News from the Construction Suppliers Association

July 10, 2019

Why Creating a Good Corporate Culture Really Matters

Dawn Stastny PhotoBy Dawn Stastny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Managing Partner
Stellaris Group

Ever wonder why some companies have such a difficult time keeping employees? It boils down to one word – culture.

A company’s culture depends directly on the owner and senior management and will trickle down from there. Culture is the very heart of the company and is an integral part of everything that goes on 9 to 5 and then some.

When a company has a culture that nurtures its employees by providing incentives, praise, proper training and recognition for a job well done, everyone benefits. When the right people are hired to fill a position in a company, it has to go beyond filling a position – they also have to want to be a part of a certain culture – your culture.


Mobile Device Distraction Is Not Just a Road Problem

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Whether on an active construction site, on a fast-paced manufacturing floor, or in any situation where several activities are taking place simultaneously, attention from everyone is key to helping keep a work environment safe.

Distractions on the job can have catastrophic consequences. And while distractions are all around, there is one type that can be easily eliminated: mobile devices.

The Myth of Multitasking
Safety-minded businesses generally take the necessary step of prohibiting mobile device use while operating machinery or while in areas where potentially hazardous activities are taking place. But without providing context, you run the risk of an employee ignoring the rule and causing an otherwise preventable disaster.


Online Registration Now Open for 2019 CSA Annual Conference & Expo

CSA Annual Conference & Expo LogoOnline registration is now open for the 2019 CSA Annual Conference and Expo at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans. Registration packets should be in your hands already.

We had one of the best meetings ever last year, and we expect this year's meeting to be even better. Don't wait to register for the meeting and reserve your hotel accommodations!

If you haven't received your registration materials, call the CSA office at 678-674-1860.

This year's meeting will deliver excellent education, as well as plenty of networking and social time for family members. You'll also be able to connect with your existing suppliers or make connections for new services during the expo hours.

Whether you're a longtime or first-time attendee, we invite you to join us in New Orleans!


Do Your Employees Need Estimating and Blueprint Take-Off Skills?

hard hat graphicDo your employees need training to help them become better at estimating and blueprint take-off? CSA will provide both basic and advanced classes in the days just before the CSA Annual Conference.

Attendees will walk away with the ability to do a basic take-off on a residential plan and will have a resource manual and a working set of plans to refer to when back on the job. For the advanced class, students will hone their skills working on more complex roof systems and learn more shortcuts to achieve a more efficient method of doing take-offs with varying levels of difficulty.

Basic Estimating will be offered on Sept. 10-11 and the cost is $450. Advanced Estimating will be help Sept. 12 and the cost is $250. Both classes will be held in the Doubletree Hotel New Orleans. They will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. The course fee includes all materials, lunch and refreshments.


What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About Their Business Credit


Running a successful business comes with endless moving parts. For starters, you need a great business model, compelling marketing, top talent and a steady cash flow. You also need access to loans and other forms of credit that'll help you ride out the tough times and grow in the good times.

Here are a few key factors every business owner should know when it comes to business credit.


It's Summer and You're Outside -- How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day?

By Mayo Clinic Staff

How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answer.

Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years. But your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. If you're working outside in the heat, you'll need more than normal.

No single formula fits everyone. But knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.


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Online Registration is Now Open!
Hotel Deadline is August 20!

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