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August 12, 2010

Ohio Valley NARI's Annual Golf Outing 

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. Be sure to take advantage of this annual opportunity to unwind with some old friends and colleagues. 

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Mark Your Calendars for September 28, 2010

CASINO NIGHT with Ferguson 

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Ferguson will host a Casino Night for Ohio Valley NARI members. This is a great opportunity for you to network with your Cincinnati area colleagues, and a perfect event to bring prospective NARI members to. In addition to live casino games (blackjack, roulette, and craps) with dealers and giveaways, there will be vendor displays. If you've never been to Ferguson, they sell plumbing, lighting, appliances and cabinets - all of which you can check out while there. The goal of the event is mainly to promote NARI membership, so we hope you will bring a friend or colleague. 
WHAT: Ferguson Casino Night
WHERE: Ferguson - 11860 Mosteller Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 6 to 10 p.m.
COST: Compliments of Ferguson Enterprises
RSVP: By September 20 - Call Ohio Valley NARI at (800) 498-6274 or


Save the Date

October 8-10, 2010


Ohio Valley NARI is working in partnership with the 15th annual Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show as a co-sponsor of the event and will provide educational programs for designated times in the Exhibit Arena. We will be conducting Educational Seminars that will allow us to not only showcase niche areas of our industry but also talk some about our individual businesses and expertise. Ohio Valley NARI members who are exhibiting are offered the "first right of refusal" for these promotional "spots" so we encourage you to reserve your space today. For topic information, questions concerning a program or volunteering to help staff the NARI Lounge, please call (800)489-NARI or email at info@naricincinnati.org. What an ideal way to talk of your profession and draw people to your booth!
For booth information contact Stephanie Jones or Vicki Hart at (877) 704-8190 or (513) 797-7900.


Save the Date November 13, 2010
Green Homes Summit

AIA Cincinnati's Congress of Residential Architecture USGBC, Cincinnati's Residential Green Building Committee, AIA Cincinnati's Committee on the Environment, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati collaborate to present the 2010 Green Homes Summit in November.

Learn about new and innovative green design strategies, products and services for residential buildings. Network with industry leaders in design and construction of green homes.
Sponsors and vendors for this event are needed. Contact event coordinator Amy Ostigny for more information at Email aostigny@bizcinci.rr.com or phone (513)403-0301 or visit AIA-Cincinnati's at


Website Competition Drives Traffic

By Morgan Zenner

Mark Harari, writer for the Baltimore Building & Construction section of the Examiner.com, wanted to drive more traffic to his page. In order to do that, he created a Web site competition centered around local contractors, which required people to visit his page to vote for their favorite contractor site.
As soon as Joe Lucado, president of Rule4 Building Group, found out about the 2010 Baltimore's Best Contractor Web site competition, he was in. "We saw a tweet announcing that they were accepting nominations so we sent him an e-mail with a formal request to submit our Web site's nomination," Lucado says.
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It's Time to Start Thinking About Your 2011 CotY Entry

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) members across the nation are invited to compete for the prestigious 2011 Regional and National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards in recognition of their achievements for remodeling projects finished between July 1, 2009 and November 30, 2010. Each year, NARI has both first-time entrants and seasoned participants that go home with Regional and National Awards.
The CotY awards are given annually by NARI to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. NARI members are invited each year to compete for the prestigious CotY Award. CotY Award Winners report that winning this award is a major factor in enhancing their image within the industry and with prospective clients, and is a huge morale-booster for their employees.
Again this year, Ohio Valley NARI will conduct a local CotY contest.
Why Enter the CotY Awards?
Winning a local, regional or national CotY Award gives you a great reason to reach out to your local media and remind them of your superiority in the marketplace.
Raise Awareness Among Your Current and Prospective Clients
Remind your current and past clients how good you are at your profession by notifying them of your award. Include award information in your sales calls to increase credibility with prospective clients, and feature photos of your winning project at local home shows.
Raise Awareness Among Industry Leaders
Get your company and your project in front of hundreds of industry leaders through NARI publicity.
Boost Morale In Your Company
Winning a CotY Award gives everyone in your company a sense of pride in what they helped accomplish.
To enter regional or national entries go to www.nari.org/awardsfor a CotY Entry Request Form. Complete and return to the NARI National office by 12 Noon CT, Tuesday November 30, 2010.
Forms and information for the local NARI CotY awards will be available by July 31, 2010.


Groups Plan Suit to Restore Lead Rule 'Opt-Out'

A coalition of housing industry groups plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore an "opt-out" provision to EPA's controversial new lead-safe practices rule.
The National Association of Home Builders; the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association; the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association; and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association say they will petition for a review of the provision in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

At issue is the EPA's decision to remove the ability of homeowners to waive federal lead-safe practice requirements for contractors who work in their homes. EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, implemented April 22, requires lead-safe certification of any contractor and firm whose work disturbs more than six square feet of paint in a home, school or day-care center.
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Your Reputation Can Help Sell Homes

By Morgan Zenner

If you feel like you've exhausted every marketing avenue, you may want to consider a little business-to-business promotion within the real estate community. Real estate agents are the linking chain between remodelers and homeowners with a vested interest in homes. Whether buying or selling, there's a good chance those homeowners will have a need for a remodeler.
According to the 2009 Remodeling Market in Transition report published by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies research, "Households that relocate spend an average of 20 to 25 percent more on improvements than otherwise similar households that do not move." This suggests that homeowners are more apt to put money into newly purchased homes.
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Stimulus Contractors Face New Reporting Rules


First-tier subcontractors working on contracts of $25,000 or more funded by the Recovery Act have significant new reporting requirements, as do the prime contractors for whom they work, under an interim rule issued by several federal agencies.
The interim rule, issued July 2, amends Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Case 2009-009, published in March 2009, to revise the clause at FAR 52.204-11. The rule does not require renegotiation of existing Recovery Act contracts that include the clause dated March 2009; it would apply to all new solicitations and contracts issued on or after July 2.


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NARI National's Fall Meeting

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will be conducting their 2010 Fall Business Meeting October 6-9, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Charlotte Marriott City Centre. The details and agenda for the meeting have yet to be determined, but to keep up to date with the program visit www.nari.org. Should anyone have an interest in attending or have item(s) which they would like an Ohio Valley NARI delegate to address, please call 800-489-NARI or email info@naricincinnati.org.



July 21, 2010




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