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CEDIA has ways to help take the guess work out of choosing the right business tools. 11/19/2012 7:27 AM Eastern

Bottom Line CEDIA Benefits

Nov 19, 2012 12:27 PM

At the end of the day we’re all thinking about the bottom line right? Finding the tools to help your business operate effectively can be tricky. You have to research and make calls and even get pitched by salesmen that may have a hard time understanding what your company does.

CEDIA has ways to help take the guess work out of choosing the right business tools. With your CEDIA membership you have access to a variety of benefits and discounts that will help you operate your business effectively. Some of the newly added benefits include:

Global Warranty

Global Warranty Group is a registered warranty administration company that has created a comprehensive customized service plan program to meet the specific needs of CEDIA member businesses. The RepairGuardian Service Plan offers members two opportunities to earn additional revenue; members earn approximately 50% profit on each plan sold and members are paid to perform all work on repairs covered under the plan including trip charge, diagnostics, and all labor.

CEDIA members have the ability to sell 2, 3, or 5 year service plans with simplified pricing options that have no inventory commitments or up-front costs to their business.

Pay Anywhere

Pay Anywhere provides CEDIA members with a professional-grade credit card reader and access to the accompanying app at no cost. CEDIA members can track payments in the merchant portal and take advantage of Pay Anywhere's 24/7 customer support. An advantage of using Pay Anywhere is no monthly setup or cancellation fees

Business Toolkit Webinar Series

CEDIA’s new Business Toolkit webinar series has been developed in partnership with The Shiner Group. This series tackles the big business issues the last Wednesday of every month at 12:00 pm. Eastern. Each webinar is moderated by The Shiner Group’s Leslie Shiner and is archived and available to members at any time. Check out some of the past few webinars you may have missed, you can access them with your CEDIA member ID at

Recommended Chart of Accounts

The new year is quickly approaching and it offers and excellent opportunity to look at how your financials are organized. Many ESCs have long looked for guidance in creating a set of books that is specifically designed for this industry and have not been able to find it. The CEDIA Recommended Chart of Accounts is a great tool for new companies looking to get started on the right path, companies changing their accounting system, or more established companies looking for recommended modifications.

CEDIA members can log in to the forum on CEDIA Crosspoint at, where they can download the Recommended Chart of Accounts and corresponding White Paper, make comments, ask questions, and share information with peers. If you have questions about the Recommended Chart of Accounts; contact Erica Shonkwiler at

CEDIA Sales Assessment Tool

Richard James & Partners has created a Sales Assessment Tool customized for CEDIA members. The Sales Assessment Tool assists companies in determining whether a potential employee will perform well in their sales environment. This tool was created based on sales research from the largest sales database in the world.

The Sales Assessment Tool may also be used to establish a fair set of standards for sales staff. This tool normally costs companies $300, but the CEDIA member version is available for $99.

These benefits are just a sampling of what is available to CEDIA members. To learn more about joining CEDIA or to view a comprehensive list of benefits visit

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