NARI NewsWatch
Jan. 15, 2014

Why company culture is so important
By Erica Cohen
Unless you've spent the last decade or so living under a rock, you've definitely heard the phrase "company culture" being bandied about. And while it's become the center of attention in many discussions about how to build a successful company, I have to wonder if everyone who talks about company culture actually understands what it means and how to create and maintain an authentic one. Let's consider the definition of company or organizational culture and why it matters.More

How to create a successful exit strategy
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
How do you exit the company you’ve built, ensuring that you get the value you deserve and that your clients get a seamless transition and the same great experience they’ve come to expect? See how T. Hurt Construction in Omaha successfully handled the ownership transition.

Terry Hurt, CR (left), successfully transitioned from owner to sales/estimating after selling T. Hurt Construction to Andy Hearn (right).More

NARI resurrects 'How I Built My Business' column
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Each month, NARI will explore how a different member company ended up in the remodeling industry and what they did to create a strong and successful business. This month, Scott Dow, of Falcon Designs LLC in Arizona, shares how he turned from educating to opening a metal works business in the middle of the economic downturn.More

Congratulations to NARI's new certifieds
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Sixty-three people passed the certification exams taken during the December test dates. If you’re interested in pursuing a NARI certification, the next exam dates are May 9, and 10. Visit NARI’s certification page to learn more about when prep courses start and what qualifications are required for each certification. Upcoming prep courses include: High-Performance Remodeling (starts Feb. 5), Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (starts Feb. 6) and Universal Design Certified Professional (starts Feb. 11).More

Greater Baltimore NARI hosts social media training
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Greater Baltimore NARI will host a hands-on social media training Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. This workshop will cover why you need social media, the pros and cons and who is listening when you post. This event is free to members and $10 to non-members. Register on the chapter’s website.More

Take in a hockey game with EM NARI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join Eastern Massachusetts NARI on Jan. 28, at the Boston Bruins game. The tickets cost $125 and includes pub fare from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Greatest Bar and balcony-level seats to the Bruins vs. Panthers game. Open bar is also included. Only 50 tickets are available, so sign up quickly. Visit the chapter’s website to buy tickets .More

NYC/LI NARI hosts contractor trade show
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join NYC/LI NARI and Metro NY NKBA on Monday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 8 p.m. for the 2014 Contractor Trade Show at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, N.Y. Learn about new products and technologies, get free education and network with other industry professionals. To find out more and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

NARI of Greater Chicagoland announces chapter CotY winners
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Nineteen projects were awarded chapter CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards by the NARI of Greater Chicagoland chapter in December. An impartial panel of judges, who are considered experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant's "Before and After" photography and project description. Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. View the award-winning projects on the chapter’s website.More

Save the date for Greater Omaha NARI's Education Day
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Greater Omaha NARI will host a day-long Education Day Thursday, Feb. 20. The classes taught during this event will be approved by the City of Omaha to fulfill 12 hours of the necessary continuing education hours required for contractor licensing. The cost for members to attend is $75. Non-members are $225 (a portion of the price can be applied to member dues). Follow the event on Facebook to get updates to the day’s schedule.More

You're invited to NARI National's Spring Business meeting
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join NARI National in New Orleans March 27-29, to learn, share and network. NARI’s committees have dynamic educational events planned to help you work smarter, as well as to strengthen NARI’s chapters. Network with NARI members from across the country and get rejuvenated by the excitement of your peers in the remodeling industry. For full details and to register, visit NARI’s events page.More

Be careful when using unpaid interns
By D. Albert Brannen
The federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has become much more aggressive in identifying and seeking damages against employers who fail to pay interns for the work they perform. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, covered, nonexempt individuals who are "permitted" to work must be compensated for the services they perform for an employer. Unless an internship in the "for-profit" private sector meets a set of six criteria, the internship will most often be viewed as employment. More

Houzz study examines bathroom trends
Professional Remodeler
Master baths top most homeowners’ lists and four in ten will be skipping the tub, according to the Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of, or are planning, a bathroom remodel. Houzz, the world’s leading platform for home remodeling and design, also found that more than half of homeowners are leaving their new master toilet exposed, with those 35 and older more likely to provide privacy for the throne with a separate room or partition. More

Capitalize on upgrades by offering financing
Remodeling Magazine Online
Home improvement projects fall into two categories: Wants and needs. The new kitchen is a want, the new roof, a need. It’s easy for clients to talk themselves out of a project that they want because they assume that they can’t afford it. If it’s a project that they need — like a new roof — they’ll find a way. This is where financing comes into play.More

Remodeling trends for 2014
San Fransisco Bay Times
Have you noticed all of the construction sites appearing around the Bay Area these days? The pent-up demand from the recession has resulted in a building boom that is projected to continue through 2014. These are some of the other key trends that will be impacting the market in the coming year.More

The 5 most common career mistakes
The Week
To shed light on individual behavior during job changes, The Week conducted a survey of over 400 search consultants from more than 50 industries in mid-2008. The respondents, 67 percent of whom had more than 10 years of experience and 70 percent of whom recruited stars at the senior-executive level or higher, were asked to specify the most common mistakes individuals make when contemplating a job change and the reasons for such mistakes.More

Roofs could be next problem for homeowners
Warmer weather melts snow and ice off roofs, but it can cause problems for some homes. Ice dams build up when melted water runs down the roof but freezes at the base of the roof just before running off. Co-Owner of Full Service Roofing and Remodeling Jonathan Schemerhorn, says the problem can cause water to sit on the roof, leading to leaks or parts of the roof caving in. More

Small businesses changing hands at a rapid clip
The Washington Post
More than 7,000 small firms changed hands in 2013, up nearly 50 percent from the roughly 4,700 that brokers reported the year before, according to a new report by BizBuySell, an online marketplace that connects small-business sellers with potential buyers. It is the fastest pace of business turnover since the recession began in 2008. The increase was spearheaded by accelerated turnover in the retail and restaurant sectors, in which sales surged 71 percent and 78 percent, respectively. More

2014 technology trends for small business
New Hampshire Business Review
Bank of America recently polled approximately 1,300 small businesses regarding their expectations for 2014. The results found that today’s small businesses are optimistic about the new year and expect to hire more employees to keep pace with expected increases in sales. In the face of doubts and concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act, this is great news for our economy and the nation as a whole. More

Best in show: Remodeler YouTube videos
Remodeling Magazine Online
It’s clear that remodelers should take advantage of YouTube — but how? We asked multimedia content producer Rodika Tollefson to find the most effective U.S. remodeler videos to help inspire you. Her criteria included consistency, production values, and storytelling, among other things.More

Microsoft, GoDaddy will offer Office 365 to small businesses
The Seattle Times
Microsoft is partnering with GoDaddy, best known for its domain-name registration services, to provide scaled-down Office 365 packages for very small businesses. The partnership means Office 365 will be offered as GoDaddy’s exclusive email and productivity suite. For GoDaddy, which says it has 12 million customers, the attraction is being able to offer an email service and productivity suite that most people are familiar with and know how to use, said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of GoDaddy.More

Google paying $3.2 billion to take home nest
MIT Technology Review
Google made a giant bet on the so-called Internet of things by announcing that it plans to pay $3.2 billion in cash for smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs – a move that may be as much a talent grab as an effort to position itself as a leader in the market for Internet-connected gadgets. Given the price tag, Google clearly sees enormous value in the company: This is the company’s second-largest acquisition thus far, after the $12.5 billion it paid for phone maker Motorola Mobility in 2011.More