Al’s Column

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  • Al’s Column: Top 10 tips for tile, stone maintenance

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Rod Sigman   In the nearly three decades that I have been in this industry, there have been tremendous advancements in technology, techniques and craftsmanship. Yet with all the progress that has been made, many problems still exist, including issues and failures directly related to the lack of knowledge and understanding of how critical a role proper care and maintenance play in

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    Al’s Column: Protect your assets, reduce your taxes

    August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Roman Basi   There has never been a better time than now to have a discussion on how to create the best asset protection for your business and reduce the tax liability from both the perspective of the business and personally. The House Ways and Means Committee continues to forge ahead in its effort on tax reform. In July the committee held

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    Al’s Column: Turning good leaders into great ones

    August 14/21, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lisbeth Calandrino Does your retail flooring store have an effective sales manager? The most important ‘product’ a company owns is its employees. Unfortunately, many store owners spend more time worrying about the merchandise they’re buying than their employees. With TISE on the horizon, this is the perfect time to engage your sales managers into learning new skills and get them motivated and

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    Al’s Column: Staying on the same page is key to success

    July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Tom Shay In many ways, running a business is akin to playing team sports. And we all know what can happen when members don’t behave as if they are playing for the same team. (Perhaps you have seen that sports clip of the defender on a professional soccer team who, in his attempt to pass the ball to the goalkeeper, kicked the

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    Al’s Column: Turning ordinary shops into ones that ‘pop’

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Pamela Danziger   A recent survey among small businesses conducted by American Express found growth is the No. 1 priority for small businesses, and that means marketing. Of course, online and social media is a given, but it takes more than high-tech tactics to invigorate marketing for small independent retailers—flooring stores included. The real power of marketing a small business comes through the

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    Al’s Column: Managing multiple generations in the workplace

    June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Matt Beaudreau (Second of two parts) Currently, five generations make up our society. Each of those five generations has an active role in the marketplace. Depending on the specific workplace, the workforce includes four to five generations. Following are the birth years for each generation: Gen Z: born after 1996 Millennials (Gen Y): born 1977 to 1995 Generation X: born 1965 to 1976

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    Al’s column: Managing multiple generations in the workplace

    June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Matt Beaudreau   (First of two parts) Across many businesses today—including the flooring industry—there are as many as five generations working together. That’s a phenomenon unprecedented in the history of the U.S. workforce. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. I will share some insights about how the flooring industry can work collaboratively across the various generations to improve communication and

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    Al’s column: Pros and cons of ‘S’ and ‘C’ corporations

    May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Roman Basi   (Second of two parts) In part one of this segment, I talked about the pros and cons of structuring your business as a limited liability company (LLC). In this section, I will discuss the differences between “S” and “C” corporations. With an S corporation, profit is not subject to self-employment taxes. The self-employment tax is 15.3% for those who

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    Al’s Column: Choosing the right business entity profile

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Roman Basi   (First of two parts) In the past, choosing a business entity under which to operate was easy. Either businesses operated as a sole proprietorship, a partnership or they incorporated as an “S” corporation or a “C” corporation. There were clear advantages and disadvantages to each one. The sole proprietorship and partnership had the advantage of simplicity and lack of

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    Al’s Column: Optimizing color in your website design

    April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Phil Kenyon   You’ve probably spent months with your creative agency figuring out how to make your website more appealing to your customer base. No doubt you have researched how to make your site easy to navigate, and you’re gauging traffic and gathering as much useful information as you can to figure out how to convert interest into actual sales. However,

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    Floor Covering News

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    InstaFloor partners with Duracryl

    Farmers Branch, Texas—Duracryl International B.V. and InstaFloor N.A. have formed a partnership, whereby InstaFloor will support and market Corques Liquid Lino (CLL), a liquid self-leveling linoleum product, in the North

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    Crossville launches new gauged porcelain tile panel collections

    Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has announced the introduction of two gauged porcelain tile products: Calce and Cava. Neutral colors and delicate nuances mark the face of Calce, a line inspired by wet

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    INSTALL announces Canadian National Apprenticeship Competition winner

    Glassboro, N.J.—The best floor covering apprentices in Canada recently convened in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for a unique installation competition. Marking its 25th anniversary, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters

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