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February 18, 2013
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  • NRCA: Look beyond warranty for durable roofing materials
    Durability, energy efficiency and aesthetics are just some of the things to consider when looking at a roof, according to this article. The National Roofing Contractors Association says that warranties are not enough to ascertain the durability of the roof. "[T]he warranty does not necessarily provide assurance of satisfactory roof system performance," NRCA says on its website. "The selection of a roof system application should be based on the product's qualities and suitability for the prospective project." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
When Employees are Prone to Cheat at Work
Why the gig economy creates plentiful opportunities for unethical behavior. Learn more from research by Kellogg School of Management Professor J. Keith Murnighan.
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  • Roof repair at Ill. recreational facility costs over $700,000
    Repairs to the leaky roof of the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Illinois cost over $700,000, which is 5% higher than the initial contract due to change orders to include installation of insulation on four parapet walls. The total amount spent by the Glen Ellyn Park District is now about $950,000, as it pursues litigation with the original company that installed the roof. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How ERP can help simplify manufacturing
Digital technologies are increasingly becoming integrated into the manufacturing landscape, driving the need for simpler ways to access information to support decision making. Read this whitepaper.
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Building efficiency trend to provide several benefits
    The growing trend in building energy-efficient buildings has numerous economic and environmental benefits, writes Richard Matthews. From new jobs, cleaner air and a stronger economy, the benefits of sustainable building will be a key driver for the green construction market as it is projected to reach a market value between $204 billion to $248 billion in the next four years, according to McGraw-Hill's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report. TheEnergyCollective.com (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • How a small company can find powerful partners
    Alexandra Mayzler is trying to find large-company partners for her business, Thinking Caps Tutoring, but she hasn't had much luck so far. Other business owners suggested that Mayzler look for people who will advocate for her company -- one of her current clients may have powerful friends, for example. They also recommended that Mayzler pursue a few large partners at a time. "Because, if you put all your eggs in one basket, and it doesn't happen, then you're back to where you started," said Susan Parker, owner of Bari Jay. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understand your management style to become a better leader
    Some leaders prefer to take charge of the decision-making process by using an autocratic or paternalistic management style, writes Lee Polevoi. Others would rather give their employees more responsibility by acting as democratic or laissez-faire managers. "By better understanding which kind of manager you are, you can adapt or modify your style as necessary and cultivate the most effective work environment for you and your employees," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama works on backup plan for immigration reform
    President Barack Obama is drafting a backup proposal for U.S. immigration reform in case bipartisan negotiations in Congress over such a bill collapses, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. Under Obama's draft plan, it would take about eight years for an illegal immigrant to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Reuters (2/17), USA Today (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NRCA and CNA announce community involvement award winner
    NRCA; CNA, Chicago; and the CNA Foundation have announced ABC Roofing, Clackamas, Ore., as the winner of the first CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members between Jan. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012. ABC Roofing won the award for its work with the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Portland, Ore. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn how to understand financial statements through NRCA University webinar
    NRCA University will offer Business Management Residential Series Webinar: Understanding Financial Statements Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. CST. Learn how financial statements tell your company’s story; key performance indicators you should be tracking continually; and ways to improve cash flow, among other topics. The webinar will be presented by Tom Henry, who was named CFO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2009 and has served as chief financial officer of Sutter Roofing Co., Tampa, Fla., since 2003. The member price for the webinar is $55, and the retail price is $75. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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