Service Market

Contractor Excels in the Family Trade

July 30, 2012
While the acclaim of an accounting degree sounded great in his early 20s, Kenneth Buggay’s desire to get his hands dirty led him away from the office and into the service truck as an HVAC contractor.


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Dealer Design Winners Highlight Best of Industry

July 9, 2012
A collection of honorees have been named in The NEWS’ 2012 ninth annual Dealer Design Awards program. Each gold, silver, and bronze winning product is featured in the pages of this issue and will be added to the pages of HVACR history as Dealer Design winners.


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Can a Closed Competitor Be a Boon for Your Business?

July 2, 2012
Small businesses come and go, that’s a given. All sectors of the business community, including the HVAC contracting trade, are affected. That creates a lot of turmoil — or opportunity — for small business owners who see a chance to grab a bigger share of the market as competitors fold their tents.


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What Does the Industry Need From a Technician?

June 25, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 86,600 HVAC technician jobs will become available through 2018. The industry is projected to grow at a rate of 34 percent over the next 10 years. But, the question remains, what are employers looking for and do the applicants have it?


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ACI National Conference Promotes Whole-Home Performance

June 18, 2012
HVAC contractors and manufacturers recently gathered with builders, remodelers, public utility representatives, government officials, and more to discuss home performance at Affordable Comfort Inc.’s (ACI) National Home Performance Conference.


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Clockwork Home Services Secures Advertising ‘Help’

June 18, 2012
Clockwork Home Services, a Sarasota, Fla.-based franchising company, recently secured an advertising campaign through the AMC television network’s reality series, “The Pitch.” According to AMC, this series offers viewers a glimpse inside America’s top ad agencies as two agencies compete to win a new client’s contract.


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Going from Push to Pull: A Strategy for Employee Motivation

June 18, 2012
“Been in the business 32 years. Push. Push. Push. It’s always been that way,” he said. “I don’t push,” I told him. “My people pull, and my business is thriving.”


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Contractors Deal with Layoffs

June 18, 2012
Dealing with layoffs in tough economic times can be challenging. Layoffs can’t necessarily be based on seniority, as persons skilled in one aspect of the business can’t easily be shifted to an area out of their expertise. Added to that are the emotional ties that so many company owners in HVACR have with their employees.


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Rags-to-Riches Speaker Weldon Long Motivates HVAC Dealers

June 11, 2012
Weldon Long was once a poverty-stricken drug addict caged behind bars with no hope. Today, just seven years removed from his last prison term, Long, 48, is a successful HVAC contractor, motivational speaker, author, and sales trainer. He built his empire on personal responsibility and proven sales tactics.


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Is HVAC Franchising For You?

Contractors Discuss the Ups and Downs of HVAC Franchising
June 4, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2012 Economic Census and one of the topics it will be studying across the nation is franchising. In the meantime, HVAC contractors are left with a question, the answer to which could significantly change their businesses. “To franchise or not to franchise,” that is the question.


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