• News for Community

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    California law requires sale of only pressure-regulated spray bodies. This change to a more water-efficient product will phase in water savings of up to 25% on spray zones. New installations will be more efficient. Existing systems can be upgraded for lower water bills.Make the change!Work through your old inventory. We will remind you to select the correct product when replenishing. Advise ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Green Building - Sustainability, Business Tips
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    What Kind Of A Company Are You?  One of the most dangerous terms in the industry is "General Contractor." The truth is, the real riches are made in niche markets, not generalities. These days, you will make more money faster when you know who you are, who your target market is, and how to communicate with them.  Maybe you already have a niche, but you have not done a good job articulating it. Or ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    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
    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, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Safety
    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Mahalo to our members and guests for making the 44th Annual Marin Builders Association Golf Classic - Luau on the Links a tremendous success. We welcomed more than 70 players at Indian Valley Golf Club on Friday, October 9th for a fabulous day of golf, camaraderie, sportsmanship, delicious food & refreshments. Players and supporters celebrated our commitment to education as a portion of the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Event Related, Member News, Scholarship, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    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: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    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: Community, Builders Corner, Member News
    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: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News
    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
    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: Builders Corner, Press Release, Community
    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
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    If approved by voters, Proposition 15 would require that all commercial and industrial properties, with limited exceptions, be reassessed to full market value, and then reassessed every three years. Exempted from this requirement would be any residential property, including rental housing, property used for production agriculture, and some small business property holdings.  Proposition ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News, Community, 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: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Community, Member News, Safety
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    There are some general rules that apply to almost all hammers and other striking tools. Never use a striking tool for any purpose other than that for which it was intended. Never use a striking tool with a loose or damaged handle or with a mushroomed head or dull cutting edge. Conditions vary, but it can never hurt to wear goggles when using striking tools.Click here to download the complete ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Member News, Community
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Solar company leader sparks connectivity and goodwill Grassroots collaboration spearheads movement to provide Wi-Fi to underserved populationBy Judith M. Wilson Special to the Marin IJ The primary objective of any business is financial success, but for some, the true measure of impact goes beyond the bottom line to include some type of altruistic endeavor. When Aran Moore founded Sun First Solar ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Press Release
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Like some industries, construction has a tendency to put people at risk for illness or injury. This is why so many tasks require personal protective equipment (PPE). There are many types of PPE you may need, depending on your field and the kind of work you do. Here’s what to expect from headgear, masks, gloves, boots and more.Masks The recent pandemic has made masks a topic of national attention. ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    NEWS RELEASE   For Immediate Release September 18, 2020    Builders Association Political Action Committee (BAPAC) Makes Endorsements for City of San Rafael November Election   San Rafael, CA - The Marin Builders Association PAC is proud to announce the endorsement of Kate Colin for San Rafael Mayor, John Gamblin for San Rafael City Council, District 4, and Maika Gulati for San Rafael City ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, 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: Community, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    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
    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: Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Community, 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: Builders Corner, Community
    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: Cornerstone Partner News, Community, Builders Corner
    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: Community, Builders Corner
    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: Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    Free Drop-In COVID -19 Testing for Construction Workers and LandscapersWhen: Every Thursday               1:00 - 3:00 pm   Where: First Missionary Baptist Church                501 Drake Avenue, Marin City, CA 94965   Call: (415) 473-7191 Testing appointments are also available if you are unable to attend this drop-in event. Please visit https://lhi.car/covidtesting or call ...read more
    Categories: Community, Event Related, Marin Builders Association News
    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: Builders Corner, Community
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    We would like to recognize and celebrate our wonderful REFERRAL PARTNERS!2020:Dan McLennon, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP who referred CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen LLP) Novato (Special thanks to Dan for pledging his bonus to our Scholarship and Workforce Development Fund!)Seth Shorett, Heritage Bank of Commerce who referred Christopher's Construction, Inc.(Special thanks to Seth for again, pledging his ...read more
    Categories: Marin Builders Association News, Community
    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: Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Community
    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: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, 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, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    The 2020 annual scholarship awards will be presented to sixteen college bound high school seniors on Thursday, June 18th. Scholarship winners were selected after an initial screening of applicants and virtual interviews by an independent selection committee. The committee includes Ken Lippi, Assistant Superintendent, Marin County Office of Education; Cynthia Murray, President and CEO of the North ...read more
    Categories: Marin Builders Association News, Community, Safety, Press Release
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    Shape your future and be counted!All members of our community are urged to fill out the U.S. Census 2020! Forms are available online at:2020census.gov Census takers are still needed!  Please apply at:2020census.gov/jobs The pay is $25/hour plus mileage.  
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    North Bay Construction Corps - Class of Marin addresses the high demand for construction workers in our community. This program places over 20 well trained and prepared high school seniors directly into the construction industry with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle.  Cohorts begin in January and conclude in June with a 2 week boot camp. Students will then ...read more
    Categories: Community, Event Related, Marin Builders Association News, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Press Release
    Monday, November 11, 2019
     Marin Builders Association, Town of Tiburon and Marin Economic Forum Collaborate to Measure and Improve the Permit Customer Experience  The Town of Tiburon has announced a new partnership with the Marin Builders Association and Marin Economic Forum to help improve the experience for the permit customers. The Customer Satisfaction Assessment is a program designed to measure and ultimately improve ...read more
    Categories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release
    Sunday, June 16, 2019
    Construction Training Program Tackles Shortage in Building Industry     In response to the North Bay’s high demand for skilled construction workers, the Marin Builders Association has again partnered with College of Marin, Canal Alliance, and CareerPoint Marin to bring construction training and job opportunities to students Marin.    The Education to Career (e2c) construction training program ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Safety, Marin Builders Association News
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    PRESS RELEASE  CONTACT: Rick Wells Chief Executive Officer  415.462.1220 rick@marinbuilders.com   CONTACT: Don Jeppson Chief Building Official     415.485.3357 Don.Jeppson@cityofsanrafael.org  City of San Rafael to Publish Report from Marin Builders Association on Permit Customer Satisfaction   In partnership with the Marin Builders Association and the Marin Economic Forum, the City ...read more
    Categories: Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Click here for Subcontractor Lien Protection Checklist to protect your Lien rights provided by the Marin Builders Association and Dan McLennon of Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP.
    Categories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Tax Liens and Completions
    Click here for General Contractors Lien Rights Protection Checklist to protect your Lien rights provided by the Marin Builders  Association and Board member Dan McLennon.
    Categories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Tax Liens and Completions
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