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News from the Construction Suppliers Association

January 25, 2017

What Is Your Purpose?

Katie bodifordBy Katie Bodiford
CSA Director of Membership & Meetings

While representing CSA at the HDW Spring Market last week in Hot Springs, Ark., I was asked one question more than any other. As folks that were unfamiliar with our organization stopped by our booth they would ask, "So what is it that you do exactly?"

If there is anything that helps you define your purpose, it is being asked that question hundreds of times within the span of a few days. What does CSA do? And how could it be beneficial to their company? Truthfully, on a trade show floor filled with people selling everything from faucets and ladders to cowboy hats and penguin umbrellas, it's a bit hard to "display" the value of an association membership. But as I soon learned, sharing a bit about what we've got going on this year seemed to convey just how CSA works to meet the needs of independent LBM dealers.

So, what do we have going on this year? Quite a bit and the list is still growing.  READ MORE


New Employment Verification Form Now Required

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a revised Form I-9 to verify employment eligibility. The new form is available in a new “smart” form version or standard PDF form.

The basic requirements for the form have not changed. All employers must complete and retain the form when making new hires in the U.S., as long as the person works for pay or other type of payment. An independent contractor is not considered an employee for Form I-9 purposes and does not need to complete Form I-9.

The “smart form” can be completed using Adobe Acrobat Reader on a computer. You will still need to print the completed pages, secure handwritten signatures, store in a safe place, and monitor re-verifications and updates. New information must be retyped into the E-Verify system. The form found on the USCIS website is not considered an electronic form and cannot be electonically signed.         READ MORE


2017 Georgia Legislative Session Update

Katie RobertsBy Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs

Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

2017 General Assembly Underway
The 2017 General Assembly convened Monday, January 9.  This first day of session was largely ceremonial, with the certification of election results and legislators swearing their oath of office.  Members then installed legislative leadership.  In the House, members reelected David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) as Speaker and Jan Jones (R-Milton) as Speaker Pro Tem.  In the Senate, David Shafer (R-Duluth) was easily reelected as President Pro Tem.

The remaining days in session were uneventful, save for Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address on Wednesday.  The Governor touted the state’s job growth, healthy rainy day fund, and increase in state revenues, which will be used to finance pay increases for law enforcement and other state employees.

The following week, the legislature did not meet officially, but was in Atlanta for joint budget meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Many Republicans travelled to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. READ MORE


Triple Protection Plan -- A Retention Strategy for Key Employees

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Over the years, you've built a profitable business. You've invested your money, your time and your passion. Now ask yourself, "What is my most valuable business asset?" Although physical assets -- the buildings, equipment and inventory -- support financial goals, the success of many businesses can be traced to the good judgment, skills and expertise of your key employees.

  • What is a competitor makes you key employee an offer he or she can't refuse?
  • What is the impact on the business if you or your key employee dies?
  • What happens to your key employee's family when the paycheck stops?  READ MORE

5 Ways Business Owners Can Help Repair Business Credit

By Nic Cober, Esq.
Cober Johnson & Romney

To establish or repair business credit can be important for business owners for many reasons. Being personally liable for lines of credit is a first step with many small businesses. But as that business grows, one of the advantages is that a business can stand on its own creditworthiness for loan applications. That financial finish line is one that many owners envy and strive for, but can be hard to reach if you need to repair business credit.

Many people don't understand the similarities and differences between personal credit and business credit. While there are a few similarities, there are some big differences that are important to note, especially when you are interested in or need to repair business blemishes on your credit report.

If you're wondering how to repair business credit, consider using the following tips.  READ MORE


12 Tips for Handling Difficult Conversations

By Bruna Martinuzzi
President, Clarion Enterprises, Ltd.

Handling the difficult conversation requires skill and empathy, but ultimately, it requires the courage to go ahead and do it. The more you get into the habit of facing these issues squarely, the more adept you will become at it. If you're unsure of how to best approach a crucial conversation, here are some tips to guide you:  READ MORE




 

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