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First Aid Safety Class

April 8, 2010 

Sometimes it takes a crisis to realize the value of emergency preparedness.  We all should be well prepared before a crisis occurs and to give us a good head start on being prepared, Ohio Valley NARI has asked Genise Lipscomb of the American Red Cross to help. Genise will be speaking on First Aid and Preparedness which teaches the basic concepts of first aid training and being prepared for a disaster or emergency, including:
  ˇ Check-Call-Care and when to call 9-1-1
  ˇ Caring for someone who is choking
  ˇ Recognizing the signals of a heart attack and stroke
  ˇ First Aid care for injuries 
Our featured presenter is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Xavier University.  She has been a Certified Red Cross Trainer of First Aid, CPR, and Youth Programs for over five years, conducting classes regularly in Central Ohio as well as the Greater Cincinnati area.  She has also worked with Red Cross Disaster and Volunteer Services in recruiting, training, and placing volunteers. Join us as Genise teaches us the basics of first aid training and shows us how to be prepared BEFORE an emergency occurs.  You can register online at www.naricincinnati.org or call (800) 498-NARI and RSVP today!


2010 PRO Expo: Presented by Pella

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., the all-star event of the season, the PRO Expo, will take place at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.  At the PRO Expo, there are many opportunities to learn from dynamic, content rich education sessions with opportunities to earn CEU's. You may improve your business with new products and business tools. Best of all, there are plenty of chances to network with other professionals. Enjoy food, refreshments, and $10,000 worth of fabulous prizes.
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. for check-in. The Expo Floor includes Pella product displays, local vendor displays, food, beverages, entertainment and a keynote address.

At 3:15 p.m., educational breakout sessions begin, and they continue until 8:00 p.m. Some of these sessions include:

ˇ Why Pella? - presented by Pella
ˇ Residential & Commercial Construction Trends - presented by Hanley Wood
ˇ Universal Design - presented by Kohler (AIA Accredited Course)
ˇ The Future of Remodeling - presented by Mark Richardson of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
ˇ Window Replacement Solutions for Commercial Buildings - presented by Pella (AIA Accredited Course)
ˇ Top Remodelers Speak Out: Best Practices to Strengthen Your Business - presented by Remodelers Advantage Inc.
ˇ Greening the Bottom Line - presented by Reed Business Information (AIA Accredited Course)
ˇ Integrating Siding Into Your Business - presented by James Hardie
ˇ Transform Your Market - presented by Cygnus Business Media
ˇ Challenges & Solutions for Today's Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations - presented by Schluter (AIA Accredited Course)

To register, go to www.theproexpo.com/cincinnati. We hope that you can attend, and turn the knowledge that you and your company gain at the event into a home run!


Information Night - NARI Certifications and Programs

May 13, 2010 

NARI National offers a variety of certification programs made available to all of their members who meet certain qualifications.
   ˇMaster Certified Remodeler (MCR)
   ˇGreen Certified Professional Certification (GCP)
   ˇCertified Remodeler (CR)
   ˇCertified Remodeler Specialist (CRS)
   ˇCertified Remodeler Associate (CRA)
   ˇCertified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR)
   ˇUniversal Design Certified Remodeler (UDCR)
   ˇCertified Lead Carpenter (CLC)
Ohio Valley NARI is dedicated to making these programs and study groups available to our members at a local level. Please join us as the Ohio Valley Chapter reviews and discusses the opportunities available and the benefits received from the Certification Program. BathsPlus is graciously hosting this highly informative program.
John W. Ashton, CR is the President and Founder.   Mr. Ashton is a Certified Remodeler and will be happy to provide additional information about his positive experience with the NARI Certification Program. Stop by and see what makes continued education such a key role in our personal and professional development.

BathsPlus, Inc. Showroom
8711 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
6:00 p.m.

RSVP by contacting the Ohio Valley NARI Office at (800) 498-NARI
fax (937) 222-5794 info@naricincinnati.org


Join Us at the Ballpark:

July 17, 2010 

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.
For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), 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


NARI Leaders Deliver Appeal on Capitol Hill

NARI President William E. Carter, MCR, CKBR, UDCR, and incoming Government Affairs Committee Chairman David Merrick, MCR, UDCR, spent Thurs., March 18 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to request a delay on the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule.  NARI leaders met officials from the EPA, the Office of Management and Budget, as well as key senate leaders of the Energy Committee and Environmental and Public Works Committee.

Consistent with NARI's core purpose to advance the remodeling industry's vital public purpose, protecting the safety, welfare and housing of homeowners is included.   Thus, NARI supports the EPA in its effort to protect the public from the hazards of lead poisoning.  There is serious concern, however, that the remodeling industry is not nor can be prepared for an implementation date of April 22, 2010.  The request for delay was made based on the following: 

 * The number of trainers is insufficient to certify the agency's very conservative estimate of 200,000 contractors required. 
 *  Only 14,000 individuals have been certified to date, and seven states reportedly have no trainers.
 *  The opt-out provision is a significant component of the rule and is under continuing review.  
 *  The EPA has not commenced its planned public awareness campaign; the general public and the majority of contractors are not even aware of the rule.

"Issues like this which affect the remodeling industry and our members cause NARI to become more involved in the government arena" Carter said.  "The government does not understand our industry and we must enable that understanding.  The leaders with whom we met were receptive and keenly interested.  We are hopeful that these key visits will result in a meaningful and necessary relief." 

Until the EPA or Federal government officially announces a delay of the LRRP rule, NARI members who work on homes built prior to 1978 must become certified by the April 22, 2010 deadline. Right now, there is no other alternative. 

NARI Chapters are holding training sessions, and members can find additional information on all EPA LRRP-related information at www.nari.org/leadsafety. NARI will remain active on this issue, and continue to keep members informed of developments.


Update on Merkley Amendment/Health Care Bill


With vote on the bill imminent, NARI reissued a Call to Action in early March urging NARI members to again voice concern and opposition to the Merkley Amendment, which unfairly mandated remodeling/ construction contractors with five or more employees to provide health insurance coverage.  No other industry with this employee threshold was required to do so. On March 21, the House passed the bill, and we learned that the Merkley Amendment had been removed from the bill prior to passage on the basis that enough elected officials heard from contractors who voiced opposition.  To our knowledge, NARI is the only association that identified this onerous amendment and expressed opposition.

NARI thanks its members for participating in our Call to Action and for making a difference for the industry.


American Small Businesses Needn't Go Extinct

By Barry C. Lynn

The dream of owning a successful small business is still alive in America and remains an essential part of our national self-image. But along the main streets and rural byways of the country today, in place of countless small businesses supporting millions of families in tens of thousands of communities, the banners of a few giant corporations now fly.
Where the independent pharmacist counted pills, we see a CVS employee. Where family livestock farms dotted the landscape, we see immense operations run by Smithfield and Tyson. Where the button makers of New York and Los Angeles sold their wares, we see the imported products of Li & Fung. Where our community bank stood, we see Bank of America. Where the local grocer marketed local fruit, we see Wal-Mart. Where the local general-merchandise store stacked jeans, we see, well, Wal-Mart again.
It's not only mom-and-pop operations that are vanishing. It's also smaller advertising agencies, law firms and medical offices. It's happening, too, in the pharmaceutical and software industries, which only a decade ago displayed vibrant competition among upstart ventures. One recent study, based on data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, placed the United States second to last out of 22 rich nations in the percentage of workers who run their own businesses. Only Luxembourg ranked lower.
The American small business is increasingly becoming an American myth: Self-employment in nonfarm businesses has fallen by nearly half over the past 50 years.
President Obama is proposing various initiatives to strengthen small businesses, including a $30 billion fund for community banks that agree to lend to local entrepreneurs, in an effort to spur job creation and help the still-fragile economy. But the problems besetting small business in America far predate the Great Recession, and undoing the de facto exclusion of small entrepreneurs from so many of the country's business activities will require more than fresh cash.
Ask an economist why so many small businesses have given way to giant chains, and you'll hear a lecture on the dynamics of capitalism and free markets, and how the creative destruction of small, independent businesses is a natural and benign process. Yet specific political moves and decisions in Washington over the past several decades have made it much easier for the people who control large-scale corporations to displace small proprietors.
One of the most important was a radical change in 1981 in the enforcement of U.S. antitrust laws. Until then, small entrepreneurs were protected by a legal framework created during the Second New Deal, which began in 1935. Many histories of the era focus on the FDR administration's initial decision to all but suspend antitrust laws. But after the Supreme Court declared the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional, the administration (along with numerous populist allies in Congress) reversed course and adopted a very aggressive competition policy designed to protect citizens against excessive corporate concentration.
In practice, this was achieved through more strategic enforcement of antitrust laws, including cases against the chain stores that emerged during the Progressive Era. For instance, the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations all took action against the A&P grocery chain, the Wal-Mart of midcentury America. The populists also promoted competition through such all-but-forgotten market laws as the Robinson-Patman and Miller-Tydings acts, which limited the ability of large trading companies to use pricing power to exert control over producers and thereby gain an advantage over smaller retailers. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas expressed the profoundly political goal of such legislation in a 1949 case that focused on efforts by big oil companies to control independent gas stations. "When independents are swallowed up by the trusts and entrepreneurs become employees of absentee owners," Douglas wrote, the result "is a serious loss in citizenship. Local leadership is diluted. He who was a leader in the village becomes dependent on outsiders for his action and policy."
The populists in the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations and in Congress were comfortable with concentrated economic power: They accepted outright monopoly, for instance, in the case of many utilities, as long as the public had a say in their management, and they accepted heavy industry in the hands of a few large companies, as long as they were forced to compete. But in retail and farming, the populists opted to protect the market system that allowed individual owners to deliver their products and services to their neighbors free from predation by distant powers. The result was a restoration of the republic of small proprietors established by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the early 19th century.
Although Americans began to hear the term "deregulation" when President Jimmy Carter dismantled the Civil Aeronautics Board, what Carter-era reformers envisioned was a shift of regulatory power from micromanaging agencies to more-hands-off antitrust officials. Soon after President Ronald Reagan took office, however, officials in his administration made clear that, to them, "deregulation" meant shifting that power from public to private hands.
Instead of protecting competitive markets, Reagan officials said they would use anti-monopoly laws to promote "consumer welfare," which they defined largely as lower prices. It no longer mattered how much power was consolidated, as long as the consolidation appeared to result in the delivery of less-expensive goods.
A generation after the introduction of this approach, the result is clear. The seemingly endless variety of products in our stores is controlled by an ever smaller number of immense trading companies that, increasingly, charge us higher prices. And we have witnessed the greatest consolidation of economic power since the days of J.D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.
The good news is that, thanks to the ceaseless creative energy of American entrepreneurs, we are seeing a renaissance of small farms and farmers markets across the country, and a resurgence of local business communities in cities including Austin, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. But as vibrant as these movements may be, they operate mostly at the margins. Many of our most gifted entrepreneurs remain under siege by rivals armed not with better products or better business models, but more money.

Take John Cottam, who opened the Spectacle optical shop in Salt Lake City in 1985. Cottam, who in earlier ventures designed glasses for singer Elton John and the classic 1982 film "Blade Runner," told me that every day he must contend with the Italian eyewear goliath Luxottica. Over the past decade the people who run this company have rolled up control of thousands of retail outlets across America, under such brands as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sunglass Hut -- many of which compete directly with Cottam.
To compound the challenge, Luxottica has also acquired many of the brands -- such as Oliver Peoples and Oakley -- that Cottam's customers expect to find at the Spectacle. "All of us little guys are nervous," Cottam said. "There's always that fear that they will control everything."
Then there's Sam Calagione, who built Dogfish Head Craft Brewery into a regional success in Delaware and Maryland. However, the shelf space across the country for his ales is limited not by the tastes of America's beer drinkers but by the people in charge of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, two foreign-owned trading companies that directly control some 80 percent of all beer sold in America.
Or consider what any American entrepreneur faces if he or she decides to go head to head in any line of business against WalMart. 

The woes are even present in franchising; although many franchise operations remain true to their cooperative spirit, a growing number function like pyramid schemes, with money flowing from the many small franchisees to a tiny group of managers who control the brand.
For more than two centuries, small businesses have been a prime source of wealth and well-being in America, creating jobs, bringing better ideas to market, building middle-class communities and, in the case of many immigrants, instilling the practices and values of American society. Today, we can recover the right to make a living by serving our own neighbors and our own communities through our own open markets. We may have to adapt some of our laws to account for new conditions, but the basic models we need await us in our own recent past.


EPA Refutes Critics, Keeps Lead Rule on Track

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to implement its sweeping new lead-safe rule on schedule and is strongly refuting the allegations of critics that are seeking to block it.
In an interview with PaintSquare News, Maria Doa, EPA's director of National Program Chemicals Division, termed "misleading" and "inaccurate" the statistics put forward by a dozen trade associations and companies that oppose the rule.
Contrary to the critics' allegation that fewer than 14,000 of 200,000 contractors had earned the required certification, Doa said that more than 50,000 had been certified and that she expected an additional 100,000 to be certified before the rule took effect April 22.
Doa also released a letter of full support for the legislation by the Laborers' International Union of America (LiUNA), which said it could "easily" certify 50,000 contractors in the weeks ahead. (The EPA would train the other 50,000 in Doa's estimate, she said.)
The EPA's "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule" was approved April 22, 2008, and is scheduled to take effect April 22, 2010. The rule mandates training and certification in lead-safe work practices for construction contractors, property managers and others who work in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.
A dozen trade associations and companies moved March 8 to delay implementation of the rule, saying the industry was still not nearly prepared for it-even after two years' notice.
"Currently, EPA has only 135 accredited trainers and 13,669 certified renovators nationwide, although its own compliance-needs estimates indicate that it needs at least 200,000 or more certified renovators," said the letter submitted to Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK).
Signatories to the letter included Lowe's Companies Inc., The Home Depot, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.
The group contends that contractors cannot get certified for both the LRRP Rule and President Obama's planned HOME STAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program  (also known as "Cash for Caulkers") at the same time.
The critics also said that seven states had offered no EPA training whatsoever.
"These numbers are not really accurate," Doa said. More than 3,000 training classes have been held nationwide-most of them since November-by either state-based or traveling certifying vendors in every single state, she said.
Furthermore, she added, EPA has had to cancel more than 350 scheduled training classes over the last year, due to lack of attendance.
"The training capacity will be there, and it will be robust," Doa said. She also noted that some contractors would not be immediately affected by the rule and that there would be additional time for training after implementation.
"Not everyone is going to do a job in a pre-1978 house on April 22," she said.
Doa said she expected an additional 50,000 contractors to be trained in the first year of the program. Enforcement in the first year will focus on "compliance assistance," although EPA will pursue tips and complaints lodged by homeowners and building owners who believe their contractors are non-compliant, she said.
The EPA will also be conducting public-awareness campaigns to help enforce the rule.
The letter to EPA from LiUNA, dated March 17, noted that the critics were seeking a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget to delay the rule and disputed their allegations.
"We doubt that the LRRP will have the impacted claimed by the building industry groups," said the letter, signed by LiUNA General President Terence M. O'Sullivan. "Indeed, we believe that it is vitally important for building renovations to be carried out by renovators who have received training on potential health risks associated with improperly performed renovations."
LiUNA said it could "easily train 50,000 workers" to meet demand.
"LiUNA strongly supports EPA's efforts to implement the lead training rule, and we are looking forward to partnering with EPA to ensure that home renovations are performed safely, and do not create unnecessary health risks to residents, families and children."
The four senators addressed in the critics' appeal did not respond to requests for comment.



March 24, 2010




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