Still time to donate items for the NADRA Silent Auction!
So far, participation in this year's Silent Auction has been fantastic! We've already received the following amazing donations:
NADRA National Deck Competition update
We would like to thank all the NADRA deck builders who took the time to enter their projects into the first annual NADRA National Deck Competition. The judging is now in progress! Good Luck!
Winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Didn't buy your ticket(s) yet? It's not too late! Reserve your spot now! This is a night you won't want to miss! More
Don't forget to visit NADRA at DeckExpo!
Please be sure to visit NADRA's booth, 6312 while you are at DeckExpo. Our booth will be packed with NADRA builder members, an awesome lounge area for you to rest your weary legs and, of course, your NADRA National Board of Directors and the team at NADRA HQ to help answer any questions or give you hints on how to get the most out of your membership! See you in a week!
Family business: What is the definition of family?
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Good family communication and regular family meetings are two of the strongest predictors for a successful family business. How do we decide who's to be involved in a family meeting process and who can't be? That used to be an easier question to answer. Family members have expanded to include individuals who could not have been predicted (or at least openly acknowledged) a few decades ago. More
Obama plans business tax relief, spending to spur growth
President Barack Obama is proposing to expand tax relief for businesses and boost federal spending on the nation's transportation system to help bolster an economy that's losing jobs heading into the November congressional elections. More
Consumer spending rises in July, cutting into savings
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The savings rate for U.S. households fell in July to the lowest level in three months as spending outpaced income, the Commerce Department estimated. The savings rate fell to 5.9 percent from 6.2 percent in June, which had been the highest level in a year. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July while personal income increased 0.2 percent. More
Small-business owners see changes headed their way under health care reform
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Ask small-business operators how theyre preparing for health care reform and they all but throw up their hands. They haven't had time to digest it. The devil's in the details. They don't have the details. Employers with 50 or more employees know this: The new law has employee coverage mandates looming for them in 2014. Employers with fewer than 50 employees will escape the coverage mandate. But they're not resting easy. More
Legislation promises major changes for construction law bar
Massachusetts is now part of a string of states to have adopted laws that essentially end "pay-if-paid" clauses in construction contracts and establish strict deadlines on payment schedules. The so-called "prompt pay bill," goes into effect in November and significantly changes the payment responsibilities of all parties involved in most large-scale commercial and residential construction projects. The law severely restricts the ability of owners and general contractors to use the pay-if-paid clause to withhold payment from subcontractors and suppliers. More