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  • For those of us on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy has packed a wallop. Estimates of the destruction and damage are just starting to come in.  Schools and businesses up and down the East Coast have been closed—even the New York Stock Exchange shut down for the first time in decades due to a weather-related incident. The Window & Door team is put the final touches on this week... more »
  • Provisions in the law will be impacting both large and small employers moving forward
    After more than a year of negotiations and debate, President Obama signed the hotly-contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Finding someone in the United States who has never heard of the act or does not have an opinion about it would be difficult. At this point, however, only portions of the PPACA have taken effect. Other are still to come, with most coming into... more »
  • Be interesting, make people happy, earn trust and respect, and finally, and make it easy for customers to talk about your company. Those are the four key factors in successful word-of-mouth marketing program, according to Brian Bunt of EmptyBin.com, who spoke at the recent Window & Door Dealers Forum. They're not easy tasks. I certainly don't want to downplay the importance of keeping company... more »
  • How do we accomplish everything we need to do to keep our businesses on track and running smoothly? That’s a pretty big topic you could write volumes on. We use a number of strategies to keep our pipeline filled. Networking: There are lots of ways to network. The most important thing is to actually get out there and do it. We are members of a local Business Networking International, which... more »
  • When the economy is this precarious, every penny spent must be justified. Cost efficiency and a lean operating model becomes the Holy Grail for survival. The cost of joining and participating in a trade association must be weighed against other discretionary spending. But focusing on the cost is only half of the cost-benefit equation—never a good business practice. To fill in the rest of... more »
  • As in Samuel Beckett’s famous two-act play, “Waiting for Godot,” a lot of us must feel much like we’re waiting vainly for the arrival of some mysterious character to bring back happier days. True to the plot, while cruising through the statistics can dig up some positive areas to confirm a reasonable optimism, the overall economic picture remains largely inscrutable: Job... more »
  • This week, Starbucks announced an initiative aimed to increase U.S.-based manufacturing—and thus, add more jobs to our economy. In a nutshell, the coffee company launched a line of merchandise for its stores—mugs, coffee, things like that—made exclusively by U.S. workers. The Reuters report points out that Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is calling on all executives to step up... more »
  • The Energy Star program, as jointly managed by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, is a long-time benefactor of incentives and tax breaks. It is a success story hailed as reportedly saving American $28 billion in 2008 alone. With Energy Star’s subsidized popularity and resulting influence in the market, window manufacturers have had little choice but to... more »
  • In preparing for my moderator role at this week’s Fenestration Manufacturers Conference—taking place right now in Pensacola Beach, Fla.—I participated in several conference calls with organizers to polish up our agenda. One of the topics of discussion we explored was raw material price increases and whether or not the market can sustain increases rippling through the supply... more »
  • With Earth Day coming, I thought I would turn my attention to green. In surfing the internet on the subject, I came across a a small business report on American Express's Open Forum that suggests that consumers are opting for green products less due to the weak economy, but companies continue to move in a greener direction.  The reason companies are embracing green, it suggests, is that... more »