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Celebrate Remodeling Month: Watch out for Don the Con
PBA
Hire a Pro, Not a Con! PBA is joining in the national celebration of Remodeling Month this May by providing resources for members and consumers on a wide variety of topics. Most importantly, we hope to advise the public about hiring our members as reputable contractors for their projects. Beware rogue contractors like Don the Con (who may entice you with extremely low prices but offer confusing agreements) by asking the right questions! Find out more here.
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Put money back in your pocket with Member Rebate Program
PBA
Increase your bottom line and put money back in your pocket; the PBA Member Rebate Program is quick, easy and hassle-free. In 2014, participating members earned an average of over $1,010 in rebates!
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OSHA/NIOSH hazard alert: Worker exposure to silica during countertop manufacturing, finishing and installation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have identified exposure to silica as a health hazard to workers involved in manufacturing, finishing and installing natural and manufactured stone countertop products, both in fabrication shops and during in-home finishing/installation. This hazard can be mitigated with simple and effective dust controls in most countertop operations.
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2015 Pennsylvania housing market predictions
Housing Predictor
Since 2013 onwards, the Pennsylvania real estate market has been on an upward trend, allowing the housing market to gain not only stability, but also a certain degree of evolution. These steadily increasing housing prices serve as a mark of improvement and allow for a mild optimism regarding the Pennsylvania Housing Market.
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Tips to help you identify and nurture customers
Entrepreneur
Businesses can often become so focused on profit and loss, they lose sight of the fact that the best measure of their success is their customers. If you want a true assessment of how your company is doing, ask the next customer that walks through your door or calls you on the phone.
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Here's what's driving up housing prices
CNN Money
It's been a long and uneven road to revival for the housing market. But things have been heating up for the last few years. Home prices took off in 2012 and went on a tear in 2013. And while the double-digit growth has slowed somewhat, prices are still heading higher.
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A mobile app connects contractors and construction managers
Internet Retailer
Dodge Data & Analytics recently launched Construction Nearby, a mobile app designed to build business relationships between contractors and nearby construction project managers. Nearly 10,000 contractors across the country have since downloaded Construction Nearby in the two months it has been available, says Cherie Hernandez, senior director of project development at Dodge Data & Analytics.
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US construction spending hits 6-month low in March
Reuters
U.S. construction spending fell in March to a six-month low as outlays on private residential construction spending declined sharply, which could add to concerns about the economy's ability to rebound strongly from the first-quarter's soft patch.
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Why your construction company needs to create and update a buy-sell agreement
For Construction Pros
Of all the business protections that contractors and construction companies routinely have in place, the one that seems to get the least attention is the buy-sell agreement. Business advisers observe that existing buy-sell agreements often go stale more quickly than most business owners imagine, especially when it comes to determining the value of their individual stake in their own business.
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