• News for Builders Corner

    Friday, October 16, 2020
    The Business Journal is seeking nominations for top real estate projects for its 15th annual 2020 Top Projects Awards. Winning companies will be featured in the North Bay Business Journal and honored at a virtual awards celebration in December.Nominations close Friday, October 30. Nominated projects must be located in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Marin or Solano counties and be available for ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Community, Event Related
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    On September 22, 2020, the President signed Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO 13950). The new Executive Order is intended “to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating[.]” To implement that goal, EO 13950 states that the government’s policy is “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the Federal workforce or in ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Member News
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    Payroll taxes are one thing that you’ll need to pay as part of your contracting business. As of September 1st, the federal government gave businesses the option to decline withholding these taxes from employee paychecks, as long as they meet certain requirements. There are benefits to this program, but also possible drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know.What Are Payroll Taxes? Payroll taxes are ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Laws are hitting the books to avert infernos from demolishing structures By SUSAN WOOD The North Bay Business Journal Pat Avila knows firsthand how important fire resistant construction is to her living space. In Sonoma County’s devastating Tubbs Fire of 2017, the longtime real estate agent’s residential complex with 46 homes in the Fountaingrove neighborhood burned down when embers penetrated ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News
    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Objective: To create awareness on the rights and responsibilities that employees have under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act and other state and federal regulations   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers and workers to comply with occupational safety and health standards. You have rights under OSHA, but you must also follow all of the OSHA ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Construction Education & Training, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Safety
    Thursday, October 08, 2020
    By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc. I have covered the great job CSLB is doing with the restrictions inherent with Covid-19 guidelines. There are however some issues and the first contractor has discovered one of these problems. While your fingerprints are yours alone a ‘copy’ isn’t enough for a contractor’s license, followed by an out-of-state question with a somewhat ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    Do you blink your eyes and the day is done? Do you often go weeks or even months without taking a day or two to see what’s new? This is a common problem for anyone who runs a small business. It is so easy to get wrapped up in daily tasks that you forget about professional development. However, investing this effort is the best way to avoid becoming obsolete and have a better guarantee of knowing ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member News
    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    Molds are everywhere and have existed for millions of years. When mold spores drift through the air and land on moist surfaces such as damp wood, paper, carpet, food, ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, wallpaper, or fabric they can grow and spread. We can’t eliminate mold, but to avoid potential harm to buildings and occupants, we can and should take steps to keep mold from growing in our ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Member News
    Monday, October 05, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Oct. 2, 2020Dive Brief:Construction jobs were among the fastest-growing for women from 2015 through 2019, according to a new study from Smart Asset.The number of women in the position of construction manager increased 101% from 49,400 to 99,400, making that the third fastest-growing job for women overall. Other construction jobs that drew a significant ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training
    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The Strong Frame moment frame is a smart, economical solution to your design challenges. Our new guide comprises several sections, including design requirements and considerations, product, anchorage and installation information.Download the Strong Frame Design Guide
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Have you ever met someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life from the time they were a small child? Some people are like that. They are practically born knowing where to go. For the rest of us, it’s important to find a good fit. But having a career is so much better when you know you can bring passion to your work. Here are five ways you can tell that your passion (and your future) ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    SUSAN WOOD THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL September 29, 2020 With more than 200,000 American lives taken already, the six-month battle with COVID-19 may also morph into a war of words. A new California law requires businesses report coronavirus cases to their employees. But North Bay law firm specialists say the new rules come with thoughtful intentions but convoluted details. Assembly Bill ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    Objective: To review critical safety principles related to safe forklift operationPoints to emphasize:Current employer training and certification is required.Complete the pre-operational checklist.Know your travel route.Drive with loads down.Know and do not exceed your load and weight capacity.Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download the complete training ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    CSLB #20-21SACRAMENTO – The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is reminding licensed contractors to include their license number on all commercial vehicles and advertisements.  This includes online sales postings and websites, as well as newspaper, radio, and television advertisements. Advertising laws must be followed to avoid disciplinary action and fines (Business and Professions ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Press Release
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    In with the Old Story by Jess D. TaylorGreenLynx and the World of ReusePhoto Credit Paige Green “There are so many different lives that a 2 x 4 can have,” muses Nicole Tai on a warm July morning. As I follow her through the bright, airy showroom, her words transform what I initially perceive to be just stacks and stacks of wood, much of it leaning against the walls, organized by size and shape. ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Member News, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    September 22, 2020, Novato, CA: Roohian Inc. announced today the rollout of a new service providing on-site and on-demand COVID-19 management and testing for businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.   This service is provided in partnership with CP Lab Safety, Emery Pharma, and DiaCarta as part of the newly launched REVEAL Program to provide diagnostic COVID-19 RT PCR tests and antibody ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Member News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Community
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    AUTHOR Kate Tornone @KateTornone PUBLISHED Sept. 17, 2020 Construction Dive If an employee refuses to work although there is no imminent danger, "the courts have made it clear that those employees don’t have to be paid," says a human resources expert. Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Community
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    When you work in construction, you’ll need protection in case something goes wrong. This is where insurance can make a big difference. There are a variety of types of insurance for businesses, and some of them are specifically designed for industries like construction. Here are the most common forms of coverage for contracting businesses, and how to tell when you need them.General Liability As a ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    In this crazy time of the COVID-19, it is not the time to cut corners to your detriment. While well intentioned contractors are always attempting to keep costs down to make a profit, they make some mistakes regarding workers’ compensation insurance.   Most common mistakes are:Certifying with the Contractors License Board that they do not need workers’ compensation insurance as they have no ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Member News
    Monday, September 07, 2020
    AUTHORS Jenn Goodman & Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Aug. 31, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:Businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans are anxiously eyeing an IRS ruling that could affect whether they apply for loan forgiveness. In a notice this spring, the IRS said it had ruled out tax deductions for wages and rent paid with forgivable PPP loans in order to prevent a “double tax ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Thursday, August 27, 2020
    Earlier this month, Marin Builders Association President, John Pope (Old Town Glass) joined Dr. Celia Golden from Marin County Health and Human Services and Kaiser Permanente Health Educator Erendira J. Olivas on two construction site visits to help educate workers about the precutions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Marin.  The first site was the Sir Francis Drake Infrastructure ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Press Release
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Aug. 26, 2020 Construction Dive Since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the U.S., contractors have been increasingly nervous about maintaining and building their backlog of work as jobs in some areas and sectors are put on hold or canceled. To build their books, many firms are bidding on more projects than usual. This is increasing competition, with ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner
    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Aug. 25, 2020 Construction Dive As a result of the novel coronavirus’ spread, construction industry players are preparing for permanent changes to the way they do business. Other changes that contractors likely will encounter moving forward through and after the pandemic, however, will be in their contracts, both between the owner and general contractor ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Community
    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    AUTHOR Matt Daly PUBLISHED Aug. 19, 2020 Construction DiveEditor's note: The following is a guest post from Matt Daly, CEO and co-founder of construction technology firm StructionSite. At more than $1 trillion in annual spending, the construction industry accounts for a significant portion of national GDP and is a major driver of the U.S. economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked incredibly ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community
    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    Although the economy (and the construction industry in particular) seems poised for steady growth over the next few years, it’s hard to tell when that might change. Even if the world isn’t swept away by a housing crisis like 2008, your business will have to face an economic downturn from time to time. What companies do to prepare determines which ones make it to the other side. Here’s a few tips ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Community, Builders Corner
    Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    Wearing a Neck Gaiter May be Worse Than No Mask at All, Researchers Find(as Published by the Washington Post on August 11, 2020) As the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise nationwide, the recurring message from many public health experts and doctors has been simple: Wearing masks saves lives. “We are not defenseless against covid-19,” Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Safety
    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    CONTACT: Rick Wells Chief Executive Officer                                                                          415.462.1220 rick@marinbuilders.com   Marin Builders Association, City of Novato and Marin Economic Forum Finish the Customer Experience Measurement and Improvement Program (CEMIP) In 2019 the City of Novato commissioned the Marin Builders Association in partnership with the ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Community
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