5 Ways Equipment Financing is Empowering Small Construction Businesses

Hitachi 2 boom Excavator
Excavators with two arms, and an increasing array of attachments, are lowering project costs on construction sites. Favorable equipment financing is putting more technology within easy reach. (Courtesy Hitachi Construction Equipment)

Small construction businesses can often get 100% equipment financing, eliminating the down payment, and freeing up cash, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA).

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Is it Time to Build Tornado Resistant Homes?

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As of May 14, 2015, 7 of 8 fatalities caused by tornadoes occurred while the victims were inside homes. Two died in a building classed as a house and 5 died in buildings classed as manufactured homes.(Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

New information reveals that 90% of U.S. counties experience tornado watches, and that’s causing some to say that it’s time to build tornado resistant homes.

In January, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes released updated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Storm Prediction Center data showing that nearly 90% of U.S. counties experience tornado watches. According to FLASH this information underscores the point that building tornado resistant homes is not just beneficial to people in places where tornadoes are notorious.

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Products To Keep Cool At The Job Site

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Scorching summers are becoming commonplace so if you want to keep cool on the job it’s going to be more challenging. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

It’s that time of the year again – time to review the latest in ways to keep cool on the job site. Of course if you have a job trailer with air conditioning then just stay in there!

But for the rest of you there are a number of helpful options out there in the marketplace that say they will help you keep your cool. None of them will work for those of you who are hot headed. You need some anger management classes first.

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Cool Tools For Keeping Cool

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Keeping cool inside is one thing, but outside and on the move, you need different types of solutions. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo

Updated 5/6/2015 – Keeping cool working in the hot sun is best left to a very brisk, cool, dry breeze. That’s not going to happen. But, there are some products that can help out.

As you might expect there are many options for keeping a cool head. Erogodyne cooling products has some interesting ones with no moving parts. The company claims its bandanas and headbands, triangle hats and hard hat inserts use evaporative cooling to tame the heat for 24 to 48 hours. There are also cooling vests, wrist sweatbands, hydration packs and an item called a High Performance Cap that will also fit under a hard hat.

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AEC Cares for the Covenant House of Georgia

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AEC Cares tackles a project in Atlanta that aids homeless children. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

This year, AEC Cares will revitalize the Covenant House of Georgia. The build, titled projectAtlanta, will unite construction professionals from around the country to renovate the inner-city Atlanta shelter on May 13, 2015, one day prior to the AIA National Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Contractor Cash Flow Gets Boost With Mobile Solutions

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New mobile solutions are helping contractors manage their cash flows and keep from drowning in a sea of paper receipts. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

By Claudia Amand

Contractor cash flow is different than that in many other types of businesses. Contractors are constantly on the go, and they hardly ever complete work from an office desk. Whether they’re buying supplies or sending out an invoice for a completed project, transactions happen quickly.

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Construction Book Review of ‘Starting Your Career as a Contractor’

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Construction books are few and far apart these days, and the one reviewed here fits well for those considering careers as contractors. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

A construction book review for aspiring contractors and those already in business who need a handy reference for managing a contractor business.

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Tame Fast Track Construction Projects Before You Own Them

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Taming fast track construction projects begins by not taking on the ones you shouldn’t. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Fast track construction projects always seem to drop out of the sky. One minute your portfolio, or your current project, is flying along nicely, and then suddenly somebody’s got a project they want to get off the ground like yesterday.

When the client is a regular, you feel a lot more anxiety about it then when it’s somebody you’ve never worked with before. But in both cases you’ve got to make some far reaching decisions pretty fast. Here are some ideas for keeping things in perspective and it starts with understanding the fast track beast.

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