Membership Benefits

 

 Conventions

Each fall VPCGA holds a three day annual meeting on a rotating basis at one of Virginia's leading resorts.  The annual meeting is an excellent opportunity to interact with presidents and executive staff from member companies in a "stress free" environment.  In addition to outstanding speakers and entertainment the annual meeting features outstanding recreational and spouse programs.

VPCGA is a co-sponsor of the nation's leading regional exhibitions for the petroleum/convenience store and oil heat industries.  The SE Petro Food Expo for the petroleum/convenience store industry is traditionally held at the beginning of March. 

Coupon Redemption
More than 10 million food and tobacco coupons are process through VPCGA affiliated company American Coupon Services.  Payment is made within 35-40 days after ACS receives your coupons.  Your coupon rate for the entire year is set at $.01, not on a per shipment basis, to encourage shipping coupons on a monthly basis no matter what the size, so retailers will have less coupon expiration problems.  All you have to do is send your coupons to ACS located in St. Louis, MO and then cash your check.  The work is all done for you.  For members interested in the program, email mike@vpcga.com.  For more information, click here.
Credit Card Processing

First Data USA w/Concord EFS & Buypass

Complete & direct service for all electronic payment processing needs for members.  Expert guidance for merchant acceptance of credit, debit, fleet & gift cards; Telecheck guarantee services as well as funding advances for working capitol.

We serve more than 6 out of 10 businesses in America...even our existing clients can reduce their costs by getting into the VPCGA program!

This "cost plus" program can reduce your merchant service costs by 10-40%!  For full and complete analysis contact Dan Hudson at (800) 235-1794x15317 or danj.hudson@firstdata.com.

Educational Training Programs

Timely, affordable and convenient educational seminars are an important part of VPCGA's mission.  During the year, the association provides myriad training opportunities for professionals in the home comfort industry on the latest heating and cooling technologies.  Also, throughout the year VPCGA offers training for in-store personnel on such timely topics as customer service, retaining valuable employees, loss prevention, and retailing of age restricted products.

Insurance

Since 1958, the Association has endorsed Federated Insurance, the nation's leading carrier of property and casualty, workers comp. and financial security insurance for the industry. For more information contact Austin Bond, eabond@fedins.com.

The VPCGA board has recommended VADA Insurance to the membership for your health insurance and voluntary benefits needs.  VADA Insurance, founded by the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, has a proven professional staff that provides personalized service to each of its clients and assists employees in navigating complex health insurance issues.  We urge you to review their offerings which are among the most competitive available.  Click here to find out more. 

Legislative & Regulatory Representation

VPCGA's only legislative mission is representing Virginia's Petroleum, Convenience Store and Grocery industries. We work to support favorable legislation and defeat bills that would harm your ability to compete.  Just as importantly, we maintain close working relationships with the state agencies that regulate the industry to ensure that your interests are protected.

Money Orders

The MEMO Financial Services, Inc. money order program is designed to be user friendly and allow you to be competitive in today's market. We urge you to consider using this program. It's offers you a real traffic builder.

Pest Management

The association recommends Dodson Pest Control for commercial pest management.  Established in Lynchburg, VA in 1944, Dodson Pest Control is a full-service company, providing integrated pest management programs and sanitation documentation to meet government regulations and standards.  Association members qualify for a 10% discount on commercial service from Dodson.

OneSource understands the need for fast accurate background screening in the Petroleum and Convenience industry.  The VPCGA specially customized screening package is specifically designed with those needs in mind.

Scholarships

Elijah Davis Catterton Scholarship

Shortly after his death in 2002, association members endowed a scholarship at Richmond's Collegiate School in honor or Elijah Davis "Dave" Catterton, the first President of the Association who served the industry for 54 years.  This scholarship is presented annually to a Collegiate Middle or Upper School student(s) who is in good academic standing, shows loyalty to the school and has a desire to participate and excel in athletics.  Dave was appreciated for his sense of humor and forthright honesty, love of family, and passion for the game of golf.  His dedication to his work endeared him to his associates. 
 

S. Frank Straus Scholarship

Each year educational scholarships are awarded to those in need of financial assistance.  Anyone who is a member, the child of a member, the employee of a member, or the child of an employee of a member of the Virginia Petroleum, Convenience and Grocery Association is eligible.  Applications are due April 15.  Click here for an application. Click here for a flyer you may share with your employees.

Update Newsletters

Members are kept informed of the latest industry news, regulatory compliance information and association events through the VPCGA Update which is sent via email or broadcast fax at least bi weekly and more frequently as events warrant.  During the General Assembly session members receive the   GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPDATE  at least weekly.

Becoming a Member

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of membership, contact mike@vpcga.com  elizabeth@vpcga.com and we will provide you with full information or click for  Membership Application.