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After a strong start, remodeling activity should see some easing later in the year
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Solid growth is expected in the home remodeling market this year but momentum should begin to moderate in the fourth quarter, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Sluggishness in the housing market and specifically in home sales may result in a deceleration of home improvement spending from double-digit annual growth through the third quarter to a year-over-year gain in the high single digits by the end of the year.
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NARI NEWS


Training is key for a new employee
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
As companies start to ramp up the hiring process, they’re often focused on finding the right candidate. But the hiring process doesn’t stop there. How you introduce that new employee to your company’s culture and processes can be the real determining fact in whether you have hired a star or a dud. Here’s what you need to do to create a successful training program.
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NARI's Remodeling Business Pulse survey's current conditions fell in March
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.41 in December. There was a decline in all but one of the sub-components that drive the overall current rating. Conversion of bids and sales value of jobs had the largest dip. However, strength of sales in this three-month period increased to 6.51, from the 6.41 reported during the fourth quarter of 2013 — a new record high. As reported by members, the harsh winter had a negative impact on current business conditions, but there is optimism that business will return to normal as we enter the normally busy spring/summer time period.

Growth indicators in the first quarter of 2014 are as follows (rating is from 1 to 9, where 1 is much worse than a year ago and 9 is much better; 5 is about the same as last year):
  • Current business conditions fell to 6.07 (from 6.51 last quarter)
  • Number of inquiries remained flat at 6.24.
  • Requests for bids had a slight drop to 6.16 (down from 6.22 last quarter)
  • Conversion of bids fell significantly from 6.03 to 5.71.
  • Sales value of jobs sold declined to 5.84 (down from 6.27 from last quarter)
Read the full press release here. To download a full copy of the Remodeling Business Pulse survey, visit the NARI Research Reports section on the Members Only side of NARI.org.

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NARI welcomes new National Members
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
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NARI EDUCATION UPDATE


Mark your calendars for May NARI University programs
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI University is designed to help you make your company more profitable, navigate the critical issues facing the remodeling industry and identify industry and product trends. Two NARI University programs are taking place in May that you won’t want to miss. Wednesday, May 15, Don Van Cura Sr., MCR, CKBR, GCP, CLC and UDCP will lead an interactive discussion on “Do sites such as Pinterest and Houzz boost sales?” The discussion will start at 12 p.m. CT and costs $25. You can register for this program here (you’ll have to click on "webinar" and "event registration" at the top of the page).

The second NARI University program in May is a free Industry Focus Webinar on Wednesday, May 20. NARI National Member Andersen Windows will present “Solutions to successfully install whole window replacements,” at 12 p.m. CT. These bimonthly webinars will provide you insights into what is new and how you can use that information to upsell your clients. You can register for this webinar here.

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CHAPTER NEWS


North Bay talks building codes in May
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Tuesday, May 6, North Bay NARI (California) will be presenting “Red tagged: what every remodeler should know about building codes,” with a panel of Marin County building inspectors. Attendees will learn the top reasons you need a permit and when, what codes are changing in 2014, specifics about local codes, what Title 24 is and what it means to you, what the Wildland Urban Interface code is and how it will impact your projects. The meeting will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Register by May 1, and receive a $5 discount off the $45 member price or non-member $55 price. Find out more and register on the chapter’s website.
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Bucks-Mont hosts 2nd annual Mega May Membership Month event
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
On Thursday, May 8, Bucks-Mont NARI (Pennsylvania) will host its 2nd annual Mega May Membership Month event from 4-8:30 p.m. The evening will include a variety of education opportunities, including special guest Shawn McCadden, CR, CLC. Education sessions being offered include “New ways of looking at sales and selling” and “Production: you sold it, now you have to build it.” The evening will also include food, networking and drinks. The cost to attend is $25 for members; prospective members are free. Find out more and register on the chapter’s website.
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NARI of Greater Chicagoland meets May 13
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI of Greater Chicagoland will be meeting Tuesday, May 13, at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village from 5-8:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour question and answer session with a municipal inspector at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by Darrel Cheeks, who will speak on “How to take your business to the next nevel.” The first attendee per member company is free, additional attendees are $30 each, and non-members are $35. To find out more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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INDUSTRY EVENTS UPDATE


The 2014 National Hardware Show, May 6-8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center
National Hardware Show
Join the home improvement industry for the largest new product event of the year — where you can see the products and services that will drive the home improvement category in the coming year. Make connections, get ideas and find the innovative products that will put you ahead of your competition. Registration is free ($125 at the door) and can be done via the website.
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SALES AND MARKETING INTEL


Websites are key to online marketing
The Houston Chronicle
Blogs, photo sharing and other types of social media may be getting all the buzz these days, but websites remain the foundation of a successful online marketing strategy. Though social media has redefined the rules of customer engagement and relationship-building, these channels are limited in size, content and time. In order to truly tell your story - what your small business does and how it can help your customers - a well-designed, comprehensive website is a must.
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How to market to millennials, really
FOX Business
Like it or not, millennials matter and will make up a huge portion of your future business. But reaching this often coveted group isn’t as easy as sending out a blast email with a coupon inside or tweeting the current special. “Millennials don’t like to be sold to and they’ve grown up entertaining and informing themselves instantly with the click of a button,” says Jonathan Sellers, a social media strategist at EMSI Public Relations. “Business owners who want to get their interest need to be creative in their messaging.”
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How to invest your digital advertising dollars
The Washington Post
No matter what you’re selling, be it software, sneakers or sandwiches, marketing your products to your target audience is critical. And while billboards and newspaper ads are still prevalent, advertising is shifting toward digital media, and experts say small business owners should keep up with that trend. But with a limited budget, where should you invest your marketing dollars?
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3 marketing tactics to grow your small business
Dynamic Business
It’s a tried and true marketing channel – but how can you cut through the inbox clutter, and increase the likelihood that your email will get opened and acted upon? What about social media and lead management? In this article are several tips and tactics to help your small business grow successfully.
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Why the humble blog is still relevant for marketing small businesses
Business 2 Community
Online marketing is like a financial black hole — it sucks a huge amount of resources without any guarantee to get direct sales. It needs time to gain traction and constant re-tweaking to hit the right combination of inbound marketing techniques. It’s a broad world that changes rapidly, making it a business cost rather than an investment. As a result, it’s usually a digital luxury for small businesses. However, there is an inexpensive way to initiate your own marketing campaign.
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3 tips for using Facebook hashtags
By Andrea Fischetti
Hashtags have been on Facebook for nearly a year now, so it is important to understand the right way to use them. The purpose of hashtags is to make posts more visible. A person searching under that hashtag topic is able to see all the posts, including those they have not yet "liked." Therefore, your company's page can be more visible to new customers — always a perk. Here are three quick tips for using Facebook hashtags.
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SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE


The Small Business Administration just made it a little easier to secure a loan
The Washington Post
Small business loans are hard to come by these days. Not as hard to come by as they were during the recession, but still more elusive than before the economy collapsed. The Small Business Administration just tried to make it a little bit easier. The agency, which supports billions of dollars in small business lending each year, on April 21, implemented several new rules easing and eliminating some of the restrictions on its most popular loan programs.
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Yelp lawsuit is a wakeup call for small businesses
Rochester Business Journal
“The Internet has changed everything.” Yes, it’s a cliche. But for small businesses, it’s absolutely true. A lawsuit filed in Virginia against Yelp, claiming that unfair or fraudulent reviews harmed a small business, is evidence of how the Web has altered relationships between small businesses and their customers.
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What do small business owners want from their CPA?
CPA Practice Advisor
Small business owners are pressed with constantly changing competition and are looking for ways to get ahead and stay there, and they expect their accountant to help them meet this challenge. That’s according to a new survey by The Sleeter Group, which showed that 72 percent of small business owner respondents have changed their CPA or accounting firm in the past at least in part because the firm “did not give proactive advice, only reactive service.” More than 60 percent said this factor played a significant or large role.
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Top 3 small business challenges and solutions for 2014
Forbes
For small businesses, 2014 is shaping up to be a year for recovery and reassessment. Although the economy appears to be rallying, this is no time for complacency — it’s a good bet a few more bumps will appear along the road to recovery. Steering clear of those obstacles will require company owners to take a fresh look at their business strategies in several key areas.
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5 ways small businesses can be innovators
The Epoch Times
Want to be the next Richard Branson or Elon Musk? Or maybe you want to build businesses like Panera, Chipotle or Levis? One thing they all have in common is their innovative spirit, strong branding and courage to test the limits. In this article are 5 tips on how your small business can stand out from the crowd.
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Need a small business loan? Borrowing from suppliers is as easy as riding a bike
Forbes
It’s the small business owner willing to be creative that gets financing these days. At the very least, successful small business owners need to be flexible when weighing their options and less dependent upon traditional means of accessing capital. Fortunately, there are a lot of alternatives to the bank. Of course some are better than others.
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10 critical things to look for in a small business bookkeeper
FOX Business
If you run a business and are looking for a bookkeeping solution, it’s important to start by understanding the who, what, when, where and how of your ideal scenario. In this article are 10 of the most important areas to consider when comparing bookkeepers so that you will be able to weigh the pros and cons of each.
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BY THE NUMBERS


Economists expect construction will overcome 2014's soft start
For Construction Pros
Construction economists are cautious, but they expect industry softening that started in the last quarter of 2013 and continuing through the first quarter of this year to be a result of the unusually harsh winter weather, and not weakening of the underlying economy. Total construction spending is expected to grow more than 6 percent in 2014, lead by housing and nonresidential buildings.
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TECHNOLOGY NEWS


How to choose the right technology for your small business
BusinessNewsDaily via FOX Business
As a small business, choosing which types of technologies to adopt can be tough. Not only are there so many types of technologies from which to choose, but making the wrong decision can result in additional problems instead of fixing those the technology was designed to solve. Moreover, new technologies are rapidly becoming available, making it even more difficult to determine which are worth the investment.
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Small businesses increasingly turn to new payment technology
MiBiz
As Nate Phelps prepared to open Central District Cyclery, he had dozens of decisions to make ranging from whom to hire to what to stock. Among the many crucial choices to be made was how to receive and process payments for the goods and services sold at the downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., bike shop that opened in 2012. “You get hit with every offer in the world, including for credit card processing,” Phelps said of the lead-up to opening a new small business.
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How does the Heartbleed bug affect your business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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It is possible to create a business app without coding skills
Small Business Trends
The editors at Small Business Trends saw a segment on Fox News a while back in which Pete Khanna, CEO of Trackvia was interviewed. He spoke about Wired Magazine using the Trackvia service to create an app. But what got their attention was Pete’s assertion that “it’s so easy you can build it yourself.” So they decided they would sit down and, using the free trial offer, attempt to build a Small Business Trends article assignment app. Was Trackvia really as easy as Khanna claimed? Here’s what they found.
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