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  • Guest Column: Perform annual business checkups

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Vinnie Virga Once a year there is a process you can use to help ensure you are managing your expenses well, taking a fresh look at how you operate and maintaining a staff and showroom floor that reflects your changing business trends. Step one: Take two days off in a row and don’t do anything related to your business. On the

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    Social media: How to create a consistent Instagram feed

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ayme Sinclair, Stanton Carpet With over 50 million photos being uploaded daily, Instagram is the most powerful platform you can use to engage directly with your audience. When someone comes to your profile he or she will not only see the bio we talked about how to create in my last column, but a collection of the last photos you’ve posted.

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    Marketing Mastery: Managing your online review strategy

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Jim Augustus Armstrong I was planning a recent business trip and, like I always do, checked the reviews of the hotels where I was considering staying. It was second nature, as much a part of making my decision as checking a hotel’s availability, pricing, amenities, etc. I do this for virtually any new service or product I’m considering to buy. I

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Young business owners share ideas at Surfaces

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Lisbeth Calandrino When I agreed to moderate a retailer forum, ‘Work, Life Balance,’ my thought was the attendees would be older business owners asking lots of questions. Much to my surprise, the audience of about 50, mostly men, was filled with a majority of owners ages 30-45. It was a lively group that was ready to chat at 8 a.m. Not

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    Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray The bigger the pattern, the better. That pretty much sums up the overarching trend seen in tile introductions unveiled at Surfaces 2017. Daltile, via its Panoramic collection, introduced a porcelain slab measuring 10½ ft x 51⁄3 feet. The products are available in eight colors in- thicknesses of 6mm and 12mm. According to Kim Albrecht, brand manager, the large slabs

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    Dear David: Sales associates vs. measure guy

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By David Romano Dear David: I lost one of my sales associates and if I continue to have the salespeople measure their own jobs I am afraid the floor will be short until I find someone and get them trained. I have a retired installer I can get to go out and do the measures for my whole team. If I use

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    Al’s Column: Guarding against identity theft

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Roman Basi (First of two parts) As consumers, we’ve all been warned about the perils of identity theft and the havoc that it can wreak on our personal lives in the event our identity is compromised. But as a business owner, the effects can be multiplied exponentially as the financial condition of the operator of a business is inextricably tied to

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    Installments: Tips for selecting stair treads

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Mike Pigeon Quite a bit of thought is needed when it comes to stair tread selection. One word to keep in mind during this process is “application.” This is a very important concept when it comes to any type of flooring because installing flooring in the wrong application will end up in a failure. The same is true for stair tread applications.

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    Financial: Valuing your business

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Roman Basi (First of two parts) Each year more business appraisals are being created. While statistics are unreliable on the matter, it seems as though the word is getting out. If you are a closely held business, there’s a need to have your business appraised. This article focuses on the what, who, when and how. Many businesspeople are not familiar with what

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    Retailer2Retailer: Go lean for ’17

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Scott Perron Nostradamus was said to be a prophet who lived in the 16th century, spawning many tales of his ability to predict tragic events far into the future. While this seer may have been misinterpreted during his lifetime, one thing is for sure: He was not in the flooring business. Now please do not take my comments to suggest a great

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    Floor Covering News

    21st Annual Award of Excellence Survey

    Press Release

    Milliken enhances Imagine collection with new patterns

    Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken has expanded its Imagine Figurative collection for residential interiors with four texture-based designs. The new designs—Casual Craft, Grayton, Slimline and Somerton—are small-scale broadloom patterns that are easy to

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    American OEM achieves Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for hardwood products

    Burns, Tenn.—American OEM Hardwood Floors has achieved Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for its hardwood flooring products. Indoor Advantage Gold certification assures that building material products support a healthy indoor environment

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    Emser Tile opens Tampa branch, receives Houzz ‘Best of Design’ award

    Los Angeles—Emser Tile has opened its 71st branch location in Tampa, Fla. this week—marking the company’s fifth location in Florida. Emser continues to grow their presence throughout North America, expanding

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