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The 2nd Annual Maryland Construction Industry Survey, hosted by Gross Mendelsohn & Associates in conjunction with MCN, is now open and ready for your participation. Our survey is designed to determine the state of the construction industry while identifying areas of optimism and concern for all companies involved in the construction process in Maryland. We sincerely hope you will take 10 minutes or less to participate in this important survey. The larger the sample group, the better the data. More than 200 companies participated in our 2016 survey.

Gross Mendelson’s Steve Ball will present the survey results at Maryland Construction Network’s May 4th, 2017 Direct Connect Networking Event. Information provided from the survey will allow you to measure and compare your company to others doing business within the state. Survey data will also help you identify trends and markets to examine and target for upcoming work.

As always, your responses and private information will be kept confidential. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Home Depot Gift Card.

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The following links will open pdf’s of the three PowerPoint presentations delivered at MCN’s March Direct Connect meeting in February.

Frederick County Public Schools

Frederick County Department of Economic Development

Howard County Economic Forecast

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Rob Bertazon - Host and Moderator of The Maryland Construction Network

Rob Bertazon – Host and Moderator of The Maryland Construction Network

I recorded another MCN podcast on December 10th with Steve Ball, a partner with Gross Mendelsohn CPA’s. We were taping a segment about succession planning to help make people aware of the importance of this vital, but often overlooked, part of the business plan.

Steve will be giving a seminar on February 17th for anyone interested in learning more about the reason for having an exit plan, variables to consider, different types of exit strategies and many other aspects of the process. Let me simply say that if your company does not have a succession plan in place at this time, there is no better place for you to be on February 17th than at this presentation.

Steve and I have recorded podcasts together a few times before and I always enjoy going to the GM offices because it affords me an opportunity to talk about the construction industry with an extremely knowledgeable and well-informed individual who is not a construction person. I get a whole different perspective on the industry and Steve always brings to light new information from the technical side of his profession (accounting) that I may have never considered.

Reflecting upon the time spent with Steve made me realize what I really enjoy about podcasting and why I have been drawn to it. It is that I get a chance to relay quality information to construction professionals which is not always readily available, and to do it in a very relaxed and easily accessible manner. And since it doesn’t cost anything to listen, everyone gets to learn without breaking the bank. That’s especially nice.

Sometime in the future I think I will do a program (in a little different format) where I will show the people not familiar with the different ways to access podcasts how to take advantage of this media. It really is as easy as turning on a mobile device.

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April 26th 2013. That was the day MCN accepted it’s very first membership application. A year (and two weeks) later MCN has 189 members. That averages to exactly 1 new member every other day. Not every other work day, but every other day! Only a year or so in business, MCN is already one of the largest construction associations in the state.

Verna and I would like to thank all of you who have joined MCN. From our old friends who joined right off the bat, to our newest member who joined today after just learning about the organization. MCN members represent a diverse spectrum of the industry. That diversity is not only in the work performed, but also from a geographical nature. MCN is on track to be a “statewide” association, capable of servicing members from all reaches of Maryland as well as the entire Mid-Atlantic region. And if you are not yet a member of MCN, let’s get you signed up now so you can build your network and get work. Remember what Robert Kiyosaki (Author of the #1 Personal Finance Book of All Times, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”) said, “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.”

We are extremely pleased to have welcomed so many companies into MCN. Through our continued efforts to deliver premier networking and information designed to help you run your business and prosper in the industry, we are confident MCN will continue to experience steady growth. Verna and I are currently working on a couple programs to further enhance the value of a MCN membership.

Verna and I are keenly aware that “value” is a huge factor in MCN’s success. Our value proposition is short and sweet. Give people what they need for the best possible price. Eliminate waste. No unnecessary expenses. No “free rides”. Be fair. Be honest. Work hard. That’s how our members work and that’s what they expect from the people working for them.

Verna and I hope you will spread the word about MCN to your friends, colleagues, and others in the construction industry. By doing so you will expand your network in ways that have yet to be imagined.

Thanks for reading! Verna and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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MCN had a very busy week making the rounds at various events this past week. It was good to see so many of our present “connections” as well as to meet so many new people we hope will make their “connection” in the near future. Both the Meet the Primes event and the Blue Book Showcase network were great opportunities for MCN to spread the word about what we do and further expand the reach of our network.

This week we will be focusing on following-up with the new contacts we made as well as promoting our next two upcoming events – the project tour of the new Recycling Center in Baltimore County that we are hosting with AIABaltimore, as well as our Direct Connect with the “Baltimore Urbanization” panel discussion on 11/19.

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Ready to Roll

It’s been a while in the making, but the Maryland Construction Network is coming into focus. We have our first Direct Connect Meeting set for May 22nd and registrations are proceeding well. I still have a couple items to complete on the website, most notable is the online storefront. Very shortly you will be able to […]

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