Editors Notebook

The Importance of Onboarding

For new employees to truly become part of your team, put as much effort into onboarding them as you did in finding them.

Originally published Published: 02.01.18 Author By Pete Grasso

You’ve Got Mail — Now Read it!

Email has been around a long time, yet we’re still trying to master this communications tool.

Originally published Published: 09.01.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Industry Committed to Innovation

Innovation abounds throughout the industry thanks to the commitment of its dedicated manufacturers.

Originally published Published: 08.01.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Prepare for Growth

If you’re not prepared for it, rapid growth may lead to failure.

Originally published Published: 07.05.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Living in the Information Age

Browse through our archives and you’ll find articles published five, six or even 11 years ago easily apply to your business today.

Originally published Published: 06.01.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Take a Look from Your Customers’ Perspective

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes, and you’ll look at your service in a whole new light.

Originally published Published: 05.04.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Hope is Not a Business Plan

While hope should not be the foundation of your business plan, it’s certainly an essential aspect.

Originally published Published: 04.12.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Customers Want What They Want

While the customer may not always be right, the sad truth is, the customer wants what the customer wants.

Originally published Published: 03.09.17 Author By Pete Grasso

Define Your Own Leadership Style

Just as each of us is different, so are our individual leadership styles — and what’s right for one person might not necessarily be right for another.

Originally published Published: 02.01.17 Author By Pete Grasso

It All Starts Now

It’s stories of your entrepreneurial success that help make this magazine such a great resource and inspire other contractors.

Originally published Published: 12.28.16 Author By Pete Grasso

Educate Your Customer Base

Educating your customer base — and offering products and services they want — will help you compete in a crowded marketplace.

Originally published Published: 10.28.16 Author By Pete Grasso

Look for the Next Curve

It isn’t enough merely to stay ahead of the curve. True innovators, such as Steve Jobs, look for the next curve. And then the next curve — never becoming complacent.

Originally published Published: 10.01.15 Author By Pete Grasso

A Champion for the Trades

While One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning will certainly benefit from Mike Rowe’s celebrity endorsement, the industry as a whole has a lot to gain — including recruitment of new …

Originally published Published: 06.08.15 Author By Pete Grasso

Beware the Status Quo

If you desire improvement, you have to change the way things have always been done.

Originally published Published: 02.01.15 Author By Pete Grasso

Manage Your Stress this Holiday Season

Stress is inevitable. How we handle the stress, though, will dictate whether or not it has a positive or a negative effect on our lives.

Originally published Published: 12.01.14 Author By Pete Grasso

A Lot to Look Forward To

We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for 2015, but not everything has to wait until then. Our new website has a lot of features that will keep you …

Originally published Published: 09.01.14 Author By Pete Grasso

You Only Get One Chance to Make a Lasting Impression

You don’t have long to make a lasting impression, so you better be memorable. Luckily, this industry has no shortage of great minds worthy of praise for their creative marketing …

Originally published Published: 06.01.14 Author By Pete Grasso

Small Businesses, Big Brands

Fleet branding has 2.5 seconds to make an impression on passersby; make every second count

Originally published Published: 04.01.14 Author By Jenn Lonzer

Preoccupied Personnel

Your knack for shrewd business strategy should include tactics for keeping employees motivated, focused, and committed.

Originally published Published: 03.01.09 Author By Heather Onorati

Resolve to Organize and Decrease Stress

Better organizational skills will help you reduce stress on yourself and your employees, leading to much higher productivity.

Originally published Published: 01.01.09 Author By Heather Onorati

The Leadership Challenge

You must master the art of working through others rather than "doing it yourself."

Originally published Published: 11.01.08 Author By Heather Onorati

Give Customers an Opportunity

Giving customers an opportunity to voice their opinions makes good business sense. It can also help you "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat."

Originally published Published: 09.01.08 Author By Traci Purdum

Managing Change

Embrace change and move forward or resist change and risk failure. Either way, the next generation will always be at your heels waiting to take over the reins. It’s your …

Originally published Published: 07.01.08 Author By Traci Purdum

Disaster Planning

Every year natural disasters and common events like fires force thousands of businesses to close, and 25% can not recover. To better your odds of survival, devise a disaster plan.

Originally published Published: 04.01.08 Author By Traci Purdum

The Craft Of Communication

An experience with communication gone wrong and uses it as a teaching moment for how to better handle various situations with co-workers and employees.

Originally published Published: 02.01.08 Author By HVACR Business Staff

Getting Better With Wellness Programs

Investing in employee wellness programs can produce a more satisfied and productive workforce, reduce health-care and insurance costs, and improve attendance and performance.

Originally published Published: 08.01.07 Author By Tonya Vinas

Co-op Advertising Makes Small Companies Seem Big

Contractors can have top notch ads with minimal effort.

Originally published Published: 06.01.07 Author By Tonya Vinas

Who Makes Buying Decisions? Women!

Women are a lucrative market, especially when it comes to providing a comfortable, cost-efficient home for families. Position your products and services so that they respond to the concerns of …

Originally published Published: 04.01.07 Author By Tonya Vinas

Need a New Way To Promote Your Business? Say 'Go Team!'

It’s no surprise then that sports marketing is hugely successful for many brand-name companies, and many have hitched their marketing wagons — or at least one marketing wagon — to …

Originally published Published: 02.01.07 Author By Tonya Vinas

Boost Productivity With ‘Visuality’

The power of visuality is that it empowers employees to do their jobs more efficiently based on their own evaluations, ideas, and actions. It seems with this concept, everyone benefits, …

Originally published Published: 11.01.06 Author By Tonya Vinas