5 Critical Construction Contract Clauses by The Barthet Firm

Everyone seems to have their own form of contract these days. Whether it’s the general contractor, subcontractor, material supplier or design professional, each one has their way of assuring that they’re protected on the job. But, in the rush to get that work started, a lot of folks signing on the dotted line figure they’ll worry about the contract terms later – but later could simply be too late. The construction law experts at TheLienZone.com have put together a straightforward infographic outlining the 5 critical construction contract clauses you must have and understand in every construction contract if you truly want to avoid problems.

Steps to Construction Success by The Barthet Firm

Construction projects require a lot of planning. The Executives’ Association of Greater Miami knows that and is always looking for reference tools which can make your life easier. Our friends and construction law experts at The Barthet Firm have suggested some tips on their blog, TheLienZone.com, to make the construction process as easy as possible. Take a look below to learn how to protect yourself, what key provisions you should include in your contract, and why liens are so important.

 

Preemo – The Top 3 Highest Grossing IT Trends

The Top 3 Highest Grossing IT Trends

Posted by Ivan Mladenovic on in IT Blog

As the global economy experiences recovery and growth, businesses have extra capital freed up to spend on information technology. IT spending is surging, but where exactly is all of this money going? In a recent study, Gartner shines some light on IT’s hottest trends.  Compared to last year, total IT spending is projected to increase by 3.2%, which equates to worldwide projected spending of $3.8 trillion, give or take a few bucks. Richard Gorden, managing vice president at Gartner, attributes this increase to businesses looking to technology to spur growth by suggesting that businesses are getting back to pre-recession spending levels, by saying, “Globally, businesses are shaking off their malaise and returning to spending on IT to support the growth of their business.”

According to Gartner, here are the top three business technologies that are seeing the most growth with IT spending.

1. Telecom Technology
You may not see telecom technology making headlines, yet it receives the largest chunk of IT spending. This year, spending on telecom is expected to hit $1.655 trillion. This remains the biggest chunk of spending, despite the fact that it’s only expected to see a growth of 1.3%.

One of the driving factors as to why telecom is so big is because businesses around the world are currently transitioning away from fixed-line voice services. Companies are making the move to Internet-based communication solutions like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP is a solution that allows companies to communicate better at a fraction of the cost than traditional phone lines by eliminating long distance expenses. A VoIP plan can be your all-in-one communications solution because it can offer you video and teleconferencing, instant messaging, and much more.

2. IT Services
Coming in at number two with a 4.6% growth and a total projected spending of $964 billion is IT services, which is Preemo’s specialty! This includes IT services like managed services and remote support. One reason why the demand for IT services has increased so much is because, with increased capital, more companies are moving from consulting about and planning IT projects to implementing new money-saving IT solutions.

3. Devices
Computer hardware like workstations and mobile devices are projected by Gartner to be the technology that will see the third most in spending this upcoming year; seeing a growth of 4.4% and generating revenue of up to $689 billion. Gartner also projects that PC sales will continue to decline as more companies are going mobile. With the market becoming saturated with so many new mobile devices, it can feel overwhelming to shop for a device that fits the needs of your business. Preemo can help equip your company with the perfect device that will meet your needs and increase your company’s productivity.

We’re in for an exciting year of technology and Preemo has the IT solutions you need to make sure that your business succeeds! To find out all the ways that the latest technology can grow your business, give Preemo a call at 305.722.7162

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Daisho’s 7 Steps to Writing a Simple Marketing Plan

Daisho Creative Strategies has created the attached ebook to help in writing a simple marketing plan.  Click on the link below to have this help your company with this important task.

Four Ways to Get Ahead This Summer with Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie South Florida welcomes International Speaker & Bestselling Author, Corey Perlman, to South Florida for a one-time 2-hour workshop for Executives and Business Owners. This workshop is designed to help you:

– Prioritize the sites you should focus on which sites you can ignore.

– Improve your company LinkedIn profile as well as your own.

– See results from the world’s largest social network: Facebook.

– Avoid mistakes by your team that could be sabotaging your efforts.

– Determine how much time YOU need to spend and where you should spend it.

– Outperform your competition on the sites where prospects are ‘kicking your tires’.

– Use digital marketing to brand yourself as a thought-leader in your industry.

The first 25 people to register will get a FREE copy of Corey’s brand new book, Social Media Overload!

Today, the world is more complex, competitive and demanding than ever before and young people need the ability to balance school, work and relationships. This program prepares teenagers with the skills they need to reach their goals and live up to their full potential at school, home, and work. The program focuses on the Five Drivers of Success: Confidence, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Leadership Skills and Stress management.

This interactive 1-day Seminar covers the Dale Carnegie Sales Process and provides sales professionals with the skills and confidence necessary to meet and exceed their 2014 sales goals. Participants will be amazed at how their refreshed sales approach and sales success attitude gets them past gatekeepers, attracts more  appointments, builds trust quickly, and leads to more and bigger sales.

Spend a day with us and learn how to gain employee commitment, lead confidently and motivate employees to peak performance. Gain the skills necessary to avoid the most common mistakes first-time managers make, best practices for performance management and how to build relationships up and down the organization.

 

To REGISTER or for Additional information call 954-771-8477 or Robert Kelly directory at 305-582-9623 or you can visit http://southflorida.dalecarnegie.com/home/

Keys to Successful Investing from Firestone Capital Managment

 

Keys to Successful Investing

  • Plan well; then stick to the plan.  To succeed, it is essential to remember the multi-year time horizon and not react to short-term volatility, day-to-day or even quarter-to-quarter.  Mapping out goals and writing them down definitely helps investors stay on track and avoid the emotional swings of volatile markets.  The financial plan is a critical piece to successful wealth management.
  • Grow your capital by designing a portfolio on a risk-adjusted basis.  Seeking big returns is not so great when the risks aren’t justified.  Why take more risks if you don’t need to?
  • Control what you can:  product fees, tax efficiency, asset allocation, estate planning and design.  These areas can cost you big money if not managed properly, but they are all controllable!!  Don’t buy investments that cost too much, and be sure to diversify in a tax efficient manner using tax-deferred accounts, and asset location strategies.  With proper estate planning design, minimize the impact that the government can have on your heirs!
  • Guard against what you cannot control:  The last five years have reminded investors that investment returns are far from certain.  Diversify beyond stocks and bonds by using alternative strategies to enhance efficient frontier metrics.   For true diversification, look beyond the S&P 500 stocks, and consider a portfolio of: Global stocks, global bonds, real estate, gold, oil, commodities, currencies, etc.
  • Win by not losing:  Losses can be devastating and difficult to recover from.  Losing 50% takes a 100% return thereafter to get whole – a tall order to fill!   Diversify to minimize losses, and investors shouldn’t need to chase those big returns. 

For more information on this firm visit their website at http://firestonecapital.com/ or Call Carlos Carbonell at 305.669.2119

 

8 Reasons You Should Call a Water Damage Specialist

1. MOLD PROBLEMS

If you have a large mold problem, calling a specialist is in your best interest. Leaving a mold problem untreated can result in structural damage to your home and possible thousands in repairs.

2. MOLD DETECTION

If you’re not sure if you have a mold problem or not, our water damage specialists can assess the situation for you. After a very rainy season, it’s smart to get your house checked for leaks, water damage, and mold regardless of suspicion.

3. WATER REMOVAL

If you’ve encountered a large leak or a flood, our specialists will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water but you think you can take care of it yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

4. DRYING

After a major leak or flood, it’s important to dry out the affected area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, our water damage team owns several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

5. DEODORIZING

If a strange smell in your home just won’t go away in your home, consider calling us for this as well. Most people don’t know that we handle strange odors, but we have anything you’re going to need to dispel most bad smells.

6. RESTORATION

If your home was hit by flood, mildew, mold, or leaks, structural or other damage may have occurred. To guarantee your home looks the same way it used to, call our specialists as they specialize in restoring homes after this particular kind of damage.

7. SANITATION WORK

Our water damage specialists can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers, or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.

8. ASSESSING DAMAGE

Whatever your water damage woes, our water damage specialist is the right person to tell you exactly how bad they are. Before hiring anyone to do any work, make sure you have a pretty good idea of just what is damaged and what needs to be done.

Call Bob today for a free evaluation of your service needs, (305) 285-0030. Save our number for emergencies! We are working 24/7 to handle any restoration need you have, FIRE, SMOKE, WATER, we clean it all!

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Energy Saving Tips from Wiremasters Electric

Energy Saving Tips

When it comes to making our world a healthier place, we think it is important to stay on top of cutting edge, “green” technology. In order to offer our electrical customers energy saving alternatives, we have educated ourselves on innovative, technological options in order to address customers’ concerns and offer them “green” solutions.

  • Change fluorescent light bulbs. The heat from incandescent bulbs makes your air conditioner work harder and use more energy, elevating your bill. Ask Wiremasters about the new dimmers that can save you money!
  • Before upgrading your air conditioner to a bigger unit, try tinting your windows!
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room. They simply push air around; the motor produces heat and uses energy, which costs you money. Ask Wiremasters about Ecominders, the latest green technology. This technology automatically turns your fans and lights on or off for you when you enter or leave a room!
  • Buy Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures. They cost a little more but they will soon pay for themselves because they use less electricity.
  • Avoid pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster and save money.
  • Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
  • Limit the time you run your pool pump:
    • Summer: six hours a day
    • Winter: four hours a day
  • Clean or replace your ac filter every month to trim your cooling costs and help your unit run more efficiently.
  • Cool your home at 78° or warmer with the thermostat fan switch on “auto.” For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82° or warmer when you are away from home.

For more tips like this visit Wiremasters Electric’s Website: http://wiremasterselectric.com/resources/energy-saving-tips/

2014-2015 Board of Directors

We are happy to announce the results of the Elections.  Thank you to EVERYONE who voted.   This new board will start their term in July of 2014!  

2014-2015 Board of Directors 

President

Jeff Williamson, Republic Real Estate Advisors

Vice President/President-Elect

Ed Swakon, EAS Engineering

Secretary

Bert DeArmas, Sabadell United Bank

Past President 

Joe Lancaster, Coral Gables LaSalle Cleaners

Directors

Carlos Carbonell, Firestone Capital Management

Eddie Snow, Snow’s Jewelers

Treasurer 

Jim Pfleger, Pfleger Financial Group, Treasurer

 

Five things everyone should know about entity selection and structure

You know of the five basic business structures, so you may think you know a lot about entity selection and structure; well, let’s make sure. After all, the most important decision you will make revolves around taxes, and this starts with entity selection and structure. Here are five things that everyone should know.

  • Cost of formation and administration: In the beginning, cost seems like a lot. Forming and running the administrative aspects of any type of business requires different tasks, and each one of those comes with a cost — both in terms of running it and in terms of cash. Sole proprietors have little formative paperwork, but they have a higher personal liability. Corporations, on the other side of the spectrum, cost a bit more to set up and keep the administration running, but it often is worth it for the extra layer of personal protection.
  • Legal liabilities: Step back for a second and consider what sort of liabilities your business my have. If it lends itself to potential liability that you can’t afford to take a personal risk on, you’ll need to take that into consideration. If you lean toward being able to take more personal risk, look at a sole proprietor. If not, then look at something structured more like a corporation. Incorporating your business is the only solid way to protect personal assets from business liabilities.
  • Tax implications: The way you structure your entity will reflect how taxes are applied to you or not. There are many more tax opportunities with a corporation, but a common disadvantage is double taxation. Whereas an S-corporation is particularly good for a company’s formative years because a business loss may help reduce a personal tax liability.
  • Flexibility: No two businesses are the same, and no business owners’ or administrators’ needs are the same. This has to be taken into account when deciding on what sort of structure to adhere to for your entity. Taking into account personal needs and affording the flexibility to grow is crucial at this step.
  • Future: Finally, think of the future. Don’t get so caught up in the now that you don’t think about what you’d like the future to be like in 3, 5, or even 10 years. And finally, don’t forget about what will happen to the company after you pass beyond your means of running it. Will you pass it on to your children? Will it be run by managers? Or will it simply fade away?

All of these aspects are important to think about when selecting your entity structure. They can prepare you for the best of times, the worst of times, and even the future beyond your control.

Here’s a very helpful Business Entity Comparison Chart to get you started. And if you’d like to talk to someone about any entity selection and structure, or anything else related, just contact Vizcaino Gitlin & Zomerfeld – contact here.