Bill Connor

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Get Back to Work: Hiring Former Owners

Many remodeling businesses closed during the downturn. Here's how to capitalize on those former owners' skills and experience. More

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Remodelers: Laying Off or Ramping Up for a Rebound?

Remodelers face tough decisions on new low-volume realities for staffing. More

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Time to review your business practices

With the start of every new year, your P&L goes back to zero. January 1 is always a clean slate, but 2008 looms as a particularly powerful incentive for reviewing your business practices, rethinking your assumptions, and evaluating your personnel. Here's how some remodelers I know plan to confront their biggest business challenges in '08. More

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Second Look: Bill Connor

The past five years have been rough, admits Bill Connor (Big50 1990) of Connor &... More

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Hiring outside the remodeling industry

Remodeling is a highly technical art. It requires a grasp of the principles and practice of electricity, plumbing, engineering, geometry, and architecture. It requires a high level of craftsmanship as well as an ability to manage homeowners' expectations during a very emotional process. All of this while turning a profit. More

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Establishing separate corporate identities: windows and remodeling

Three years ago, Jason Larson, owner of Lars Construction, a San Diego design/build company, decided to create a division dedicated solely to installing vinyl windows. "It allows us to monitor job costs and watch sales in that division," Connor says. More

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Pros and cons of commercial construction market

Remodelers need to consider the pros and cons of commercial construction before... More

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