I hope this message finds you so busy with work you barely have time to read it!
Everyday you make business decisions, often prefaced with the question “why is this good for my company?” It’s important to know the “why” regarding your business decisions and one of those “why” questions may be about your membership the builders association.
My membership “why” boils down to excellence and being the best builder I can. With my builders association membership I’ve built business relationships in my community and across the state. I receive the inside track on industry information and trends and I’ve influenced the politicians and regulators that make decisions on how we do business every day.
BAM exists to unify the statewide home building industry and help you be the best you can as a home building professional. It was created to bring the state industry together and amplify the sound of our voices together, and that’s exactly what we do today. BAM represents you and your business at the State’s Capitol, regulatory agencies and in the courts because industry unity and doing business with members is good business. Simply put, we are stronger and have a louder voice together.
Protecting Your Business at the Capitol
If you haven’t seen it yet we put together a great summary of what happened this session and what might affect your business. Wins this year include mitigation of what would have been an expensive radon requirement, protection of the industry’s warranties and general liability coverage, and preventing hidden fees such a street improvement districts from becoming law. [BAM Legislative Summary]
There were many other pieces of legislation that we worked on and we will continue to work on, but one thing I learned from being at the Capital this year was, although we have the facts, politicians often times side with emotion and disregard the facts. I guess it’s called Politics.
$10,000 in Legal Resources
One of the big benefits of BAM membership are legal resources such as the set of six contracts available for free to members and estimated to be worth over $10,000. This year, BAM has updated the contracts to reflect the changes made to state law. As a bonus, a sample change order document has also been added to the set. Check out the updated contracts on BAM’s website. [NEW BAM Contracts] (username and password required) If you need your username and password just contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership with the builders association means collective legal protection. BAM’s Legal Action Fund takes on cases with statewide significance, meaning if successful the case will help home building professionals in all corners of the state. There are several examples of legal wins that benefit the industry. One in particular is the building permit fee win against the city of Shakopee. Since that case, my local city tried to raise building permit fees above the cost of providing the service. We used this industry win to keep them from doing so.
The BAM Board of Directors will be discussing how to support the Legal Action Fund financially for the next several years. Let your state reps know what you think so they can bring that to the table for the meeting September 18. [LAC Sustainable Funding Options]
$28,000 Holiday Dollars!
In 2012 alone, BAM members added $28,000 in rebates to their bottom lines by using the Holiday Station Stores program. On average, each participating member got a $400 check. That nearly covers the cost of membership! Sign up to get a cut of that rebate! Not only will you get a $0.10/gallon discount in the first 90 days and $0.04/gallon off thereafter, but you’ll get a rebate at the end of the year. You don’t want to miss out on a piece of a Holiday pie! Check out the other awesome discounts too! [BAM Discounts] (username and password required).
You’ve probably heard the phrase “you get out what you put in”, but what does that really mean? It means, the more involved you get the more you learn about how our industry is regulated and the laws governing our business. The more involved you get the more influence you have in defending our industry and in shaping the laws and regulations we have to meet as licensed residential contractors and associates.
Ultimately, the more involved you get, the more you learn – from the business contacts you meet, from the experience you have at the Capitol, from participating in events and on BAM’s working teams (committees) – the more value you are able to provide your customers. Knowledge is power.
Thank you for your commitment to the industry. I look forward to seeing you at BAM’s events and in our working group meetings.