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New England Construction Blog

More That Just A Dotted Line… Advice from a Contract Administrator at NEC

Lauren Letellier4/19/2017

As a Contract Administrator I get the pleasure of handling many different roles within the company here at New England Construction. Although the word is in my title, my duties don’t just involve contracts. In addition to making sure all contracts are processed properly in a timely manner with...

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Topics: Education, Business Tips

Business Development in 2 Hours

Kim Sluter4/6/2017

Ever see that movie “She’s Just Not That Into You”?  You know the part where Drew Barrymore is exhausted from the effort it takes to date in the digital age?  This 50 second monologue describes what it’s like to be a Business Development professional in today’s world.  Inbound Marketing,...

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Topics: Education, Business Tips

You and Your Business Should Be In Fear of Missing Out

Kim Sluter3/24/2017

What do you get when you put 1100 Professional Women in a room at the 20th Annual Bryant University Women’s Summit?  10 NEC women found out on Friday, March 17th.  You get access to the free exchange of ideas.  You get 3 keynote speakers, 2 breakout sessions and comments from the Governor.  You...

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Topics: Education, Business Tips

The Closing of the Year

Ethan Sluter2/27/2017

Year-end for construction finance professionals:  the bane of our existence.  Trying to complete all of the year end tasks along with all of our day-to-day responsibilities can make this time of year very difficult. 40 to 50-hour work weeks become 50 to even 70-hour weeks almost overnight.  The...

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Topics: Education, Construction, Business Tips

Perspective... From the CEO of New England Construction

David Sluter12/14/2016

The recent presidential election was the most contentious and divisive I have experienced in my 50+ years of following them.  It set new lows for civility, decency and veracity. About half of the voters were disappointed and many were outraged with the results.  This election continued the trend...

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Topics: leadership, Business Tips

Take the First Flight Out: Time Management Tips for the Real World

Kim Sluter11/30/2016

Leadership Team Initiatives.  Annual budgets. Department Strategy Wheels. Company Vision Statements. Tactical Objectives.  High level business planning is no longer a fourth quarter task.  Effective leadership teams are business planning 365 days while still executing the blocking and tackling...

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Topics: Construction, Business Tips

Taking Care of Business: Managing Stress in our Estimating Department

Jesslie Ramos11/16/2016

A new project just came in! As the Estimating Administrator at New England Construction, this sets my day in action. Each new project proposal requires proper attention to detail and generates a new set of deliverables for our department. It is my responsibility to ensure that every aspect &...

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Topics: Construction, Business Tips

Our Annual Decision: New England Construction in the Winter

Matt Sluter10/5/2016

It’s October. 

The leaves are changing and even falling.  The air is crisp and the last remnants of summer are basically gone.  For many of us in Commercial Real Estate in New England, we are poised with a simple question with not such a simple answer:  Build now, or wait to the spring?  Why...

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Topics: Insider, Construction, Business Tips, Real Estate

The Tyranny of the Inbox

David Sluter9/21/2016

I was watching the CBS news program Face the Nation on a recent Sunday morning when I heard the phrase “The Tyranny of the Inbox.”  The speaker used the phrase in the context of a discussion about hasty, ill-considered foreign policy communications that were driven by a need to respond to public...

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Topics: leadership, Business Tips

Preparing to Manage Through Dramatic Change

David Sluter11/12/2015

Those of us who have experienced rapid growth or contraction understand the difficulty and impacts of managing our businesses through these periods of dramatic change. As managers, we all must make important decisions in a short period of time that affect our businesses, our families and our...

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Topics: Business Tips