As a for profit company, we don’t have dues, but there are fees for various levels of participation.
At the present time, there are no fees. Venture funding has been provided by one of ProSquad’s founders to sustain The ProSquad until a critical mass is reached. Currently, The ProSquad supports two basic membership types: Associate and Full. Associate membership permits any qualified service company to be listed on The ProSquad Locator and participation on The ProSquad Business List and is free.
Full membership (or stakeholders), will have fees eventually, but not until several start-up projects have been completed that would give value to the full membership.
The ProSquad’s by-laws state that basic full participation fees will be at least $1 less than the lowest regional trade association.
The ProSquad will have a full slate of member benefits competitive with any other major association. There will be several a-la-carte programs that would be available at an additional cost if a member company chooses.
All funds received will be accounted for and placed on the portal for full member examination each month with a financial statement. At the end of the year, any unneeded money will be rebated back to the members on a pro rated basis depending on their a-la-carte purchases and income generating efforts. It is the hope of The ProSquad with some of the projects currently in progress, to collect, at some point, sufficient income and profits for all of the full members to receive an annual check.
There are no provisions for permanent paid employees in The ProSquad’s by-laws. All positions are voluntary and term limited with few exceptions. Any paid position must be temporary, by contract and 1099. It is the intention of The ProSquad to hire contract services from within our membership whenever possible.
How Are Elections Voted?
Elections of officers and the Board of Directors are voted electronically. Nominations are made openly on a discussion list reserved specifically for that purpose.
After nominations are settled on, an email is sent to each full member, with a special, one-time unique code. Also, a link to an encrypted form is provided that is accessed only when the code is entered.
Elections are closed after 72 hours. Results are instantly available unless there is a challenge. Voting occurs in September and change-over occurs on January 1.