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NLRB: You can't require employees to be positive or professional
By Steve Cape
Employers have long operated on the idea that when an employee uses the company email, it will only be for business purposes. That may be coming to an end if the National Labor Relations Board has its way. The NLRB is broadly interpreting the National Labor Relations Act to say that employees can take part in concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining, mutual aid or protection. But their interpretation of it is pushing the edges of sanity.
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NARI NEWS


Is your company compliant with fall protection rules?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Are you aware of and following OSHA’s fall protection rules, using the properly rated ladders, scaffolding and personal fall arrest systems necessary for the projects you are working on? If you’re unsure, NARI outlines the importance of fall protection and what your employees need to be doing to remain compliant. Read more here.
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2 more weeks of Home Improvement Month
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you haven’t used any of NARI’s tools to promote Home Improvement Month to your prospective clients, there’s still two weeks left. If you have been using these tools — or ones you created on your own — we’d love to hear your success stories. If you have found using some promotion of Home Improvement Month has helped you sell your services, please email marketing@nari.org a bit about what you did and how it helped land you a client.
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NARI EDUCATION UPDATE


Save the date for upcoming NARI University June/July programs
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
There are a lot of great ways to continue your business education in June and July, through NARI’s year-long NARI University learning experience. These monthly discussion groups and webinars provide you and your employees the foundation you need to grow your business. Coming up in June, NARI offers its Straight from the Certification webinar, “Integrate Universal Design with the beauty your customers expect,” taught by NARI’s Universal Design prep course instructor Bryce Jacob, CR, UDCP. This Webinar will be held at noon Central time on Thursday, June 19, and costs $49.

Coming up in July, NARI will have an interactive discussion on Thursday, July 16, at noon Central, on the topic “Selling the design — how to charge for your time.” This discussion will bring together members nationwide and is moderated by NARI’s Bylaws and Ethics Committee Chairman Don Van Cura Sr., MCR, CKBR, GCP, CLC, UDCP. The cost to participate in this discussion is $25.

The final July webinar is an Industry Trends webinar, presented by Hansgrohe. On Tuesday, July 22, at noon Central, Hansgrohe will present “Design for all of us,” addressing fixture selection as part of universal design. These webinars are free, but do require registration.

To find out more about what upcoming courses are available through NARI University, visit the NARI University page of NARI’s website.

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CHAPTER NEWS


Talk energy code with NARI of Greater Charlotte
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Thursday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. — prior to the full monthly meeting — a representative from the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement will offer a one-hour “North Carolina Residential Energy Code Requirements” seminar for continuing education credits. Then stay for NARI of Greater Charlotte’s full meeting from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to hear what the chapter has been up to, in terms of new members, CotY Awards updates, 2014 Golf Challenge, Parade of Playhomes and more. The event is hosted by The Building Center Inc. Members and guests are $20 each, and that includes food and beverage. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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Ask an economist comes to Kansas City
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Are we starting to see a recovery from this devastating winter and what can you expect during this election year? If these are burning questions for you, then join Kansas City NARI Thursday, May 29, for a presentation from local economist Chris Kuehl, who has been presenting to the chapter for the past seven years. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Meadowbrook Country Club. The event costs $23 with advanced reservations and $30 at the door. Deadline to reserve your spot is Tuesday, May 27, at noon. You can RSVP by emailing kcnari@remodelingkc.com or by calling (913) 362-8833.
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Learn how to manage an emotional homeowner with Silicon Valley
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join NARI of Silicon Valley Wednesday, June 4, for its Wine and Learn, from 5-8 p.m., and learn how to manage the emotional homeowner. This means managing expectations, and managing the process as well as the project. In this program, you will learn how to set clear project expectations, how to guide homeowners through the remodeling process and how to implement specific strategies for managing homeowners during the remodeling process. Done properly, your customers become your biggest fans and best source of future referrals. The cost to attend is $35 if you register before May 30. Returning guests are $45. To find out more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.
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SALES AND MARKETING INTEL


Wells Fargo has big plans for small business lending
Orlando Business Journal
Wells Fargo Bank was the top Small Business Administration lender in the U.S. in 2013, and in the next five years, the bank wants to increase both figures by a lot. Wells has a new five-year lending goal to provide $100 billion in new small business loans by 2018, the company said.
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Why email remains at the core of small business marketing
The Huffington Post
With the recent popularity of social media, marketers are questioning the role of email in their marketing strategy. The reality is that despite the growth of social media advertising, email remains one of the highest ROI and most measurable marketing tools available for small businesses.
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How to attract traffic to your website
By Mayur Kisani
It is important for businesses to have a website — and one that works on all devices. Once you have your website for your business in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Think of your website as a billboard advertising your business and spreading your message. A website with zero traffic is like having a billboard that is not seen by anyone. So read on to know how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you grow your business.
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SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE


The decline of small business means decline of basic skills
Investing.com
An economy where most people work for the state or a global corporation is an economy that has lost its knowledge of the key entrepreneurial building blocks. The decline of small business has numerous long-term consequences. One is the decline of the middle class, as entrepreneurial enterprise is a key pathway to generational wealth-building and prosperity.
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Small businesses can offer big benefits
Insurance News Net
Although employees of small businesses share the same interests and concerns about their benefits and personal finances as employees in large companies, they're less likely to have benefits. But small employers don't have to settle for small benefits packages.
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How much is too much to pay for a small business loan?
Bloomberg Businessweek
That was a big question at a conference on small business lending at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where executives from high-cost alternative lenders mingled with bankers and regulators. Bob Coleman, who edits the Coleman Report, a trade publication for small business lenders, put it to an executive from OnDeck, an online lender that charges annualized interest rates as high as 134 percent.
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BY THE NUMBERS


US real estate at highest level in 7 years
Cape Gazette
The numbers don’t lie: Americans are growing increasingly confident about the overall health of the national real estate market, according to a recent report. Evidently, a recent Gallup poll showed that 56 percent of Americans expect average home prices in their area to increase, which is up 33 percent from just two years ago.
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TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Triangle small businesses embrace mobile devices to save money, time
News Observer
About 94 percent of businesses use a smartphone to conduct business – up 9 percent compared with last year – while 51.5 percent use apps and 61.7 percent use tablets, according to a recent small-business survey conducted by AT&T and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. When small-business owners are able to improve systems and save time that they or their employees would have previously spent on tasks such as document management, then they can invest in other areas of their business, said Cathy Martine, AT&T president of Enterprise Business Solutions.
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How small businesses can use big data
FOX Business
The term "big data" has been front and center lately, intimidating businesses of all sizes. But for small businesses it’s not about how many terabytes of data they can amass but what they can do with their existing data to grow and improve their business.
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FCC's new rules put net neutrality's future into question
By Ross Lancaster
The Federal Communications Commission just approved new, controversial net neutrality rules that may allow Internet service providers to charge companies for preferential "fast lane" connection speeds to their services. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler initially unveiled the proposal in April, in the wake of a Court of Appeals ruling Jan. 14 that judged the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority by enforcing net neutrality. Since then, the commission has come under intense scrutiny from net neutrality backers, consumer advocate groups and tech companies large and small.
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