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Crafting an Award-Worthy Career

The Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) award is an honor presented by the Associated Building Contractors (ABC) at their annual Workforce Development Conference. The award is given to an individual who exhibits outstanding skills and leadership, demonstrates a passion for the trade, takes pride in hands-on work, and is committed to being the ultimate…

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3 Ways to Put Your Past to Work for Your Future

Joe Kennedy worked for many years as a salesman at various big-box stores and specialty retailers, eventually becoming an independent contractor in 2013. Now, as the owner of Kennedy Windows and Doors in Sea Girt, New Jersey, he’s using his expertise to grow a successful business of his own. Here, Joe shares his top three…

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Pro Story: A Home-Saving Kitchen Renovation

John and Nicole Parise loved their home’s location and close-knit community of friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, they couldn’t say the same for their kitchen. The closed floor plan of the space limited the other areas of their home and made keeping an eye on two children a daily struggle. As much as the Parises loved…

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6 Months to Success

Starting a new business in an unfamiliar industry is a challenging task. But it wasn’t challenging enough to stop Joe Goldman, president of Mr. Electric of the North Shore in Evanston, Ill. Here’s how Joe left his long-time job and began a booming electrical contracting business in less than six months. A Big Change, a…

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4 Ways to Boost Profits Through Better Customer Service

Ken Dyrne, owner of County Wide Mechanical Services, has learned a lot since starting his business in 2006. And one of his biggest takeaways is the power of customer service. Here’s his advice for using customer relations to create a profitable and long-lasting business. 1. Invest in Your Employees Ken knows that his business’ success…

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4 Tips for a Successful Side Business

After 21 years in the military, including three combat tours, Mark Williams retired and decided it was time for something new. He took a job as a facilities technician and mechanic at Ft. Hood, a military base near Austin, Texas, and began to pick up side jobs helping families around the area. Within several months,…

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