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PB Disaster Services: June 28 & June 29

Select the day that works best with your schedule! 

Miami Valley NARI has partnered with PB Disaster Services to bring members the opportunity to become a trained inspector for FEMA declared disasters.  PB Disaster Services is currently looking for and recruiting inspectors to inspect homes and other structures in the area of natural disasters and are looking for those experienced and with knowledge in construction.
 
As a benefit to NARI members we are bringing the training and fingerprinting requirement to you, avoiding having to participate in webinars and the completion of preparatory eLearning materials.
 
As an inspector for this FEMA-approved program, you would be afforded the option of traveling to an area hit by a natural disaster and earning compensation for inspecting structures damaged by the disaster. 

The three-hour course will provide a chance to speak with a highly trained and experienced field manager, who will be able to answer any questions about a "typical" day in the field, tips for traveling and lodging, and any other questions.  The field manager will also be discussing the future of the project and any changes that they are expecting for the upcoming year.  You will leave this class trained with the knowledge and equipment needed to be deployed to a disaster area.

As part of the training, participants will have the opportunity to complete a mock inspection using the same software used by inspectors in the field.
 
As of June 1 there are six active disasters with field inspectors working to assist local home and business owners.
 
A first time inspector can expect earn hundreds of dollars a day while experienced ones can earn more!  Transportation to and from a disaster area is reimbursed (with some stipulations) and inspectors are provided a computer, camera, and GPS system for use during inspections.
 
This training is open to members and sponsored guests with all skill levels and there is room for 20 participants each day.  This is a great way to add additional revenue to your bottom line during slow periods as well as assist those in need!  
 
For more information or to register, visit
www.pbdisasterservices.com or call the Miami Valley NARI office at (937) 222-NARI. This event is being held at the Ramada Inn, 2301 Wagner Ford Road, Dayton, Ohio 45414 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day.  Also, please remember to bring two forms of ID for fingerprinting.

 

Join Us at the Ballpark

July 17, 2010 

Note deadline for purchasing tickets is June 18!

Unwind for a summer evening of dinner, drinks, and a Reds game with family and friends. This event is always a great time! Join us for this fun-filled night and cheer the Reds on as they take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark on July 17th with a start time of 7:10 p.m. For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), and private seating for our group and Ohio Valley NARI will receive scoreboard recognition. Come out to support your NARI chapter and have a memorable evening with customers, co-workers, family, and friends at the ballpark. Tickets sell out quickly so reserve yours today!  Final deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, June 18th.  Call Ohio Valley NARI today at (800) 498-6274 to reserve your seats.

 

Save The Date For The Golf Outing

August 12, 2010 


Ohio Valley NARI is teaming up once again with NKBA for the 2010 golf outing to be played at Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati Ohio. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 12th. There are plenty of sponsorship and golfer opportunities still available.

Please click
here for sponsorship opportunities and click here to register as a golfer. More information can be found by visiting www.naricincinnati.org.

 

Friday, June 11 RRP Training Classes Completed


The RRP Training Class held Friday, June 11th at the Ramada Plaza in Dayton was a success.  There were 24 attendees who had the opportunity to learn about EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) which requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators.  The OVNARI members (and non-members) who sat through this course, learned how to comply with the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule, and how to perform lead safe work practices safely and effectively. Since these 24 attendees are now EPA Certified Renovators, they are allowed to do lead safe renovation, repair, and painting work in pre-1978 housing and in child occupied facilities where work will disturb lead-based paint. Congratulations to those who just completed the training and to all who have taken part in these seminars these past few months. And a big thanks goes to Bill Menrath, MS (University of Cincinnati) who has been the trainer for the classes.

 

Small-Business Confidence in U.S. Increased in May

By Bob Willis

 

The National Federation of Independent Business's optimism index increased to 92.2 last month from 90.6 in April, the Washington-based group said today. Seven of the index's 10 components increased, and three declined.
 
The measure is still lower than levels reached in past economic rebounds, indicating the recovery will take time to gain strength. The report shows that while smaller firms are beginning to benefit from the expansion, they're trailing larger companies such as General Electric Company.
 
"Small businesses have lagged the jobs recovery and the economic recovery and are likely to do so," said John Herrmann, senior macro strategist at State Street Global Markets in Boston. "We're seeing the slightest of indications that business hiring and risk-taking in the form of expansion and business formations may be taking place."
 
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Customer Service as a Growth Engine 

By Dana Mattioli


Executives are paying more attention to customer service in an effort to increase sales and gain market share in the economic recovery.
Drug-store chain Walgreen Co. is training pharmacists to spend more time helping patients with chronic illnesses. Comcast Corp. is putting call-center agents through new training and instructing supervisors to coach their agents more. American Express Co. is expanding a program aimed at getting agents to build better relationships with customers.
 
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Seize Unexpected Marketing Opportunities

By Morgan Zenner

 

What started out as a small, but exciting project for Bill Welte, president of Welte Construction, turned into a way to increase exposure in a desirable new community.
 
The Piedmont, Calif., home belonged to the owner of a large commercial construction company who was having a large renovation done with the help of several other companies and an architect.
Welte came across the opportunity to build the pool house and surrounding fence, after bumping into a colleague who was too busy with other work to handle.
 
"It kind of fell into our lap, and what started out with a fence and pool house, turned into an almost $500,000 project spanning across two years," Welte recalls.
 
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Ask the Expert: Chris Zorzy on Lead-Safe Renovation Practices


If you've taken lead-safe renovation training, one of the biggest challenges is remembering what you've learned ─ or at least enough to explain it all to your staff, let alone train them in lead-safe renovation procedures. You could be the best note-taker in the world and still walk out after eight hours of training clueless about how to actually get started.
 
Chris Zorzy, president of A & A Services, a Salem, Mass., home improvement company, says that he was on a conference call with a peer group of fellow window replacement contractors back in February. Everyone on the line had already been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency, but everybody still seemed unsure, and uptight, about how to actually practice lead-safe renovation. They debated about whether or not to ask their window supplier for additional training. Zorzy talked a little about how lead-safe renovation is done and offered to send out some pictures of the installation procedures. The group asked him: "How do you know this?"
 
Actually Zorzy has had a Deleading Contractor's license from the state of Massachusetts for 20 years. He got it at the end of the 1980s when he was still a painting contractor. "In 1989 I got shut down for lead-paint violation in Lynn, Mass.," Zorzy explains. "That's how I got into lead removal. I was told: You'd better learn the lead laws, kid, or you're going to be in trouble."
 
He did learn them. Lead abatement jobs got his company through the recession of the early '90s and beyond. 
 
Creating a Hands-on Guide
Zorzy's company is long out of the painting business and lead abatement. But on the phone with his peer group that day, he put two and two together and decided to produce a DVD of safe lead-containment and clean-up procedures for residential renovation that contractors could use to educate themselves and their crews. He hired a videographer and gave himself a May 1 deadline.
 
"The [videographer] didn't know the product, and I didn't know the process," says Zorzy, who has filmed videos for his company's website and is front and center in the film. "We invented as we went along. [We did] a lot of re-shoots."

The result, Zorzy says, could be called, "Everything you wanted to know about lead-safe renovation but didn't know who to ask." (Click here http://leadsafevideosolutions.com to find out more.) The video is a well-organized, professionally done hands-on guide that explains how to test for lead, provides an overview of the equipment you'll need, and then runs through a number of interior and exterior scenarios with guides for various setups. It comes with a 30-page manual that explains proper record-keeping, what to ask a prospect about the house to determine whether or not to test, and how to prepare the house for lead-safe renovation.
 
Zorzy is convinced that failure to understand the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting rule and to comply with it will result in a number of contractors going out of business - soon. What's almost as bad as not knowing is not knowing how to deal with lead the right way. "There is a liability risk when you're doing this," Zorzy says. "So you have to really learn to do it right." And you need to be able to show that
you've done it right. "If you don't have a lead paint inspector on speed-dial a year from today, you're in trouble."

 

OSHA Plans 'Virtual Meeting' on Dust Hazards


OSHA announced plans for a first-ever "virtual stakeholder meeting" for June 28 to seek input about combustible-dust workplace hazards. The virtual meeting format provides quick and easy access to a broader audience such as small businesses that would otherwise not be able to participate, the agency said.
Comments from the meeting will be used to help the agency develop a proposed standard on combustible dust. Further details are available in the Federal Register notice (
here).
 
OSHA said that since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible-dust explosions. This virtual stakeholder meeting is the fourth in a series of stakeholder meetings addressing combustible-dust hazards.
 
Combustible dusts comprise fine particles, fibers, chips, chunks or flakes that, under certain conditions, can cause a fire or explosion when suspended in air. Types of dusts include metal (aluminum and magnesium), wood, plastic, rubber, coal, flour, sugar, and paper, among others.
 
"OSHA is committed to expanding the opportunity for the public to engage in its rulemaking activities, and this virtual stakeholder meeting will afford a wide range of stakeholders the opportunity to participate," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels. "This is an important rulemaking, and we want to ensure that all interested stakeholders have an opportunity to send us their comments and suggestions."
 
Individuals can register to participate in the Web chat by accessing www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm. The live chat will be held for one hour, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. After that, individuals will have continuous access to this site through July 7 to provide feedback and receive additional information.

 

Join us for a Free Webinar on June 24


Join the EPA's Mark Henshall from the U.S. EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics as he discusses how to comply with the agency's new, lead-safe "Repair, Renovation, and Painting" Rule, and how it will be enforced. The rule took effect on April 22, and will impact more than 200,000 contractors.
 
Mark Henshall is with the Lead, Heavy Metals and Inorganics Branch (LHMIB) in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. LHMIB is responsible for all of the regulatory development for EPA’s lead program.

Mark has been with the Agency for 21 years and has been actively involved with the issue of lead-based paint for the past 18. Mark chaired the Agency workgroup on the development of EPA's lead-based paint abatement training and certification regulations, was a member of the Federal Steering Committee developing the HUD Guidelines and was responsible for the implementation of the Federal training and certification program in states and Indian Tribes without authorized programs. Mark is currently working on implementation of the Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations with a focus on State program authorization.

Mark has a B.A. from Clark University in Worcester MA, and a Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington IN.
 
The free webinar takes place Thursday June 24th, 2010 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST
Sponsored by Dustless Technologies.
 
To Reserve your Webinar seat now
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