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November 12, 2012
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  • Vets get a break with roofing apprenticeships
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    Source: WGHP-TV
    Baker Roofing, with headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., and other locations across the Southeast, has started an apprenticeship program aimed at military veterans. GI Bill benefits can help vets relocate to Raleigh and they will get paid while they learn. "We believe that they bring skills to the table that you can’t necessarily train in a normal workforce," said Brendan Hale, Baker’s director of career development. "We see our next generation of leaders coming up through apprenticeship." WGHP-TV (High Point, N.C.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  News & Trends 
  • What's the economic outlook for the AEC industry?
    Economists from the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors of America and Reed Construction Data say the architecture, engineering and construction industry is on an upward trend that could continue beyond next year. The widening of the Panama Canal and shale boom have contributed to increased spending in some sectors, and housing starts and commercial construction are expected to show continued improvement. The "fiscal cliff" is the biggest threat to the industry, the economists said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 23-foot-tall aluminum dome installed on Calif. college building
    A crane installed a 23-foot-tall aluminum dome onto a building on Mt. San Antonio College's campus in Walnut, Calif. The installation called for a "blind lift," where the crane reached over another building in order to hoist the 1.5-ton dome on the roof. The facility will serve as an observatory for the students, with the dome featuring a 16-inch telescope. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Repairs to storm-damaged roofs cost nearly $900K in N.J. county
    Six roofs on county buildings in Morris County, N.J., were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, leaving officials with a repair tab of about $900,000. Among the buildings is the Morris County Courthouse, which lost part of its copper roof during the storm. The roof will be replaced with a steel one that has a copper patina to preserve the building's historic look. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Energy & the Environment 
  • Feds, military: Green building advocates aim high
    Designs to save water and energy, vegetative roofs, geothermal heating and prefabrication are just some of the sustainable building strategies employed by many government contractors. This piece looks at several military and federal buildings that have attained LEED certification and the companies that designed and built them. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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Top five news stories selected by NRCA SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  In the Office 
  • How to ease your business-related stress
    Stress is par for the course for small-business owners, but there are ways to help yourself relax after a long day. Drink Montmorency cherry juice in place of alcoholic beverages, which can degrade the quality of your sleep. Also, consider getting an aromatherapy inhaler to soothe yourself with calming scents while on the go. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is fear of growth holding back your business?
    Many entrepreneurs are afraid of growing their business because they fear getting in over their heads, a tendency that can leave them vulnerable to more aggressive competitors, experts say. But for opportunity seekers like Michelle Isbester and her husband Andrew, taking a chance on developing a specialty in assembling photovoltaic installations helped them become the market leader in Ontario. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA offers fall-protection compliance program
    NRCA’s fall-protection compliance program, Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job, is a comprehensive tool for training new and seasoned roofing workers regarding all aspects of fall protection for roofing work. The program includes a DVD with six hours of video content explaining all fall-protection rules pertaining to each of the 50 states in the U.S., as well as printable PDFs. The member price for the program is $250, and the retail price is $295. Learn more, or purchase. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Like" NRCA photo for a chance to win NRCA technical publications!
    "Like" NRCA’s technical photo on Facebook during the month of November for a chance to win all the publications pictured. The publications in the photo include NRCA Guidelines for Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems; NRCA Guidelines for Architectural Metal Flashings; NRCA Guidelines for SPF Roof Systems; and The NRCA Construction Details Manual. "Like" the photo on Facebook for your chance to win. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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