Al’s Column

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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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    Al’s Column: Tips on designing a better tile showroom

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Emily Holle   From big box stores and expo centers to small town boutiques, I’ve spent the last 15 years planning and designing showrooms across the country. Along the way, I’ve curated tips for designing thriving showrooms, fine-tuning a handful of best practices in my role as director of trend and design for MS International. A thoughtfully designed showroom does more than

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    Al’s Column: Restoring porcelain’s luster

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Donato Pompo   Here at Ceramic Tile & Stone Consultants (CTaSC) we field a lot of questions from retailers and consumers alike about restoring the surface of porcelain tile products, which are growing in popularity. Following is a customer’s recent inquiry about how to remove common grout haze from unfinished porcelain tile: The grout haze and residue was allowed to cure

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    Al’s column: Monitoring moisture in wood

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Scott Perron   More than 90% of all floor coverings installed in the lower Southeast U.S.—especially Florida—are laid down over a concrete slab. That means installers need to be particularly aware of problems and potential failures related to excess moisture. When my family’s company relocated to Florida and first began 24-7 Floors in Sarasota, we had to learn many new installation techniques

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    Al’s Column: Sharpening your selling skills

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Lisbeth Calandrino   You can learn a lot about the art of negotiating by watching the TV show “Shark Tank.” If you’ve never watched the program, here’s a brief synopsis: Fledgling entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of self-made millionaires or “sharks” on a reality TV show. The entrepreneurs negotiate with the sharks to obtain money in exchange for

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    Al’s Column: Protecting your identity against theft

    February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Roman Basi   (Second of two parts) In part I of this series, I talked about the various ways business owners can protect themselves from identity theft (FCNews, Jan. 30/Feb. 6). In this installment, I talk about the telltale signs that your identity and personal information may have been compromised and what to do to rectify the situation. How to determine if

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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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    Al’s Column: Managing a family-run business

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Jacqueline Tabbah There are many issues facing floor covering retailers today, especially family-run businesses. For instance, how do you keep your business running smoothly and successfully when generations work side by side or begin the succession process? How do you keep family and work balance? What is the influence of your corporate/family culture on business structures and policies? I will be addressing

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    Al’s Column: The importance of proper substrate preparation

    January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Scott Perron Recently I wrote an article discussing the challenges with installing hardwood flooring or any other moisture-sensitive product on substrates that are ill prepared (FCNews Product Guide, Sept. 26/Oct. 3). I received several calls and emails, as well as a referral from a dealer in Montana to handle an installation that was challenged here in Florida. Most of the respondents wanted

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    Floor Covering News

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    WFCA University adds to destination training, online offering

    Dalton, Ga.–In response to a recent membership drive and member demand, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has expanded its University course offerings with extended online training modules and destination camps

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    Briney to retire from Innocor

    Red Bank, N.J.—Jeff Briney, senior vice president of Innocor Foam Technologies (IFT), will be retiring at the end of June 2017. As senior vice president, Briney led Innocor’s commercial division,

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    Mannington enhances Restoration collection with SpillShield

    Salem, N.J.—Mannington’s laminate flooring is adding “moisture resistant” to its list of attributes with the company’s Restoration collection, which now has enhanced performance with SpillShield technology. SpillShield is an innovative

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