NARI NewsWatch
Jan. 8, 2014

A large new tax on small business
The Wall Street Journal
Obamacare includes so many taxes that it's hard to keep track, but one of the worst takes effect on Jan. 1. This beaut is a levy on health insurance premiums that targets the small business and individual markets. At $8 billion in 2014 and $101 billion over the next decade, the insurance tax is larger than Obamacare's taxes on medical devices and prescription drugs combined. The Internal Revenue Service classifies the tax as a "fee" but it functions like an excise tax on premiums. The IRS collects an annual flat amount specified by the Affordable Care Act to be allocated among the insurers according to market share.More

Get homeowners involved in their project — without losing money
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI member iKitchens allows homeowners to help on projects to keep costs down. Here’s what they’ve learned works to ensure the company keeps their margins.More

Don't respond to SEO spam
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If a search engine optimization (SEO) offer sounds too good to be true — like guaranteeing No. 1 placement on Google — it definitely is! NARI member Lorraine Hart from Ideal Consulting Services shares why these offers don’t provide what they say they will.More

Make the most of your NARI benefits
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI will be hosting the first of four Webinars focused on making the most out of your membership experience. Whether you’re a new member or long-time member, this overview will help you ensure that you’re using all the benefits available to you. The first Webinar will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at noon Central time. Learn more and register via the NARI website.More

Special pricing for NARI University discussion group ends next week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
This is your last chance to register for special pricing on NARI University programs. Discussion groups are $120 for all six, and Straight from the Certification Webinars are $264 if you sign up for all six. First Discussion Group topic is “Are subcontractors the answer to your success?” Call takes place Wed., Jan. 16, at noon central. Sign up for NARI University courses on NARI’s Website.More

NARI CR/CRA/CRS virtual study group starts Jan. 13
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you’re interested in pursuing your Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA) or Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS) certification, a virtual study group starts Monday, Jan. 13. This prep course will prepare you to take the exam during the May 9, and 10, test dates.More

NARI of Diablo Valley
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

NARI of Diablo Valley (Calif.) will host a networking dinner/mixer on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be “NARI certification: Taking professionalism to the next level.” The cost for members is $35, first-time guests are $25 and non-members are $45. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

NYC/LI chapter
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

The NYC/LI chapter invites you to join them Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 for a networking event that will get your 2014 started right. Meet members and current leaders and find out how this NARI chapter can help you grow your business. RSVP by calling the NYC/LI office at (631) 673-6274. For more information on this chapter, visit its website.More

Central Jersey NARI and North Jersey NARI

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Central Jersey NARI and North Jersey NARI will hold a joint Evening of Excellence on Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. This ceremony will recognize CotY Award winners from both chapters, as well as have dinner and dancing. Tickets are $100 each. Learn more and register at the Central Jersey website.More

Bucks-Mont NARI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Bucks-Mont NARI (Pa.) will hold its annual CotY Awards and Evening of Excellence on Friday, Jan. 31, at Warrington Country Club. Besides seeing award-winning projects, also enjoy a cocktail hour, full plated dinner and live entertainment. The cost is $110 for members and $130 for non-members. Register here.More

Remodeling home may mean upgrading plumbing
Captial Public Radio
Californians who want to remodel a home built before 1994 may have to agree to install water-efficient plumbing in order to obtain a building permit. The 2009 law that takes effect in January is creating some confusion in the building industry. It requires anyone seeking to alter or improve an older home to install water-saving toilets, faucets and showerheads.More

Oregon board rules on licenses for plumbers and electricians in 2013
The Oregonian
The Building Codes Division, which often works alongside the state’s Construction Contractors Board, licenses and oversees construction industry professionals who work on a variety of systems including electrical, plumbing and solar. The agency took the following nine actions in 2013.More

3 fresh rules for sales and marketing in the age of analytics
Data Informed
There has always been a need for marketing and sales to work well together, but the amorphous buying journeys business-to-business customers are taking today are necessitating even greater collaboration. “It’s no longer the old world of ‘Marketing generates leads and hands them to sales and sales closes them and hands them to support and support manages them. End of story," says Peter Chase, executive vice president, business development at Scribe Software, which integrates customer data from CRM and business management software with sources like social listening platforms and email marketing tools.More

Home remodeling trends to look forward to in 2014
The Pine Tree
Fashion trends come and go and the same goes for home design trends. What was the "it" thing to have last year — you wouldn't dream of putting it in your home this year. When you are remodeling your home, it's important to choose design elements that you can see yourself living with for the next decade or so. When decorating your new space, make sure you pick styles that you'll like for the long term or something that you can easily add or change to create a new look. More

Arcbazar introduces cost calculator for home improvement projects
Woodworking Network
About 15 million home owners each year do some kind of remodeling to their homes, start new homes from scratch, redesign their interiors or improve their landscape designs in the U.S. Most people often wonder what such an endeavor would cost their budget. To respond to this recurrent question of clients, Arcbazar, the first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform for architectural design projects, developed a tool at allowing clients to quickly get a ball park cost figure on their architectural, interior, landscape, commercial, and new residential design projects.More

2014 construction machinery forecast
For Construction Professionals
The current construction machinery industry is good, not great, and is layered with exceptions. Construction Equipment Distribution, the magazine published by the Associated Equipment Distributors, had a cover story entitled “The Do-It-Yourself Recovery.” The point of the article was that everyone has given up looking for the U.S. government to bail them out and stimulate the economy. There has been a lot of rhetoric in Washington, D.C., but no action.More

Contractors survey sees expanding construction employment
A recent analysis of federal employment data indicates that the construction industry continues to hum along, but future gains will depend largely on overall economic growth and new investment in our aging infrastructure. The survey by the Associated General Contractors of America found that construction employment expanded in 211 metro areas, declined in 67 areas and remained the same in 61 areas.More

How the best hiring managers hire the best people
What do the best people do differently than the rest? There are many ways to benchmark great hiring practices, and through novels is one of them. In an effort to aid his firm in its ability to find and hire top performers, Lou Adler read several novels, including Switch and Unlimited Power, and paid close attention to what the best hiring managers did differently and what the best people whom they hired did differently. More

What small business owners want from Washington in 2014
The Washington Post
Congress made headway on several major pieces of legislation this past year, but it fell short of actually passing much of anything. Heading into the new year, small business owners are hoping they finally push some of those bills across the finish line. On Small Business reached out to dozens of small business owners across the country to find out what they wanted most from policymakers in 2014 — in other words, which items were on top of their wish lists for Washington, D.C.More

Seven publicity rules every entrepreneur needs to know
What if you invented a revolutionary product that replaced narcotics to alleviate pain, but you fumbled the public relations (PR) effort and your news got lost in the media echo chamber? Startups and entrepreneurs in almost every industry must confront questions like this when deciding to launch or continue a PR campaign. However, a number of small businesses often don’t fully recognize that the world of PR has been turned on its ear. More

Think green when remodeling
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens definitely have their appeal, but more and more, homes with energy efficient and environmentally friendly features are becoming a priority for prospective buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, nearly 9 out of 10 recent home buyers said that heating and cooling costs were somewhat or very important when considering a home for purchase.More

The smart home is a pipe dream
The connected home is a mirage that has existed since the 1950's. It has yet to materialize and won't anytime soon. That's not to say smart appliances, smart locks and smart plugs are dead on arrival. The connected home market is estimated to hit $10 billion dollars this year, growing to $44 billion by 2017, according to wireless industry group GSMA. More

New year brings clearer images on future of technology
Arizona Daily Star
Tech enthusiasts didn’t have much to cheer about in 2013. There wasn’t a lot of jaw-dropping or game-changing technology introduced. Instead, it was a year in which old guard companies, such as BlackBerry, Microsoft and Intel struggled to remain relevant, set new goals and looked for new leadership. Newer companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, matured — at least enough to make some money — but still haven’t proved they have a long-term business plan. Here are the areas of tech to watch in 2014. More