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5 Questions with Linda Norred, Norred Fire Systems

Norred Fire Systems, LLC is a second generation family business. It was founded in 2001 by Clayton J. Norred, Jr. in West Monroe, Louisiana. Today, the company is located in Monroe, Louisiana and works with customers throughout Louisiana and…
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Commercial Service Contractors - Can You Reduce Busy Work in the Busy Season?

Busy season is here for many commercial service contractors.  Being busy is much better than the alternative, but this busy season may be a good opportunity for you to examine your current operations and workflows and ask, "What are my people…
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Cyber Attacks in Fire and Life Safety

In 2019, there’s a fresh wave of ransomware hackers targeting US-based fire and life safety contractors that have legacy server systems. Several have been either forced to pay a bounty or face devastating disruptions when the cyber attack…
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Update Your Customer Service Certification

Commercial service contractors know a thing or two about continuing education (CE). Depending on your line of work, ignoring CE is not an option if you want to stay in business. Regardless of your line of work, encouraging CE throughout your…
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5 Questions to Help Service Contractors Build More Valuable Businesses

Much of the popular culture in management consulting today is focused on the customer experience. Matt Dixon, the author of one of my favorite management books, The Challenger Sale, is spending many of his cycles promoting another of his…
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5 Reasons Why Hiring Millennials No Different Than Hiring Previous Generations

For the last decade, my career has been centered around recruiting and managing millennials. Plus, I am one. When we talk about recruiting and retaining millennials, I know what a lot of people are thinking: I don’t want to. Millennials…
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Two Ways for Contractors to Attract More Service Technician Job Applications

Your reputation has always been important when recruiting talent because the best techs want to work at the best companies. But the mediums job seekers use to search for potential employers has changed. Word of mouth is still around but pales…
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United Fire Improves Their Monthly Reporting Cycle with Sage Intacct

United Fire wanted to increase the level of customer service that their technicians provided by improving technology, automating processes, and increasing efficiency across the organization. Their first steps towards this goal were to replace…
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Smartglasses Face a Blurry Future

At the 2012 Google I/O conference, the big “reveal” was Google Glass.  A team of Glass-wearing skydivers live streamed their descent toward the roof of the San Francisco Moscone center where the event was underway.  It was an awe-inspiring…