Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

The National Pest Management Association Announces the Formation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced the formation of a member-driven Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. This task force will help to facilitate discussions on industry needs, and what NPMA can do as an association to assist member companies and the industry in this critical business area.  “According to the 2020 US Census data, people who identify as multi-racial increased by 276% from 9 million ...

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2021 Asian Giant Hornet Update

The Asian Giant Hornet (AGH), Vespa mandarinia, gained notoriety in 2020 as the “murder hornet,” a name referred to by multiple media outlets throughout the United States. The AGH was discovered in 2019 in British Columbia, Canada, and then again discovered in not only Canada but also in Northwest Washington state in 2020. The AGH is an invasive wasp that is ...

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Getting a Government Contract

The majority of the large companies in our industry are QualityPro accredited, but the focus of our industry’s accreditation program has always been to lift all ships in the sea to give growing firms a leg-up with the lessons-learned from other companies and the recommendations of human resources professionals. Every day, we reach small and mid-sized companies to help them ...

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Marketing Tactics to Help Grow Your Business Post-COVID-19

According to Entrepreneur.com, 86% of Americans agreed that the COVID-19 crisis will create a new normal and have a lasting impact on society. As companies reel in the wake of the pandemic, business owners must make difficult decisions on where to spend and where to save. According to AdAge.com, the right approach during economic uncertainty is to increase, not decrease, your marketing ...

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Cyber Crime On The Rise: Beware Of Scams & Social Engineering Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses toward a model where an essential point of contact between a business and its consumers is online, forcing the world into somewhat of a digital transformation. These changes have resulted in the development of new websites, mobile apps, increased digital content and heavier online traffic. In addition, employees continue to work remotely, using personal ...

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Calling All Job Candidates

NPMA’s Workforce Development Program provides a wealth of resources for job seekers and employers Andrew Richardson was 21 and had just returned from a two-year mission in Brazil when a friend told him about a job opportunity in a field he had never considered—pest control. Fast forward 20 years, and Richardson is the founder and chief executive of Edge Pest ...

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NPMA PestVet of the Year Award Re-Named to “David Cooksey PestVet of the Year Award”

NPMA PestVets Council Re-Names PestVet of the Year Award in Honor of David Cooksey On Sunday, July 4, 2021, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) PestVets Council’s motion to rename the PestVet of the Year Award to “The David Cooksey PestVet of the Year of the Award” became effective. Discipline and accountability. Service before self. These are the traits that ...

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Diversification Or Diversion?

When offering too many services affects company growth Pest control operators and other entrepreneurs often begin to weigh a common question after they have been in business for a while: Should I diversify my services? The question can arise for an array of reasons, both healthy and unhealthy, said Bill Cowley, co-owner of Cowleys Pest Services in Farmingdale, New Jersey. ...

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Managing Rapid Growth

Tips from Three Owners Who Have Been There Entrepreneurs take pride in seeing their businesses grow, but sometimes the growth may be so rapid that they feel as if “they are drinking from a firehose.” It is easy to be overwhelmed, but three NPMA members share some lessons learned during their periods of rapid growth to help other members benefit ...

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Academy 2021 Provides Professional and Personal Development Training for Current and Emerging Industry Leaders

Early bird registration discounts available through June 25 Academy 2021, the annual summer conference hosted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), will be held on July 13-15 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. NPMA’s Leadership Networking Community (LNC), the group that hosts Academy, has a mission to cultivate professional development and networking opportunities throughout ...

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