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SBA launches 2014 Emerging Leaders initiative to help small businesses reach the next level of growth
U.S. Small Business Administration
For the seventh consecutive year, SBA is looking for small businesses to partake in the highly successful Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative that provides the tools they need to sustain and grow their businesses. The Emerging Leaders initiative is an intensive training program for small companies that have the potential for quick growth and job creation.
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NARI NEWS


3 ways to help your clients obtain financing
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Most homeowners don’t consider how they’re going to pay for their remodeling project — or the true cost of what they want to do in their home. Rather than lose that client, what if you were able to help them with obtaining the financing they needed to get their projects completed? This three-part series looks at offering full financing through your own company, partnering with a local lender and working with a national lender to provide an FHA-backed loan program.
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How I built my business: Airoom Architects, Builders and Remodelers
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
This second-generation owner focuses on process and efficiency to handle the more than 300+ projects being worked on simultaneously by Airoom Architects, Builders and Remodelers.
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NARI welcomes new National Members
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
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NARI EDUCATION UPDATE


UDCP prep course starts March 25
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI’s Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) prep class kicks off March 25. This 4-week course will provide you with the tools to sell and conduct remodeling projects that are based on Universal Design principles. These types of projects are attractive not only to those who wish to age-in-place but also families with special needs and families that are forward thinking. You will learn the seven principles of Universal Design, how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs, and finally the how-to of building these projects. Download the registration for the class here. For some perspective on Universal Design from other NARI UDCP’s, read “Universal Design experts break down results from consumer poll.”
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CHAPTER NEWS


NARI of Silicon Valley talks licensing in March
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
On Wednesday, March 19, NARI of Silicon Valley welcomes a Contractors State License Board representative to speak to the chapter about enforcement efforts and SWIFT, the statewide investigative fraud team. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Standards of Excellence. Reservations for this meeting are due by March 14. The cost for members to attend is $35; returning guests are $45, if registered by deadline. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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Greater Baltimore NARI shares social networking tips
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join Greater Baltimore NARI on Wednesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Reico Kitchen & Bath, for an in-depth session on using social media. You will learn why you need social media, the pros and cons, what you will talk about and who you’re talking to. Bring your laptop, as this will be a hands-on learning experience. Members are free; non-members are $10. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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Learn how to Houzz with Bucks-Mont NARI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Bucks-Mont NARI invites you to build your credibility online and harness the power of social media. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop, where you’ll learn step-by-step how to build and optimize your free Houzz profile to reach homeowners in your area. This meeting will take place Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Talamore Country Club. The cost for members is $40; non-members are $30. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE


Small business tax credits for Obamacare?
Forbes
With the deadline for Obamacare enrollment at the end of this month, you are probably getting some questions from employees. Perhaps the most common one is: will you offer insurance? Well, if so, then you may actually be eligible for a tax credit. That is, a tax credit reduces your tax liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis — it could mean that you owe zero taxes for the year.
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Common small business tax filing mistakes
WBZ-TV
It’s easy to make a mistake, but saying your sorry is rarely enough to satisfy the IRS. Small businesses can innocently make tax mistakes that wind up racking up steep penalties, able to bruise or even bust their much-worked-for bottom line. Learn how to avoid these mistakes in this article.
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Small-business loans on rise
The Associated Press via The Journal Gazette
The logjam in lending to small businesses is showing signs of clearing. Nearly five years after the recession ended, bankers are lending more and businesses say it’s easier to get loans. Banks are courting company owners and giving them easier terms. Still, caution remains, especially when a business is young or considered risky.
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SALES AND MARKETING INTEL


5 ways to build brand awareness through content
By Nicole Karlis
Content marketing is a vital part in building brand awareness. By providing good, useful content to a targeted audience, companies are able to promote their brand and earn sales. According to TMG Custom Media, 90 percent of consumers find this kind of specialized, custom content useful. Content marketing takes many forms. It's important to understand your market and use the formats best suited to its needs. Whichever methods you choose, you'll need to offer new content on a regular basis — and here are a few ways to do this.
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5 marketing tips courtesy of Instagram
PetaPixel
Companies like GE and Warby Parker have managed to turn a rather standard social media account into an extremely vital player in their marketing campaigns. The five tips in this article, shared by Instagram on their business blog, help point out what these companies do best and how you can improve your own Instagram account to better grab the attention of the masses.
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A little gray can put your small business in the black
The Journal News
To find new customers for your small business, keep an eye out for gray hair. People older than 50 have a lot of buying power, and now is the time to think about how your company can serve and capture this valuable customer base. In the marketing world, conventional wisdom has long held that the most desirable customers are young men: males in their 20's have lots of disposable income and are at a point in their lives when they decide on the brands they'll stick with for life, but that may not be correct any longer.
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Marketing-obsessed marketers need to become customer-obsessed
Forbes
Successful brands today have found a new way to engage that goes well beyond the snappy tag lines, yet has the brand and business impact a CFO can get excited about. Brands like Nike and Apple are obvious on this front, using product and retail experiences to enhance and drive the brand. Successful but less obvious examples, like Warby Parker in online retail, Oscar in consumer health insurance and Adobe in software, have all proven that there are ways to build a brand that are not dependent on traditional approaches to reach the buyer.
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BY THE NUMBERS


Home equity is rising, but don't get too excited about it
The Washington Post
The amount of the equity people have in their homes hit $10 trillion in the fourth quarter, the highest level since 2007. It's a tidbit of data from the Federal Reserve that generated lots of excitement about how the comeback will lift consumer spending. Not so fast, says Amir Sufi, a finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “This is not your 2002-to-2006 housing boom,” he said.
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The 3 Ps of employee terminations
By D. Albert Brannen
The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the “three Ps” of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork.
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TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Using outdated technology can impact small business reputation
Wicked Local
Smart-business owners know how important it is to preserve their company’s reputation, but many may not realize the extent to which their current and potential customers care about the technology they use. According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of consumers said they would — or would consider — taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.
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CMOs who have embraced technology to improve marketing
Forbes
Marketing and technology are coming together as never before to enhance customer experiences and improve brand performance. These CMOs have been blazing trails in adopting new technologies and using data to boost their organizations’ success.
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