NEW YORK (AP) — If you build it, they will stay.
The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes.
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Friday, April 7, was a big day for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) community. NARI announced the 2017 Achievement during the National Presidents' Council Lunch. The event was held in Scottsdale, AZ.
All award winners demonstrate Remodeling Done Right, Omaha NARI was presented with the 2017 Community Service Award.
Each year, the Greater Omaha NARI chapter dedicated its time and resources to the Omaha community to give back to the Omaha Metro community. Members gathered at South Omaha Victory Youth Boxing Club on Friday, October 21st and donated back with a much-needed remodeling cause. All labor and costs were provided by Omaha NARI members.
The project was led by the NARI Community Service Committee, Chris Kudlucz, Contractors Siding, Window & Roofing Supply, Dan Reuting of Echo Systems and Mike Quinn of Quinn Insurance, Inc.
Project materials and manpower were donated by:
· Bratetic Construction Inc.
· Contractors Window, Siding & Roofing Supplies
· Echo Systems
· Greater Omaha NARI
· Jenkins Remodeling
· OHARCO, Inc.
· The Home Depot
· Universal Electric
· Replacing 2 large broken windows
· Installing multiple LED lights to cover the sides and rear of the outsides of the building, to increase security with automated lighting throughout the exterior of the building
· Replacing the two side door lights with new LEDs
· Installation of bathroom partitions in the girls’ locker room
· New toilet in the restroom facilities.
About Victory Boxing Club
The Victory boxing club is located at 3009 R St in the heart of South Omaha. Victory Boxing Club & Community Center is a non-profit organization, committed to providing a safe refuge and a supportive community for the youth of South Omaha. For over ten years, Victory Boxing has worked with community youth to pursue principles of faith, excellence, and discipline inside the ring and in everyday life. They are committed to teach Christian values and life skills that help our boxers stay off the streets and in school. Competitive boxing teaches skills of discipline, patience, humility, and self-control, which also help our members succeed outside the ring. ###
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About 1,300 future workers of Nebraska gathered this week at Fonner Park to compete in the 2017 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference, which is making its debut in Grand Island.
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64 Omaha NARI members and guests attended the February 23rd luncheon at Omaha Public Schools Career Center to hear from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
Mayor Stothert gave her the State of City Address covering a range of topics that impact the city, as well as the future of the remodeling and construction industry. Mayor Stothert opened up the room to Q & A and answered a variety of questions pertaining the city inspections, permits and planning. Mayor Stothert plans to work with and address the following questions with the Permits & Planning Department:
How can the time it takes fo residential remodel plan review be redcued?
How can the CEU hours for licensed contractors be tracked?
How can contractor licensing and pulling permits be enforced? What happens if a contractor is found doing work and isn't licensed or isn't pulling permits?
We were very excited and appreciative of Mayor Stotherts time with our group and thankful for her support of the Association and dedication to the industry.
Thank you again to our host, Omaha Public Schools Career Center.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is in her fourth year as mayor. Elected in 2013, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city's first woman to be elected to the office.
Mayor Stothert's priorities are public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development and improving the taxpayer experience -- so that every citizen receives excellent customer service when they interact with city government.
In her first three years in office, Mayor Stothert has reduced the property tax rate twice, increased funding for the police department to hire dozens of new officers, improved city services and worked with the Omaha City Council to grow the city's population and tax base through annexation.
She believes in open, transparent government and gets the most satisfaction from helping people solve problems.
Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.
In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.
When the Stotherts' two children, Elizabeth and Andrew, were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.
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Verizon's, "Can You Hear Me Now?" Being Used by Scammers to Capture You Saying the Word, "Yes!"
Your BBB is warning businesses/consumers about an old scam with a new twist. The "Can You Hear Me?" scam has long been used to coerce businesses into purchasing office supplies and directory ads they never actually ordered, but now it's targeting individual consumers, as well.
For the past few weeks, more than half of the reports to BBB Scam Tracker have been about this one scam. People are telling us that the calls are about vacation packages, cruises, warranties and other big ticket items. So far, none have reported money loss, but it's unclear how the scams will play out over time, or if the targets will be victimized at a later date.
Here's how it works: You get a call from someone who almost immediately asks "Can you hear me?" Their goal is to get you to answer "Yes," which most people would do instinctively in that situation. There may be some fumbling around; the person may even say something like "I'm having trouble with my headset." But in fact, the "person" may just be a robocall recording your conversation... and that "Yes" answer you gave can later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase.
BBB offers the following advice to you and your employees:
Use Caller ID to screen calls, and consider not even answering unfamiliar numbers. If it's important, they will leave a message and you can call back.
If someone calls and asks "Can you hear me?", do NOT answer "yes." Just hang up. Scammers change their tactics as the public catches on, so be alert for other questions designed to solicit a simple "yes" answer.
Make a note of the number and report it to bbb.org/scamtracker to help warn others. BBB also shares Scam Tracker information with government and law enforcement agencies, so every piece of information is helpful in tracking down scammers.
As a consumer, consider joining the Do Not Call Registry (DoNotCall.gov) to cut down on telemarketing and sales calls. This may not help with scammers since they don't bother to pay attention to the law, but you'll get fewer calls overall. That may help you more quickly notice the ones that could be fraudulent.
Check bank and credit card statements regularly for unauthorized charges. It's also a good idea to check your telephone and cell phone bills, as well. Scammers may be using the "Yes" recording of your voice to authorize charges on your phone. This is called "cramming" and it's illegal.
For more information:
Report scams to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).
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