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  • Prepare Your Business for When the Economy Turns Sour

    It’s the beginning of the fourth quarter and I’d like to address a few different issues that seem pertinent right now. The most important one is to remember that things aren’t always good. In the United States, our last downturn bottomed out in late 2008 or early 2009. That is the usual business cycle in

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  • The 5 Interior Design Rules You Should Never, Ever Break

    Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Always do this. Rules, rules, rules. Where’s the fun in that? We definitely think you should design and decorate your home the way you want. But adhering to just a few simple mandates brings order to the chaos, says Leslie Stephens, owner of Leslie Stephens Design in Richmond, VA. “When we

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  • Plumbers Expected to be in High Demand

    Just when you thought the worker shortage couldn’t get any more vexing, be advised that we are running out of plumbers. According to the Copper Development Association (CDA), over one half of America’s trade professionals are near retirement age and only 3 percent of the surveyed 18 to 25 year olds would consider a career

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  • Taylor Morrison Completes AV Homes Acquisition

    The combined company is expected to generate approximately $5 billion in revenue in 2018, with a portfolio of approximately 54,000 owned and controlled lots and 350 active selling communities. Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC), Scottsdale, on Tuesday announced the closing of its acquisition of AV Homes (NASDAQ: AVHI). The acquisition involves a purchase multiple

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  • Nine Water-Saving Products That Meet Strict Standards

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, almost 45% of California experienced moderate, severe, or extreme drought this summer. All of the state’s coastal cities are experiencing drought or abnormal dryness, with Southern California hardest hit by severe and extreme drought conditions. In addition, the abnormally dry weather and vegetation has fueled destructive wildfires. In response,

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  • Voice Control Tops Home Technology Trends At CEDIA 2018 Industry Show

    You probably know about Alexa, the icon of Amazon’s voice control suite. Maybe she’s already in your home. But have you met Josh? Josh is an award-winning voice control system from Josh AI, and takes complex instructions like ‘lower the shades,’ ‘play Classic Jazz on Pandora,’ ‘dim the lights’ and ‘set the air conditioning to

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