News from the Construction Suppliers Association

September 12, 2018

We're Trying Something New with Health Insurance

By Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Jim Moody

When I ask dealers about their biggest challenge, health insurance isn’t always at the top of the list. But it’s at least in the top three. (Finding employees is often No. 1 these days.)

Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet answer on health insurance. It’s complicated. It’s expensive. It can be a monster to administer. If there were an easy answer, somebody would have figured it out by now.

We dabbled in health insurance a few years ago when we joined a self-insured venture. The promise was that it had some Obamacare exemptions and was underwritten (and thus priced) differently than Obamacare policies, yet it satisfied Obamacare legal requirements. Several other organizations were also a part of the program, and we thought there were enough lives covered to spread the risk and make it work. We were mistaken. After a couple of years, the program folded.


Get the CSA Conference App Today!

New App Provides Convenience  for CSA Conference Attendees

Don't miss a minute or an activity during the 2018 CSA Annual Conference & Trade Show -- get the newly released app as your guide to the event. The app has all the information you'll need to navigate the meeting, and is hosted by Attendify.

To download the app from your app store, follow these instructions:

  1. Search for and download the ATTENDIFY app.attendify app logo
  2. Open the app and search for our event: CSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo. Our icon is: 
  3. Create your account by entering in your email and desired password.
  4. Edit your profile (please include a picture) – No Bio is necessary...
  5. Explore the app!

If you have questions, contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected] or 678-674-1860.


Employment Eligibility Webinar is Coming Next Month

Yeva ClarkBy Yeva Clark
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

It's time for Part 2 of the employment eligibility webinars! Coming in October, the next webinar will provide an overview of the E-Verify system.

This webinar is essential for all company representatives who are involved in hiring and employment verification. After attending this webinar, you will have a solid knowledge of:

  • E-Verify & why it's used
  • Typical E-Verify case results and what they mean.

I'll be presenting the webinar, but Katie Bodiford is organizing it. Don't be surprised if you see Katie's name on the registration materials.

  • What? E-Verify Webinar
  • When? Thursday, Oct. 11
  • Time? 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern; Noon to 1 p.m. Central.
  • Cost? Free for CSA members; $79 for non-members; you must register to participate

Once you register, you'll receive webinar access information. If you have questions, contact Katie Bodiford at 678-674-1860 or [email protected]


Why Small Businesses Should Scrap Strategic Planning ... and Do This Instead

By Kaihan Krippendorff
Fast Company

Best practices for large companies dictate they should plan carefully. They should adopt an annual planning rhythm, survey their environments, build scenarios, set strategies, and monitor their results. But for small companies, the winning recipe may be precisely the opposite. Small companies should not do strategic planning.

This doesn’t mean small-growth companies should fly blind. It means they should adopt an adaptive opportunistic approach to strategy. They should plan in the hallway, not the boardroom. 

Here is an example of what I mean ... READ MORE

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