Construction Business Owner, June 2007
Seventy-five percent of all accidents are preceded by one or more near misses, according to the National Safety Council. In other words, close calls should be wake-up calls for employees and employers to realize that something is wrong and needs to be corrected. Employees may not realize they...
"I am a craftsman. Very few people can build what I build. Why do I need to know anything about marketing and sales?"This is a question that has been asked by far too many new contractors who statistically have a very small chance of being in business five years after they started their...
Editor's Note:  This is the sixth in our 2007 series of The Business Owner Toolbox written by our regular columnist, George Hedley.  Each article is written to provide you with practical, immediately applicable business management tools to assist you on your path to building a successful...
Editor's Note: Following is a continuation of last month's article in which a case study was presented of potential contract and procurement fraud. This month we learn how to effectively manage fraud and develop a solution for West Coast Construction (West Coast), a mythical construction company....
Rules surround us each day and drive more and more of what we do. Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, ever-changing tax codes, employment laws and local statutes--the list goes on and on, and that's before considering your own internal policies and procedures.And yet, you and everyone on your watch are somehow...
Editor's Note: This article is the eleventh in a series of twelve to lead you toward entrepreneurial excellence by our regular contributor George Hedley, owner of Hedley Construction and Hardhat Presentations. To read part ten, click here. To read part twelve, click here.Ask fifty construction...
Editor's Note: This is the first article in an eight part series called "Better Next Year," by Fred Ode, CEO, chairman and founder of Foundation Software.We learn over and over again that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing—case in point: Spreadsheets. For many small contractors,...
With an increasing number of baby boomers retiring over the next five to seven years and a "birth dearth" of sixteen to twenty-four year olds, the coming workforce crisis will present challenging times and will demand that organizations actively take steps to ensure they have the right talent in...
An Important Part of the Construction Process
As most contractors already know, construction and demolition (C&D) materials are those items left over at a construction, renovation or demolition site.The most common materials are concrete, wood, drywall, asphalt shingles, asphalt pavement, metal and cardboard. These materials typically make...
Is a contract "default" the same thing as a "breach" in relation to construction contracts? What is the difference between a "material" breach and a "non-material" breach of a construction contract?Legal dictionaries and common law decisions define a “breach of contract” as a violation of one...