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8 reasons why you pay too much for your equipment’s tires… and what you can do about it

8 reasons why you pay too much for your...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Sep 02, 2014

Contractors hate leaving money on the table at a bid letting. But how much money are you wasting by neglecting ...

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Apr 08, 2014

We received quite a response from a couple of recent editorials, "The newbie's guide to surviving your first week in ...

How a loyalty to your employees can result in big growth for your construction business

How a loyalty to your employees can result in big...

Posted by Amy Materson on Feb 12, 2014

“I’ve stayed with Larman Construction so long because of this guy right here,” said Fred Barhydt, pointing a finger at ...

Lean and Mean: How 3 brothers built Glendale Excavating into a successful company by managing its size

Lean and Mean: How 3 brothers built Glendale Excavating...

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Feb 04, 2014

Glendale Excavating’s three brothers—Tommy, Dany and Greg Giangiulio—take pride in their construction heritage. “We’re third generation operating engineers,” says Dany. “We ...

AGC 2014 construction forecast predicts improved hiring and pay with increased demand and equipment purchases

AGC 2014 construction forecast predicts improved hiring...

Posted by Amy Materson on Jan 21, 2014

The Associated General Contractors of America released their 2014 construction industry forecast Tuesday, reporting the results of an in-depth survey ...

Already break your New Year’s resolutions? 3 tips for getting back on track

Already break your New Year’s resolutions? 3 tips for...

Posted by Amy Materson on Jan 13, 2014

In a couple of weeks, people will be lamenting about their broken New Year’s resolutions. Their friends who don’t make ...

4 New Year’s resolutions every contractor should make to improve their business in 2014

4 New Year’s resolutions every contractor should...

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Jan 03, 2014

Your crews have been sent home, most of your machinery has made it back to the yard for a yearly ...

3: Be Fair

3: Be Fair

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Nov 12, 2013

Treating everyone fairly and treating everyone equally isn’t the same thing. If you treat everyone exactly the same, they’ll think ...

2: Be Open and Honest

2: Be Open and Honest

Posted by Amy Materson on Nov 12, 2013

Although it’s your company, you should want your employees to be interested and invested in the well-being of the firm. ...

1: Have the “Right” People

1: Have the “Right” People

Posted by Amy Materson on Nov 12, 2013

Attracting and retaining people isn’t enough. You have to hire and keep people who are a good fit for the ...

3 culture-changing steps contractors can take to combat the skilled worker shortage

3 culture-changing steps contractors can take to combat...

Posted by Amy Materson on Nov 12, 2013

There’s been no shortage of attention lately to the skilled worker shortage. Although industry advocates like Mike Rowe have been ...

3 smart strategies to try in your construction business from a successful landscaper

3 smart strategies to try in your construction business...

Posted by Amy Materson on Oct 29, 2013

We’ve all heard stories of unconventional entrepreneurs taking the path less traveled to success. The challenge lies in finding practical ...

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