MIX Groups

Welcome to ACCA’s MIX® GROUP PROGRAM

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?

The ACCA MIX Group program is the ultimate venue for contractor-to-contractor networking and information exchange that will help your business succeed.  The goal of each meeting is to help every company improve by getting honest and frank counsel from your non-competing peers.

WHAT IS IT?

ACCA’s Management Information Exchange (MIX) Group program is an organized forum of ACCA’s contractor members. ACCA MIX Groups usually meet twice each year and travel to each other’s companies to review each company’s sales, operations, policies, advertising, staff, strategies, facilities, etc.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Most ACCA MIX Groups consist of 8-10 ACCA heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors, and they must be from non-competing areas.  Members MUST be in good standing with ACCA. 

As a reminder, ACCA does not have state or local chapters. Confirm your ACCA National membership at www.acca.org or e-mail membership@acca.org.

Some existing MIX Groups are residential HVACR only, others may consist of only commercial contractors, and some may allow a mixture of residential and commercial.  Most often, MIX Groups consist of contractors whose companies are about the same size, based on annual sales volume.  However, you can start your own MIX Group and recruit ACCA members of any size and profile.

COST?  Besides your annual ACCA National membership dues, the cost of being involved in a MIX Group can vary greatly.  Depending on where Group members are located and how often they meet, some ACCA members estimate their annual costs to be about $7,500.  The expenses can include travel, hotel, meals, social events, and facilitator fees (if your group hires someone to facilitate the meetings). 

DOES ACCA PLACE ME IN A MIX GROUP?

NO, and this is very important to remember, ACCA does NOT place anyone in a MIX Group. You are either invited into an existing MIX Group or you start your own. ACCA serves as the clearinghouse for interested contractors, and makes your information available to existing MIX Group leaders on our website. The existing Groups have very specific criteria that they are seeking in a contracting business, and whom they invited into their MIX Group.

HOW DO I START A GROUP?

The appendix to this document includes a “MIX Group Start Up” sample document to guide you as you work with other ACCA members to create a MIX Group.  Additionally, ACCA can recommend a facilitator to help get your Group started, but it’s up to the Group members to ensure its success.

RECOMMENDED FACILITATORS FOR NEW & EXISTING MIX GROUPS

If you’re interested in starting a new MIX Group but need some assistance, then we recommend you reach out to one of ACCA’s preferred MIX Group facilitators. The following companies and individuals have significant experience helping MIX Groups form but they also work with existing groups as discussion facilitators.

Dean Brainard

    

Corporate Partners