NADRA Education Tour
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63rd Annual Atlantic Builders Convention: March 28-30
NJBA hosts the areas largest regional builder trade show in the northeast — the Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC). With state-of-the art products, innovative services, helpful demonstrations and our new venues, ABC inspires attendees with countless ideas to aid in the success of their business.
Decking material basics — Trex versus YellaWood
Handy American Share
An outdoor deck or patio is the ultimate way to spend the afternoon grilling, a quiet morning reading the newspaper or an evening under the stars. A deck adds to the overall value of your home with the addition of extra square footage, providing superstar curb appeal. But conventional materials like pressure treated yellow pine have given way to a wide variety of alternative deck materials from bamboo to plastic polymers. More
Decking makers hopeful in 2012
Plastics News Share
Despite a sluggish end to 2011, decking manufacturers are optimistic that 2012 will bring their companies and the industry improved sales. "The market looks a little better, a little rosier," said Bill Ross, senior vice president of sales for Fiberon LLC, in an interview at the International Builders Show, held Feb. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. "I'm cautiously optimistic and we're kind of bullish." More
How to green your outdoor living space
ARA via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Share
With the housing market still in recovery, many American homeowners are choosing to stay put and renovate. Whether you're updating the home you love or preparing your house for resale when the market finally turns around, your outdoor living space is a great place to start. According to a recent study from McGraw-Hill, the market for green homes is expected to increase five-fold by 2016, with an even steeper increase in green remodeling, as 34 percent of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016. More
5 ways your business can beat its competitive bullies
Fast Company Share
Follow the path of any great company and you will see their strategies shift. What got them big is not what kept them big. They eventually adopt some form of the "bully's playbook." If you ever stepped onto a playground between the ages of 10 and 17, you know what this is. The bully uses size to his advantage. He pushes smaller kids around. His methods are powerful but predictable. More
How to cultivate a brand presence on Pinterest
Business 2 Community Share
No wonder every brand wants to set up shop on Pinterest. The online pinboard site now attracts more than 11 million visitors a month, and they are a passionate bunch — showing very high levels of user engagement and virality, and attracting fans who can help elevate a brand's presence. For brands, Pinterest has become the online version of the nightclub with the velvet rope: Everyone wants to get in, but they need to play it cool. Before randomly jamming your pinboard with images, you need a Pinterest strategy. More
7 elements of a healthy and vibrant business culture
American Express OPEN Forum Share
The idea of culture is a hot topic in business these days, but the actual concept of culture can be tough to pinpoint or define. However, like so many things that are hard to describe, you know it when you see it. Many small businesses don't give the idea of culture much thought, particularly early on, but every business has a culture. It may be strong or weak, positive or negative, or just plain hard to spot, but it's like a form of internal brand in a way. More