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    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, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
     The 2021 Book of Lists is available now!  Access the E-Edition on our website here  If you would like a complimentary book mailed to you, please contact Annette Wirick Business Journal subscribers will receive a copy via USPS2021 Book of Lists E-Edition The option to purchase a digital download version of the 2021 Book of Lists is also available here   
    Categories: Community, Member News, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News
    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, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    CalSavers is a state-sponsored retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. This program gives employers an easy way to help their employees save for retirement, with no employer fees, no fiduciary liability, and minimal employer responsibilities. Employers are required to comply either by offering their own retirement plan and registering ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News
    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: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leading North Bay clean energy provider for over 35 years, recently completed the design and installation of a 11.2 kW DC solar electric system West Marin Medical Center in Point Reyes Station, CA.  The solar power system consists of 28 high-efficiency 400-watt solar panels, producing 30,508 kWh annually.  The photovoltaic array is roof mounted and will offset ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Press Release, Green Building - Sustainability
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    In an emergency situation, evacuating employees out of a building poses unique challenges.  Appropriate exits, emergency lighting, communication systems, alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for employee safety. Emergency routes need to be developed, posted, and properly maintained to ensure easy accessibly in an emergency situation.  Drills are a critical component of all emergency actions ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Wednesday, January 06, 2021
    Contractor credits Concrete Decor for showing her the way Written by Stacey Enesey Klemenc January 5, 2021Concrete Decor Concrete contractor Kimberley Robles credits Concrete Decor back in the early 2000s for developing her interests in decorative concrete. Back then, she was a journeyman cement mason and the magazine was just getting its legs. “That’s how I found out about all these cool ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    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: COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Community, Member News
    Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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    Categories: Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Community, Member News
    Friday, December 18, 2020
    In this unprecedented time, businesses are wondering how to market themselves, and how to do it without breaking the bank.  With people mainly working from home in the North Bay unless they have to go out, or work on site, making sure that you appear on your customer's screens is critical. The absolute best way to get your business in front of people right now is to publish engaging content on ...read more
    Categories: Community, Business Tips, Member News
    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: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Event Related, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Better Makers: 5 Ways Our Community Is Coming Together During Covid-19 by Sabrina Tuton-Filson October 22, 2020MARIN MagazineDoors of Hope Program Created to Support Three Marin NonprofitsProviding local employment opportunities and giving back to community organizations. The Fresh Coat of Marin“Doors of Hope” program is creating a visual symbol of hope to homeowners, business owners, employees ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, 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: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Safety, Community, Member News
    Monday, November 16, 2020
    There are dozens of construction fields. If you’re not sure which one to pursue, how do you decide? The trick is to think about which areas have a lot of growth potential, and which ones are well-suited for the kind of career you want to have. You might have to try out a few directions before you are sure which one will be the most appropriate for your goals. With this information, you’ll know the ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Business Tips, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Monday, November 09, 2020
    The Nominating Committee, in accordance the association Bylaws, recently submitted a slate of individuals for election as new directors(3) and officers(5) of the Marin Builders Association beginning in January 2021.  The current Board of Directors unanimously approved this slate at the October 28 Board meeting.  These individuals are nominated for Board positions in 2021:NameBoard PositionMember ...read more
    Categories: Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Community, Member News
    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: Community, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News
    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, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News
    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: Builders Corner, Business Tips, Community, Member News
    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
    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: Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Community, Event Related, Member News, Scholarship
    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
    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
    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
    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: Member News, Community, 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, COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
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