To lease or buy your next work vehicle: Which is right for you?

Seldom in the world of small business is a decision so cut and dry the primary decision maker can proceed with little deliberation, investigation or advice. Most often there is nuance – several layers, in fact – affecting how one determines the correct course of action. This is especially true when it comes to spending significant amounts of money on something like a new work vehicle.


Extinguishing Concerns: Basic Fire Safety Upgrades to Reinforce Remodeled Properties

A fire ranks among a homeowner’s worst fears – especially since just one faulty wire or improperly connected smoke detector can create a dangerous environment and potentially lead to costly repairs. Home fires on average are responsible for nearly $4,000 in cleanup, namely to remove water and soot and replace damaged infrastructure.


Spotlight on a National CotY Winner: Marvelous Home Makeovers

Walk into this master bathroom retreat in Plano, Texas, and step into a room filled with warm, clean lines more reminiscent of a hotel spa than a typical bathroom. Split-tone quartzite covered walls are complemented by walnut-toned porcelain tile floors. Pebble flooring and glass partitions that flank the shower wall separates the curb-less shower from the rest of the space.


Four Driving Tips for Cutting Down on Fuel Costs

Though true on some level, the old adage “you have to spend money to make money” lacks the kind of nuance necessary to make it useful in the real world. Spending without thought can have a detrimental impact on a company’s bottom line. On the other hand, to cut back on expenses whenever and wherever possible is to free up hard-earned cash which in turn can be put to work for the benefit of the business, whether it’s expanding into new markets, purchasing equipment or compensating valuable employees in the name of retention.


Youth Explore Careers in the Remodeling Industry

The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of NARI (EM NARI) will host the first annual Youth Remodeling Career Day at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, MA. on October 18th, 2016.  High school students enrolled in vocational education programs around the Commonwealth will enjoy a day-long event featuring interactive, hands on building activities, educational expo booths, mock interviews with local business owners, and more. This career day provides a step towards closing the workforce gap in skilled labor.


2016 Q3 Research Reveals Pace of Remodeling Slows

The September 2016 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) survey showed a continuation of growth in the industry, but at a slower pace. The overall current business rating of 5.81 was in the growth area (above 5 indicates growth), but was directionally down from that measured in the June survey.


NARI Achievement Awards to Recognize Leaders in Our Industry.

In addition to the annual CotY Awards, NARI recognizes members and their outstanding accomplishments through leadership, professionalism, education, and service in our industry with the NARI Achievement Awards.


Help with Upfits from Ram Brand Engineers

Resourceful, ambitious, independent – if you own a business in our industry, there’s a good chance these characteristics apply to you. It’s also a safe bet that you’re comfortable under the hood a work vehicle, not afraid to grab a wrench when basic maintenance is called for, willing (even excited) to perform the upfit yourself when after-market equipment would make your truck or van more suited for the job.


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