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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor creates a total communications plan

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 355

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” the owner of a midsize construction company that specializes in commercial projects was growing increasingly concerned that many of her staff members felt left out of the communications loop. She wanted to restore morale without blowing her budget on expensive technology. For guidance, she turned to her financial advisor and, together, they devised a cost-effective “total communications plan.”

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  • Psst — wanna buy my construction company? ESOPs offer another retirement option

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 668

    Abstract: As many contractors near retirement, they begin to wonder what to do with their businesses. In many cases, the answer is to sell to a third party, transfer ownership to family or key employees, or liquidate. There is, however, another option worth considering — the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). This article discusses the ins and outs of these increasingly popular arrangements.

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  • 5 ways to strengthen your surety relationship

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 563

    Abstract: Call it a “necessary evil” or “the cost of doing business.” However one looks at it, for most contractors, bonding is a fact of life. One way to keep your bonding capacity strong is to maintain a strong relationship with your surety. This article provides five ways to do just that.

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  • Get a handle on your supply chain with materials management software

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 520

    Abstract: Sad tales of lost or never-received supplies are heard all too often on construction sites everywhere. Fortunately, today’s materials management software can help contractors get a handle on their supply chains — and save money in the process. This article outlines the features of materials management software.

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  • Don’t count on profitability – Cash flow management often matters more

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1033

    Abstract: Every business has its slow periods, but construction companies are particularly susceptible to ebbs and flows in income. For this reason, cash flow management often matters more to contractors than profitability. This article offers some savvy strategies for maintaining strong cash flow. (Updated 3/23/12)

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  • Construction Success Story – VoIP helps one contractor lower expenses

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 392

    Abstract: While meeting with his financial advisor to discuss escalating expenses, a roofing and siding contractor in a growing suburban area mentioned that his telephone bills seemed to be growing exponentially each quarter. One potential solution that came to the advisor’s mind almost immediately was a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system — a technology that digitizes phone calls, allowing them to be transmitted via the Internet.

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  • Crackdown on illegal hiring looms

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 563

    Abstract: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data show that foreign-born workers are critical to the construction industry. Problem is, contractors often can’t — or don’t — verify that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. And, as this article warns, Uncle Sam is starting to take more notice.

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  • Stay in the driver’s seat with sound fleet management

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 532

    Abstract: One of the many questions that cost-conscious contractors often struggle with is how to manage their company vehicles. How often should they be replaced? How should hours of use be accurately tracked? Are vehicles costing too much? This article explains how sound fleet management can help answer critical questions such as these and, ideally, save contractors money. (Updated 3/23/12)

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  • Is your business structure still a perfect fit?

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Most contractors wouldn’t dream of allowing a construction project to run unsupervised according to the original plans, because circumstances can change. The same is true of business structure: The ownership form that was once a perfect fit may eventually need to be adjusted. Beginning with the two most popular choices, this article provides a snapshot of each. (Updated 3/23/12)

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  • Tax planning for 2008 and beyond – Looking forward by looking back

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 839

    Abstract: As a new calendar year begins, construction business owners may want to look back to last year for some strategic planning cues. For example, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (SBWOTA) included more than $4.8 billion in tax breaks for businesses. This article demonstrates how SBWOTA offers contractors some opportunities to plan strategically for this year and beyond.

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