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  • Becoming more capable at data capture

    September / October 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 449

    Abstract: Construction might not be as data driven as some other industries, but contractors still process plenty of information. That’s why “data capture” has become a critical yet often overlooked capability of construction companies. This article explains what data capture is and offers some tips on getting better at it.

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  • BABA guidance addresses infrastructure projects

    September / October 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 544

    Abstract: Earlier this year, the federal Office of Management and Budget published guidance regarding the implementation of the Build America, Buy America provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Construction companies intending to pursue federal infrastructure jobs should take note. This article summarizes some important points of the guidance, including key definitions, how materials must be sourced and the availability of waivers.

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  • Need better benefits? Look into a pooled employer retirement plan

    September / October 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 670

    Abstract: Just like any other type of business, construction companies typically need to offer a solid benefits package to keep up in the race for talent in today’s tight job market. However, the cash-flow strains common to the construction industry make this difficult. This article discusses the promise of a new type of retirement benefits plan: pooled employer plans, which are a variation on multiple employer plans.

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  • Act now to maximize depreciation-related tax breaks for 2022

    September / October 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: Current tax law allows two valuable depreciation-related deductions on purchases of equipment, tools, machinery and other assets essential to construction companies. But contractors will need to move fast to make the most of them. This article discusses the latest details on the Section 179 expensing election and bonus depreciation. A sidebar notes that, under some circumstances, construction companies might want to skip these tax breaks.

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  • 6 ways to fortify your cybersecurity defenses

    July / August 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 449

    Abstract: Construction companies of any size are a prime target for cybercriminals. And recent events have only elevated the threat level. This article suggests six ways that contractors can fortify their defenses, including educating employees, keeping software updated and exploring the need for cybersecurity insurance.

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  • What is bonding capacity, really?

    July / August 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 546

    Abstract: Contractors are urged to manage their financials carefully to preserve and even increase their bonding capacities. But sometimes construction company owners lose sight of what really goes into bonding capacity. This article discusses the three Cs of bonding and suggests some ways to boost capacity.

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  • Proper accounting for change orders makes all the difference

    July / August 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 638

    Abstract: For contractors, change orders can be both disruptive and profitable. It all depends on how well a construction company manages the documentation and approval process. This article addresses the critical matter of properly handling change orders from an accounting perspective.

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  • No more drama – Build stability and value into your succession plan

    July / August 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 938

    Abstract: One need look no further than the hit TV show “Succession” to see how the lack of a succession plan can tear a family and business asunder. Although the show is obviously dramatized, the dangers of failing to think ahead about leadership change are anything but fictional for construction businesses. This article discusses several ways to preempt the drama and put a solid succession plan in place.

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  • Are you ready for the future of building design?

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 447

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are profoundly impacting building design. Contractors should adjust their expectations and upgrade their skill sets accordingly. This article describes some of the general changes that are likely forthcoming as well as some sector-specific trends.

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  • Protect yourself with careful project documentation

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 547

    Abstract: Meticulous recordkeeping plays a key role in running a successful construction business. The proof of any project, and a strong legal defense, is in the paper trail. This article describes some of the most important documents that contractors should retain.

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  • Apprenticeship programs – Building a brighter future for the industry

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Although the skilled labor shortage that has plagued the construction industry for years has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, hope is far from lost. Construction remains a vibrant and essential industry that can attract strong job candidates. This article discusses how contractors can help themselves, and perhaps mitigate the skilled labor shortage, by establishing an apprenticeship program.

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  • The finer points of joint ventures

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 886

    Abstract: As construction season heats up nationwide, contractors could encounter opportunities to engage in joint ventures with other construction companies. These opportunities can be fruitful but pose risks and complications as well. This article reviews the advantages and risks of joint ventures, as well as the importance of a joint venture agreement. A sidebar examines the three typical accounting methods for joint ventures.

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  • Should you invest in custom software?

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Contractors are regularly urged to buy the latest and greatest high-tech solutions, but no software tool is perfect. Some construction business owners might consider engaging an outside firm to help them develop a customized software solution. This article explores some of the factors to consider when weighing the “buy vs. build” decision.

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  • Strategize to manage materials and labor costs

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 537

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic’s ongoing impact on supply chains and labor have made managing project costs increasingly difficult for construction companies. In today’s climate, getting supplies and people to jobsites when they’re needed calls for more planning. This article suggests various strategies to consider.

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  • A good idea: Buy-sell agreements

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Life comes at you fast. Any one of a wide variety of dire events could pose a major problem to any construction company with multiple owners. That’s why having a buy-sell agreement is a good idea. This article explores the valuation provision of such an agreement.

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  • Infrastructure projects – A review of bidding methods for federal contracts

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 906

    Abstract: With the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in late 2021, things are looking up for federal construction projects. For construction companies considering getting in on the action, the journey will begin as most jobs do: with a bid. This article reviews the two major bidding methods for federal contracts: sealed bidding and contracting by negotiation. A sidebar looks at some variations on these two methods.

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