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OPEN HOUSE 2021: 2021. And beyond.

By: Stuart Jeffcoat—CEO, Burgard By now, we’ve all heard quite a bit about COVID-19 and have seen in real-time the economic consequences. Sadly, many small businesses have been shuttered, and, regardless of what Wall Street looks like, Main Street has suffered the most. Despite the immediate pain for some businesses caused by intermittent supply chain…

OPEN HOUSE 2021: Should I join a trade association?

By: Todd Burgard—President, Burgard Name any industry, and you will find countless trade-specific associations available to folks within those professions. For us builders, contractors, and suppliers, it’s no different. You may have even considered joining one. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss the pros and cons of industry associations and, hopefully, help you decide whether…

Introducing Homestead Videos

Over the years, our clients have asked us all kinds of questions. From simple product information and installation tips to complex problem-solving recommendations regarding design/plan/build. When addressing these concerns, our focus is always to add value to our customers and offer this advice to folks who may be trying to solve the same problems. In…

Pricing Updates Coming for 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, we anticipate price increases from most manufacturers. We don’t have specific information to share right now, but we will send emails with details in the near future.  If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to our email list by calling us or signing up on our website. That’s the fastest…

Get Things Done: A 5-step Process

Productivity expert David Allen wrote a book called “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” Within it, Allen shares practical insight and tips that small-business owners and managers, including those in the building industry, can use to get things done more efficiently and cost-effectively. In our next several newsletters, we’ll break down Allen’s five-step…

Four Ways to Power Up Your Referral Game

Referrals from satisfied customers serve as a critical source of new business for contractors. Here are some tips for getting the most benefit from the referrals you’ve earned. Have a strategy. If you would like to do more of a specific type of project, work more in a particular geographic area, or have more customers…

Business Tips for Uncertain Times

If there’s one thing we can count on lately, it’s the unexpected. As contractors, you know this more than anyone! With the COVID-19 pandemic still looming, a presidential election fast approaching, and other issues at hand, here are some tips for helping your business survive and thrive during these times of increased uncertainty. Don’t take success…