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How to Handle the Holiday Slowdown

As a construction contractor, you will notice that your work tends to be seasonal. There are times throughout the year when you are busy with work that has scheduled for months, and then you will run into those times when most of the work you do is taken on at the last minute. During the […]

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Learning the Basics of LEED Certification

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a U.S. Green Building Council initiative that certifies buildings and construction professionals. The organization seeks to promote sustainable building practices. If you’re a contractor, you might want to consider LEED certification. What Does LEED Certification Mean for Buildings? In terms of building standards, LEED […]

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Contractor Classes in Michigan: 4 Fast Facts

If you’re interested in becoming a contractor in Michigan, you’ll need to take contractor classes to show that you are prepared for the work. The state of Michigan requires contractors to take classes before they obtain their licenses as well as throughout the careers. 1. Michigan Offers Two Types of Contractor Licenses Before you can […]

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How to Get a Contractors License in Florida

Like most U.S. states, Florida offers a booming construction industry that is also suffering from a severe talent shortage. Now is a great time to get a contractor’s license in Florida and start your new career on the construction site. If you aren’t sure where to begin, follow this handy guide. Gain Experience in Construction […]

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5 Great Gifts for Contractors

When the holidays come around, people often try to think too much when it comes to gifts for the contractors on their lists. There is often a feeling that contractors are around construction equipment and plans all day long, so maybe something different would appeal to their need to get away from work for a […]

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Construction Pay Rates Reflect Changes in Industry

The Great Recession hit a number of industries particularly hard, but construction might have suffered the most. Experts estimate that the recession cut 30 percent of jobs in 2007 and 2008, but as of 2015, construction pay has risen 40 percent. This drastic turnaround has created tremendous demand for construction talent, but the pay growth […]

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How the Sustainability Movement is Affecting Construction

The issue of sustainability has crept into conversations about topics ranging from agriculture to home goods. The construction industry has shifted toward the search for sustainable materials and practices, but it also is moving away from demolition projects and toward restoration efforts. Instead of tearing down older buildings, construction companies are rehabbing and renovating them […]

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New Employment Numbers Show Up and Down Progress

New data on construction industry employment suggests that the United States is experiencing conflicting industry trends depending on geographic location. In some states, construction employment continues to grow; in others, no new jobs are added. Filling Labor Shortages In October 2015, Kris Hudson and Jeffrey Sparshot of the Wall Street Journal reported that home sales […]

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