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  • Surviving Tough Times

    Take these common-sense steps to help your business weather a slowdown.

  • Profiting From Allowances

    I don't much like allowances, which let homeowners postpone decisions that really should be made before the project even breaks ground.

  • Straight Talk About Fraud

    In 2006, occupational fraud cost U.S. businesses about $600 billion, or roughly $4,500 per employee, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Building contractors rank second in the list of targets, after retail stores.

  • Connecting All Contractors

    A retrospective on 25 years of builder technology: How did we get here, and where are we going next?

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  • Communicating With Customers Through the Web

    Most conflicts between a service business and its customers can be avoided with good communication.

  • Selling the Company

    In 1983, after working on my own for several years, I started Buck Brothers Construction (BBC) with my brother, Joe. We built the company slowly: At first we did all the work ourselves; then we started subbing out the mechanicals; then we hired carpenters; and finally we developed an office staff.

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