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December 3, 2012
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  • Roofing experts explain impact of storms on roofs
    Storms can damage roofs even if the damage can't be seen, said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. Strong winds and rain could cause water to penetrate flashings and start leaks, said Nate Horowitz from J&A Roofing in New York. For new roofs, Horowitz suggests a product called Ice and Water Shield to prevent water from ice dams from penetrating the roof. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.J. roofing contractor reaches out to those in need
    Roofing contractor Chuck Anania from Montclair, N.J., uses his roofing business and his "Roof4Roof" project to reach out to those in need. He sets aside earnings from his business to offer free roof repairs and replacements in New Jersey and even in other countries. Under the "Roof4Roof" project, Anania aims to replace 1,000 roofs each year. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing project at N.Y. train station looks for sponsors
    A project to replace the roof tiles at the Central Terminal railroad station in Buffalo, N.Y., is looking for help. Central Terminal Restoration Corp., the building's owner, started the "Adopt-A-Tile" program, which lets community members purchase a tile as a gift. The roof is made of 13,000 2-foot by 4-foot concrete tiles. It was originally built in 1929. BuffaloRising.com (N.Y.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Calif. gets $2.75B to green its schools, public buildings
    California will have $550 million a year until 2018 -- a total of $2.75 billion -- to fund green-improvement projects at its schools and public buildings thanks to voters who passed Proposition 39. Upgrades are aimed at energy efficiency and include weatherization, replacement of leaking windows and adding insulation. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What to do when the IRS comes calling
    Small-business owners hit with an IRS audit should keep in mind four simple steps, CPA Kemberley Washington writes. First, if the IRS claims the business losses are for a hobby instead of a legitimate business, dispute that with evidence of your firm's marketing plan, past profits or other strategy. Second, use an audit as a chance to claim deductions you might have missed such as mileage. Other tips: Use nontraditional means to substantiate deductions and consider getting professional help. Fox Business (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why good bosses don't get impatient
      
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    Good leadership includes the ability to control the things you are able to while not worrying about things beyond your influence, John Baldoni notes. "We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to it," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • IRS releases 2013 standard mileage rates
    The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2013 optional standard mileage rates for calculating deductible costs associated with using an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. On Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The standard mileage rate will be 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes and 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CNA offers new insurance policy
    CNA, Chicago, with Victor O. Schinnerer & Co. Inc., Chevy Chase, Md., its 55-year managing general underwriter partner, is now offering Artisan Contractors Errors & Omissions and Pollution coverage. The policy was designed to address a contractor’s true exposures, including claims alleging faulty workmanship, design errors or omissions, and the use of defective materials or products. With the policy, insured contractors will receive coverage beyond the scope of general liability coverage. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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