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  • Particularly in tough economic times, I’ve seen the brain trust for a window and door business expend an inordinate amount of effort trying to capture new sales and not enough time collecting on the past-due invoices from old ones. For many businesses, even a few late payments on accounts receivable can seriously crimp cash flow. Cash is your company’s lifeblood. Without it, the... more »
  • According to the Smithsonian, in the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato (a.k.a. “poison apple”) because people demonstrably got sick and died after eating them. It turns out that, because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on then-common pewter tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate. This resulted in many deaths from what was, in... more »
  • Sponsored by the Window and Door Dealers Alliance
    Each year, Window & Door’s editorial team sets out to discover window and door retailers and distributors that demonstrate excellence in the areas of marketing, customer service, showroom design and contributions to the community and/or industry. It is not an easy task to narrow down just eight companies to present as our Dealers of the Year, but it is an important one. This awards... more »
  • New classifications could spell liability for window and door companies
    This summer, the National Labor Relations Board significantly expanded risk for companies that subcontract employees to be considered a “joint employer” of its contractors. The risk involves liability for injuries, taxes, contract breaches and other third-party claims. This can affect residential construction constituents who market “installed sales” to the extent that any... more »
  • Win-Door and WMA
    Win-Door North America Win-door North America, held Nov. 3-5, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features machinery, doors, hardware, wood products and systems, the latest computer software, testing services and more on display for fenestration and door professionals. Click below for a sample of what you’ll see from exhibitors. See the products... On Display at WMA The World... more »
  • The World Millwork Alliance (formerly AMD), will host its 51st annual convention and tradeshow October 31 through November 4, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre in Atlanta. Get a sneak peek at what the exhibitors will have on display. See the products... more »
  • Win-door North America, held Nov. 3-5, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features machinery, doors, hardware, wood products and systems, the latest computer software, testing services and more on display for fenestration and door professionals. Click below for a sample of what you’ll see from exhibitors. See the products... more »
  • We’ve all heard content is king, but it’s not just king. It’s the king, the queen, the dukes and duchesses—the whole court, really. Effectively marketing your business online comes down to one thing and one thing only: high-quality content. It’s how you get your website ranked higher than your competitors, and that’s how you convert visitors into customers. The... more »
  • How an empty cup helped shape our company’s mission
    As a teenager, I was lucky to get a summer job at a local amusement park in the food service operation. This job and an awkward learning experience during it would help define my business philosophy and my company’s mission statement years later. Prior to my first day of work I attended an orientation for working in the food stands. Among some common-sense rules, one required an explanation... more »
  • Have you ever taken on a fenestration replacement project outside of your comfort zone? Were you glad you did? Or, did you wish you hadn’t? Either way, you likely gained some valuable experience from it and it influenced your project undertakings in the future. When I converse with my many dealer connections in different regions via phone, social media or in person. One dealer friend of... more »