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Plucking Out the Prickly Pears

How to Find Good Employees - And Weed Out the Bad Ones
May 27, 2013

As a business owner, the process of separating this sour grape from the rest of the team may prove to be the difference between a budding workforce and a clan of complainers that’s rotten to the core.

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Letters From Our Readers: May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013

Readers discuss the Department of Energy's decision to not enforce its regional standards for nonweatherized furnaces.

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Peer Pressure Helps Build Confident Contractors

May 20, 2013

We all benefit from a little help sometimes, especially from those that are operating on the ground level. Help comes in many forms, and can be especially beneficial when it’s close to home.

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Podcasts: May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Tom Jackson, CEO of Jackson Systems, discusses the ease of zoning installations, how to properly sell the equipment, and the many benefits that zoning affords.

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The Price is Right?

May 13, 2013

Can you remember back not too many years ago when things were really going well and we got into the habit of raising prices every six months or so? 

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Survey Says...

May 13, 2013

Are service agreements a significant part of your business?

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Bet on the Next Big HVAC Product

May 6, 2013

Based on our economic situation and the tough business world it might be a long shot for a company to last 10 years or 10 months. Sure, you might be at the top of your game and market this year, but where will you be in five, 10, or 40 years? 

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Letters From Our Readers: May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

Contractors discuss the regional standards lawsuit and comment on how business is going so far this year.

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What Our Kids Could Teach Washington

April 29, 2013

It seems like Congress can’t agree on much these days — at least not in any timely fashion. And definitely not without a lot of whining, name calling, finger pointing, and foot stomping.

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Podcasts: April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Listeners will learn a little bit more about ductless air conditioning systems from a man who has been involved in selling them for more than 20 years, Mike Haines. 

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