Door & Window Business
Nov. 12, 2014

Remodeling conditions continue to show strong growth
Door & Window Market Magazine
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry's third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions indicated strong growth in the third quarter of 2014 with a rating of 6.41. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in all sub-components measuring remodeling activity, according to NARI. This is the second quarter of growth in 2014, coming on top of June's strong increase over the 6.07 recorded in March.More

Construction industry to see more balanced growth in 2015
For Construction Pros
Dodge Data & Analytics's 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2015 will rise 9 percent to $612 billion, a larger gain than the 5 percent increase to $564 billion estimated for 2014. "The construction expansion should become more broad-based in 2015, with support coming from more sectors than was often the case in recent years," said Robert Murray, chief economist and vice president for Dodge Data & Analytics.More

Facility managers, salespeople and the Golden Rule of business
By Pamela Tresp
I've requested the permission of author Jeffrey Gitomer to share some important information that applies to facility managers, building owners and salespeople. These are things we have all thought or wanted to say, but many times haven't. After many years in sales (including some of the toughest territories like Manhattan), Gitomer compiled this list direct from customers on how they wish salespeople would act. How many of these can you relate to?More

New York artist to show 'Doors - A Passage to Another Life'
The Register Star
Doors — not your typical artistic medium. Climax, New York-based artist Keith Batten is a fan of using old antique doors as his source of inspiration for his art. Local art lovers will soon get an expanded view of his work. Eventually, after falling in love with what Batten calls the "rustic and relaxed atmosphere" of the Green County area, he bought property in Climax with friends. It was here while driving down Route 26 in Climax that Batten found his first door. "Ten years ago I saw an old cellar door lying on the side of the road, I eventually picked it up and turned it into a piece of art." Batten said. "I'm always looking for interesting doors." More

Construction adds 12,000 jobs in October, sees another big drop in unemployment
Equipment World
The U.S. construction industry has now added jobs for a 10th consecutive month with a gain of 12,000 workers in October. The industry now employs 6.095 million Americans, its highest figure since May 2009, according to preliminary data from the Labor Department. Employment in May 2009 was 6.1 million, a hill the industry has been trying to climb over since it eclipsed the June 2009 mark of 6.010 back in June of this year. More

Don't make these 9 social media marketing mistakes
Business 2 Community
Social networking is the most popular online activity, so it makes sense for businesses to try to engage that audience in an attempt to increase sales. Marketers place a very high value on social media; according to a study by Social Media Examiner, 92 percent of them report that social media is important for their business, up from 86 percent in 2013. But even large corporations with top-notch marketing departments make mistakes when it comes to leveraging social media. Simply setting up an account or sending out some tweets is not enough to make social media marketing a viable part of your marketing strategy. You can create more opportunities from social media accounts and increase ROI by avoiding some basic missteps. More

3 keys to make change stick
By Adrian Davis
As a keynote speaker, I'm often called upon to help an organization's employees reframe the changes they are undergoing, and to move them from a sense of angst and confusion to a sense of purpose and conviction. Are you planning or in the midst of significant change in your organization? The keynote that inspires and galvanizes a team is but one ingredient in any successful change effort. Here are three things you can do to ensure the change sticks.More