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Racing the Clock: Contractors and the Appointment Window

Communication Key to Being on Time, Building Trust
By Kimberly Schwartz
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Being punctual is about more than just minimizing your customers’ wait times — smart contractors recognize they are building trust with clients when their technicians arrive on time. 


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Net Results: Bell Brothers Heating & Air

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The NEWS and Ben Landers, president and CEO of Blue Corona, examine high-quality HVAC contractor websites and discern what makes them so successful.


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Aug. 25, 2014: Samsung to Acquire Smart Home Company, SmartThings

SmartThings Allows Homeowners to Monitor, Control, and Automate Their Homes from Wherever They Are Through a Single App
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SmartThings, a leading open platform for the smart home. Samsung said that, with its resources, SmartThings will be able to expand its platform and support even more devices.


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HVAC Industry Cautious About Microsoft Partnership

Joint Project Supports Home Automation Software Startup Companies
By Jen Anesi
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In June, Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance announced the launch of a business accelerator for tech startup companies that are focused on home automation. The goal of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator is to provide mentorship, resources, and workspace to startups.


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Aug. 18, 2014: QR Code Tracking Software Introduced for HVAC, Other Service Companies

Enables Service Businesses to Better Manage Their Business
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Westrom Software has announced the launch of new QR code equipment tracking software for service businesses, including HVAC, that is QuickBooks compatible, easy to install, and simple to use, said the company.


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8 Attributes to Seek in Business Software

Tips to Help You Locate the Platform that Makes the Most Sense for Your Business
By Adam Bluemner
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The right program must fit your particular business model, functional requirements, spending range, operating system considerations, integration needs in terms of the other programs it must communicate with, and many more personalized factors. Is there one program that fits all these possible combinations? Of course not!


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App Zone: Aug. 18, 2014

Mobile Applications for the HVACR Professional
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As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest. 


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Training Track: Aug. 18, 2014

Accounting, Office Management & Quickbooks Training
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This new workshop combines two of Business Development Resources’ (BDR) most popular courses, Accounting and QuickBooks, into one three-day session.


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Tech-savvy HVAC Contractors Ditch the Paper

New-age System Affords Contractors Greater Professionalism, Business Opportunities
By Matt Bishop
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For some, the paperless decision has led to an increase in professionalism, a grander customer perception, and further opportunity to “stack” up the profits.


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Trane Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

Honor Recognizes Advancements in Tech Support Video Collaboration
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Frost & Sullivan presented Trane, an Ingersoll Rand brand, with the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Award in recognition of its work with Seattle-based ResolutionTube.


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Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.

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NEWSMakers: Rajan Rajendran

Rajan Rajendran, newly appointed director of the Emerson Innovation Center, talks about the new $35 million facility and how it will function on the University of Dayton campus. Posted on Aug. 29.

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