Industry Experts

Affordable Hiring, Courtesy of Uncle Sam

-By Mark Battersby- Uncle Sam, the IRS and the Department of Labor, all want to help rural building businesses cut their labor costs. The Workforce and Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 was created to help develop skilled workers, while the tax laws contain the often misunderstood and little-used Work Opportunity...

Money Talk: Affordable Ways to Attract Workers

By Mark Battersby How can any rural building business hope to compete for the dwindling number of skilled workers available in today’s marketplace? Most importantly, how can any building operation keep the workers that are so essential to its success and afford to compete for new workers to help it grow?...

Englert Now Offering AIA – CEU Courses Online

Englert is announcing the creation of its first on-line AIA Continuing Education Course. The one hour AIA E-101-OL “Introduction to Architectural and Structural Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems” provides the architect with a complete overview of the history, specifications, and key benefits of standing seam metal roof systems. This new and effective...

Tips for Building Your Construction Business with KP Persaud

Drawing from his many years of running businesses, KP Persaud is one of the most respected and in-demand consultants in the construction industry. He’s known best for coaching owners and executives on the ways to turn around struggling businesses and to maximize existing successes. He is the author of the Business Builder series here...

Money Talk: Tax Deductible Internet Marketing

-By MARK BATTERSBY-  It is an unfortunate fact of life, but many builders and contractors often overlook the tax deductions for marketing expenses. According to the IRS, advertising and marketing expenses must only be reasonable and directly related to the rural building business in order to be tax deductible. Promotional costs...

Download on Avoiding Electrical Shock Available

The National Framers Council is offering a free copy of it’s “Avoiding Electrical Shock” download to builders though the end of May. The download is part of the NFC’s FrameSAFE Program and is being offered during National Electrical Safety Month. In making the announcement, the NFC noted: “According to the Electrical...

Tips for Creating a High-Performance Company

Growing bigger as a business isn’t as important as growing better. If you want to grow into a high-performance machine, Bruce Hodes, author of the book Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami with Performance Oriented Cultures, offers these observations. Any company has problems. You want to make sure that you...

2017 NFBA Leadership Team Elected

The National Frame Building Association elected officers for the 2017 year at the Frame Building Expo in March. Todd Carlson, AJ Manufacturing, chairs the organization, with Matt Greiner, Greiner Buildings Inc., serving as Chair Elect. Outgoing chair Ken Gieseke, McElroy Metal, Inc., remains an officer as Past Chair. Mark Billstrom, Lester...