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Can your customers afford you?
Can your customers afford you?
According to the Federal Reserve, half of all homeowners would not be able to cover a $400 emergency. Pitney Bowes reported that the average American savings account balance was less than $6,000. So how do you expect them to afford $6,000-1...
Study suggests consumers value energy efficiency over luxury
Study suggests consumers value energy efficiency over luxury
The recently released annual Energy Pulse study from Shelton Group suggests that consumers in the market for a new home prioritize energy-efficient features over luxury items. Eighty-five percent said they'd pay more for an Energy Star-certified home. ...
Course corrections: How to assess and 'tweak' systems and processes
Course corrections: How to assess and 'tweak' systems and processes
Managing a contracting business relies on a network of systems and processes that are efficient but also flexible. Processes require careful scrutiny and evaluation to insure they include the best tools and solutions with the right processes and proced...
10 tips for better internal and external business communication
10 tips for better internal and external business communication
Communication is an essential part of running a business. You need to be able to communicate effectively with members of your own team and those outside of your business. Members of the small business community have plenty of knowledge to share about e...
Oil prices up despite increased drilling activity in the US
Oil prices up despite increased drilling activity in the US
The rig count in the U.S. continued to climb for a third-straight week this week, according to information released from Baker Hughes Industries. Ten more rigs joined the total number of active rigs this week bringing the total to 424, indicating that ...
6 steps for small business owners saving for retirement
6 steps for small business owners saving for retirement
Retirement no longer means relegating to a restful armchair. Today retirement is the biggest risk facing entrepreneurs who are already struggling with the challenges of running a small business in a fiercely competitive market. Here are six simple step...
Business failures? How to win customers back
Business failures? How to win customers back
Errors in business happen, but when you take the wrong direction — even in good faith — that makes customers feel deceived, you risk to never see them again. Hurting customers may risk you business and reputation, but every error can be ame...
US solar on path to record-shattering year
US solar on path to record-shattering year
In the first quarter of this year, 1,665 MW of solar PV were installed in the U.S., with the solar industry adding more new capacity during this period than did the coal, natural gas and nuclear sectors combined, according to GTM Research and the Solar...
New study: HVAC sensors and controllers market is driven by growth in nonresidential construction...
New study: HVAC sensors and controllers market is driven by growth in nonresidential construction...
The growing demand for sensors and controllers in the HVAC market is primarily supported by both the regulations and the need to achieve comfort, accuracy and safety in monitoring and controlling the indoor climate. Increasing application of HVAC senso...
Redefining an efficient installation
Redefining an efficient installation
Our industry has no provision to quantify or score the level of efficiency earned by the installation. Current industry practices encourage consumers to interpret equipment manufacturer's laboratory efficiency ratings as the installed system efficiency...
Change in your commercial HVAC business: When, why, how
Change in your commercial HVAC business: When, why, how
The world is going to change. As business people we must think about how the world changes, and how we're going to respond to those changes in the midst of our business. So when is it time to make a major change, from altering your business offerings t...
Secrets to managing cash flow in a seasonal small business
Secrets to managing cash flow in a seasonal small business
Anyone who manages a small or medium-sized business knows that cash flow management is paramount to keeping an organization stable and can be one of the most important tools to scale a business.
A dozen ways to keep your technicians all summer long
A dozen ways to keep your technicians all summer long
We're in season and the competition is coming. Not only are they coming for your customers, they're coming for your technicians. Here's how to keep them at bay.
Counterintuitive tips to run a small business
Counterintuitive tips to run a small business
Being an entrepreneur or business owner is, for a lot of people, choosing to work 80 hours a week for yourself to avoid that 40 hours you'd be working for someone else's corporation. That was absolutely true for us when we first started. In our first f...
5 things most small businesses don't know about payment processing
5 things most small businesses don't know about payment processing
What you don't know can hurt you when your small business handles sensitive payment data. In fact, being unaware of the risks and responsibilities you inherently assume in payment processing can expose your business to fines, fees and operational uphea...
The pros of decentralized ventilation
The pros of decentralized ventilation
Factories, warehouses, supermarkets and other large areas provide special challenges for HVAC systems. There are two reasons why large buildings and halls sometimes provide problems for building services equipment. One reason for increased use of decen...
10 tips for building long-lasting business success
10 tips for building long-lasting business success
Building a successful business isn't about achieving success quickly. It's about building success that will actually last. To learn some strategies for building long-lasting business success, check out these tips from members of our small business comm...
Air quality monitoring equipment market expected to reach $6,147.77 million by 2019
Air quality monitoring equipment market expected to reach $6,147.77 million by 2019
The report provides a detailed overview of the major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends and strategies impacting the global air quality monitoring equipment market along with the estimates and forecasts of the revenue...