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  • Digitize your supply chain to better manage risk

    September / October 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 439

    Abstract: Supply chains in the construction industry are often complex and difficult to manage. That’s why more contractors are digitizing their supply chains to improve oversight, increase efficiency and manage risk. This article explores the functionality and benefits of supply chain software and supply chain risk management software.

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  • 5 change order pitfalls to avoid

    September / October 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 531

    Abstract: Change orders can mean a more profitable job if the change in question is approved and paid for. When the process doesn’t go smoothly, however, a contractor risks not getting paid on time — or at all — for the extra work. This article discusses five common change order pitfalls to avoid.

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  • A holistic approach to fraud prevention

    September / October 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 647

    Abstract: Construction business owners must set the tone at the top regarding a zero-tolerance, fully vigilant approach to stopping fraud. They need to permeate their organizational cultures with strong values, ethics and controls. This article discusses how contractors can take a holistic approach to fraud prevention by identifying risk, building the right defenses and allocating resources wisely.

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  • Year-end tax planning – Work Opportunity Tax Credit could solve two problems

    September / October 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 921

    Abstract: For contractors, the struggle to find skilled workers is real. One way construction companies can widen their hiring pools while potentially qualifying for a valuable tax break is to complete the eligibility requirements for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This article discusses the rules and calculations involved. A sidebar suggests other ways to mitigate the skilled labor shortage.

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  • 3D laser scanning poised to electrify construction industry

    July / August 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 435

    Abstract: The construction industry is experiencing a digital transformation. Among the most electrifying technologies on the rise is three-dimensional (3D) laser scanning. These scanners measure without touching, quickly and accurately capturing details of every nook and cranny of a building or job site. This article explores a few specific areas of the industry that 3D laser scanning may impact.

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  • EDR bonds help ensure everyone gets along

    July / August 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: Some project owners require contractors to acquire bonding to financially insure the agreed-upon performance on the job in question. One type of performance bond that’s been rising in prominence over the past several years is the expedited dispute resolution bond. This article explores the ins and outs of this type of bond.

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  • Do you know what drives your company’s value?

    July / August 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 660

    Abstract: Certain aspects of a construction company will obviously raise or lower its value. But there are other, easily overlooked elements that affect a business valuation as well. This article examines how licensing and permitting, engineering-related assets, and goodwill drive value.

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  • 2021 tax planning – Start early by reviewing key ARPA provisions

    July / August 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 937

    Abstract: With all that’s changed over the past year or so, now’s a good time for construction company owners to start thinking about their 2021 tax returns. One recent major piece of pertinent legislation is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This article reviews key ARPA provisions of particular interest to contractors. A sidebar points out that the ARPA contains funding for infrastructure projects.

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  • 4 considerations when assessing your accounting system

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 446

    Abstract: It’s more important than ever for construction companies to leverage their accounting software to stay solvent, compliant and competitive. This article offers four points to consider when determining whether an accounting system needs an upgrade: project needs, remote access, integration and vendor support.

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  • The “Construction Manager as Constructor” delivery method

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 540

    Abstract: Design-bid-build and design-build are still the two most common project delivery methods in construction. Alternative models, however, are gaining in popularity. This article explores the Construction Manager as Constructor model, which engages the general contractor during the design phase but with some key differences from design-build.

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  • Should you partner up with a PEO?

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 667

    Abstract: Most construction companies excel at their stated purpose. Where many struggle is with “other stuff” such as recruiting and hiring, payroll processing, and employee benefits and workers’ compensation. This article explores the benefits and risks of partnering with a professional employer organization to better manage employment-related tasks.

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  • The research credit – Get more from innovation with this tax break

    May / June 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 943

    Abstract: Construction companies may not view themselves as “cutting-edge innovators” in the vein of software developers or medical researchers. But contractors can qualify for the research credit to substantially lower their tax liability. This article explains how the rules define qualified activities and expenses when claiming the credit. A sidebar reminds readers of another valuable tax break: The Employee Retention Credit.

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  • 6 hot trends in construction apps

    March / April 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Thanks to mobile technology, contractors can store vital project information on their smart phones and tablets for easy access and sharing on the go. With the understanding that any technology purchase (even a free download) should be thoroughly researched and carefully considered, this article identifies six of the hottest trends in construction apps right now.

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  • Managing an offsite construction project

    March / April 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 526

    Abstract: Given recent events related to COVID-19, “offsite construction” appears to hold more promise than ever for the building industry. However, managing one of these projects calls for a high level of coordination among stakeholders and a seamless workflow from the front office to the fabrication facility to the jobsite. This article examines some of the finer points of managing an offsite construction job.

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  • Do you need a refresher on the latest details of the PPP?

    March / April 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 671

    Abstract: For contractors, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a double-edged sword: It’s provided helpful funds but also been difficult to manage. With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) late last year, both edges of the sword got sharper. This article provides a refresher on some key details of the CAA’s impact on the PPP.

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  • Real estate ownership – The ins and outs of CAP rate for contractors

    March / April 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 907

    Abstract: Many contractors build and build but never get to the easy part of construction: owning that well-built piece of property and collecting rent. Commercial rental properties with established tenants tend to be more stable investments than residential rental properties. This article examines how to use capitalization rates to establish commercial owner-lessor profitability for a purchasing decision. A sidebar suggests ways to get started on buying such properties.

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