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June 3, 2015 News

Jimmy Valgakis’s third hunger strike against Ontario’s WSIB

by Alec Caldwell

Yes, a hunger strike, in 2015 – in Toronto. Whatever you think of Jimmy Valgakis’s claims, at least the man is drawing the media’s attention to the incompetence, greed and double-talk that the WSIB has sadly become…

February 11, 2015 News

Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario

by Robert Koci

January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show, Partners in Prevention 2015, returns April 28 and 29, 2015 to The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Partners in Prevention 2015 includes two days of

February 11, 2015 News

RONA contractor shows 2015. Win a Sprinter!

by Robert Koci

Win a Mercedes Sprinter, meet your peers and get to know your local RONA dealer at a 2015 RONA Contractor Show near you

February 4, 2015 News

Our website is being renovated: Thanks for your patience

by Steve Payne

A high proportion of our almost 600,000 website visits last year came from cellphones. So we are making our site much more phone-screen-friendly.

November 13, 2013 News

Ontario MPP introduces bill to enforce 'prompt payment' by developers to contractors

by Steve Payne

Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, is a private members’ bill intended to get developers in Ontario to pay their contractors on time. The withholding of holdbacks would be curtailed, if the legislation were to be given teeth. But right now, it’s nowhere near becoming law.

October 4, 2012 Product

Should contractors use Build.com to buy home improvement products online?

by Robert Koci

Can online buying compete yet with your local lumber and materials dealer?

February 13, 2012 News

Revolution software

by Robert Koci

BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.

January 6, 2012 Voice

Meetings…what a waste!!

by Victoria Downing

Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 2: Along the $3 million road

by Mike Draper

The following is the second in a four-part series that will examine the road to a $3 million business. By Mike Draper Now that you have mastered the $300,000 annual sales level it is time to set your sights on

December 15, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyond

by Mike Draper

Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.

November 23, 2011 News

Contractor Roundtable, Part 2: Regulations and the underground

by Robert Koci

In April of this year, six contractors from across Canada met with Canadian Contractor staff for a roundtable discussion: Steve Barkhouse, Amsted Consruction Inc., in Ottawa, Pawel Matonog, Archer Construction, of Mississauga, Ont., Dennis Bryant, Bryant Renovations, in Toronto and

November 11, 2011 Voice

What Your Parents Never Taught You About Business

by Victoria Downing

Having worked in and around renovating and renovators for 20 years, there are some important truths I have gleaned about this wild and wooley business.  They aren’t neat and they aren’t obvious but they are true.   1.     Running a

November 8, 2011 Voice

Greek Lesson

by Robert Koci

I find it strange. When it comes to the finances of your reno business and your personal life, everyone expects you will use a well thought out budget as the core of a sustainable plan. It will include debt and/or