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Category : March 2018

Remodeler Q&A: David Howard

March 26, 2018

Q: What is the number one problem that keeps you up at night? A: Finding a reliable labor source. Q: What do you see as your biggest opportunity? A: Teaching … Read More

Key demographic trends and their effect on the wood products industry Part I

March 23, 2018

In recent Monthly Macroeconomic Advisers, Spotlights on Immigration, and in Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) Forum Presentations, we have been discussing the expectations for the younger adults (ages 20-34) as they … Read More

How to effectively use Facebook Messenger in your business

March 16, 2018

I’m firmly convinced that communication is the pillar of any business—no matter what industry you’re in. Of course, the products and services we provide are what ensures that invoices get … Read More

Can your company be repriced after the letter of intent?

March 15, 2018

Here’s a dreadful prospect that you want to avoid. Let’s say that you put your company on the market, and—for ease of math—you are putting up good numbers at the … Read More

Having trouble finding great job applicants? It might be you

March 14, 2018

Are you struggling to find great hires? Are the applicants crossing your desk less than stellar? Sure, it’s easy to blame the tight labor market, and that certainly may be … Read More

Train your customers for deck season

March 13, 2018

Over the winter months, you’ve no doubt spent a significant amount of time determining which decking products your lumberyard will carry. You’ve reviewed your vendors and you’ve gotten rid of … Read More

What does “professional” mean in your organization?

March 12, 2018

Is “professionalism” something that is in the eye of the beholder or are there basics that all professionally managed organizations have in common? I believe most owners and managers would … Read More

Brand Talk: Is your lumber business concerned about safety or high operating costs?

March 9, 2018

How Sanford & Hawley Solved Their Business Challenges with Technology and Received Unexpected ROI. Sanford & Hawley, a lumber and building supply company, is the oldest business in Farmington, CT, … Read More

Federal tax code changes raise questions for businesses

March 8, 2018

President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act into law on December 22, delivering on a campaign promise and making major changes to the federal tax code for … Read More

Lean and agile wins the race

March 7, 2018

As I write this, the 2018 Winter Olympics are in the record books. Watching the highlights, I was struck with how often the difference between Silver and Gold came down … Read More