NARI NewsWatch
Apr. 2, 2014

5 tips for your small business
FOX Business
It’s not quite April Fools’ Day, but it is World Backup Day — and data loss is no joke. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 93 percent of companies that lose a data center for 10 days or more file for bankruptcy within one year of the incident. Here are five tips for properly protecting your small business’s information from Aaron Dun, CMO of cloud backup firm Intronis.More

NARI elects new officers
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI elects new officers to lead the association during its Spring Business Meeting this year. This year, Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR, from Elm Grove, Wis., will be leading the association as president. “I view my responsibility as equally shared between providing homeowners with the most knowledgeable and quality minded contractors and suppliers, and providing benefits to our 27,000-plus members that cannot be realized by any other organization,” Anundson says. “In addition, I will continue advancing our legislative agenda and member participation to support our industry in a year of predicted growth.”

Rounding out the rest of the Executive Committee is Chairman Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, from Mount Sinai, N.Y.; President-Elect Judy Mozen, CR, GCP, from Roswell, Ga.; Treasurer H. Dale Contant, MCR, UDCP, from Marietta, Ga.; and Secretary Bob Didier, from Bohemia, N.Y. Read more about the elections here. More

NARI announces 2014 National CotY winners
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI announced the 25 National CotY winners at the Evening of Excellence awards program last Friday evening. Participants were able to join NARI onsite or online to find out if they won and to learn more about the award-winning projects. In addition, both audiences were able to interact on Twitter, using #EofE2014. The evening saw celebratory photos shared from across the country. Find out who won and what made their projects unique here. You can also see photos of the National Award winners on NARI’s Facebook page.More

Help NARI win JDR's Microblogger award
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
This is the last week to vote in JDR’s Industry Blogger Awards. NARI’s Twitter feed is nominated for a Microblog Award. The 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, while supporting Jackson Design & Remodeling’s efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design. You can vote here through April 11, 4 p.m. PT. Winners will be announced April 16.More

Discounts offered via NARI Marketplace
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you haven’t already signed up for the NARI Marketplace discounts via BizUnite, you will want to check them out. This program provides significant discounts to such companies as Sprint, ADP, Grainger, Constant Contact, OfficeMax, Staples and more. Sign into the website with your Members Only username and password and start to save. If you have forgotten your username or password, please email us at

NARI hires new lobbyists
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

If you didn’t read the March 26, NARI on the Hill e-newsletter, you will want to do so, to get to know NARI’s new lobbyists, Randi Fredholm Hutchinson and former Senator Tim Hutchinson, from the Washington firm of Dickstein Shapiro. According to Bruce Case, CLC, NARI’s Government Affairs Committee Chairman: “Your Government Affairs Committee looks forward to garnering meaningful impact for NARI members through Dickstein Shapiro's accomplished team of experts, a focused approach that concentrates our efforts on the top two or three issues, and through the engagement of NARI membership.” You can read the bios of the new team, as well as find out updates on the OSHA silica rulemaking, by reading the archived edition of NARI on the Hill.More

NARI Greater Dallas to meet April 8
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
In addition to holding its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., NARI Greater Dallas will also be collecting canned goods to donate to the North Texas Food Bank. Join the chapter at SanDino Home Solutions to tour the showroom and network with others in the Dallas market. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

Learn time management from Bucks-Mont NARI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Bucks-Mont NARI chapter will learn “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People In Relation To Time Management” during its Thurs., April 10 meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will learn:

This meeting is $40 for members and $30 for guests. New members and first-time guests are invited and encouraged to come 30 minutes early for the chapter’s “Connections Meeting.” For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

The greater good gets small business owners thinking big
Digital Journal
Small business owners (SBOs) are not only actively prioritizing social responsibility but they are incorporating into their ongoing business plan. While SBOs are often perceived to be time-poor and lacking the resources or mindshare to fully invest in anything outside their day-to-day operations, they actually tend to be community-driven by nature. The quarterly American Express Small Business Monitor reveals an overwhelming 92 percent of SBOs feel a sense of responsibility to give back to their community.More

Premiums continue to rise for small-business owners
Even though small business owners who buy their own health insurance may be able to renew their plans for 2015 — even if they aren't compliant with the Affordable Care Act — premiums will continue to rise. "Costs will continue to increase across the board," said Jeff Gilmore, president of Benefit Planning Associates in Bloomington. That mixed bag has left some small business owners convinced that they're subsidizing expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. More

Applying for a small business loan? Here's what you'll need
Business News Daily
Whether you're expanding an existing enterprise or embarking on a new venture, securing a loan for your small business can help you turn your entrepreneurial dreams into profitable realities. But applying for a loan is a complicated process, one you'll need to be ready for before approaching potential lenders. Perhaps no one understands today's complex small business lending landscape better than Sam Hodges, the managing director of Funding Circle USA, an online loan marketplace that connects small businesses looking for funding with non-traditional sources of capital. More

10 apps to assist with your small business taxes
Small Business Trends
Tax time is almost here. And as with almost anything else in your small business, there are apps designed to get you through it. You can use some apps for filing your tax returns. Others can be used to keep you better organized throughout the year — by doing things like tracking your expenses. In this article are 10 small business tax apps you may find useful as a small business or microbusiness owner, an entrepreneur or a solopreneur. More

3 easy tips for effective social media marketing
You’ve heard that social media marketing can lead to more loyal customers, more brand recognition, more repeat business, more everything. But successes like these aren’t instant or automatic. Effective social media marketing requires a great deal of effort. It isn’t easy for small business owners — or anyone — to come up with a steady stream of pithy statements in 140 characters or less. More

Email automation: What is it and why does your small business need it?
Business 2 Community
3.2 billion. That’s how many email accounts there are in the world. Chances are, your customers use email and are part of the 91 percent of email users who check their email daily. How can your small business use this marketing platform more effectively? How can you use email to nurture your leads, build brand awareness and ultimately increase your sales conversions?More

Increase your Facebook reach without paying for advertising
By Mayur Kisani
It is getting harder and harder for businesses on Facebook to reach their audiences. According to Facebook, it is due to the increase in the amount of content, the increasing number of businesses building a presence on the site and an effort to crack down on spam. But many also believe that Facebook has decreased the reach of pages in order to make businesses pay for promoted posts and advertisements, thus increasing revenue for Facebook. So just like everything online, there are a few ways that might help increase your reach on Facebook without having to pay for promoted posts or ads. More

Digital media marketing: A marketing mantra for small businesses
Wicked Local
Successful marketing campaigns are nurtured, not born. Luckily, there are unprecedented resources and technology available for small- and medium-size businesses like yours to make the most of your advertising and marketing investments. Because of this, today’s marketing mantra should be: “Test. Analyze. Optimize. Maximize. Repeat,” to make the most of your small business marketing strategy. More

Commercial real estate forecast 2014-2015
Non-residential real estate values should rise at a modest-to-moderate pace in the coming two years, with stronger operating earnings partially offset by rising interest rates. Private non-residential construction is growing at a fairly strong pace, except in comparison to its past peak. Total dollars spent have increased by nearly 10 percent in the past 12 months. More

Remodeling can limit bathroom dangers
Bossier Press-Tribune
The bathroom can — and should — be a relaxing oasis where you can soak the day’s troubles away or calmly prepare for your day in a room that’s spacious, well-lighted and logically organized. Yet it’s the most dangerous room in the house. More than 200,000 people are injured in their bathrooms each year, from slipping on a wet floor, getting scalded with hot water, suffering from an electrical shock or drowning — among other fates, the National Safety Council reports. More

Turning homes green with these eco-friendly remodeling ideas
Greener Ideal
There are more eco-friendly homes now than ever before. These properties use sustainable materials, minimize the use of resources and even save homeowners money. If you are preparing for a home remodel, consider getting on board with the eco-friendly movement, regardless of whether you consider yourself an environmentalist or not. The following tips make it easy to turn your home “green.” More

The return of remodeling
Lehigh Valley Business
As spring – at least the calendar says it’s spring – finally shows up this month, many people find themselves seeking to start something fresh around their house. If they aren’t actively looking to buy a new home, they often want to paint, repair or renovate an existing one. It appears that people are ready to move ahead. More than they wanted to last year. More

3 types of home improvements that increase home value
Deseret News
In addition to making your life better every day, home remodeling projects will ideally impact your home’s value for the better. However, your home’s value is at the mercy of the market and, in fact, some home improvements will positively impact your appraisal more than others. More

Housing market showing slow, steady growth
By Archita Datta Majumdar
All eyes are turned toward the housing market now that the economy is showing signs of positive recovery. The housing market had been hit hard in the past few years, with both builders and sellers paying the price for the recession. But the market is moving ahead at a slow and steady pace, especially as far as prices are concerned. There also seems to be a balance between mortgage and price trends, which will go a long way to stabilize the market. More

Spring clean your small business tech
FOX Business
After a winter most of us would like to forget, spring is here. But with the good, comes the bad — it’s time for a little spring cleaning, or to spruce up your small business technology. Considering how fast business is evolving, this is going to take more than the traditional broom and dustpan. If you, like many small business owners, have been reluctant to invest in new business technology dues to the after-effects of the Great Recession, this is the time to finally get moving and create and implement digital priorities.More

A closer look at how small businesses feel 'overwhelmed' by technology
Many small business owners feel they have very little resources to help them navigate the vast tech landscape, according to a recent study over in the U.S. The report, from Brother International Corporation and non-profit SCORE, was conducted by Wakefield Research and covered 500 small business owners with fewer than 100 employees. It revealed that 64 percent of American small business owners still feel "overwhelmed" when it comes to technology. More

3 business technologies you can't live without
Philadelphia Business Journal
Businesses utilizing technology operate more efficiently. A simple statement, yet it presents for many businesses layers of complexity and apprehension. Professionals in various industries — law, accounting, engineering, architecture, property maintenance, management services and more — are working in environments that are not efficient, much less mobile friendly. What’s holding them back? It's a reluctance to change the way processes are managed and a concern that adopting new routines will upset daily operations and resources. More

How video is creating efficiencies for small businesses
Small Business
A recent report on smart small businesses from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that next to revenue growth, the strategic focus of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is now firmly on improvements in operating efficiency, employee productivity and training. Employing the most cost efficient and effective solutions wherever possible can be a key factor in the growth and success of an organization, and new technology is emerging to provide such efficiencies. In fact, nine in ten of the SMEs surveyed have benefited from technology in the past year. More