February 2019

HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

We are connected as members by the work of our hands, the sweat from our brows, the care and concern for others, and the excitement of seeing a project completed.

ABC of Iowa is here to support you in your daily endeavors with programs, services and discounts. We provide avenues for training, continuing education and keeping your employees safe on the job.

WHAT'S NEW IN FEBRUARY?

• Free webinars on improving job performance, advisory boards, privacy & security and gaining visibility, and how to get access to archived webinars.

• How to generate a 20-point STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) Report, to assist with starting, updating or auditing your safety program.

• Carpentry Craft Training & Winter Institute begins.

• Merit Shop Emerging Leaders: Session 1 begins on Wednesday, February 13th.


APPRENTICESHIP & EDUCATION

2019 - 02 - Carpentry & Winter

Winter Institute classes begin this month, each class begins on a Monday - starting with February 4th, and followed by the 11th, 18th and 25th.

Find the start dates and locations for your class by clicking the appropriate schedule below.

View the schedules here:
Electrical | HVAC/Plumbing

Throughout the past year, nine general contractor firms have collaborated with ABC of Iowa to discuss the structuring of a Carpentry Craft Training Program.

This program will begin on Thursday, February 7th 2019.
   Phase 1 will include Rough Carpentry and Iron Working.
   Phase 2 will include Welding & Concrete Finishing.

For more information on Winter Institute and the Carpentry Craft Training Program, contact Ginny Shindelar at 515-985-1175.


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

A chance to speak with your legislators is coming up soon.



Coming up on March 13th, ABC of Iowa offers you the opportunity to speak with your legislators about the issues that matter to you, your company and your employees.

This year's Legislative Reception will be held at our newly expanded training center in Grimes from 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Members are welcome to join in the conversation and tour the newly expanded facility. Food & beverages will be served.

Please RSVP if you plan to join us!


MEMBERSHIP

Last call for a Wild Night!



Last chance to register for a night out with ABC of Iowa and the Iowa Wild on February 22nd! The puck will drop at 6:00 p.m., and all are welcome to join!

$15 gets you a ticket to the Iowa Wild vs. San Jose Barracuda, Iowa Wild hat, and free entry to the after show, a concert by the Dropkick Murphy's.

Register by February 8th!


Emerging Leaders Program Begins February 13th

The Merit Shop Emerging Leaders program, designed to cultivate future leaders in the construction industry will begin Wednesday, February 13th with Session 1: Colors Training.

For additional information, contact Jared Harridge at 515-985-1174.


Field Leader Academy



In this high-impact program, project delivery professionals examine their own talents, their organizations and their processes, thereby transforming from talented builders to true construction entrepreneurs.

This course will be held on October 10th - 11th, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.
Lunch is included.

If you are interested in signing up for this program, contact Jared Harridge at 515-985-1174.

Click here for the application.



2019 - 02 - Member Anniversaries

Please join us in congratulating the following members:

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
ACE Electric, Inc. (25)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:

Professional Plumbing Service, Inc. (16)
United Rentals (16)
Contractors Plumbing, Inc. (14)
Novak Electric, Inc. (14)
Chown Appliance, Inc. (11)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. (4)
Murphy's Heating & Plumbing, Inc. (4)
Van Maanen Technology, Inc. (3)
Burkett Electric, LLC. (3)
Drewis Electric, Inc. (2)
Iowa Appliance Center (2)
BMC Plumbing (1)

For a full membership directory, click here.
We are truly grateful for our members - we value your membership and your commitment to the trades.


SAFETY

"The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others."
- John Locke



Did you know that as a member of ABC of Iowa you have full access to a free tool for analyzing and developing your company's safety and loss prevention programs?

Learn more about STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) and get started on your 20-point report to starting, updating or auditing your safety program today!

Get Started Today!
STEP Information | 2018 Report | STEP Online Application


UPCOMING EVENTS

FEBRUARY 5 (TUESDAY)
Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 5 of 9)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

FEBRUARY 6 (WEDNESDAY)
Advisory Boards - What Are They Really & How Do They Work?
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

FEBRUARY 8 (FRIDAY)

Eliminating Information Silos and Double Data Entry
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

FEBRUARY 12 (TUESDAY)
Privacy & Security Breaches in the Construction Industry - Understanding & Preventing
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

FEBRUARY 12 (TUESDAY)

Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 6 of 9)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

FEBRUARY 13 (WEDNESDAY)
Merit Shop Emerging Leaders
Session 1: Colors Training
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 18th.

FEBRUARY 15 (FRIDAY)
Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

FEBRUARY 19 (TUESDAY)
Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 7 of 9)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

FEBRUARY 22 (FRIDAY)
ABC of Iowa Night with the Iowa Wild
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Register by February 8th.

FEBRUARY 26 (TUESDAY)
Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 8 of 9)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.


WEBINARS

Advisory Boards – What Are They Really & How Do They Work?

(Hosted by CFMA)

Date: February 6, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Ben Brahinsky, President, Leap Financial

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
When it comes to strategy, your company doesn't have to embark on this by itself. It can seek outside advice by using an advisory board.

Learning objectives:
• The benefits and challenges of having an outsider involved
• How to define true objectives and what makes the process successful
• What to look for in an advisor/director and who shouldn’t be on your board
• How to define priorities and create an effective agenda

CPE Information:

Earn 1 CPE credit in the field of Specialized Knowledge.
Price: • Free for CFMA members • $39.57 for ABC members (40% off the regular non-member price!)
— enter ABCPROMO at registration.

REGISTER HERE

Eliminating Information Silos and Double Data Entry

Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. CST
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers: Alfonso Pe Bonito, Viewpoint

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Ever feel like you are drowning in spreadsheets? Or are you entering the same information two, three or even more times into different systems? Many contractors using multiple, disconnected software programs find themselves tracking job cost information outside their accounting program and piecing together data from yet more spreadsheets from their project managers on change orders, projections and billing. How do you move beyond spending hours every day entering data multiple times?

Join product expert Alfonso Pe Bonito to learn how the built-in integration between Vista and Team Project Management eliminates double entry and increases the accuracy and reliability of your data.

REGISTER HERE


Privacy & Security Breaches in the Construction Industry - Understanding & Preventing

Date: February 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Paul E. Gouge, Risk Control Consultant, CNA Insurance

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Businesses increasingly rely on their computer networks to store confidential business and customer information, automate manufacturing and customer interaction, and manage supply chain relationships with customers and vendors. This increased dependence on computer networks, along with a growing body of state and federal statutes governing data privacy, has created additional risks that businesses need to manage. This class provides participants with tools and resources to effectively recognize and manage these new risks. Ideal participants include risk managers and anyone concerned with customer data privacy.

REGISTER HERE


Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence

Date: February 15, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. CST
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers: Heather Smith, Viewpoint

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Gaining actionable intelligence from the mountain of data involved with construction projects is difficult. Just pulling information together from many different sources can be burdensome, often requiring many labor hours and pricey custom reports. Then, how do you make sense of your data in ways relevant to you or other members of your project team?

Join product expert Heather Smith to learn more about how the new Spectrum Business Intelligence solution and other data analytics features that help you collect, compile and analyze your data in virtually any format you want to see to gain dynamic project visibility.

REGISTER HERE


Did You Know?

Unable to join in on a recent webinar?

It's good to know that ABC of Iowa members have access to archived webinars, so that you can join in whenever it works with your schedule!

Topics include: Apprenticeship, Business Development, Environment/Energy, Green Building, Health Care, HR Policy, Labor/NLRB, Management and Accounting, Procurement, Tax Policy, Training and Education and Workplace Safety.

To get started, request a log-in from ABC National below.
You will then receive your log-in credentials, and gain full access.

Links: Request A Log-In | Archived Webinars