Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

HVAC Votech Schools Get Rebranded

May 30, 2011
While many in the industry still use the term votech, or vocational/technical, to describe the educational programs that prepare individuals to enter the HVAC trade, that term is being increasingly discarded. Instead of votech, educators and administrators are using the phrase Career and Technical Education, or CTE.
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Promoting Small Business on Capitol Hill

May 26, 2011
I just returned from the annual HARDI fly-in in Washington, D.C. Distributors from around the country converged on Capitol Hill for a jam-packed day of lobbying on behalf of their businesses.
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Instructors Gather to Learn and Certify

May 23, 2011
In late March, instructors from around the country gathered at the annual HVACR & Mechanical Instructor Workshop. At the three-day annual event, which was hosted by the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), they shared their experiences and brushed up on industry knowledge and skills.
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Congress Approves Repeal of 1099 Reporting Requirement

May 16, 2011
On April 14, President Obama signed into law House Resolution 4 (H.R. 4), which repealed an unpopular provision of the new health care law that would have created a paperwork burden for many small businesses. The passage of H.R. 4, which repealed the 1099 reporting requirement, was the culmination of months of effort by small businesses across many industries.
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And the Award for Best Social Media Skills Goes to...

May 16, 2011
There are many stereotypes about stodgy old HVAC contractors who completely ignore social media. But there are progressive contractors who are using online social tools to grow their businesses. Here are three contractors I’ve stumbled across who have impressed me with their mad skills in social media.
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Extended Warranties Can Help Contractors Expand Their Sales

May 16, 2011
Extended warranties have long been considered another potential source of revenue for contractors, but many companies that offered these programs in the past have not succeeded in the market. Nowadays there’s a new player seeking to change the extended warranty market.
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Dakota Contractor Digs New Technology

May 16, 2011
Randy Mathern has been in the business for 36 years. But it wasn’t until 2001 that he decided to start his own company. To get started, Mathern decided he needed to become an expert in a progressive technology, and since geothermal technology had been around for a little while, he decided to jump into it.
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Senate Bill Would Combine DOE and EPA

May 11, 2011
I keep hearing buzz about how much money the federal government could save if it eliminated and consolidated duplicative programs. In response to this, a senator from North Carolina recently sponsored a bill that would combine the DOE and the EPA.
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Musing on the Windy State and Alternative Energy

May 4, 2011
There’s a lot of talk about energy efficiency in the HVAC industry, but not as much talk about energy sources. Perhaps that’s because this is the business of using energy to achieve comfort, and it’s easier to leave the worrying about the source of that energy to someone else.
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Give Credit Where It's Due

April 25, 2011
Last month I attended the HVACR Instructor’s Workshop in Lansdowne, Va. For me, the highlight was when I got to present The NEWS’ Instructor of the Year award to Jeff Sweda. Now it’s time once again to recognize the instructors who are deserving of this honor. The NEWS is accepting nominations for the 2011 Instructor of the Year.
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