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September 28, 2010

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


Greater Cincinnati Kitchen & Bath Show

October 8 thru 10, 2010

The Ohio Valley Chapter of NARI is Co-Sponsoring the 15th annual Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show is moving to the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati. The additional exhibit space allows for larger displays, a greater number of vendors, and growth for the future.
The Show is focused on exactly what the title suggests...companies that specialize in kitchen and bath cabinetry, flooring, hardware, plumbing, complete renovation, new build, and equally important, general remodeling contractors.
Ohio Valley NARI will be providing educational programs and association information throughout the duration of the program. We will be located in the Northeast corner of the Exhibit Arena and our Program will be scheduled soon. Please visit www.hartproductions.com for registration information.


Save the Date October 14, 2010
Ohio Valley NARI Feature Vendor Night

October 14, 2010 will be the date for Ohio Valley NARI's Feature Vendor Night! Meet vendors of building supplies and services. Enjoy a Deli Buffet Dinner, Free Beer and Sodas, Cookies and Door Prizes. The cost is just $25.00 for NARI members and you can bring your whole crew! That's right, one cost of $25.00 and your entire crew can attend! The event will begin at 6:30pm. and should "wrap-up" around 9:00pm. The event is at the Marriott North at Union Centre, located halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton in West Chester, just off I-75.

RSVP today by calling 1-800-498-6274. Please visit
www.naricincinnati.org for registration and Exhibitor registration.


NARI Certifications


The time is growing near to determine which NARI Certification class to offer to our Chapter members. Stay current, hone your skills, and accelerate your career with remodeling training from NARI. This is your gateway to unparalleled year-round learning experiences that keep you current, help sharpen your skills, and provide opportunities for achieving professional success in the remodeling industry.
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here for more information concerning NARI Certification programs.


If you are interested, please contact the Chapter office at 800-498-6274 or email request to info@naricincinatti.org. ALL requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday August 20, 2010.


Recovery in Spending on Remodeling Forecast to Start This Fall

By Craig Webb

Spending on major home improvement projects will decline through the middle of this year from 2009 levels before recovering in the fourth quarter, the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies forecast today.

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Real Estate Events Can Increase Exposure

By Morgan Zenner

John Foley and his wife Linda Case are trying to sell their Minneapolis-area home. After 30 days on the market, Foley realized he had to find a way to make his house stand out from the crowd of similar homes listed in a struggling market.
Utilizing his background in marketing, Foley organized an open house event at the home that was a little different from your traditional walk-through. The event was to showcase his property, and at the same time, provide an array of experts in a related field to promote their services to buyers.

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EPA OKs 2 Lead Test Kits; RRP Training Tops 400K

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved two lead testing kits and trained 421,000 people as enforcement looms for the new federal lead-safe work rules.
The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) has posted preliminary results of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) assessment of lead test kits on its website at 

The ETV testing was conducted pursuant to the 2008 "Renovation, Repair, and Painting" (RRP) regulation, to determine if any manufacturer-submitted lead test kits meet both a false negative and a false positive response criterion, as required in the rule. OPPT said it was reporting preliminary results, because of "the status and implications of the ETV...to  renovators, lead test kit manufacturers, and training providers."
"Based on the preliminary ETV results, no new kits meet both the false negative and false positive criteria," the agency said in a statement. "Therefore, pursuant to the RRP regulation, EPA will continue to recognize the LeadCheck test kit and the State of Massachusetts lead test kit."
One more test kit may be recognized before Sept. 1, EPA said. For more information on the kits or testing, contact Sam Brown at 202-566-0490 (brown.sam@epa.gov)  or Erik Winchester at 202-564-645 (winchester.erik@epa.gov).

Full enforcement of the RRP rules is coming soon. The deadline for certification of firms, originally set for April 22, has been extended to Oct. 1 and appears unlikely to be extended further. Individual renovators have until Sept. 30 to enroll in an EPA-accredited certification class. Certification must be completed by Dec. 31.

As of July 22, EPA had accredited 286 training providers who have conducted more than 18,300 courses, training an estimated 421,000 people, the agency says. The increasing demand for training before the deadline has slowed traffic on EPA's site, where contractors can search for an EPA-accredited training provider. EPA says it is working to improve the system.


Use Virtual Tours as a Sales Tool

By Morgan Zenner

Remodelers know that image draws in new clients. In the end, honesty, quality and dependability are just some of the traits by which a homeowners will eventually evaluate the company they choose, but initially, what catches their eye will be project pictures.
You may only have a moment to capture a new client with a photograph of your work on your Web site or in a magazine. Here lies the importance of having a good quality photo representing your company. If they like what they see, they will call you to get it.
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SBA Chief Discusses Plans to Revive Small Businesses

For glass-half-full types, President Barack Obama's proclamation this spring that his administration "is committed to helping small businesses drive our economy toward recovery and long-term growth" was another indication that small business has a true ally in the White House.
For others, however, those words provided another stinging reminder of how policymakers in Washington have failed to back their statements with action. Despite repeated assurances from the administration, accompanied by a flurry of new pro-entrepreneur initiatives, small-business supporters such as Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association in Washington, D.C., are concerned that policymakers remain largely beholden to big business, just as they were when George W. Bush ran the White House.
Just consider Uncle Sam's recent spending habits: $358 billion spent by the feds on small-business initiatives, compared with $2.8 trillion for non-small-business initiatives such as the Wall Street bailout. Even with a vocal supporter in the White House, McCracken contends, Washington's small-business track record of late is full of "bills that just didn't go far enough, proposals that took a wrong turn altogether and initiatives that left us scratching our heads wondering 'What were they thinking?"


Labor Gap

From: Remodeling Magazine


Temporary labor agencies that specialize in construction can help remodelers meet staffing needs during the recession.

Frank Troppe, president of CLP Resources, a skilled trades staffing firm, says that in the past 12 weeks the agency has seen a reversal of the 2009 decline in the residential sector. "As the pipeline fills up for some of our residential customers, remodelers are thinking, 'I'm getting more work, but can I keep an additional worker busy?'" he says, noting that the remodelers are turning to CLP for labor solutions to bridge this gap. CLP Resources is based in Reno, Nev., but has 55 offices in 22 states. CLP San Francisco account manager Dustin Liebman says that his contractor clients are bidding more than they have before. "They realize that if they want to stay in the game, they need to be as creative and as flexible as possible," he says.
Fueling the resurgence for CLP, on the residential side, is the fact that remodelers have cut margins but still need to manage the volume of bids and maintain the quality of their workers. Todd Wiseman, director of national accounts for Able Body Labor, a nationwide agency with 176 offices in 27 states, says that although many remodelers have their own network of skilled labor, a company can run more efficiently if it uses the agency's skilled workers who come with their own tools, transportation, and insurance. "It frees them up to work on other jobs. This benefits them financially," he says. Another advantage: Able Body Labor's risk department handles any injuries or workers' comp claims. "Our No. 1 goal is to make sure our worker does not get hurt or hurt someone else," Wiseman says.

CLP's stringent hiring process includes an in-person interview, skills and safety tests, behavioral tests, and a legal work status check. "We're like a human resources department for the contractor," Troppe says. CLP's automated system matches workers with the skills required, duration of job, and location. The company can adjust if the job ends early or takes longer. Liebman gets to know his customers, to provide solutions based on their needs. "The smartest and most progressive companies really understand that risk - that having employees does not make you stronger. A bigger company is not [necessarily] better," he says.



August 11, 2010




Construction Workers


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