Gator100 2015 Honoree

Last Friday, February 6, NS4L was honored at the inaugural Gator100, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing companies in the nation that are owned or led by University of Florida alumni.

NS4L Gator100 placecard

Sponsored by UF, the Warrington College of Business Administration, and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Gator100 uses strict criteria for establishing the list of honorees. To be considered for raking (in addition to keeping up with the values and image of the University of Florida), Gator-led companies must have been in business for at least 5 years and have minimum annual revenues of $100,000. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking.

Collin Gator100 Trophy

Needless to say, this was a huge honor for Collin, as he was ranked among some of the most successful alumni UF has ever produced.

“The Gator100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” said Dr. Michael Morris, the Academic Director of the entrepreneurship program at UF. “It is open to any and all companies founded or run by Gator alumni, and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovating, and making a difference in their communities.”

Staying true to NS4L’s Core Value #3, “Don’t Believe the Hype,” Collin graciously brought the entire team to the Gator100 Awards Gala on Friday. While the Gator100 recognized Collin for his accomplishments, he did not fail to recognize his team for our accomplishments. It was a great honor for us all, knowing that we contribute every day to the success of this company.

Dressed to impress, we closed the shop and carpooled to UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union to attend the gala. It was certainly an afternoon to remember. We were served a wonderful meal while listening to the inspiring words of esteemed UF faculty and alumni. Above all, we were proud to represent NS4L as a complete team, surrounded by 99 like-minded entrepreneurs, their families, and their colleagues.

Gator100 NS4L table

NS4L was ranked as the 92nd fastest-growing Gator-led company, and we couldn’t be happier about it. I think I speak for the whole team when I say we were both proud and humbled by the experience.

(If you haven’t already, take a look at our Facebook page for more photos from the event.) 

Core Value #1, “Create and Recreate the Ultimate Customer Experience,” has contributed the most to the success of NS4L, and may be the biggest reason we are ranked in the Gator100. We provide our customers with top-quality products and service, but we believe that our customer service is what keeps people coming back time and again. The UCE, as we call it, is a direct reflection of our company culture, and we would be nowhere without that.

While the Gator100 is an incredible achievement, we see it as the tip of the iceberg for NS4L. Our team continually works together to improve the customer experience and therefore the overall success of NS4L.

Keep an eye out for NS4L at the 2nd annual Gator100 to see how far we’ll come in 2015!

Gator100 NS4L Group State Photo


Look.  We know what you are going through.  (Been there and done that.  Class of 2004 baby.  Go Gators.)  You’re getting back in town and you have a million things to get done.  The parentals are probably with you as you are getting unpacked into that brand new resort-style apartment complex across town.  If you are a freshman, your mom is probably on the verge of a breakdown as her ‘baby’ is now starting college and will only be coming home for the long weekends or holiday breaks.  (We love you mom!)  Meanwhile, dad is contemplating on whether to turn your bedroom into a home gym or the home office he never had.  He is also planning all the vacations he and mom can now go now that they don’t have to plan around you and your high school events any longer.

It’s ok.  We are here for you.  So here is a mini NS4L list of scooter things you need to know for B2S:

1.  Your parents know that you need a scooter.  You need one so you can hit the snooze 5 times, roll out of bed, get on the scoot, pull up outside of your class, and still make it on time.  We call this the NO WAITING ON THE BUS plan.  So come in and get it now while there is a HUGE selection!

2.  Scooters are cool.  Get over it.  Several years ago, we had parents begging to buy scooters for their sons and daughters, and these sons/daughters would say, ‘No…  Scooters are dorky.’  EEEERRRRR (this is my buzzer noise) Wrong!  Scooters are cool dude.  If your parents are willing to buy you a scooter, you should let them!  It is the GREATEST tool for school.  FACT: Sophomores used to be our top customer because they would SUFFER through the first year and then come buy a scooter before their second year.  Today – FRESHMEN are our top customer!

3.  Your parents will want to borrow your scooter.  No matter what they say, plan on being scooter-less on those game day weekends.  What’s more fun than tailgating at all those Gator football games?  Um…  Going from tailgate to tailgate seeing all your ‘old college buddies’ and showing off your son/daughter’s scooter.  It’s ok.  When they drop it, we will fix it.

3a.  So should you not let them borrow your scooter?  Answer:  Did you pay for it? If yes – then no.  Did they pay for it? If yes – then yes.  See how that works?  😉

4.  Your parents truly care for your safety (and so do we).  Ok.  So a helmet isn’t the most fashionable part of your daily wardrobe, but check it…  it could save your life.  You: “I know.  I know.  I know.”  Ok.  Cool.  So listen and wear it.  Nearly every scooter accident we have heard of has been because the car driver didn’t see the scooter driver.  (Parents… stop freaking out, you don’t hear of scooter accidents nearly as much as you think.  They are pretty rare.)  Oh.  And if your under 21, it is the law.

5.  We are family.  So call us when you need us.  Mom and dad probably don’t live in Gainesville, so if you run over that nail and get a flat tire, they probably can’t help you.  If you accidentally press your scooter brakes a little too late and bang into the back of a car, your parents won’t be able to be there.  Guess what?  WE CAN.  Such situations can fluster you, so take a deep breathe, pick up the phone, call us and let us come help you.  We can walk you through everything you need help with and can be the first people there in the event of an emergency.

5a.  Seriously… we have customers that stop by to hang out, see what is new, and raid our coffee bar.  It is ok.  You don’t have to break something on your scooter if you want to come by.  We are family.  So whether you want to come hang out or whether you need a hug from a friend, we are here.

6.  Ever been to the Apple store on the day a new iPhone is released?  B2S time is like that for NS4L!  WE ARE BUSY DUDE!  Don’t freak out if your scooter is in for repair and it takes us 3 weeks to get to it!  The service department looks like this…

New Scooters 4 Less Service

We have a HUGE team that is working long hours to get service completed, new scooters prepared, rentals out the door, etc. as quick, efficiently, and as safely as possible.  Please be patient and forgive us if it takes longer than normal to get your scooter in for repair to you.

There are probably a lot of more things we could write about when it come to B2S, I feel like that hits the core.  Have fun.  Be safe.  If you are a regular, stop by and say hi.  If you are a newbie, welcome.  We are excited to add you to our Gainesville Scootin’ Family!

Stay Calm and Scoot On.

Collin & the NS4L Team

But wait…  Let me take a selfie!  #BOOM

Welcome to the New Scooters 4 Less & KISS 105.3 B2S (This means Back to School for all you old folks!) Selfie Contest!  NS4L is known for it’s extravagant culture, super fun contests, and for giving away TONS of scooters over the past several years… So let’s do it again!  But wait…  Let’s give away MORE!

What are we giving away to one lucky winner?!

1.  RX50 SCOOTER – Winner get’s to choose ANY color he / she wants! ($1200 Value)
2.  Scooter Skull Cap Helmet ($75 Value)
3.  Scooter Grip Lock ($80 Value)
4.  Scooter Weather Cover ($50 Value)
5.  Scooter Bluetooth Speaker ($40 Value)
6.  2 Year Maintenance Plan ($300 Value)
7.  Vacation Storage Package – Includes Winter Break,  Spring Break, and Summer Storage ($300 Value)
8.  $200 Gas Card ($200 Value – duh!)
9.  HUGS from our Scooter Loving Team (Priceless of course!)
10.  SWAG BAG of shirts and other fun stuff for CREATIVELY AWESOME SELFIES.

Total Value:  $2,245.00 in prizes (+ the priceless hugs of course)

So how do YOU enter?!

Well…  chances are that if you found this blog…

1.  You have WAY too much time on your hands.
2.  You LOVE us…  like A LOT.

So what do I do now?!

1.  Find a New Scooters 4 Less Scooter ANYWHERE.  They are all over the place!  Then take a SELFIE!  Something like this…
NS4L Scooter Selfie 1Photo Aug 09, 4 59 45 PMPhoto Aug 09, 4 59 00 PM
2.  Visit Facebook.com/newscooters4less and upload your #SCOOTERSELFIE to our Facebook Wall.  This counts as entry numero uno!  Tag it #SCOOTERSELFIE
3.  Now email Collin Austin (COE – Chief of Everything) and include the following:

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Your Age
  3. Your Address
  4. Your Phone Number
  5. #BOOM – That’s it

This get’s you a SECOND entry into the contest!

So who can enter and what are the rules?!  

We HATE ‘fine print’ so there isn’t any ‘trickery.’  Here is the straight up ‘what you need to know.’

1.  You must be 18 years old to enter.
2.  Winner is responsible for Sales Tax/ Solid Waste Tax/ Tag/ Title/ Registration/ Temp Tag.  On $2,245.00 of freebies, this would be approximately $300 – $400 or so depending on where you want the scooter registered.
3.  The name of the person drawn wins all the STUFF.  This means if you win, we aren’t going to sign the scooter over to your brother, sister, friend, etc.  We will do the paperwork with YOU (the winner) and if you want to give it to someone else later, then that is up to you!  However, maintenance packages and storage packages will not be transferrable.
4.  That’s it.  #BOOM – but if you have any other questions, email Collin@NS4L.com.

How is the winner chosen?!

CONTEST ends September 7th.  Winner will be chosen at RANDOM by putting all the selfie pics and email entries in a hat and drawing the winner (or in one of our epic ways we are known for).  We will announce the winner soon after on our Facebook Page and notify the winner via email and phone number!

Ready.  Set.  SELFIE!

As an entrepreneur, I have quickly learned that unless you are willing to evolve and make changes to your organization as your environment and customers needs change, you will ultimately fail.  When we formulated our company core values, ’embrace and shape change’ was DEFINITELY going to be one.  In the last ten years for example, New Scooters 4 Less has gone from 2 partners to 1 owner and primarily a wholesale company to nearly 100% retail.  These were huge changes that forever affected the direction of the organization.  We will continue to adapt and make changes vital to the future of NS4L.  With that said, I am announcing a HUGE change…


Out with the old…

New Scooters 4 Less Old Website

and in with the new!  We used to receive compliment after compliment about the information available on the old site.  Our goal is to make sure that none of that changes.  In fact, we want to provide the same great content that was on the old website, but bring you EVEN MORE with the new site.  This new website will continue to grow and expand in features.  So why the change?

As informative as the old New Scooters 4 Less website was it doesn’t capture everything that makes New Scooters 4 Less so special.  This entire company has been built on a culture of customer service and that is exactly what the website lacked…  It didn’t show our culture!  It did not show the PEOPLE that make this place so great.  New Scooters 4 Less wouldn’t exist today without this special group of people…

NS4L Team

Our team.  Our culture.  Our customers.  This is what defines who we are.  So it is important that our website does just that… Shows who we are.  One huge Gainesville Scooter Scootin’ Family!

– Collin
COE – Chief of Everything