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If everybody can stand it just one more time, I'm going to invoke the "N" word. Although networking may strike you as being way off the topic of building and remodeling, the time I spend sharing business and technical knowledge with other professionals is as valuable as anything I do as a remodeler. In fact, between formal groups—I belong to three—and informal interchanges, I spend an average of an hour a day and quite a few hours a week comparing notes. You can network in groups or individually with friends, colleagues, suppliers, competitors, and subs. The topics can include everything from business—sales, marketing, finance, and management—to technical areas. Small Business Group Over ten years ago, I joined my first business networking