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PBA honors 2014 recipients with Annual Gala Awards
The Pennsylvania Builders Association presented six major awards to builders, members and local builders associations during its Installation and Awards Banquet at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hotel & Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 20.
"Recognizing our outstanding members is incredibly important to us," explained President Peter Gallagher. "This is the true value of membership — when you are dedicated to your industry and your association, people recognize that. These awards represent the cream of the crop. The recipients go above and beyond for our association, and this is how we can thank them."
Home sprinkler systems could be mandatory
The State Fire Commissioner says someone in Pennsylvania dies in a fire every three days.
Now some people are looking at an old idea to save lives. Lawmakers are considering making it mandatory for all new homes to have sprinkler systems. Firefighters say it could save lives, but some people think it should be the builder's choice.
$16 million in housing renovations planned in Fountain Hill
Lehigh Valley Business
Lafayette Ambassador Bank gave $320,000 to Valley Housing Development Corp. of Emmaus to help fund $16 million in construction renovations to The Mills, a 113-unit affordable housing community in Fountain Hill.
The development costs for the project total nearly $16 million, said David Buches, community investment manager at FHL Bank of Pittsburgh.
Construction employment drops by 1,000 jobs in March
Construction decline by 1,000 jobs in March but is still up by 282,000 jobs compared to March 2014, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.
8 small business tax preparation mistakes to avoid
U.S. Small Business Administration
Tax time brings with it a sense of urgency and pressure, and mistakes inevitably follow. Tax deductions go unclaimed, paper trails go awry and costly surprises can result.
Here are eight of the most common tax preparation mistakes that small businesses make, plus some tips for mitigating them.
Employers: Avoid getting placed in OSHA's SVEP hall of shame
Recently, OSHA levied a $1.76 million fine and a Severe Violator Enforcement Program placement against a national furniture manufacturer after determining that more than 1,000 injuries occurred at one of the company's plants over a three-and-a-half-year period. While the fine amount alone is extraordinary, perhaps an even greater consequence of the manufacturer's predicament is its placement in OSHA's SVEP. As many employers already know, the SVEP is designed to focus OSHA's enforcement attention on what it considers to be the worst violators of federal health and safety standards.
5 questions to ask before marketing your business
Business 2 Community
Marketing is a key part of every successful business, but small business owners and startup founders seem to choose the spray and pray method, which is a waste of time and money. First, remember that your marketing activities and goals should support your business goals. What results are you hoping to get by marketing your business?
Combating slow payment (and nonpayment) in the construction industry
By Nate Budde
Most of the time, invoices get paid. In the vast majority of cases, invoices are paid well before they age enough to cause a significant worry. Despite this, however, there is an entire industry of credit and financial managers who are dedicated to helping companies manage, and ultimately collect, those problem invoices. Typically, these parties are focused on two distinct areas of concern with respect to credit management: getting invoices paid faster and reducing the number of invoices that are written off as uncollectable.
Keeping hand injuries in check
Occupational Health &Safety
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered some holiday goodies, as well as a few lumps of coal, on Dec. 16, 2014, when it released data on non-fatal lost-time occupational injuries and illnesses during 2013. The overall incidence rate fell to 109.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers that year, down from 111.8 the year before, and the median number of days away work also fell from 9 to 8. That's the good news.
Why contractors should budget more for construction software
For Construction Pros
As a construction contractor you know the role technology plays in the industry, but are you investing enough of your IT time and budget in that technology? Software Advice, a company that connects construction management software buyers with vendors, recently conducted a survey that showed the average survey respondent was investing less than 1 percent of annual revenue for IT.
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