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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021
    Job Hazard Analysis (JHA):  Thorough hazard assessments for your worksites are critical to assure continued protection of staff.  Learn what the most violated construction standards are, so you can create a plan to avoid unnecessary losses. Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download the complete training short in Spanish   Safety & Training Shorts ...read more
    Categories: Community, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Construction Education & Training, Business Tips
    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Reprinted from The North Bay Business Journal Kathryn Reed April 8, 2021 Building material costs, with lumber alone up by 180%, may not drop to pre-pandemic levels soon, even when mills return to full staffing and overseas factories fully recover, according to some suppliers and contractors. “This price spike has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Objective: To raise awareness of common hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders. Compressed gas cylinders are hazardous due to the high pressure of their contents as well as the potential hazards of the contents themselves. Before working with cylinders, familiarize yourself with the characteristics of their contents and learn proper cylinder handling procedures.Click here to download ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Member News, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Construction Education & Training
    Saturday, April 03, 2021
    THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF April 2, 2021, 5:12PM  Norma T. Kostecka, a longtime advertising director who in October 2020 became publisher of the North Bay Business Journal, died Wednesday of breast cancer at her home in Napa. She was 58. “My mom was a force of good and a force of compassion and a force of joy,” said daughter Megan Kostecka, 29. “She’s gone but she will be ever-present ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Community, Press Release, Cornerstone Partner News
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    Leading the way for eco-friendly roofing in Marin County CA,  Wedge Roofing moves toward clean energy by adding Ford’s first Hybrid Truck to their fleet. The new 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Truck is just the first step in the certified green roofing contractor’s plan to convert their entire fleet of 47 commercial vehicles to all-electric to meet California’s goal of 100% zero emissions by 2035. As a ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Tax Liens and Completions, Builders Corner
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    The Marin Builders Association supports efforts to address climate change.  We believe the best way to solve this crisis is through innovation, investment, and partnerships.   A ban on natural gas to residences will increase construction costs, decrease consumer choice, reduce energy availability for homeowners during Public Safety Power Shutdown periods, potentially cause unforeseen impacts to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    Understanding your clients is an important part of your marketing strategy, one that takes some effort. Part of that effort should include spending a little time developing personas. While not as straightforward as, say, completing your Google My Business profile, you have an advantage over business owners in other industries. Because you are in the remodeling industry, you basically ‘live’ with ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Business Tips
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    We recognize the tremendous opportunity for trained professionals in the construction industry, now and in the future. All high school seniors pursuing a college, university, or trade school education are eligible to apply.   More information can be found here:  SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIASCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (DOWNLOAD and PRINT)FILLABLE PDF APPLICATION   Applications, including ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Event Related, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Scholarship, Construction Education & Training
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Marin County BusinessesMarin Builders Joins Coalition Advocating for $2 million in Relief Grants for Local Businesses For Immediate Release:Executive Summary Marin County’s businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact will have lasting effects on our local economy. Leading Business Associations at Keep Marin Working launched a survey ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation
    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, recently completed the installation of three individual solar electric systems at Oakmont Village Association (OVA) in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA.   Increasing the sustainability of their operations and reducing their power costs, installing these solar photovoltaic systems will save Oakmont hundreds of thousands in utility fees over the life of the solar ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 15, 2021
    Objective: To assure that your organization is prepared for an active shooter incident and is taking proactive steps to minimize the chances or effectiveness of a shooter on the premises. No workplace is immune to the risks of an active shooter incident. However, there are steps that you can take to assure that your organization is prepared for the worst. Emergency Action PlanTraining ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Member News, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Construction Education & Training
    Monday, March 08, 2021
    The Marin Home Resource Guide is the only print and digital resource guide in the North Bay that devotes all content to our industry, trends, architecture, building, and our local community.  Reach over 50,000 Readers ~ More than ever! High Quality Glossy Magazine with Brilliant Color. Direct Mail Distribution to Leading Building Industry Professionals throughout Marin County. Targeted Email ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News, Marin Home Resource Guide, Member News
    Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    UPDATE: Because of multiple letters on the item, the County pulled this item from the Board of Supervisors agenda to give additional time for consideration. We've reached out to the county to offer industry perspective going forward. Marin County Board of SupervisorsRE: Project Labor Agreement Policy GuidelinesVia email on March 1, 2021To BOS@marincounty.orgFull pdf. of letterDear ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release
    Monday, March 01, 2021
    North Bay Construction Corps - Class of Marin addresses the high demand for construction workers in our community. This program enables students to explore a variety of construction related careers and prepares young adults for positions with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle. Made possible by the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation, the program helps ...read more
    Categories: Scholarship, Construction Education & Training, Community, Safety, Press Release, Event Related, Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News
    Monday, February 22, 2021
    You can help keep our recycling streams clean and organized when you avoid making these recycling errors. Are you confused about whether an item is recyclable or not? Are you following MSS’s most recent recycling guidelines? Below we detail some common issues we’ve found in our recycling streams.1. Stop putting ‘garbage’ plastics in the recyclables cart. We don’t accept as many plastics as you ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Green Building - Sustainability, Member News
    Thursday, February 18, 2021
    If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the need to be empathetic. Given the challenges of the pandemic, people in the building trades, like all of us, have had to make adjustments on how to run their businesses, as well as how they communicate with clients and potential clients. Clients should know that you work safely, under guidelines from OSHA, CDC and state and local authorities. They ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Community, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources
    Tuesday, February 02, 2021
    The Houzz community has spoken and the results are in! We’re excited to let you know that Design Set Match has been voted as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2021 award in design and customer service. Our profile includes some of the most popular photos and glowing reviews on Houzz in 2020 and has earned a serious round of applause! The annual awards recognize home design and remodeling ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Community, Member News
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    For Immediate Release The Alternative Management Standard (AMS), which allows waste haulers to accept treated wood waste (TWW) from residential and commercial customers, expired on December 31, 2020 when Governor Newsome vetoed a bill to extend the statute (HSC 25150.7) and regulations (22 CCR 67386.1 et seq.).   For this reason, beginning January 1, 2021, waste haulers in the County of Marin ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Green Building - Sustainability, Builders Corner, Member News, Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Press Release
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Back in the spring, lots of people thought that COVID-19 was going to have short-term effects on the world, and then everyone would move on. As it turns out, systemic changes in business practices will continue into the new year and beyond. Companies are thinking about how to use commercial spaces when they don’t necessarily want people to come in. With this information, you’ll have a sense of ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    What You Need to Know About Second Draw PPP LoansKey insightsMany entities that were eligible to participate in the first round of the PPP, received a PPP loan, and have fully used those proceeds are eligible to apply for a second draw PPP loan.Second draw PPP loans include a new revenue reduction requirement affecting eligibility.Requesting a re-sizing of your initial PPP loan may result in ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    With news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, many of our friends in the construction industry have asked whether they can require or mandate that their employees receive one of the vaccines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on COVID-19-related employment issues to indicate that ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Curative testing sites remain free in Marin, but appointments must be scheduled in advance through the Curative website (available in English and Spanish). Appointment slots open about 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. The updated schedule of Marin County based Curative test sites includes:Bolinas: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; Bolinas Fire Station (100 Mesa Road) Larkspur: ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Safety, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Press Release
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    AB 685 Creates Employer COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal/OSHA Powers effective January 1, 2021 On November 20, 2020, the OSHA Board unanimously adopted proposed regulations that impose requirements on employers to promulgate written policies regarding COVID-19 Prevention Plans.  The new regulations will go into effect December 1, if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Event Related, Press Release
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    NOVATO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) - CP Lab Safety, a Woman Owned Small Business in Marin County, California, announced their new at-home saliva collection kit for COVID-19 Testing. This process uses (RT)-PCR technology (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) to diagnose active infections of the virus. The sample is gathered at home and shipped to a certified laboratory. Once it is received at the lab, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Safety, Press Release, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
     Lower 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 more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Community
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    It feels like parts of the world keep spinning, while others are set off their axis. You may have projects to complete, while your suppliers are considered non-essential. This can cause backlogs in your work, as you try to find ways to keep meeting client expectations as you can. Here are a few delays you can expect related to COVID-19, now and for several months into the future.Inspections Many ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    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: Member News, Event Related, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Community, Scholarship
    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: Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News, Builders Corner
    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: Member News, Safety, Community, COVID-19 Resources
    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, Safety, Builders Corner, Member News, 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: Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Community, COVID-19 Resources
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