NARI NewsWatch
Dec. 10, 2014

2015 marketing trends to watch
Business 2 Community
We’ve all heard so much about digital marketing and data this year. Businesses want to understand how their investment is working in marketing. Marketers want to grow businesses and reach more customers, as well as keep the ones they have. How do marketers and small businesses get ahead of the curve as we head into the final stretch of 2014?More

NARI Question of the Week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Since winter is a typically slower period for remodelers, do you offer your services at a discount?

  1. Yes
  2. No
Click here to answer the Question of the Week.More

OSHA is knocking at my door ... what do I do? Part 2
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Contractors typically want to know why they have been singled out for an OSHA inspection. Do you know what motivates an on-site inspection and what immediate steps you should take? Read attorney Geoffrey Trotier’s advice in "OSHA is knocking at my door ... what do I do? Part 2" on the NARI Blog.More

2015 Chrysalis Awards — Entry Packages now available
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Entry Packages for the 2015 Chrysalis Awards, which honors the finest remodeling projects in the USA are now available. Download them here from their website. This year you can submit your entry on a CD. If you have entered the CotY Awards this year, your CotY entry will be accepted with no changes required. Just send the CD with the Transmittal Form from the online Entry Package and your check for the entry fee. The deadline to enter is March 27, 2015. Entrants will be notified of the results by May 22.More

2015 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Don’t forget to nominate someone (even yourself) for the 2015 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Email name and contact information to This is a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward pioneers in our industry. Sponsored by Hanley Wood, the deadline is Jan. 15, 2015.More

Greater Phoenix NARI: Members can be prepared for their first 2015 filing
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Arizona's Transaction Privilege Tax reporting process will be changing Jan. 1, 2015. This can be particularly tricky for the remodeling industry. Prime contractors must obtain TPT licenses and are subject to TPT under the prime contracting classification. Contact your CPA and/or legal counsel for guidance. The Greater Phoenix NARI chapter is coordinating a presentation in early January so that members can be prepared for their first 2015 filing in Feb. Read more here.More

Greater Omaha NARI highlighted in Midlands Business Journal
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Greater Omaha NARI chapter was highlighted in the Oct. 10 edition of the Midlands Business Journal in “Local arm of remodeling association NARI experiences triple digit growth” which highlighted this chapter’s expansion over the last four years. Read how this chapter provided value to its members. More

NARI Greater Dallas: 'Home for the Holidays' project
The Dallas Morning News
The NARI Greater Dallas chapter’s “Home for the Holidays” project with the SPCA of Texas received numerous media mentions for their luxury dog homes. See the local news coverage.More

NARI Madison chapter executive discussed the success of the speed-networking
Associations Now
Kathy Raab, NARI Madison chapter exec. discussed the success of the speed-networking-style idea exchange from the Fall Leadership Summit in “Rules of Engagement: Chapter Exchange” which appeared in the in the November/December issue of Associations Now.More

With new app, adds on-demand home improvement
The Seattle Times
Seattle startup keeps hammering away at the home-improvement market. Today it’s announcing a new app that will enable people to order home-improvement services with a few taps on their phone. The app lets people search for home-improvement service providers on Apple mobile devices, extending the Porch website. Read more.

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10 habits of remarkably polite people
Occasionally, we meet a person who stands out in the best possible way. He might be remarkably charismatic. She might think remarkable thoughts. And remarkably giving people — they are impossible to ignore. If you develop those traits, you won't just be likable; those traits will make people want to work with you and do business with you.More

EPA releases new Energy Star tool for homeowners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects.More

Prospecting isn't an event, it's a campaign
By Marc Wayshak
Bill is responsible for sales at his company and considers himself a tenacious worker. Whenever he discovers a new prospect, he enters him or her into the system. From there, he will attempt to contact that person by phone, through email and even via office visit, if possible. However, after a number of failed attempts, Bill is likely to toss the person into the sea of dead prospects.More