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Problem: Finding Employees With Specialized Skills

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Finding qualified employees is a top concern for independent business owners, according to the latest jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Eighty-seven percent of owners who hired or tried to hire reported difficulty finding qualified workers” ... Read More »

Easy Ways to Cut Your Expenses

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” or so goes the old adage. When you think about improving profitability, it may be easy to spot the big ways to cut costs. But if you start looking for smaller cost-cutting measures ... Read More »

Team Building at HPM Building Supply

At HPM in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, employees regularly participate in team-building activities. The benefits of those times together are numerous, including improved communication, camaraderie among employees who don’t normally work together and increased respect for each other. In this video, Tracie ... Read More »

5 Advantages of Blogging for Business

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As consumers turn to technology for home improvement tips, there are opportunities for retailers to offer advice before a customer even walks into their business. One easy way is through maintaining a blog. Blogging is a great tool to use to create a stronger web presence ... Read More »

How to Build, and Maintain, a Positive Business Culture

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org, Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org, and Liz Lichtenberger, llichtenberger@nrha.org Despite an enviable location in Hawaii, HPM has survived its share of hard times. Established in 1921 during the Great Depression, it survived a ... Read More »

Safeguarding Your Operation From Disaster

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Establishing a plan that addresses your business’s needs immediately before, during and after a disaster could be the key to keeping employees safe, protecting your building and staying operational. No matter what kind of emergency you face, having guidelines in ... Read More »

Promoting the Value of a First Job to Potential Employees

Finding quality employees who stay long term and have the potential to become a next-generation store leader is a concern independent home improvement retailers express to the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). Recruiting members of Generation Z—who are the ... Read More »

3 Benefits to Upgrading to the Cloud

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Has your company considered the cloud? Small businesses from all sectors are seeing the benefits of implementing cloud technology—which means storing data remotely and accessing it through the internet, instead of storing in your local office computer. From allowing extra ... Read More »