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As a paint professional, what is your favorite aspect of working? Generally, seasoned industry players find satisfaction in one of two broader areas; working with the tools or managing the business. For many, it may not be any one particular thing, nonetheless, finding peace at work is important to career happiness and not kicking the dog in the evening. Even well adjusted paint experts can run into challenging times; amid difficult customers, schedules, company associates and other project trades, we all seek respite at some point or another. READ NOW      
Contractors Partner With Software Developers to Get the Tools they Really Need
When is the last time your construction company sent out a fax? How about burned a CD? Or made a call from a landline? Chances are, it wasn’t recently. As new technology evolves, outdated methods of communication and data sharing—including traditional email—are dying out. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Gardner caulks
Designed for the professional painter, Dynamite caulks are known for superior performance, gunability and paintability . Now they will be known by their family name, Gardner. Look for Gardner caulks at your favorite paint supply store. Same great Dynamite caulk on the inside, Gardner on the outside.
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The 2015 Cost vs. Value Report
Costs rose consistently, values only half as often. That, in a nutshell, is why the latest Cost vs. Value Report’s overall cost-value ratio ended two years of gains by slipping to 62.2% for 2015. That’s a 3.9-point drop from last year but still the second-best number in the past five.
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CertaPro Helps Injured Vets
CertaPro Painters, the largest painting company in North America, has announced that it has reached the company’s goal of $200,000 in the first two years of its partnership with Homes for Our Troops partnership. Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured Veterans nationwide. As of February 27, 2015, Homes for Our Troops has built 182 specially adapted homes nationwide. READ NOW      
Titan Introduces the FlexSpray HandHeld
Titan introduces the new FlexSpray HandHeld, the multi-tool for painting pros with a unique combination of power, control and versatility. The FlexSpray Handheld delivers the power of an airless sprayer with the control of an HVLP. It’s a highly versatile tool that is capable of spraying all types of coatings for interior, exterior and fine finishing jobs. READ NOW      

York Wallcoverings Acquired
Founded in 1895, York Wallcoverings is a leading manufacturer of wallpaper, borders, murals, and RoomMates peel-and-stick removable and reusable wall decals. York’s portfolio of globally recognized proprietary and licensed brands includes Antonina Vella, Ashford House, Candice Olson, Carey Lind, Ronald Redding Designs, Waverly, and York. READ NOW      
Industry News
NBA & Ben Moore Help Out
As part of the NBA All-Star celebration in New York City this February, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) will team up with Benjamin Moore and Publicolor to transform... READ NOW       
PPG Plans Billion Dollar Investment
PPG CEO Charles Bunch states that the Comex brand purchase has been an enormous success and in the near future, the paint giant is prepared to spend another billion dollars on acquisitions. READ NOW      
PPG redesigns website for architects and coatings, glass, paint specifiers
Enhanced navigation, searchability, shareability among upgrades on new-look site READ NOW       
SW Launches First Cleanable Flat
Sherwin-Williams introduces the paint industry’s first-ever truly flat finish that has excellent washability, now available in Emerald and Duration Home Interior paints. READ NOW      
SW Introduces “Sketch Pad”
Sherwin-Williams new Sketch Pad dry erase coating is the first-ever dry erase clear gloss coating that can be easily applied over any color, allowing the wall color to show through. READ NOW      
Consumer Reports Rates Interior Paints
Buying interior paint should be easy but walk into any home center or paint store and you’ll see just how confusing the choices can be. READ NOW       
New Solar Powered Paint makes a car glow-in-the-dark
Check out this bright idea: a glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf electric car. Sadly, you can’t yet tick a luminous paint option box on the EV’s order form, but we rather like the idea nonetheless. READ NOW       
Both AGC & ABC oppose new union voting regulation
Help Support WRRDA Levels of Funding for Harbor Maintenance Contact Your Member of Congress and Ask Them to Sign House Letter READ NOW      
World’s Most Popular Van Expands American Plant
Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in this Lowcountry town, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company said Friday. READ NOW        
NAHB Publishes a Contractor Financial Forecasting Guide
BuilderBooks, the book publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released a new publication, Financial Forecasting in Microsoft® Excel. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Sherwin-Williams Enhanced Harmony®
Harmony, long known for its premium performance in a zero VOC formula, now contains formaldehyde reducing technology in the flat and eg-shel sheens which helps promote better indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources like insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.

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Faux FX - LusterStone®
LusterStone® is a revolutionary architectural coating that produces beautiful reflective stone-like patterns. This product is unsurpassed in its simplicity, versatility and ease of repair. The nature of the material allows it to be used to create a stunning variety of high/low dimensional finishes that do not require burnishing to obtain designer quality results.
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From the Blogosphere
Use LinkedIn For More Than Just Building Connections
LinkedIn made some major improvements in 2014. There were times a few years ago when I wondered if LinkedIn was going to stay in the game. Many businesses moved their resources over to Facebook for a time, but I am beginning to see them slowly migrate back to LinkedIn, which I think is a great move. LinkedIn pulled through. It has once again become a very strong place for companies to network and grow their businesses. READ NOW
U.S. Household Balance Sheet Improves Again
The balance sheet of U.S. households with real estate continues to improve – despite tight lending conditions – as increases in home prices continue. The real estate equity position of U.S. households (the difference between assets and liabilities) increased nearly 2.4% for the quarter according to NAHB tabulations of the fourth quarter Federal Reserve Flow of Funds. READ NOW  
3 Compelling Reasons to make a Budget for your Business
I talk to a lot of business owners every week. It surprises me that more businesses don’t have a budget or as I like to call it, a Profit Plan. READ NOW
2015 Chinese New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Ram in Los Angeles
The 2015 Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, occurred on February 19th and marked the beginning of the Year of the Ram. Being the most artistic of the zodiac animals, the ram heralds a year of creative potential and energy. READ NOW  
Here’s Your Sign!
The Mariani Company in Vacaville Ca. recently hired Brooks Painting to re-paint their fading logo on their warehouse wall facing Highway 505. Lucky for us we only had to repaint what was there. The colors were faded and weather worn. Some water staining from leaking gutters had left water stains as well. You don’t see a lot of painted signs on buildings these days like you did in the 40’s and 50’s; it’s kind of an iconic look! READ NOW  
Find the Leader Within: A Preview of the Charleston Grand Summit
Next week, many of the best contractors in the country will meet in Charleston for our annual Grand Summit Conference. At the conference, Summit Members will be working on developing their leadership skills to get out of the hour glass and lead a business that can run without them. This year’s theme, “Find the Leader Within”, will be about identifying critical leadership behaviors to build a team, as well as inspiring and coaching that team to achieve a common vision. READ NOW

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March 15 - 19, 2015
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