The Impact of Changing Business Formations

When looking to grow a business, it’s important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of the firm’s existing legal structure. Before making a decision, determine the impact a change will have on current operations, liability and tax obligations.

Inward Focus

Want to know where the most economic activity will take place in the next few years? Forget New England, the Pacific Coast and the shores of the Great Lakes. It’s time to look inward. So says a 2013 Manhattan Institute report, “America’s Growth Corridors,” which identifies four regions boasting population, income, employment and GDP growth—plus affordable housing, good business environments and the political will to exploit their natural resources.

Empowering Construction With Mobile Technology

  Executives in all industries are realizing the value of mobile technology and leveraging it for improved and timely communication across business operations. The construction industry is rapidly adopting mobile technologies, especially because team members tend to be dispersed and on the move.

Transforming the Delivery of Green Buildings With BIM

The use of BIM makes life cycle cost analysis easier and more reliable, allowing firms to take a long-term holistic approach to project decision-making that considers the cost, environmental and social impacts of materials, equipment and technology not only now, but also in the future.

USACE Requires COBie for Military Construction

  Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will require all Army design-build and construction contracts to use the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. Builders will play a key role in COBie’s implementation because submittals comprise the bulk of construction handover data.

Researching the Building Impact of Natural Disasters

  While preparing a structure for exposure to natural disasters isn’t always top of mind in the construction industry, research is continually under way to find ways to limit the damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. 

Do the Math on Older Vehicles

  Each business is unique, and no universal approach to developing a replacement cycle for a fleet of vehicles exists. To ensure vehicles are replaced at appropriate intervals for optimum performance and resale value, a comprehensive cost and replacement analysis will demonstrate conclusively how older vehicles can cost a business a lot more than they’re worth.

States Take Up Pro-Growth Policies

  The American economy is starting to regain its footing after the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. On one side, Washington lawmakers seem to be more interested in scoring political points than creating the conditions for employers to create jobs. On the other side, governors and state legislators are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

Lab Report: R&D Spending Set to Dip, Construction Costs Set to Rise

  This year, the United States will account for 28.3 percent of total global R&D spending, which translates into 2.7 percent of gross domestic product or approximately $424 billion. That’s a 1.7 percent drop from the nation’s 30 percent share of total global R&D spending in 2011.

Taking Health Care to School

  With the help of the ABC North Alabama Chapter and more than 15 ABC member companies, Alabama’s nonprofit organization HEALS launched its second dental clinic for students whose families may not be able to afford regular doctor’s visits.


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