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Dec. Construction Jobs Fall; Industrial, Office, Apartment Markets Worsen

Construction employment fell by 53,500 (-0.9 percent), accounting for more than 60 percent of total losses for December 2009, and by 934,000 (14 percent) for the year.


July 14, 2009 – Better Than Yellow Pages

Go for the “low-hanging fruit” by customizing your business’ listing on Google Maps …


July 14, 2009 – Before You Refinance Your Business Loan …

Bad calendar coordination can result in double interest for a day. Your banker can help, but sometimes you'll just be stuck …


June 23, 2009 – Customers Your Company Doesn’t Want

Aiming to please too many different types of customers can be a fatal flaw. Focus on your core audience and don't waste money on the rest …


June 22, 2009 – ‘We’re Cancelling The Recession’ Say Six Of America’s Top Contractor Consultants

PM contributing columnist and contractor marketer Adams Hudson will join five other contractor consultants to launch the first-ever Contractor Sales and Marketing Super Summit, Oct. 14-16 in Atlanta ...


June 18, 2009 – The Small Business Guide To Penny-Pinching

Running a business on the cheap …


June 8, 2009 – DOE Offers $50 Million In Recovery Act Funds For Geothermal Heat Pumps

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to accelerate the deployment of geothermal heat pumps …


June 5, 2009 – Chicago Faucets Products Comply With Buy American Act

Commercial faucet manufacturer Chicago Faucets announced that more than 95 percent of its products comply with the BAA …


June 2, 2009 – CMI Signals End To Recession

According to recent data from the Credit Managers’ Index, it looks like the U.S. economy’s recovery status is looking up ...


June 1, 2009 – No Relief For Small Business Cardholders

Credit-card reform doesn't apply to small business cards, which more companies are relying on as loans have dried up …


May 26, 2009 — How The 'COBRA Subsidy' Works

Through this element of the stimulus plan, the government shares the burden of maintaining coverage for workers that employers have laid off …


May 21, 2009 — Local Businesses See Increased Demand For Geothermal Systems

Bill Sinton, owner of Sinton Heating, say 90% of his business comes from geothermal systems, having done 100 installations in 2008 alone …


May 14, 2009 — Riding Out The Recession With Repairs

Businesses are surviving by ramping up their service and repair divisions …


May 11, 2009 — Johnson Controls Reports Energy Efficiency Major Business Factor

Third annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey reveals regulation and incentives will drive investment ...


April 24, 2009 — An Expert’s Guide To Discounting

Cutting prices without cheapening your image or losing full-paying customers is an art. Timing and flexibility are crucial …


April 23, 2009 — Wolseley Stock Gets A Boost

UBS raised its rating on Wolseley and said the group now has “the flexibility to restructure and reorganize, and prepare for recovery in an orderly fashion” …


April 20, 2009 — How To Hire — And Get Hired — In A Recession

Advice to employers trying to make the right hire, and candidates struggling to land a job …


April 15, 2009 — MultiEducated Releases ‘Architect’s Formulator 1.0’ For iPhone, iPod Touch

The formulas in the Plumbing section calculate areas of pipe walls and the weights of different pipes …


April 13, 2009 ― Advice For Tax Procrastinators, 2009

For last-minute filers who run their own businesses, tips for reducing liability, making the most of online services, and classifying expenses properly …


April 10, 2009 ― 7 Misconceptions About The Stimulus

Many Americans are still wondering if their share of the stimulus will arrive in the mail ...


April 9, 2009 ― What I Learned From the Frozen-Yogurt Shop

‘Although this business sells a product, it wins by providing superior — and inspired — service’ ...


April 9, 2009 ― Up Your Chances Of Landing A Loan

How to make the most convincing case …


April 9, 2009 ― PM Columnist Hosts Online Growth Seminar

Al Levi will present an online seminar, “Growing Big In A Recession,” June 1, at 12 noon CST. It will be the first part of six total seminars with the others taking place every two weeks …


April 6, 2009 ― Construction Job Losses Continue In March

Employment in construction has fallen by 1.3 million since peaking in January 2007 ...


April 2, 2009 ― February Construction Spending Better Than Expected

Construction spending during February 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $967.5 billion, 0.9 percent below the revised January estimate of $976.2 billion, according to the Commerce Department. January construction spending fell 3.5 percent ...


April 2, 2009 ― ‘Card Check’ Legislation Will Cause ‘Chaos’ For Union Construction Work, Says AGC

A study by the Associated General Contractors of America concludes that the proposal would disrupt collective bargaining, put single-craft union pensions at risk ...


April 1, 2009 ― The $250,000 Small Business Tax Question

New data released by the bipartisan Tax Policy Center show that most small business owners won't be taxed at higher rates under Obama's proposed budget …


March 26, 2009 ― The Right People vs. Getting The People Right

Now's the time to put your weakest players through a development program or make them available to the industry, says Keith McFarland at BusinessWeek …


March 19, 2009 ― Tax Advice From A Former IRS Auditor

Small businesses face a relatively higher risk of audits than individuals. Here are some pitfalls to avoid to make sure your returns are accurate …


March 19, 2009 ― Trimble Navigation Buys QuickPen International

Trimble Navigation Ltd., a navigation and surveying device maker has purchased software provider QuickPen International in order to broaden its building construction offerings ...







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