Jim Benoit

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Tough Times in the Philadelphia Suburbs

For Benoit & Czarnecki, a combination of the slow economy, smaller job size, and new regulations are making doing business more challenging. More

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Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Law Now in Effect

Contractors must register with the state under new Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. More

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Should you share information with your competition?

Remodeling is not just a business for me; I am passionate about it. When placed in a group setting and given a topic that interests me, I can expand on it with perhaps too much detail. I will relate the strategies and measures that my company has taken to solve a problem or to get a leg up on the competition. People have shared good advice with me over the years, and I in turn would like to help others. More

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Cost of Supervision

Jim Benoit uses an estimating discipline from his commercial contracting... More

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Letting the axe fall

Jim Benoit now says that “No good deed goes unpunished.” Sure enough, when he decided early this year to grant a second chance to a lead carpenter who had been falsifying his time sheets, not only was the carpenter AWOL the next day, but so were several items that belonged to the company, including tools, a cell phone, paperwork, and a credit card. More

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Finding, training, and retaining good employees

As a company, we believe that in order to produce a high-quality job, our own staff of craftsmen and apprentices should complete the carpentry work, rather than subs. --Jim Benoit, CR, is co-owner of Benoit & Czarnecki Design/Construction, a full-service remodeling firm in Newtown Square, Pa. More

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