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Construction industry building toward a strong finish for 2014
By Michael J. Berens
​ After a disappointing third quarter, the construction industry regained momentum in October, with signs pointing to continued growth in the months ahead. Indicators were up across the board, including employment figures, with most areas of the industry reporting notable year-over-year increases. Early forecasts are that 2015 will look even better. If the economy continues to improve, some categories — such as commercial and residential — could see double-digit increases in the year ahead.
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NARI NEWS


Business Pulse News
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
How hard is it for homeowners to get financing for the remodeling project they want to undertake? NARI’s Remodeling Business Pulse survey asked its research panel its opinion on that question in its 3rd quarter review. Read the results here.
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Sending better emails
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Did you know that the average person receives 72 emails per day and spends up to 30% of their working day in their inbox? Do you know the best tips to get your messages read? Find out in “Sending better emails to customers” in the NARI blog.
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NARI Question of the Week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Do you charge for written estimates/consultations?
  1. No, it’s part of doing business.
  2. Yes, my time is worth money.
  3. Sometimes, it depends on the scope or type of job.
Click here to answer the Question of the Week.

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ALLIANCE CORNER


Are you a service excellence leader?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Guild Quality is now accepting entries for the 2015 Guildmaster Awards, which celebrates service excellence among a very high caliber group of construction professional. Since 2005, Guild Quality has given special recognition to the members that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience. For information and to submit your application, click here.
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NARI BUSINESS TOOLS


New perk for members: QuickBooks — at cost, Enterprise — best available price, 20 percent off — training and job cost support products
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI member Info Plus(+) Accounting® Inc. offers all members desktop QuickBooks Pro & Premier at cost and Enterprise Solutions at the best available pricing. To receive discounted pricing, call Info Plus(+) Accounting® Inc. and mention your NARI membership Monday-Friday, 9-5 Eastern at 734-544-7620 (toll free: 866-244-2228).

In addition, members Receive 20% off select Info Plus(+) Accounting® Inc. job-cost support products.Use Coupon Code NARI20 at check-out for the purchase of: eCPA (Employee Cost & Pricing AnalyzerTM), Percentage of Completion Analyzer™, Month-End Closing Procedures, and AccountingPRO™. Coupon code may not be used in combination with other discounts.

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Launch of the new Porch Pro Dashboard
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Wondering how many homeowners are searching for you? After claiming your Porch profile here, check out your new analytics dashboard to gain valuable insights to help your business get found by more homeowners. The Pro Dashboard includes the following insights:
  • Search Impressions — how often your Porch profile has shown up in search results by homeowners looking for professionals
  • Profile Views — the number of times your Porch profile has been viewed by homeowners
  • Project Views — the number of times the projects you’ve added on Porch have been viewed by homeowners
  • Homeowner Contacts — the number of times homeowners have contacted your business by email or phone via the Porch network
This is only the beginning of features and analytics we’re adding for NARI Professionals like you. Click here to learn more about the Porch dashboard. Questions? Email NARISupport@porch.com.

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CHAPTER NEWS


NARI Greater Charlotte: 2014 Contractor of the Year Award Ceremony
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI of Greater Charlotte’s 2014 Contractor of the Year Award Ceremony on Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel was a fantastic evening with over 150 people in attendance. A big thank you to this year’s sponsors. The winners will be showcased on the NARI Charlotte website, and featured in the Home Section of the Charlotte Observer on Sat., Nov. 22.
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NARI Silicon Valley: Make it a company party
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI of Silicon Valley’s Holiday bash includes a presentation of the Meta Remodeling Awards, 25th Chapter Anniversary Commemoration, Member Recognition Awards, dancing and entertainment on Wenesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 11 pm at the Cypress Hotel, 10050 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA. Early registration ends Nov. 21. Register online!
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NARI Atlanta: Evening of Excellence in Atlanta
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI Atlanta’s 22nd Evening of Excellence CotY Awards Gala will be held on Dec. 9 from 6 to 8:30 pm at 103 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA. Join fellow members for this special evening complete with fantastic food, finery and the presentation of the prestigious CotY Awards. Register here.
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SALES AND MARKETING INTEL


Correcting mistakes for your Q4 sales push
Sales & Marketing Management
With the fourth quarter’s arrival, many companies have looked at their numbers and increased the pressure on sales teams to make up for losses earlier in the year. Only 58.2 percent of sales reps made their quota in 2013 according to a 2014 Sales Performance Optimization Study of over 1,200 B2B companies by CSO Insights.
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5 social media tips for small business
Forbes
Social media is a great way to get the word out about your business. But if it’s not delivering results, take a step back and see if you’re following these best practices.
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12 tips to help you conquer your direct marketing campaign challenges
MarketingProfs
Creatives obsess about fonts and graphics in marketing material, and lawyers fret about legal compliance in marketing and advertising campaigns — and all that is important — but the core driver of campaign success is deeper down ... in the customer data that fuels it.
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BY THE NUMBERS


Remodeling conditions up, reports NARI
Woodworking Network
Remodeling conditions are showing growth, with a current rating of 6.41, up from 6.07 in March, based on The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions. The rating system ranges from one to nine, based on the same data at this time last year.
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Big ticket remodeling activity grows 3.3 percent in Q3
Remodeling
Remodeling and replacement activity nationwide grew 3.3 percent in the third quarter, reported Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, in today's Residential Remodeling Index release. The index follows a 4.3 percent year-over-year increase in the second quarter, and a 6.5 percent increase in the first quarter of 2014.
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SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE


5 new business trends you should take advantage of
FoxBusiness
Business is evolving online with breakneck speed. Enterprising and forward-thinking entrepreneurs will follow the hottest trends and find ways to capitalize on them. Every great tech company in existence today exists because someone saw an opportunity and capitalized on it, and the future promises to bring many more great companies to fruition.
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4 things Obamacare has actually changed for small business
The Huffington Post
For better or worse, the Affordable Care Act made a big splash in 2010 when it was signed into law. Since then, its features have slowly come into effect. Some have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here are four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.
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10 ways to spy on competition
Small Business Trends
Knowing about your competition has always been important in the world of business. With the Internet, this marketing intelligence has never been easier to find out, but it does take discipline and planning. By doing this type of research, you can find where your competitors are strong or weak.
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TECHNOLOGY NEWS


5 signs you need new tech
BusinessNewsDaily via FoxBusiness
Does your business need to update its technological tools? You may be hesitant to make a switch, especially if you've become accustomed to your current system, but if you don't have up-to-date solutions that can make your operations more efficient, you may be wasting your already limited time and resources.
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10 principles of IT security every small business should know
Business Insider
IT security breaches are a risk to small business. Without a dedicated IT department, managing online security for a small business can be a daunting task. While big organizations have entire teams working to secure networks and information, small businesses are lucky to have a computer guy.
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