Now, WorldSweeper’s Contractor Locator has become an exclusive benefit of WSA membership. A free Gold Listing in the WorldSweeper.com Contractor Locator is included for no additional charge with each WSA membership. (To receive this benefit, contractors must have been in business for a minimum of one year.)
WSA members receive preferential service from Riviera Finance, a 40-year-old firm that has worked with over 20,000 clients to provide cash flow through invoice factoring. For a very small percentage, the Riviera program will provide immediate payment of your invoices. The company will even assist in getting your invoices paid in a more timely fashion. And, for each account financed through Riviera Finance, 5% of fees will be rebated to the WSA Scholarship Fund.
John Meola’s experience with providing contractors and others with advice on safety issues spans over three decades. John has provided loss control consulting for a wide variety of organizations, including insurance companies, trans-national corporations and associations. Meola has been a long-time contributor of safety information to the WorldSweeper.com website, and provides targeted, topical information WSA Members can use to help keep their employees operating safely.
Elgin Sweepers offers a 20% discount off standard pricing to WSA Members. The discount is good for most all Elgin Sweeper parts, although some exclusions apply. For complete information on the program, use this link.
Schwarze Industries, Inc. offers a 15% discount off standard pricing to WSA Members. The discount is good for most all Supervac (formerly S-series) parts, although some exclusions apply. Here is where to get further information on this
Victory Sweepers, Inc. offers a $500 discount on each of its new sweeper models, as well as $500 discount on used sweepers purchased from the company. In addition, the company offers a 20% discount on the purchase of new parts. Here is where to get further information (opens in a new window).
Sweeper Parts Sales (SPS) offers a 15% discount off its standard low pricing on the above makes of sweepers. A few exclusions apply. SPS is a quality provider of OEM and aftermarket parts made for the above types of sweepers. Get more information and order parts via this link. (Opens into a new browser window.)
SuperiorRoads Solutions offers a 15% discount off its standard pricing on the above makes of sweepers as well as its Python pothole patcher. Get more information and order parts via this link. (Opens into a new browser window.)
World Sweeping Association Members receive a 40% discount on parts purchased through Tom’s Truck Center, the nation’s largest Isuzu/GM truck parts dealer. In addition, the discount is available on automobile parts for all the manufacturers shown in the graphic to the right.
A number of WSA Members have used this discount and attest that it represents a very significant discount over purchasing parts locally. Tom’s Truck Center offers extremely quick shipping, so if you are on the east coast don’t worry about the distance. For information on how to implement this program if you are a member, click here. Note: you must be logged in to view this information.
WSA Members requested that we provide an employee benefit program. After performing due diligence, we chose the company utilized by the American Subcontractors’ Association, Benefit Solutions Today. Click here for more information. Note: you must be logged in to view.
WSA Members can receive a discount on Bridgestone tires purchased through WSA and picked up at their local Costco location. Click here for more information. Note: you must be logged in to view.
The WSA Fuel Card Member Benefit offers discounted fuel purchases through any of the above networks. Pricing is discounted based upon how many WSA Members are signed up for the program, but all is based upon wholesale prices. Maximum paid over wholesale is 13-cents/gallon, a price that can fall to as low as 5-cents/gallon.
For information on how to implement this program if you are a member, click here. Note: you must be logged in to view this information.
VBeltSupply.com is America’s largest internet supplier of ISO 9001-certified V-belts, plus other specialized metal parts including bearings. WSA Members receive a 10% discount off VBeltSupply’s already low prices.
Liquitube is an environmentally-friendly, non-corrosive sealant that goes into tires prior to inflation. Reviewers cite enormous benefits in keeping tires inflated properly and for tires not going flat even after multiple punctures.
Become 1-800-SWEEPING in Your Area — 10% of Monthly Subscription Goes to WSA’s Scholarship Fund
Mike Musto’s 1-800-PAVEMENT Network has already resulted in generating over $63 million for its current subscribers. For only $200/month you can brand your business as 1-800-SWEEPING in your area code — and 10% of your monthly subscription fee goes to the WSA Scholarship Fund! Click here for info.
15% Discount on Professional Pothole Patching Material AQUA PATCH
AQUA PATCH is a professional-grade pothole patching compound that allows for quick and easy patching of both asphalt and concrete. The product is a cold-mix, water-activated mixture that is environmentally-friendly, and contains NO petroleum-based distillate solvents.
Contractor Power offers full service internet marketing, specializing in contractors. The ever increasing level of complexity and the lengthy list of requirements for positive results grows continuously. Outsourcing allows you to obtain expert service and just the right amount of it for your business, same as you do with your accountant.
WSA Members are eligible for enrollment in the fleet discount program with one of the largest auto parts stores in the U.S., with more than 4,000 locations in 42 states. Savings on vehicle maintenance and other merchandise through the company’s Fleet Program has been reported to be as high as 40%. All of the brands to the right, and many more, are available. Our info page on this benefit is only available to logged-in WSA Members.
Baldwin Filters is the leading commercial-duty filter manufacturer in the U.S. WSA Members receive a significant discount on all Baldwin-brand filters. In addition, Baldwin offers WSA Member employees access to online, video-based, product usage training on a variety of filter types. You and/or your employees may even take part in three-day Baldwin University seminars. These take place in Nebraska and all expenses except airfare are picked up by Baldwin. Alternatively, you can arrange for a similar seminar to take place at your company, or at a nearby distributor’s, location. Take a look at the complete WSA Member program with Baldwin Filters.
One of our WSA Members returned from a tradeshow where he’d seen and purchased a portable air filter cleaning unit from this company. Since he reported his firm had great results, we contacted the company and have arranged for WSA Members to receive an approximately 15% discount on the company’s filter cleaning units. For more information on the these, including how to get your WSA Member discount, click on the Filter Blaster logo or use this link.
Fleetmatics is a leading provider of GPS tracking for fleets. WSA Members who become new users of Fleetmatics’ GPS systems will receive free installation of their system ($100 value) and a 10% discount on their overall Fleetmatics service. Click on this link for more information.
WSA Member, Quiet Sweep, LTD, also operates ‘Trash Can Liners Direct!’ For contractors located in any of the states you see to the right, they are offering a delivered price of $22.25 per case, which represents $1.25 per case off their already low pricing. One pallet (200 bags/case — 81 cases — 16,200 total bags) minimum is required. Standard bag size is 43″x48″, black or clear. They also have other sizes available. For more information, click here to go to our benefit’s listing page for the company. Once they confirm your company is a WSA Member, you will be provided with the discounted pricing.
WSA Members receive a 20% discount through the sweeping industry’s most recognized hydraulic rebuilding and repair company, Marathon Hydraulic Motors. Available brands include all those shown above. Click here to view our benefits’ listing information for the company, as well as how to arrange for your WSA Member discount.
WSA Members are able to attend 6 seminars at the normal price of just 4 of them. Any WSA Member who registers for seminars using the code “WSA” can select any 6 seminars (90-minutes each) for the price of 4… it’s a savings of $70 over pre-registration price and a savings of $130 over the NPE’s on-site price.
Up to three promotional items per member per year may be submitted for review. This will be done at no charge by affiliate, American Proofreading Co. Analysis provided will include spelling, grammar usage and typography, as well as ‘marketing value.’ Ideas will be offered about changes or additions that might make the company promotional material more effective.
WSA Members will receive discounts at the forthcoming online e-commerce store being developed by the WorldSweeper Team. Most of the products carried will be available to WSA members at a discount. Going forward, WSA members will be encouraged to request that specific products be added. When this occurs, WSA staff will attempt to arrange for membership discounts in those product lines. (Available soon.)
WSA members have access to an information page on each third party vendor (sometimes called ‘national service providers’) that is soliciting sweeping contractors to work for national accounts. Some of the more well-known of these are Divisions, Mirror Lawn, Brickman and Ferrendino. Our exclusive reports on these companies include the rating given by contractors who have worked for the company (from +5 to -5); the average invoice payment time for the company; and, comments from contractors about their previous experience with that particular company. Any other pertinent information we have about the firm is also included. These are updated whenever new information is provided by a Member contractor or is received from other sources.
WSA has founded the Dale McCaskill Sr. and Carl J. Austin Memorial Scholarship Funds. As time goes on, we envision increasing our level of outreach into the sweeping community as we develop more sources of revenue to fund our programs designed to give back to the power sweeping community. In its first year, WSA will be awarding two scholarships of $1,000 each to student applicants who have one or more parents that work for a power sweeping company. Although students whose parent(s) work for a non-WSA Member company are eligible, the scholarship award is raised to $2,000 each if the sweeping contractor is a WSA Member. For more information, and to download applications and a flyer suitable for putting onto a company bulletin board, click here.
WSA members will have exclusive use of a variety of forms, brochures and other types of templates of value in running their business. These include professionally designed, tri-panel brochures, as well as other handouts and flyers designed to increase professionalism of member businesses.
Wreck your sweeper or other company vehicle and feel you’re not being treated fairly by your, or the other party’s, insurance company? In the event something like that occurs, WSA has arranged for members to be able to speak with independent insurance adjuster, Kevin McNamara, of Denali Adjusters. As a member, you will also have access to two articles by Kevin, “Best Practices for Dealing With Insurance Adjusters” and “How to Prepare Your Business for a Disaster.”
As the WSA logo becomes increasingly recognizable over time, the professionalism it represents will increase, as well. WSA members in good standing are able to use the WSA logo, as well as the WorldSweeper/WSA Ethics logo, on their company websites, brochures, vehicles, etc.
WSA’s Director, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, will provide each WSA member with up to two hours of consultation per membership year, normally a value of over $200. In addition to being the world’s most prolific published author on the topic of power sweeping, Ranger has provided insight and information to power sweeping contractors for 25 years.
Ranger headed up marketing at Schwarze Industries, Inc. for over 10 years, during which time the company had unprecedented growth. He has designed more than three dozen sweeping-related websites, including the initial sweeper manufacturer website, www.Schwarze.com.
Backing Ranger’s many years of targeted knowledge in power sweeping is an education that includes both undergraduate and graduate degree in Economics. He produced the first informational newsletter for power sweeping contractors, The Supervac Quarterly, and was the founder and editor of the multi-award-winning American Sweeper Magazine and its companion website. He is also editor of the industry-leading WorldSweeper.com website.
If Ranger doesn’t have the answers you need, he will either find them out for you or put you in contact with someone who does!
Want to discuss ideas with other WSA members? You will have two ways to do so. First, WSA members have an onsite Bulletin Board where they can post questions, offer equipment for sale and more. This will be operational by February 1, 2013.
WSA currently offers a members-only discussion area at Linkedin. This may be used for similar discussion purposes and will enhance your standing in the Linkedin universe. If you have a Linkedin account, be sure to request inclusion in the WSA Linkedin Group – “World Sweeping Association” – once you have become a WSA member.
WSA is envisioned as a member-driven Association that will address the needs of those in power sweeping. Input about new programs, discounts, and other items of interest will be strongly encouraged. The intent is to provide the resources needed to allow WSA members to become the most professional element in the power sweeping industry. Let us know what you’d like in to see occur in the WSA organization and we’ll either try to make it happen or, if needed, let you know why your idea cannot be accomplished at this time.