3 paths to greater efficiency and more revenue | Pros and cons of sole proprietorships and LLCs | Overview: How to comply with Calif. workforce requirements
December 4, 2019
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Growing Your Business
3 paths to greater efficiency and more revenue
Efficiency cuts stress and lag times thus boosting revenue, but achieving gains in this area requires planning, consultant Serenity Gibbons writes. To increase efficiency, Gibbons advises optimizing technology and warehouse management, and removing distractions.
Forbes (12/3) 
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Pros and cons of sole proprietorships and LLCs
Choosing between a sole proprietorship or a limited-liability company structure can affect financing, paperwork, taxes and legal issues. This article breaks down the pros and cons of each arrangement.
Nav Small Business Blog (12/3) 
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Get Your Paperwork Done Faster
Want to save time and money on your next project? Learn how to protect your firm and quickly complete paperwork with our Construction Document Management eBook. Download today.
Regulations to Watch
Overview: How to comply with Calif. workforce requirements
If a contractor is required to be listed on the proposal or bid for a public works project in California, that company must comply with requirements for a skilled and trained workforce and submit monthly reports, according to attorneys at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. Companies can meet apprenticeship graduation requirements through a union or merit shop program.
Lexology (free registration)/Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani (12/2) 
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Tech You Need to Know About
Silicon Valley Mechanical uses tech to boost productivity
Silicon Valley Mechanical has been able to improve efficiency through the use of software, such as the ICT Tracker app, while focusing on machinery upgrades to enhance productivity and efficiency. "We allow everybody here to discuss options, to discuss new technology, future tools that we may need, how we can grow as a business as well as how we can grow our culture," said Jeremy Day, operations manager.
SNIPS Magazine online (11/29) 
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Safety Updates & Procedures
Fall protection tops OSHA's list of most-cited violations
For the ninth consecutive year, fall protection violations were the most frequently cited by OSHA. Hazard communication, scaffolding, lockout/tagout and respiratory protection violations rounded out the top 5.
Safety + Health (11/24) 
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Is your first aid plan compliant with OSHA rules?
Rules set down by OSHA mandate that first aid be available quickly in all work settings, and failure to ensure workplace plans meet these criteria can put employers at risk of liability when injuries occur. Analyzing hazards at each worksite and creating written guidelines for first aid procedures can help shield employers from liability while creating safer workplaces.
EHS Today (11/29) 
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Training & Retaining Crews
Canadian program helps people join construction
Canadian program helps people join construction
A free program at Toronto's George Brown College trains people for entry-level construction jobs and offers them help in entering the job market. Participants, some of whom are dealing with addiction or mental illness, get training in safety and multiple areas of construction.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (11/29) 
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The Economy
Contractor optimism strong going into 2020
Contractors remain optimistic about 2020, despite indications of a slowing economy and an ongoing struggle to find qualified labor, AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson says. Demand for pipelines, renewables, data centers and last-mile warehouses should remain robust, but construction of medical facilities and infrastructure might lag, economists say.
Construction Dive (12/2) 
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AGC News
AGC and Sage Begin Surveying Members for Annual Outlook
Help Us Generate a Comprehensive Outlook for 2020 by Taking the Survey Today

Each year around this time, AGC asks you -- our members -- to predict what next year will be like for your business. AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc. Please take a moment to complete the survey.
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