Door & Window Business
Feb. 18, 2015

Global construction market may increase nearly 4 percent through 2020
For Construction Pros
The global construction industry has regained growth momentum, with the pace of expansion accelerating from an annual average of 2.7 percent a year in 2011-2013 to 3.1 percent in 2014. The forecast is for a further uptick to 3.8 percent in 2015, and then an average annual increase of 3.9 percent in 2016-2020, according to the latest analysis from Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.More

IRS eases repair regulations for small businesses
Accounting Today
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new revenue procedure that aims to make it easier for small business owners to comply with the final tangible property repair regulations. The new procedure allows small businesses to change a method of accounting under the final tangible property regulations on a prospective basis for the first taxable year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014.More

4 tips to making a positive first impression
By Anne Rose
Much has been written about executing amazing customer service, but let's focus today on one aspect that's immediately implementable: first impressions. You've heard the axiom, "First impressions count." They do! So why do so many people pay so little attention to how they first greet or interact with a potential client? It takes a few seconds to properly impress a new client, and it takes days or weeks (or never) to undo a negative first impression. More

This distributor's new tactic just made window film easier to sell
Window Film Magazine
Some film companies use heat lamps so customers can feel a difference with film. Now, a Singapore-based film distributor has released a study showing film's heat reduction capacities visually. Filmtack, with their window film product applied to glass, used modern thermal imaging technology to capture a visual representation of heat reduction.More

How to pitch your business to customers, investors or anyone else
Business News Daily
A great elevator pitch — the 30-second speech that tells someone about your business in a nutshell — is one of the most important tools an entrepreneur can have. It's a fast, effective way to grab the attention of someone who might be able to help you grow your company. But what do you do once you have someone's attention? More

2015 retirement tax planning for small business owners
Forbes
According to the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration, "Currently, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects program cost to rise by 2035 so that taxes will be enough to pay for only 75 percent of scheduled benefits." This bleak reality is not of great concern to the successful entrepreneur who may not need to rely heavily on social security benefits retirement. Yet, any potential reduction in social security benefits in the future is a serious threat to the well-being of the 28 million small business owners in America.More

Ready or not? Mixed signals from the millennial home market
By Michael J. Berens
The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows employment among 25-to-34-year-olds reaching its highest level since the end of 2008. That news set off another round of industry speculation: Are millennials finally ready to buy their first home, or are predictions of a rebound in the first-time housing market a bit premature? Experts and insiders don't agree. Here's why.More