• Member Benefits

    Let us help you make the most of your SWCA membership. 

    Inquiries about benefit specifics may be directed to Darcy Altizer at (360) 694-7922 or darcy@swca.org.


    There is great power in numbers, and providing our members with a variety of money saving programs is one of the key ways we help you build your bottom line. In this industry, holding a good reputation and being an established community member can greatly improve your business. We offer members a reputable network as well as valuable services and benefits at discounted prices.

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  • MEMBERSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS

  • Retrospective Rating Program

    Health Insurance

    Voluntary Benefits Program

    SWCA 401K

    Plans Online

    Private Plan Center

    The Columbian Partnership

    SWCA Foundation Scholarship

    NW College of Construction

    Skillfit

    Industry News

    Public Notary Service

    Printing

    Advertising

    Photography Services

    Networking Events

    Education Opportunities

    Kyocera Discount

    Member to Member Discounts

     

    Retrospective Rating Program: The SWCA’s retro group has been performing among the best in the state since its inception in 1997 (see: Southwest Washington Contractors Association members maintain safest work spaces). This program has provided members with refunds of 50% or more. Informative safety meetings are held 6 times per year and are open to all members. Read more about why you should consider the SWCA Retro Program and the qualifiers needed to join. Those interested in learning more about saving money with the Retrospective Rating Program should contact Darcy Altizer at (360) 694-7922, or by email at darcy@swca.org.

    Contractors Health Insurance: The SWCA has two great options for members to consider when it comes to health insurance. We are partnering with Kaiser Permanente NW to provide unique and comprehensive coverage options combining the best of the Kaiser health care system with the convenience of the ability to use non-Kaiser providers. Prevailing wage benefits include fringe audits, retirement plans, and Hour Bank Service Management. These programs are available through endorsed benefits brokers. SWCA members who are interested in receiving a free, no obligation quote should contact Darcy Altizer at darcy@swca.org. Read more about the SWCA Health Insurance Plan. Now available in Cowlitz and Thurston counties! Check out a full webpage here.

    Voluntary Benefits Program: The SWCA is now offering a variety of voluntary benefits from our partners at Colonial Life. The voluntary benefits can help protect families against rising out-of-pocket medical care costs, and lost wages resulting from an accident or serious health event. Available coverage options include: group term life, short term disability, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group medical bridge, medical benefits, and value added services (Telemedicine, LawAssure, ID Theft, Financial Wellness). Read more about voluntary benefits available here. For more information about enrolling, contact Brian Dickson at (503) 475-7400.

    SWCA 401k: Implementing and maintaining a qualified retirement plan can be expensive and time consuming. However, with the SWCA, you can provide your employees with an outstanding retirement benefit that is very easy to administer and has no employer fees. The retirement benefit is available to any active SWCA member employer with at least one employee, regardless of industry or geographic location. SWCA members who are interested in implementing an SWCA 401k plan should contact Darcy Altizer at darcy@swca.org or (360) 694-7922. Read more about the 401k plan here.

    Plans Online: We have upgraded our Plans Online system to provide over 25% more projects in a center that can be customized to your business practices. Whether you are soliciting bids for your own projects or staying current on projects of interest in the area, SWCA Plans Online offers access to the resources you need to save time and money. We also offer members the option of their own virtual plan room for tracking projects from beginning to finish. Ask us about free trial access to the system!

    Private Plan Center: The modern way to distribute your projects and bid packages. The Private Plan Center can manage your large files for you. With easy invitations and update notifications, everybody will be working from the same set of documents, so you never have to worry about miscommunication. Tracking log ins and views of your projects is easy and can help you generate an interested bidder list. You have complete access to which users access what, so you can give them what they need, nothing more. Keeping everyone up to date with instant updates and notifications will save you time and money. Free trials available. Ask us about utilizing a private plan center!

    The Columbian Partnership: Through a new partnership with The Columbian, SWCA has negotiated a special rate for all SWCA members! Receive a 20% discount on select print advertising in The Columbian. For more details on how to promote your business to 211,000 Clark County residents, contact Krista Cunningham at (360) 735-4583 or krista.cunningham@columbian.com

    SWCA Foundation Scholarship: The Southwest Washington Contractors Association is proud to award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing education and careers related to the building and construction industries. Our Association prioritizes educating construction's future by offering financial assistance to students through funds donated by our members.  Awards are available to Association members' employees, their children, and others who are enrolling in full-time secondary education. 

    Skillfit: Finding a new employee that can do the job and is also a good with your organization can be a challenge. WorkSource has a free pre-employment tool called SkillFit that can help you assess fit between a candidate and a specific job. SkillFit measures several key personality traits, cognitive abilities, skill and natural talents that can impact job performance. The insight it provides can help you determine who to interview and which candidate to hire. To learn more about SkillFit and other no-cost employment and training services available through WorkSource, contact Darcy Hoffman, Business Services Manager at dhottman@esd.wa.gov.

    NW College of Construction Education and Training Discounts: This nationally accredited training school offers SWCA members discounted rates. Programs include technical, supervisory, management and safety training as well as customized training. Those who are interested in class options should register at http:www.nwcoc.com/registration/.

    Industry News: Stay up to date on what’s happening in the local industry with current articles in our "News" section and key updates in our E-Newsletter, “Construction Connection.” SWCA members also receive a complimentary subscription to the Vancouver Business Journal!

    Public Notary Service: SWCA offers free in-office Public Notary Services to assist members in execution of Lien & Claim Releases, Certification of Repayment, Prevailing Wage, and other business documents. 

    Printing: Printing costs at the SWCA Plan Center are also reduced. Prices are per page (black & white): 

    36x48: $3.00 (Non-Member $5.00)

    24x36: $2.00 (Non-Member $3.00)

    11x17: $0.25 (Non-Member $0.50)

    8.5x11: $0.07 (Non-Member $0.25)

    Advertising: Save in advertising! Purchase an ad on our website, in our E-Newsletter “Construction Connection,” or in our membership directory that connects our members to thousands of professionals in the industry. Increase your presence in the community all year by sponsoring SWCA’s main marketing brochure, “Year in Review,” or sponsor an SWCA event to promote your business. Our Plan Center is regularly viewed by thousands of local contractors, while our newsletter has a click-rate 3 points above the industry average. Ask us how to become our Business Spotlight and be highlighted for the outstanding work of your company on our homepage. Contact Andrea Smith at andrea@swca.org for more information. View our Media Toolbox here.

    Photography Services: Have a big project coming up? Want some photographs for your website? Want to be featured in SWCA promotional products? Contact Andrea Smith at andrea@swca.org to schedule your photo shoot today. Every last Thursday of the month is reserved for photography sessions, but we will schedule outside of the dedicated time frame to fit your needs. View our brochure here with more details. 

    Networking Events: Attending and sponsoring events hosted by the SWCA helps our members combine business with pleasure. Promote your business by becoming an event sponsor at one of our regular events such as Thirsty Third Thursday, our Annual Golf Tournament, Texas Hold’em Tournament, Annual Holiday Auction, and many more. The SWCA has built great relationships with local jurisdictions and organizations which share our vision of building a stronger community that we can all be proud to call our home. We invite you to join this strong and growing network of community members. People do business with people they know, like, and trust! 

    Education Opportunities: We now offer a variety of business development and certification courses for our members at the lowest prices around. These include CESCL Erosion Control Certifcation and Re-certification classes, our Retrospective Rating Program and safety classes, and more. Interested in promoting your business? Contact Lisa Cartwright at lisa@swca.org to sponsor a series!

    Kyocera Discounts: Kyocera, a leading global manufacturer of multi-functional printing devices has partnered with J2 Blueprint Supply Company to bring a special discount of 25% off on all printers, copiers, and fax machines for SWCA members. Members need only to refer to this promotion as seen on the SWCA website to receive this discount and can inquire about products by contacting Dan at (360) 696-1861 or dan@j2b.com.

    Member to Member Discounts: The SWCA encourages members to consider doing business with other members first! The following members provide discounts to other SWCA members. BBSI Preferred Payroll offers one quarter of payroll services free and VIQAN, LLC extends a 5% discount on any purchase to SWCA members. Those who would like to inquire about discounts should contact the listed members. If you would like to offer discounted pricing on services or products to SWCA members, please email Darcy Altizer at darcy@swca.org.