Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Innovative programs are addressing the national skilled trade crisis by John Bleasby Canada’s shortage of skilled trades continues to be an issue in most provinces across the country, with new initiatives being created to engage, encourage and recruit a ...READ MORE
Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Standard homeowner policies are not adequate to cover all risks  by John Bleasby  You started out small with just a home office in the spare room. As the business grew, you hired some staff to work in the expanded home ...READ MORE
Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Health Canada recommendations for radon mitigation could cause deaths, CHBA says by John Bleasby The 2016 report from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is quite clear. “Radon is a radioactive gas which is a decay product of uranium, and is ...READ MORE
Four tips for managing your contracting firm’s debt

Four tips for managing your contracting firm’s debt

Is your contracting business struggling with bad credit management, poor cash flow and personal use of business funds? If so, read this. by Mahyar Hansotia Running a small business can be challenging at the best of times as owners ...READ MORE
5 Ways to Relieve Contractor Aches and Pains

5 Ways to Relieve Contractor Aches and Pains

5 great exercises to relieve contractor aches and pains Kitchen and bath contractor Joel demonstrates simple exercises that can help your body to cope with job site stresses and strains As contractors, manual labourers and home builders, you face ...READ MORE
Nail Gun Safety

Nail Gun Safety

Nail gun safety? “Don’t worry, be trigger happy!” Safety devices are built into most nail guns and shouldn’t be short-circuited By John Bleasby Is there a scarier tool on a job site than a nail gun? Probably no other ...READ MORE
3-D renderings could be your best new sales tool

3-D renderings could be your best new sales tool

“Nothing blows the socks off a prospect more than a 3-D color rendering.” By John Bleasby As more contractors choose a design-build business model, the ability for prospects to accurately visualize their new home or renovation becomes part of ...READ MORE
Responsible material choices from the ground up.  Reflect a concern for the planet without being radical

Responsible material choices from the ground up. Reflect a concern for the planet without being radical

By John Bleasby Making decisions regarding the use of responsible, sensible building materials is really a matter of considering all the factors that go into that component’s production, delivery and installation. For builders looking to attract the increasing number ...READ MORE
Summer Heat:  Too Much of a Good Thing

Summer Heat: Too Much of a Good Thing

Here’s a scary statistic from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association: an investigation of over two dozen heat-related incidents on work sites involved workers on their first day, and over 80 per cent involved workers who had only ...READ MORE
Social media marketing for your business (Part 1)

Social media marketing for your business (Part 1)

It’s a given in today’s competitive environment that a strong marketing presence on social media is key to a contractor’s successful brand development. Hopefully, increased brand awareness will lead to more leads, and those leads in turn will bring ...READ MORE
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