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Old 09-11-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Question Painting Associations???

Hey guys, I need to know what would be the best painting association to go through for my new business... I'm wanting to add them to my forums.

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I dont get it. Do you need to 'go with' an association to make it work?
Do you mean something like NAPP ?
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Yes, like the Napp, Im just needing some advice.

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PDCA is, IMO, the PREMIERE association for painting and decorating contractors.



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PDCA is, IMO, the PREMIERE association for painting and decorating contractors.
What about Paint Talk? We are painting and decorating contractors and we associate, sort of.

While I have some issues with PDCA, they probably are the best thing going.

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I have joined trade associations in the past with another business and found that I paid in significantly more that I received in benefits.

I checked out the PDCA site once before but they do not describe the benefits of membership on their site. You have to submit a request which I never did.

What and how exactly will the PDCA or NAPP benefit me?
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What about Paint Talk? We are painting and decorating contractors and we associate, sort of.

While I have some issues with PDCA, they probably are the best thing going.

Brian Phillips

Brian's right, we are the best association, (at least the most entertaining). Any association is only good, if you utilize the resources offered.
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What about Paint Talk? We are painting and decorating contractors and we associate, sort of.
How could I not mention here first?

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While I have some issues with PDCA, they probably are the best thing going.

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No association is perfect, that's for sure. I used to have no use for PDCA, but since I have done a lot of sub work for comapnies that are in it, communications and expectations of the work is on a higher level.

What I like most about PDCA is their standards. Those alone are invaluable. But that's just my opinion.

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Any association is only good, if you utilize the resources offered.
AND give back to it by contributing to it. Like this "association"



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Wanted to bump this to get some more input.
What are other benefits to joining? I noticed in my area there is only one other member in 100 mile radius, do not see any local chapter.
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Here is an article I wrote on the value of belonging to your professional trade association.
http://www.yourcostcenter.com/Blog.a...4-7eb23d906821
I have had the honor of traveling this country giving seminars on behalf of the PDCA as well as many other trade associations. I can tell you this, the active membership of trade associations are usually the best in their business.

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Great question, and it's not uncommon to wonder "what's in it for me?"
I am the current president of the Seattle Chapter of the PDCA. I joined for the first time around 12 years ago, but didn't get very involved, attended a couple of meetings, and when the time for dues renewal came up I dropped. Did that a couple times until I realized that my business wasn't going where I wanted to go, that I didn't have all the answers, and that I didn't need to re-invent the wheel, when there's already many good people who have gone before me, done well, learned from others and are happy to share and help me grow my business. The PDCA in my experience is a great family of contractors who really care about helping eachother grow and increase the professionalism of our industry. In the last 5 years, since I plugged in again and finally started going to chapter meetings, becoming involved in the board, attending state and national conventions I have met many great people, learned a great deal about business and painting, increased my earnings by double, and perhaps the most important but least tangible asset is through association and interaction with high quality business people I have somehow increased my own self perception of value and worth so that I am more comfortable charging more as I see myself more as a professional. Sorry for the run on sentences, but it's something I believe in, as the proof's in the pudding. I understand that if there's only 1 other member in a 100 mile radius it will be harder to connect, however you could always help to start a local chapter. Vendors are great in helping, and National PDCA can be of assistance in this.
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I attended a meeting at the Baltimore/Annapolis area chapter. Although I met a few nice people, the president made smart remarks about me working the same area as him. (not what I expected from a "Leader")

Then I found out they only meet for nine months. Seems like they want full time dues for a part time chapter. Understand that people get busy, but I don't understand the hypocrisy of wanting people to get involved, but only part time because you get busy. (one of the meetings is a fishing trip, so you only get eight real meetings)
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Nice plugged Damon.

Personally, I would rather spend my $$ somewhere else.
If works for others, Great. Me, no thanks.
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Nice plugged Damon.

Personally, I would rather spend my $$ somewhere else.
If works for others, Great. Me, no thanks.
That's what I was thinking. This forum on the other hand, is
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Hey guys, I need to know what would be the best painting association to go through for my new business... I'm wanting to add them to my forums.

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What are your "Forums"?
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I've been a PDCA member since about 95. I have to say it's one of the best decisions I ever made. We have a very active local chapter (Schaumburg IL) & I have to say, there are some good contractors who give a lot of there time into making it work. We have good, informative meetings, seminars every so often etc. Like it's allready been said, you have to participate to get anything out of it.
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School of hard knocks . . . Great teachers. They're as patient as you are stubborn. They'll keep teaching you until you either quit or learn. Highly reccommended. Very expensive, though.
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Hey guys, I need to know what would be the best painting association to go through for my new business... I'm wanting to add them to my forums.

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I would still like to know what Forums you are refering to?????

Or do you mean forms
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School of hard knocks . . . Great teachers. They're as patient as you are stubborn. They'll keep teaching you until you either quit or learn. Highly reccommended. Very expensive, though.
that may be one of the best quotes i have herd in a long long time.
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