Industry Experts

June/July 2018 MRA Update

It’s Time For Local HOAs To Encourage Defensible Home Strategies By Renee Ramey, MRA executive director The MRA is calling for HOAs to do more to allow member homeowners to make improvements that increase their neighborhood’s resiliency and offer greater protection. Many U.S. homeowners appreciate their local associations (HOAs) for working...

International Roofing Expo Has Banner Year In New Orleans, Prepares For Nashville 

The International Roofing Expo (IRE), sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), had a successful event this year. Held Feb. 6-8, 2018, the business-to-business expo and conference connected manufacturers and suppliers of roofing products, services, and technologies, with roofing contractors from across the United States and the globe. The 2018...

Participate In NRCA Sessions at IRE

Be sure to register for the following NRCA sessions being held during the 2018 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Monday, Feb. 5 7 a.m.-6 p.m.: CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization (Instructors: Amy Staska and Bill Steinmetz) 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: NRCA Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A...

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...