NARI NewsWatch
Apr. 1, 2015

Create a legally defensible document retention/destruction policy
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Information asset management should be viewed as a key component of every contractor’s overall risk management program. Attorney Steven J. O’Neill, partner with The Law Offices of Steven J. Neill, describes an approach to managing and retiring (destroying) information assets based on industry standards and best practices. More

How OSHA's silica proposal impacts construction
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
A new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, in which NARI belongs to, found that OSHA’s proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year — roughly $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach. More

2015 Evening of Excellence Webcast
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
See who took home a 2015 National CotY award! Register now for the Evening of Excellence Webcast being broadcast April 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET.More

NARI UDCP virtual prep course begins next week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Universal Design Certified Professional prep course addresses the concepts of universal design, including client's needs assessment, design applications, construction techniques, electrical systems and plumbing systems. The virtual class starts April 7 and runs every Tuesday for four weeks, 2-4 p.m. CT. Questions? Call or email Cindy: 847-298-9200.More

What are you doing to market yourself as a NARI member?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you’re not using the NARI logo or taking advantage of other helpful useful marketing tools, you’re missing out on prime opportunities to position yourself and your business as “the true professional in the industry.”More

Call for entries: Professional Remodeler Design Awards
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you've completed a project between Jan. 1, 2012 and June 1, 2015, that you feel exhibits remodeling excellence, then submit your masterpiece for judging in the Professional Remodeler Design Awards. Deadline is May 18. More

Chrysalis Awards deadline extended
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The deadline to enter the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence has been extended to April 10, 2015. The awards cover 28 categories of residential and commercial remodeling, and winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the country. More

Home Depot Rebate Program
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
All NARI members in good standing are eligible for a 2 percent rebate based on purchases made at The Home Depot. In order to begin earning your rebate, you must be enrolled in the program. A new video presentation has been created to help walk you through the process. More

Fuel card offerings expanded
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Save 5 cents per gallon on fuel for your business vehicles! NARI Marketplace partner BizUnite has expanded its fuel card offering to include branded cards for Phillips 66, Conoco and 76. Fleet Cards are the perfect way to simplify your business vehicle fueling and to eliminate hours of paperwork. For more information, call 844- 287-2837. Read more. More

Tips to starting a successful renovation business
By Archita Datta Majumdar
If you love design and décor, and you absolutely love the challenge of renovating homes, then this is a great time to start thinking about owning a business. There is more demand for a good renovator today than ever before. A winning combination of the improving economy, better job markets and more homes in the market have opened up the remodeling and interior design markets. Professionals around the country are relaxing their rigid business rules to invest and expand more.More

Don't let negative reviews break you
By Jessica Taylor
Whether you're a small or large company, you live or die by your reputation. Most of reputation management is focused on pushing down negative search results — in particular, negative reviews. Responding to your negative reviews may attempt to bridge the gap between how a company perceives itself and how others view it. But does your company successfully follow through with this? If you haven't began this process, you could be put in a negative spotlight. More

Interior designers should hunt eagles, not turkeys
By Fred Berns
Eagles, not turkeys. Follow that client strategy, and you'll fly high from this point onward. Looking to take your design business to the next level? Reach that by remembering this: Work with good clients. Don't work with bad ones. Resolve to bond with the best, and avoid the rest. Make it your mission to connect with prospects who value your services so much that they'll pay any price for them. While you're at it, lose the losers, and fire those who take advantage of you, waste your time and bellyache over every bill.More