News for Member NewsWednesday, April 14, 2021Job 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 moreCategories: Community, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Construction Education & Training, Business TipsMonday, April 12, 2021Reprinted 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Press ReleaseTuesday, April 06, 2021Objective: 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 moreCategories: Safety, Member News, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Construction Education & TrainingSaturday, April 03, 2021THE 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 moreCategories: Member News, Community, Press Release, Cornerstone Partner NewsWednesday, March 31, 2021Leading 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 moreCategories: Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Tax Liens and Completions, Builders CornerTuesday, March 30, 2021The 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association NewsThursday, March 25, 2021Understanding 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 moreCategories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Business TipsWednesday, March 24, 2021We 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 moreCategories: Press Release, Event Related, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Scholarship, Construction Education & TrainingWednesday, March 24, 2021The 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 moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Advocacy and LegislationSolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Oakmont Village Association - Santa Rosa Community Saves with SolarThursday, March 18, 2021Novato 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 moreCategories: Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Community, Press ReleaseMonday, March 15, 2021Objective: 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 moreCategories: Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Member News, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Construction Education & TrainingMonday, March 08, 2021The 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 moreCategories: Community, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News, Marin Home Resource Guide, Member NewsWednesday, March 03, 2021UPDATE: 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 moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Press ReleaseNBCC Construction Training is Recruiting for 2021 - Special Thanks - Mario Ghilotti Family FoundationMonday, March 01, 2021North 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 moreCategories: Scholarship, Construction Education & Training, Community, Safety, Press Release, Event Related, Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association NewsMonday, February 22, 2021You 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Green Building - Sustainability, Member NewsThursday, February 18, 2021If 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 moreCategories: Member News, Community, Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesTuesday, February 02, 2021The 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 moreCategories: Press Release, Community, Member NewsWednesday, January 27, 2021For 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, Green Building - Sustainability, Builders Corner, Member News, Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Press ReleaseWednesday, January 20, 2021Back 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesFriday, January 15, 2021What 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 moreCategories: Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders CornerFriday, January 15, 2021With 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 moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, SafetyThursday, December 31, 2020Curative 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 moreCategories: Press Release, Safety, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, 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: Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Press ReleaseMonday, November 30, 2020AB 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 moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Event Related, Press ReleaseFriday, November 20, 2020NOVATO, 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 moreCategories: Community, Safety, Press Release, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, 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: Business Tips, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, CommunityTuesday, October 20, 2020It 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsMonday, October 12, 2020Mahalo 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 moreCategories: Member News, Event Related, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Community, ScholarshipThursday, October 01, 2020Have 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 moreCategories: Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News, Builders CornerMonday, September 21, 2020Like 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 moreCategories: Member News, Safety, Community, COVID-19 ResourcesMonday, August 10, 2020With 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 moreCategories: Community, Safety, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association NewsTuesday, August 04, 2020You 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 moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Community, COVID-19 Resources
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