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    Rewards Program Has Launched!

    We are pleased to announce the brand new Rewards Program on ContractorTalk. You can access the Rewards in the menu button at the top of the site. This program allows you the opportunity to redeem items with points you earn based on your activities here in the community. Certain actions will give you points and you can then go spend them howev... Read More

    by ContractorTalk on April 21, 2014Comments (0)
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    Does the CSLB have Limitless Authority?

    A CONVERSATION WITH BETSY FIGUEIRA REGARDING CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD EXAMS PART 2. Ms. Figueira stated in a recent email to me:Phil, I have submitted an IT request to correct the website statement regarding exam waivers – Within the last five years, you have passed both the Law and Business Examination and the trade examinatio... Read More

    by License Guru on April 08, 2014Comments (1)
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    CSLB APPLICATION DENIALS AND THE APPEALS PROCESS

    February 14, 2014 by The California Contractors License Guru  LET’S TAKE A MINUTE TO DISCUSS CSLB APPLICATION DENIALS AND THE APPEALS PROCESS. It’s a boring subject I know, but it’s good information to have if you find yourself stuck in the AIU vortex. If your application is denied by the Application Investi... Read More

    by License Guru on February 19, 2014Comments (0)
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    The Bare Essentials of Web Marketing

    Recently, I was interviewed by ACHR News, a publication for HVACR contractors, and I was asked questions like, "how much should a contractor expect to spend to build a decent website?" and "what should a contractor with little to no online activity do to build their online presence?" On the one hand, it's fun to answer these questions. As I've d... Read More

    by BenLanders on January 19, 2014Comments (2)
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    Don't Be A Dodo-Bird! Tech-Tips to keep you ahead of the competition!

     Pictured above is a dodo bird, and if you are not saying atop of recent technology odds are you and your business will become like the dodo: extinct. Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, and at times it can seem intimidating, and confusing. There are many easy to use tools that will help you stay atop your game, save you time, save... Read More

    by ProSweep on December 17, 2013Comments (0)
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    What is Constructonomics?

    I will often get asked, “What is Constructonomics?”. Actually, that’s a lie. I very rarely, if ever, get asked that question. I’m not sure why I lied about that, but most likely because that’s how a post like this would typically start. Nevertheless, I do think about the question a lot – and that is not a li... Read More

    by constructonomics on December 11, 2013Comments (3)
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    4 Keys to a Successful Website

    In my experience, contractors often focus too narrowly when evaluating websites. They see a competitor's website ranking well on Google for highly searched keyword phrases and instantly set their focus on improving their own website's ranking. What they often don't realize is that many websites that rank well on Google lose visitors as quickly a... Read More

    by BenLanders on November 27, 2013Comments (1)
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    Hillary Clinton Talks Construction and Economics (Constructonomics!) at Greenbuild 2013

    “Hillary 2016!”, shouts a man from the crowd of over 10,000 at the Temple Universitybasketball arena during Hillary Clinton’s Q&A session with USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi after her Keynote speech last night at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. Ms. Clinton, realizing that the comment had to be addressed since ever... Read More

    by constructonomics on November 23, 2013Comments (5)
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    Framing in the Bahamas

    This series may take several years to complete, as I have 2 kids 4 years and a 10 month old. I have been going to Eleuthera for about 17 years. It is an outcrop island, not a tourist destination. Supplies, like electric and water are hard to find. My brother has already built a house here. I intend to build a house here despite the existing cond... Read More

    by paradisemike on November 18, 2013Comments (2)
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    How to Avoid the Impending Bubble

    There's nothing quite like the excitement of leaving the comfort and security of working for someone else in order to build a company in your own image and likeness. Few things are as satisfying as building a business -- from scratch and with your own two hands -- that generates value for those it serves (clients, employees, and last, but certai... Read More

    by BenLanders on November 09, 2013Comments (8)
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