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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

with Kylie Holland

Curtis Lumber Company, Inc.

 

This webinar will discuss the need for appealing to and recruiting of the upcoming generation into our industry.  We will discuss items such as desirable employer characteristics, generation generalizations and myths, managing age gaps within the workplace, employee engagement, and other related topics.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Basic content suitable for any individual responsible for hiring, recruiting, employee development, or managing an age diverse workforce.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

with Jim Robisch

The Farnsworth Group

 

The consumer market remains solid and growing.  However it is also changing at an astonishing pace.  Generations of shoppers are evolving and challenging all retail channels and building supplies and home improvement products are no exception. What is happening at retail is truly amazing and opportunities abound for lumber and building supply dealers.

This session will present recent consumer market/trends data and insights from research conducted by The Farnsworth Group and from other sources.  Topics to be covered will include:

  • Changing factors that influence store and selection,
  • Evolving components of customer satisfaction,
  • Dealer performance comparatives:
    • Chains,
    • “Typical” independents
    • “Best of Class” independents”
  • Online shopping and the increasing importance of a sound online strategy,
  • Changing and preferred communication methods, and more.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced content. Owners, Executive/Middle Management, and staff involved with merchandising, marketing, sales and advertising.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

with Jim Enter

 

Improving profitability with precise thinking.

  • Activity Based Costing
  • Understanding averages are the enemy of profitability
  • Understanding Whale Curves and Pareto Principle for LBM’s
  • Understanding individual customer’s Cost to Serve
  • Taking action

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Owners / Managers / Accountants

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

with Frank Motta, EVP CAI Managed IT & Rob Bicknell, NYLE

 

Retail lumber dealers are finding traditional backup methods like tape, disk or online-only backups unacceptable due to their inability to recover data quickly and mitigate downtime.  This session will describe Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC), a hybrid-cloud approach that replicates data, in real-time, to an onsite appliance as well as the cloud.  Driven by technological innovation that has established a comprehensive new standard, IBC solutions go beyond data protection; delivering automated assurance of data integrity, instant recovery, continuous protection, and secure storage.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Introductory / Basic Content

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

with Rob Labombard

Lovell Safety

The Program is intended to present information on WHY employees get injured at work and

discuss ways to prevent injuries from happening. The OSHA Haz-Com/GHS program reviews

what employers need to do to comply with this new standard.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Intermediate to Managers

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

with Ryan LaPoma

Earth Advantage

 

How can you build a home that uses no energy for heating, cooling, lights or appliances? Today it’s possible to build a zero-energy home using readily available products and proven techniques. Zero-energy homes are going up across America. In this one-hour seminar, learn what takes to take residential construction all the way to zero.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: The course content is designed to engage and inform audiences at all levels of technical sophistication. Basic concepts are clearly presented. Energy terms are defined. Advanced concepts generally arise during the question period.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

with Kyle Abrahamovich

Poulos Advisors

Owners of retail lumber yards face many challenges when retiring and exiting their business, but also have many unique wealth planning opportunities.  Often, owners’ business exit planning is very closely related to their retirement and personal goals and objectives.  Whether passing the business onto a family member or selling to a 3rd party in a profitable and tax efficient manner, this course will explore the various options for exiting the business, as well as the wealth management implications for each.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL:  Advanced content for owners

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 

with Jeremy Abel

Mannix Marketing

 

Turn your website into a valuable resource for getting found online, building trust with buyers, and attracting inquiries!  During this webinar you’ll learn what your website needs to help you succeed in 2016 and beyond.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced for Salespeople, Marketers/Business Owners

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016:

with Jeff Calabrese, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

 

This program will outline the National Labor Relations Board’s new rule governing union organizing in the workplace.  It will explain why employees seek to organize, how to spot signs of organizing activity, how organizing campaigns start, and how employers can diagnose and prepare for an organizing campaign.  The speaker will provide helpful hints for managers and supervisors to maintain high morale in the workforce, which in turn helps avoid organizing activity.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: All levels.  Owners, Managers, Supervisors and Human Resources Professionals.

 

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Pamela Lansing

Computer Visions, LLC

 

Rudeness in the workplace is increasing to the level that universities are studying it. Everyone is busy, everyone is stressed, and most people take it out on their colleagues at one time or another. We’ve all been in a situation where we need to print something ASAP and someone has left the printer jammed, or we need coffee and the coffeepot is empty. Technology is supposed to make life easier and simpler, but most managers find themselves cleaning up the messes caused by too many gadgets. This workshop will show you how to leverage technology to work smarter, not harder.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Introductory / Basic Content