News for Business TipsThursday, July 29, 2021Negotiating Material Escalation Clauses Published: July 27, 2021 I recently bought a new home. One thing I noticed during my house search: new homes are in low supply, and those coming on the market are often subject to contract provisions containing escalation clauses addressing construction material prices. At each development, I heard the same story; developers are unable to assign a price to ...read moreCategories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Builders Corner, CommunityOffer Rebates for Energy Efficiency Projects and Signing Bonus for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses with BayREN Home+Thursday, July 29, 2021The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine county governments that make up the Bay Area that works to promote healthy and energy efficient buildings. The BayREN Home+ program provides rebates and no-cost technical support to single family homeowners that make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Rebates can reach up to $5,000 and eligible measures ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Business Tips, Green Building - Sustainability, Member News, Press ReleaseCalifornia Supreme Court Decides New Formula For Meal and Rest Break Premium Payments - And it's Retroactive for 4 years!Thursday, July 22, 2021What Employers Need to Do Printed by Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - July 16, 2021 In a decision anxiously awaited by employers, the California Supreme Court ruled, on July 15, 2021, that the correct rate for paying meal and rest period premiums is one additional hour of pay at an employee’s “regular rate of pay,” which is the same method used for calculating overtime wages. The ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Business TipsTuesday, July 20, 2021Are you a construction professional that is curious about how building materials can affect health? Information and training for contractors on hazardous chemicals in building products, their impacts on residents and installers, and healthier options is not always available and may be incomplete. We are creating educational content about the harmful chemicals found in building products and ...read moreCategories: Community, Business Tips, Builders Corner, SafetyMonday, July 19, 2021You probably know at least a few people who hired a friend or relative to do some work for them instead of hiring a licensed contractor. That might seem like an easy way for people to get what they want, but it’s full of problems. In fact, unlicensed contractors can make life a lot harder for reliable, honest contractors like the one you hope to be. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member NewsMonday, July 19, 2021You may have heard that California has a lot in the pipeline for construction over the next decade. It’s definitely a great reason to get invested in the industry as soon as possible. Transportation may be a very big part of that growth, especially as various governments and companies try to find ways to better connect the state. Here are a few things you should know about the state of ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member NewsMonday, July 19, 2021Reposted from California Employers Association website Posted by: Giuliana Gabriel, J.D. on Thursday, July 15, 2021 Cal/OSHA, the state agency that oversees workplace safety and health, has increasingly enforced and levied fines with respect to COVID-19 issues in the workplace. By April 2021, those fines amounted to roughly $4.6 million for approximately 200 workplaces. You don’t want to be ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Community, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, July 07, 2021Objective: To provide an overview of ladder safe use principles. Ladders, used properly, can be a safe and convenient tool. When used improperly, however, they can lead to a serious injury or result in a fatality. Learn about safety guidelines when using ladders like climbing position, lifting items, protective gear, stepladder guidelines, and more. Click here to download the complete training ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, SafetyWednesday, July 07, 2021JEFF QUACKENBUSH THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL July 7, 2021 Though the cost of materials to frame houses and build cabinets appears poised to fall considerably, longtime North Bay homebuilder Keith Christopherson has yet to see it. “Lumber mills and distributors were ordering early on and buying at higher prices, so (the decreases) have not translated down to the builder yet,” Christopherson ...read moreCategories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press ReleaseTuesday, June 15, 2021The longer you work in the construction industry, the more you’ll understand the changes in supply pricing. Periodically, you’ll notice a steep rise in the cost of steel, lumber or other materials you need on a regular basis. At times, you’ll need to consider raising your own prices. Here are a few factors to remember as you make a plan.Research Pricing Trends The best way to start evaluating ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, Business TipsWednesday, June 09, 2021By WILL HOUSTON | firstname.lastname@example.org | PUBLISHED: June 8, 2021 After a winter of season of record-low rainfall, Corte Madera business owner Paul Burrous knew water restrictions were imminent. That’s when he decided to invest in a water truck. While it costs Burrous several thousand dollars a month to rent and insure, the 2,000-gallon truck allows his business, the Marin Wood Restoration and ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Press ReleaseTuesday, June 01, 2021Why is Money such a Taboo Subject? Money is a touchy subject for many. Money brings up feelings of deep emotions, anxiety, shame, guilt, embarrassment, and much more when having to talk about income, expenses, and spending patterns. Money is also seen as a measure of status and power. By keeping money a taboo subject, we become unaware of better habits, healthier practices, and ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, CommunityThursday, May 06, 2021Since construction is so dependent on materials, the success of your contracting business depends heavily on your supply chain. As the recent delay of shipping due to a trapped ship in the Suez Canal revealed, there are a lot of issues you might face at the moment. Here are a few ways to minimize them.Update Your Estimates Issues with the supply chain can create two different problems for your ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member NewsMonday, April 19, 2021Although landing a client and a new project is a great thing, sometimes it just isn’t going to work. There will be points where you’re too busy to take on the job within the time specified. There will also be clients proposing opportunities that just aren’t the right fit for your contracting business. Learning how to decline these projects is a skill, and it can be difficult to do at first. Here ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Construction Education & TrainingTuesday, January 26, 2021AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Jan. 26, 2021 Certain situations like illegality or coercion can invalidate a contract in whole or in part.This feature is a part of "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here. Most contractors are well aware that they must abide by the ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Business TipsWednesday, December 23, 2020• 775+ sq. ft. located in Terra Linda • 3 Private Offices with Windows • Private Entrance and Restroom • Coat Closet and Storage area • Includes Alarm System, Utilities, and Available High Speed Wi-Fi • Annual or Month-to-Month • Large Meeting Rooms and Other Amenities Available Call or email Rick for more info. FULL FLYERCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News, Press ReleaseWednesday, October 28, 2020Lower credit card processing fees with level 2 and level 3 processing The cost of accepting credit cards is one of the biggest expenses a business faces. It is an unavoidable cost of doing business in a society that rarely carries cash anymore. For any business processing more than $100,000 a month in credit card transactions, the cost to process cards can approach $4,000 in fees alone. If your ...read moreCategories: Community, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News
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