Dan Bawden

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Arbitration Clauses

Apart from the time and expense involved in a trial, Texas attorney Stephen Bell, of law firm Coats, Rose in Houston, suggests remodelers usually fare better before an arbitrator. "With an arbitrator, a businessperson, the chances of getting a non-emotional result are better," he says.Mike Carden, owner of MUI Corporation, Birmingham, Ala., suggests the arbitration agreement be not just a contract clause but a separate, signed document. More

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Past Due

If we do have a client holding out, I first send out a statement saying there was an unpaid balance. More

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Remodelors Council Unveils CAPS

Fifty remodelers at the Seniors Housing Symposium in Orlando, Fla., became the first to earn the CAPS -- Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist -- designation from the NAHB Remodelors Council. More

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Refining a position before hiring

Dan Bawden, owner of Legal Eagle Contractors in Houston, wasn't surprised when his office manager quit the day the 1099s were due. As months passed without a new office manager, Bawden began spending less time with his normal sales and marketing duties and more time at the office "playing catch-up." Now that the administrative functions are under control, Bawden hopes to have a quarterly newsletter ready to go soon. More

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