Door & Window Business
Jan. 7, 2015

EPA takes action to protect public from harmful lead exposure
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced 62 enforcement actions that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting standards.More

Strategies: Top 10 small business resolutions for 2015
USA Today
What do you want to achieve in 2015 for your small business? The beginning of January is the time for New Year's resolutions, so here are 10 resolutions for small business owners and entrepreneurs.More

The 5 services small businesses need to avoid sales tax hassles
AccountingWEB USA
A 2014 survey of 600 small business owners showed that 40 percent of the group considers bookkeeping and taxes the most unpleasant part of owning a small business. No one in their right mind starts a business in order to pay taxes. However, while accustomed to adopting modern technology for many business needs, such as communications or payment processing, more than half of small business owners still use antiquated, "20th century" version spreadsheets — or paper and pencil — to track company finances and manage their taxes. This has to end.More

Self-tinting 'breathing' window doubles as a transparent battery
Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a smart window that is able to tint itself blue, partially blocking incoming light, without the need for an external power source. The device also functions as a small transparent battery that recharges on its own simply by interacting with the oxygen in its surroundings.More

New year, new regulations: Maryland's lead paint rules updated
Door & Window Market Magazine
The state of Maryland is renewing its efforts to combat lead poisoning from lead paint — sort of. As of Jan. 1, all rental properties built before 1978 (when lead paint was banned) must comply with the state's already existing "Lead Law." The law includes registering rental units within 30 days of acquisition (for a $30 registration fee), distributing educational information to tenants and meeting risk reduction standards, among other things.More

The 3 proven customer service attributes that drive loyalty
Business 2 Community
Providing really effective customer service doesn't have to be difficult. Like most things in life it abides by the famous 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the value can be delivered with 20 percent of the work. The problem is that most organizations don't know which is the right 20 percent so they can't deliver it effectively. More