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December 28, 2011 Product

Tanks tank in study comparing them to tankless

by Robert Koci

Tankless water heaters reduce natural gas use by an average of 46 per cent and increase the use of water a little bit.

December 26, 2011 Voice

Underground truths

by Robert Koci

We must deal with the underground cash economy, but it’s not all our responsibility

December 23, 2011 Video

Bad Santa

by Robert Koci

Take a look at what Santa left in this neighbourhood

December 22, 2011 Voice

Showing off

by Robert Koci

Helping your local big box or hardware store put on Saturday morning seminars is a great way to get in touch with your market

December 21, 2011 Video

One contractor's opinion on home sales and renos

by Robert Koci

We asked yesterday how changes in home sales affect renovation activity. Here is one contractor’s reply.

December 20, 2011 Video

Does it matter to renovators when housing slows?

by Robert Koci

When housing slows, is it better or worse for renovators? There are good arguments on both sides.

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 1: The eight steps to growth

by Mike Draper

Most renovation companies gross under $1 million in annual sales. That’s small, but Mike Draper, consultant to renovation contractors, says it doesn’t have to be that way. In the next four issues of Canadian Contractor, Draper, vice president coaching at Renovantage Inc., will explain how his company helps contractors grow their business from startup status of less that $300,000 to the heady success of $3 million and more.

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 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 3: Beyond your first million

by Mike Draper

In the last issue of Canadian Contractor Magazine we took a look at how important cash flow is for a $300,000 business growing to $1 million. The following is the third in a four-part series that will take you on the road to a $3-million business.

December 15, 2011 Video

Profit is not a dirty word

by Robert Koci

In 2012, you’ll finally make a profit

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.

December 14, 2011 Video

Reiner's House

by Robert Koci

The Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer has some tough words for the contracting industry.

December 14, 2011 Voice

To profit, specialize

by Robert Koci

you need to do one thing well
By Steve Greer

December 5, 2011 Voice

Illegal immigrants in construction need a break

by Robert Koci

The underground gets worse when you don’t let good, experienced trades from other countries work here legally.

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 22, 2011 Voice

The right price

by canadiancontractor

There is a right price, and you need to charge it.

November 22, 2011 News

Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVE

by Robert Koci

For the fourth year now, Canadian Contractor magazine is polling renovation and custom homebuilding industry business owners to find out what their companies are doing, what they are making and how much they take home for their efforts. If you

November 10, 2011 Video

A new way of selling to homeowners arrives

by Robert Koci

As if there were not enough ways for consumers to go shopping, a one-stop-shop option for renovations is coming to a town north of Toronto. The 600,000 square foot space will house dozens of home improvement supplier outlets, the idea