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In a recent member survey, workforce availability was indicated as the #1 challenge that will impact business growth in the next three years. This labor challenge is not new, however it may be exacerbated by the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 which will temporarily suspend their availability in the workforce. Add to that the typical seasonal flu season and this winter may present some significant challenges for snow and ice companies to perform their essential services.  As a result, SIMA is issuing the following press release to encourage all snow and ice service companies to be diligent in their health and sanitation practices, to educate ...
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Committees are boring. I’ve served on several and managed many others, so I’ve experienced the good, bad and indifferent. The good is they are an easy way to meet new people while sharing and learning. They do offer a way to give back and get more involved. Honestly though, they often aren’t that exciting. This said, for SIMA and the snow and ice industry to continue growing and improving, we must get together and exchange ideas and best practices. With some new technology, we now have a means to make peer-to-peer engagement a little more exciting, all while working on specific topics in snow and ice management.  Join SIMA and other snow professionals ...
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In early October SIMA was slated to deliver several days of in-person training, including a full-day workshop on liquids. Due to challenges related to COVID-19, the in-person events have been postponed to the future. However, the demand for quality liquids-focused training is needed more than ever, so we are excited to announce that we have moved to a virtual Liquid Brine Strategy Workshop. Adding brine to your ice management toolbox requires a careful approach that blends strategy, cost analysis, science and application best practices. In this 5-hour online event we’re going to dispel the myth that “Liquids just don’t work” with a mix of classroom exercises, ...
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Thanks to the generosity of BOSS Snowplow, we can help place one of these high-quality programs at your fingertips, FOR FREE.  The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) has rolled out it's bi-annual scholarship for anyone in the industry to take advantage of. Anyone looking to earn either the Advanced Snow Manager (ASM) or the Certified Snow Professional (CSP) credentials can enter for a chance to be selected. Submissions are kept completely confidential and are selected based on key metrics, sincerity and thoughtfulness of submissions. 1 Full CSP application + study modules (must meet prerequisites) 1 Full Advanced Snow Manager ...
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For years, our SIMA annual training videos have helped train new hires and operations professionals to be safer and more efficient in the work that they do. They have really become the 'standard' in annual snow-specific refresher training. But building a quality safety and training program for a larger number of employees takes a lot of time and resources, until now! Now you can use SIMA to verify basic knowledge of safety and techniques for all of your employees, available anywhere, anytime. Access for all part-time or full time employees, no logins or registrations required Automated quizzing and quiz completion reporting Private web-based ...
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We know it's not what we're used to but we can't let a year go by without providing education, networking and yes, even the trade show! The 23rd Annual Snow & Ice Symposium is going virtual for 2020. Here are 10 reasons we hop you'll give the virtual event a try! Supersized education : Access to 25+ sessions, live and on demand, covering every role in snow and ice! CSP credits galore : Satisfy your Certified Snow Professional continuing education requirements in just 3 days! The more the merrier : Whether you’re a Symposium die hare, have never been to a Symposium or maybe have always wanted to bring your team? 2020 is ...
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Don't let 2020 keep you from connecting... We are busy over here trying to to ensure that all the connections you have made (or would like to make!) will not suffer due to the challenges of 2020. Yes, we had to cancel our physical symposium -- and no, we will not let that stop us from our goal of creating more and better relationships between all of you...whatever it takes! With that in mind, every Wednesday we will be having a 30 minute Coffee Time for all of us to get together in a simple, useful roundtable virtual platform called Remo . It is super easy, just create an account in less than a minute and engage with us. No downloads, no complicated tech ...
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Opportunity Amid Chaos By Laura Ingram, CSP; SIMA Board Chair After a devastating first half to 2020, we’re seeing a ramp-up of countries reopening for business, despite the uncertainty of the impact and a possible resurgence of the coronavirus. We can’t stress enough how proud SIMA is of our industry’s response to the pandemic. Despite the economic and social upheaval, forward-thinking organizations are looking for opportunities to innovate, become more efficient and create stronger businesses. The same goes for your membership organization! We have strong core values at SIMA, and we’re using them to sustain us as we look to the future. Innovation ...
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SIMA Members and Supporters, Earlier this week we were notified by the Connecticut Convention Center, our host facility for the 2020 Symposium, that they would not be able to open this August to host events. These are challenging times dealing with the health and safety impact of COVID-19, and we have been preparing for the possibility that large events would not be able to be held in the near future. Therefore, SIMA will transition to a virtual Symposium to be held August 26-28, 2020 . As many of you know, the Snow & Ice Symposium is SIMA’s signature event. We are both saddened and disappointed that we will not be able to have an in-person ...
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Delivering quality snow-specific training is difficult. It’s hard to find the time to create your own, and it’s even harder to find quality information that is well-vetted and based on solid practices. For over 15 years, the SIMA Annual Training Video series has served as the standard training program for the industry. After revamping the video program in 2016, the 6-part series is now available for purchase on DVD or online at Train.sima.org. In 2020, SIMA is piloting a program to provide broader access to the videos. This program will allow companies to pay an annual fee that enables access to quality on-demand videos for unlimited employees. Pricing will ...
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SIMA wants to make our Advanced Snow Manager (ASM) and Certified Snow Professional (CSP) credential programs as accessible as possible. Thanks to the generosity of BOSS Snowplow, we can help place one of these high-quality programs at your fingertips. Program discounts through May 21, 2020 • $50 off CSP application, per person • $50 off an ASM Team Plan (2 or more people training). Team plans also include structured incentives. • Your company’s $200 Training Commitment credit can also be applied to CSP or ASM programs if it has not been used in your current membership cycle. Need more information on team plans or training commitment? Email Manager ...
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After careful consideration, the SIMA board of directors has voted to postpone the 2020 Snow & Ice Symposium to August 25-28, 2020 from it’s originally scheduled dates in mid-June. In light of the ongoing developments of the coronavirus, this was the appropriate decision at this time.  The good news is that the Connecticut Convention Center and our partner hotels were able to offer SIMA the needed exhibit space, meeting rooms and hotel rooms to hold a successful event. Most of the speakers scheduled for June are able to be there in late August, with a few exceptions that we are planning for. The Symposium in August will still provide you with ...
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March 12, 2020 With news and concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) continuing to headline many news stories, this topic has raised concerns about upcoming SIMA events, specifically the Snow & Ice Symposium scheduled for June 16-19, 2020 in Hartford, CT. SIMA’s purpose is to support and empower our members for success, thus, the health and safety of our members is our number one priority.  At this time, the Symposium, which is more than three months away, is scheduled to proceed as planned. As news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues, we will post Symposium updates related to this health issue here . Myself and our Symposium planning team ...
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Just like any company, SIMA puts its yearly budget to things that we find will benefit our members each year. Of course, more money would always be better (in all facets of life) but we do our research to use what we’re given wisely. We work hard daily to get you, our association members and industry stakeholders, the best resources, tools, and information we can. Being a member, however, can’t be a one-way street. If you’re a SIMA member, you get the benefit of a number of discounted products , from marketing to consulting, big machines to plows and snow stakes. We need YOU to help us grow the awareness of the industry, and something ...
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It's Spring scholarship time again! While many folks are leaving winter in the dust, we are just ramping up our efforts to help connect more snow professionals in the industry with our core training and credentialing programs. From  March 16th-April 3rd , soliciting applications for scholarship applications. SIMA will award one of each: 1 Full CSP application+modules (must meet prerequisites) 1 Full Advanced Snow Manager courses 1 Fundamentals of Anti-icing and Liquids Course TO SUBMIT ENTRIES Not only are we providing scholarships again, but starting on April 8th we'll also offer discounts on the ASM and CSP programs. If you are considering ...
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Through the culmination of several years of discussions and engagement with a variety of members, property and facility managers and other stakeholders, we are proud and excited to announce that ANSI has approved SIMA’s first standard titled: Standard Practice for Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services . Standards are not meant to sit in a trophy case. SIMA has long been an advocate of the concept that any practice can become a standard when such practice is widely and broadly adopted. As an example, seat belts do not make driving a car or truck safer. When seat belts are used, when you click-in, then driving or being a passenger ...
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We are excited to announce the speakers and lineup for SIMA’s Leadership Forum , to be held on August 11-13, 2020 at the beautiful, historic Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. This event is a must-attend if you are a leader, owner or executive in a snow and ice company and want to learn and make connections to grow your company and personally. The focus will be to Think Big - Connect - Chill. The powerful takeaway of attending this unique event is that the four core parts of growth will be addressed by our incredible lineup of speakers.  DAY 1: Warren Rustand a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and Dean of Faculty at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s ...
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In late 2019, we sent our annual report, the State of SIMA, to members across North America. Each year, we review our progress in key areas, report transparently to our members on finances and performance, and we let members know our annual goals for the following year.  Here is a recap of what we'll try and achieve in 2020 with the help of our great staff and amazing volunteers! We are piloting a method to allow members to access the Training Video Series in bulk, where they pay one fee and can put their people through the videos quickly, along with a simple quizzing option. We hope this will make one of our core training products even more accessible ...
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In the November 8, 2019 edition of the Standards Action , published by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SIMA’s draft Standard Practice for Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services was published for public comment . A SIMA stakeholder advisory group has been diligently reviewing and editing the standard for the past 6 months in preparation for public review. To review and comment on the draft standard, and view additional information on SIMA’s snow and ice standards creation, visit www.sima.org/standards . As you review the draft you will see the standard includes the essential components that are needed to ...
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As the Snow & Ice Management Association grows, our need for talented staff grows with it. We are pleased to welcome Kerri Joseph into the SIMA fold, where her wealth of knowledge and experience will help us improve our support to a key constituency: our supplier members. Kerri has a diverse background in sales and development, with over 20 years of experience in the association, hotel and tourism industries. Her core focus will be to lead sales efforts for exhibit space, sponsorship, and print and digital advertising. Get to know Kerri: What are you most excited about in your new role at SIMA? Kerri : I am so excited to meet people! I have heard ...