To join in May to take advantage of all our new incentives!
Quarterly President's New Member Orientation will be June 15th before our General Membership Meeting
Join us July 28-29, 2016 in Kissimmee, Florida for the largest regional building industry trade show in the Southeast! “SEBCville: Building in Paradise” will include Residential and Commercial Construction Educational Sessions, a two-day Expo Hall, and lots of fun filled and sandy social events. This is your opportunity to make personal connections with leading industry professionals by meeting face-to-face with over 250 manufacturers and suppliers showcasing an astounding array of innovative products. Visit www.sebcshow.com to learn more!
Our Current Members get a FREE Exhibition Hall Pass. ASK TODAY!
MILLENNIAL MUSTS: TOP 10 NON-NEGOTIABLES FOR THE FIRST-TIME SET
Survey says ... what research on Millennials may do is to affirm the business opportunity that lies in acting the opposite of conventional wisdom.
The residential construction industry's recovery has moved along a slow and steady path as the housing market struggled to find its footing after the crash eight years ago. Despite the lack of surging growth in homebuilding, economists are optimistic about the industry's future — especially now that the market has been able to move past the boom and bust ramifications. In fact, during a webinar Wednesday, Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac, said he expects 2016 to be housing's "best year in a decade."
The webinar also featured National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz and NAHB Senior Economist Robert Denk, who — along with Kiefer — offered their predictions for the future of residential construction.
USE SOCIAL MEDIA LIKE THE PROS
USE FACEBOOK’S “CALL NOW” FEATURE TO TARGET MOBILE USERS
When you advertise on Facebook, you have the choice of targeting mobile users by including a “Call Now” button on your ad. The button enables mobile users to call you directly by touching the button instead of having to look up and dial your number. It’s a great way to encourage contact – and give you the opportunity to pitch a lead directly.
LINK YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS TO LANDING PAGES, NOT YOUR HOME PAGE
If you’re posting in an effort to get people to buy a particular product, make sure you link directly to it. Prospective leads shouldn’t have to guess what you want them to do. When you send them directly to a page – especially one that will require them to opt in to see the content – you greatly increase the chances that they will convert. Also, make sure that every page has your name and address, and an easy way to contact you.
LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA?
Bowling Family Fun Day Event 2016
Great job to the Von-Aire bowlers who went home with the BEST Team trophy for receiving the highest overall scores
Deland High School Future Builders of America
Dale Roberts Team
Is Your Business Ready for Hurricane Season ?
June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season in the United States. If a hurricane were to strike tomorrow, would your business be prepared? Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about disaster recovery, business continuity and data backup:
Data from the National Archives & Records Administration shows that 60 percent of companies that lose data in a disaster will shut down within six months of the event.
Taking action now can protect your employees and company should a hurricane hit your business this year. Let’s look at a few key steps that can help your business prepare for hurricane season.
Prepare and Practice
The best way to minimize the damaging effects of a hurricane is to develop a strong overall strategy for your business. Identify your mission-critical applications, key employees and important backup data. Think about what business capabilities and functions you would potentially lose in the event of a hurricane, and develop a communication plan that can keep you in touch with employees. While you can create a solid emergency plan by addressing these issues, no plan is truly effective if you don’t practice it. Your employees need to be educated and well-trained in their roles. Test out your plan using simulated disasters and drills, and make sure your employees understand all aspects of the plan.
Back Up Your Data
Having data backup procedures in place can play a significant role in protecting your business from a hurricane. If you’re just getting started with a backup plan, your first step is to identify your business’s essential data that should be backed up. Full backups should be performed weekly; if a large amount of data is generated by your business each day, you should back up your data even more frequently. Daily incremental backups are also recommended.
Cloud-based storage and business continuity solutions provide an effective way for your company to keep its data safely removed from your physical location. With low overhead, speedy deployment and easy access to data, these solutions offer benefits for both smaller businesses and larger enterprises. The consistency and reliability offered by an offsite infrastructure approach can be invaluable in the days following a hurricane.
Protect Your Equipment and Site
In addition to protecting your data, it’s also important to safeguard your equipment and your site’s facilities. Having an uninterruptible power supply, including generators and batteries, is essential for business continuity after a hurricane. You may also want to consider an alternate water source and a set of pumps to clear flood water from your facility’s lower levels. Once a hurricane warning has been established, boarding up windows and other vulnerable openings on your site can help reduce damage from flying debris during the storm.
It’s clear that ensuring business continuity after a hurricane requires preparation and effort. Hurricanes and other natural disasters can have devastating effects on your business, but planning for the worst can help you mitigate the damage. With the tips outlined in this article, you’ll have a good start on developing a disaster-recovery strategy that works for your business.
April 2016 Events
4/12/16- VBIA Capitol Club met with Rusty Payton,
CEO & Chief Lobbyist for FHBA
4/12/16- Congratulations to our Board Member
Newlyweds Lenny & Diana Sanclemente
4/20/16- Our General Membership Meeting with speaker Patti Guthrie from Builders Design at the Daytona International Airport
ACT Video filming at Deland High School
4/25/16- Our Fearless Leader, Sandy Bishop,
attending the NAHB EO Orientation
4/28/16- BOAF-FHBA Building Code Seminar at the ATC
May 2016 Events
5/3/16- ACT Student Job Fair: At the 2nd ACT Student Job Fair we placed 19 students from Deland HS and Seabreeze HS
5/4/16- Thank you Jay & Joyce of Hydroshield of Volusia for sealing our granite countertop at the VBIA!
5/6/16- Volusia County Economic Development Qtrly Meeting
5/8/16- Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mommies & our 2 new Mommies, Lara Butera (Eleanor Butera) & Amy Haworth (Lyla Haworth)
5/11/16- Family Fun Night at the Ballpark (Daytona Tortuga with Lauren @ NAHB)
It's Here! The updated Spike Roster (3/31/16) is now available!
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Save the Date!
May 20, Deadline to enter for the Aurora Awards
June 15, General Membership Meeting & President's New Member Orientation
July 27-30, SEBC Show at Gaylord Palms
August 17, General Membership Meeting
September 21, General Membership Meeting
October 19, General Membership Meeting
October 23, Annual Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament
Nov. 3-5, FHBA Fall Conference, Hilton Sandestin Beach