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I See Disaster in Your Future"

The word disaster conjures up many images. In many scenarios, disaster is a bad thing. But it can also be a good thing. Allow me to explain.
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Recession-Busting Strategies Part 4: The Top Four Ways to Motivate Your Staff

Many construction-related business owners and managers are aggressively managing their operations. They are cutting expenses, finding new efficiencies and improving their marketing effectiveness. But one recession strategy you might be overlooking is how to motivate your staff to help you succeed during these difficult times.  
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Recession-Busting Strategies Part 3: Four Business Groups That Help Construction Pros Succeed

Despite the construction downturn, now might be the best time to join a professional association or organization. Doing so might provide you with marketing advantages that your competitors won’t have.
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No Need For Pool Heaters Here

The new Palazzo Versace hotel Dubai, which is now under construction, will have the first refrigerated beach in the world-so guests can sunbathe in comfort during the hottest days of the year. According to London’s Sunday Times, summer temperatures in Dubai average 103°F and can reach 122°F.
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Recession-Busting Strategies for Construction Pros Part 2: Your Top 10 Marketing Investments

Now is the perfect time to rebalance your marketing efforts.


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Recession-Busting Strategies for Construction Pros Part 1: Four Ways Your Competitors Out-Promote You

Many of your competitors will survive this recession, but only a handful will grow stronger. How in the world are they doing it? Using the expertise of Clear Seas Research, we surveyed members of the Buildings Materials Panel to learn their 2009 marketing strategies.


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How's Your Project Pipeline?

Walking through downtown Nashville earlier this month, I heard a country singer lamenting that he lost his girlfriend, his pickup truck and his construction business. OK, that last one was actually his hound dog, but it won’t be long before we hear songs about the heartbreak of losing construction work.
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Anecdotes From a Green Intelligent Buildings Conference

We finally got to quit talking about our Green Intelligent Buildings Conference late last month and actually attend it. I'm happy to report that honestly, it was worth the wait. I haven't seen the evaluations yet, but I overheard more unsolicited positive comments on the content than ever. The current economy and the stimulus legislation both seemed to add a sense of urgency and relevance to several of the presentations and to the Q&A.
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Illegal Aliens (Plumbing, That Is!)

New Jersey (via the Uniform Construction Code and the National Standard Plumbing code) specifically prohibit some plumbing items. Then how come I can go into the local big-box stores and purchase them?
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No More Surprises (Coming Home From ISH)

I just returned from my first overseas plane trip visiting the ISH Frankfurt fair in Germany. I had heard much about the show, and was anxious to see for myself all the hullabaloo, but I admit I had some reservations about the travel experience. After all, 8+ hours on an airplane can be rather daunting.
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BNP Media's Plumbing Group Visits Grundfos North American Headquarters

BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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There's A New Lead-Free Law in Town

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND New lead-free compliance laws took effect in January—which means you’ve got a stampede of new problems to consider. So, mosey on in to learn more about the new regulations.

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The September issue of PME features a special look at the ASPE 2014 Expo as well as a look at how owners can better understand fuel savings by way of lower heat complaints.

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