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    Improving Business Communication

    Improving Business CommunicationTips to improve business communications When it comes to business communications, equal attention should be given to what we say as to how we say it. We’re often quick to fire off an e-mail for expediency sake, but if we aren’t clear in our message, how much time do we really save? Regardless... More

    Using Safety and Quality Programs to Sell Your Services

    Using Safety and Quality Programs to Sell Your ServicesWe usually look at safety and quality programs as being things we do because they’re the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to send people home safely and it’s the right thing to provide quality workmanship. But these are also aspects of any contracting organization that should be part... More

    Website 101: Why Choosing the Right URL is So Important

    Website 101:  Why Choosing the Right URL is So ImportantWhether you already have a fully functional website or if you are still behind the times and haven’t had a website developed, it is never too late to take a look (or a second look) at your URL (also know as a domain name) to see if it actually the right one for your business. By nature, most... More

    Facebook Versus LinkedIn- Which Social Networking Site Is Better For Your Construction Business?

    Facebook Versus LinkedIn-  Which Social Networking Site Is Better For Your Construction Business?For some people reading this, social networking may be a foreign concept, especially in the construction industry. How could blogging, tweeting, or posting possibly help a construction business? Believe it or not, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube and all of the other social networking and... More

    Value-Added Bidding: The Key to Winning Highly Competitive Bids

    Value-Added Bidding: The Key to Winning Highly Competitive BidsProject costs will always be important to owners and architects, but another factor comes into play on particular projects (and bidding is tight) that can mean the difference in awarding the bid to one contractor or another.  For anyone unfamiliar with the term “Value-Added Bidding”,... More

    The Top Challenges Facing the Construction Industry: 2010 Survey

    The Top Challenges Facing the Construction Industry: 2010 SurveyIn 1970, Walt Kelly had his famous comic strip character Pogo use the phrase “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us” in an Earth Day poster.  Since then, we’ve seen it applied in diverse settings – from discussions of information overload to the road system to our nation’s challenges in... More

    Resource Strategies: Managing Materials and Vendors

    Resource Strategies: Managing Materials and VendorsCommunication Reviewing specifications, the contractor generates a list of supplies, materials, and equipment.  Some contractors begin immediately calling suppliers and vendors.  The experienced contractor will call the design professional and client to ask for a meeting to discuss the... More

    Effective Time Management- Reduce Wasted Time and Costs

    Effective Time Management- Reduce Wasted Time and CostsReady, set, plan. The most experienced contractors plan their week by the days, and usually repeat the same drill every week.  In other words, put a daily routine together sets an efficiency standard.  Doing office work and calling on clients on Monday suits some contractors; others may reverse... More

    Joint Ventures: When are two contractors better than one?

    Joint Ventures:  When are two contractors better than one?A large project has come up for bid and a contractor knows he is qualified—for roughly half the requirements.  Hard to pass it by.  Must he?  Possibly not.  Owners and architects have already recognized the necessity for individual arrangements, called joint ventures, and in fact approve when... More

    Constuction Bid Check List

    Constuction Bid Check ListAs you may know, in my primary business, we bid on a lot of large projects to supply the kitchen cabinets for apartment remodels, new construction, etc… we also work with a lot of contractors, and I constantly hear them talking about big installation projects that they bid on but lost. What... More

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