Despite technology, workers are still the key to construction success | Health savings accounts could be smart options for business owners | Tips for securing small-business financing
April 18, 2018
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Despite technology, workers are still the key to construction success
Although technology has allowed construction to become safer and more efficient, it's important for contractors and other professionals to keep the human element of the industry in mind, Jason Seiler says. Workers are "the heart of our projects, the heart of our buildings, the heart of our industry," he writes.
Engineering News-Record (4/10) 
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Health savings accounts could be smart options for business owners
Depending on the health plan offered at a small business, setting up a health savings account can yield major tax savings. Eric Rosenberg looks closely at HSAs, including their advantages for business owners and how to set one up.
Due Payments Blog (4/9) 
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Tips for securing small-business financing
Financing is necessary to meet the costly demands of starting a business and keeping it viable. Traditional bank loans are far from the only source of funds, so Fundera CEO Jared Hecht reviews several alternatives.
Inc. online (4/10) 
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Will your business qualify for a loan?
Small-business loans can make a big difference for your company, but it's important to do some "serious soul-searching" before starting the application process, says Muhammad Ali, founder of The Bankly. This article reviews eligibility requirements and considerations for loans from banks, microlenders and online sources.
Entrepreneur online (4/9) 
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Regulations to Watch
Construction work stand-down set to highlight risk of falls
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is joining other organizations to draw attention to fall hazards and prevention with the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, scheduled for May 7-11. Construction employers are encouraged to pause work to hold sessions with workers on fall risks.
Safety + Health magazine online (4/2) 
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Training & Retaining Crews
College links students, construction employers
A community college in North Carolina is showcasing programs to help students prepare for careers in construction. During a recent event, students had the opportunity to speak with area construction employers, plus the school's own construction faculty.
WWAY-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (4/11) 
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More technology on job site needed to attract younger workers
Millennials have grown up with technology, and the construction industry must learn to integrate more of it into the job site to attract this generation and those after them. A key challenge is closing the learning gap between older and younger workers.
ForConstructionPros/Association of Equipment Manufacturers (4/11) 
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School construction puts CTE in the spotlight
Officials in a Montana district used a school construction project to highlight the potential for students to pursue careers in the skilled trades. Chip Rinehart, building trades teacher, said some career and technical education students had helped with portions of the building project.
Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (4/12) 
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AGC News
Registration Open for 2018 AGC BuildCon -- Extend Your Stay and Celebrate AGC's Centennial Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 | Washington, D.C.
The AGC BuildCon 2018, featuring AGC's owner group, the Public/Private Industry Advisory Council, provides construction professionals the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and insight from industry leaders, owners and contractor peers on improving your organization's safety strategies, project delivery approaches and business development practices.

With many education sessions, roundtable discussions and networking events, this day-and-a-half conference provides maximum value for those looking to help their organization compete and excel in today's market. Participants will walk away from this year's event with practical skills they can implement immediately.

Held in conjunction with the AGC Centennial Celebration, the AGC Joint Contractors Conference brings together four AGC events to the D.C. area. Each conference will have its own education sessions, but the networking events will all be co-mingled in hopes of fostering further collaboration between construction specialties within the industry.
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