Why Is It Important to Join NCPCM

Strength in Numbers
NCPCM Members have a strong voice in Raleigh - full-time lobbying during the legislature and constant monitoring of various state agency rules and regulations (proposals, etc.). Through the Executive Director and Attorney, the Association represents the interest of marketer members, constantly promoting favorable legislation or agency rules and opposing detrimental lawmaking.

Action or involvement recently: underground tank regulations, above-ground tank regulations, collection system for excise taxes on motor fuels, below cost selling, tax changes, motor fuel tax increases, gasoline and oil inspection rules, insurance regulations and requirements, air quality funding from excise taxes, vapor recovery requirements, etc.

A Voice In Washington
Also, in coordination with Petroleum Marketers Association of American (PMAA), NCPCM and other affiliated state groups have interests protected in the Halls of Congress and among regulatory agencies. Such efforts have promoted jobbers or marketers’ interest in the original and revised Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, substantial input in the motor carrier safety regulations (insurance requirements), spill clean up and rules (hazardous waste, underground tanks, etc.), vapor recovery, cost effective clean air measures, etc.

NCPCM membership automatically includes membership in the Petroleum Marketers Association of America and a portion of NCPCM’s budget from dues is forwarded to PMAA for such affiliation.

Success Through Education
NCPCM has one of the leading educational programs of any trade group - the Annual Management Institute assembles experts from all over the nation for study and sharing of ideas. Additionally, special seminars and workshops are held on an adhoc basis when new laws, rules and regulations demand them - such as Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, OSHA, EPA (spill plans, etc.), Wage & Hour, underground tank leaks and controls, price and allocation, security and inventory control, taxation policy, fire codes, etc.

Additional educational seminars through Coggno online training provide convenient training sessions to address topics such as loss prevention, human resources, marketing, store operations, etc.

Voluntary Benefits
WorkForce Benefits and Federated Insurance has partnered with the NCPCM to offer our members and their employees voluntary benefits including group disability income, medical benefit plans, accident insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, cancer insurance, critical illness insurance, and long-term insurance.

Scholarships are awarded annually to employees (and family members) of member companies.

Award Programs
Award Programs are offered to recognize the Don Ward Industry Excellence Cup, the Will Parker Service Award, the Store Manager of the year, the L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year, and the Dean Cline Vendor of the Year.

Affinity Programs
Affinity programs are available to give more value to your membership. These include coupon redemption through American Coupon Services, credit card processing through World Pay, an online buyers guide from Strategic Value Media, and safety and convenience parking when traveling through Raleigh-Durham airport at Fast Park and Relax.

PAC Fundraising
PAC fundraising through golf tournaments, sporting clay events, auctions, fishing excursions, and individual contributions is an important part of the NCPCM's legislative efforts.

The Really Big Expo
The Southeast Petro Food Marketing Exposition is co-sponsored annually by the NC Petroleum & Convenience Marketers, SC Association of Convenience Stores, SC Petroleum Marketers Association, and VA Petroleum Convenience & Grocery Association. This event is the largest combined show for convenience stores and oil industries in the US and saves members time and money by bringing new products and suppliers together at the same place and time.

Professional Engineering Services
Have you ever needed help from an engineer? NCPCM offers Professional Engineering Services at a heavily discounted rate compared to the rate paid by non-members.

A bi-monthly newsletter with Association news, industry trends, event announcements, and industry updates is available to every member. This publication will give ideas and information to help manage your business more profitably through better marketing ideas, new product information, and cost-reducing management tips. An annual membership directory listing all members who actively support the petroleum convenience store industry is sent to each company member.

A Wealth of Support
Today’s marketer must be well informed and NCPCM is proud of its regular NCPCM Argus as well as other special mailings. Often an issue of urgency arises that requires special mailings, and timing is essential. NCPCM is proud of its endeavors to keep members informed on all laws, rules, legislative and legal requirements, etc. The association also monitors proposed regulations that could ruin a marketer’s viability. Many members say that information communicated by NCPCM has often given them ideas or advance notice of trends in order to cope and succeed.

At NCPCM conventions, there is great exchange of ideas and new technology, as well as special attention to business features and programs to enable the marketer to grow or compete in today’s rapidly changing climate.

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