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From the Ground Up, part 1: I'm Fired?

By Gene Slade Jr.

HVAC business owner, Gene Slade Jr. shares challenges, successes, failures, and fears that he encounters while starting his own HVAC service company in a down economy.

I'm fired. I have $100 spread across four bank accounts. I'm a first-time father of a 10-week old baby boy. I'm the sole breadwinner of my family. My wife works at keeping our beautiful home and caring for our newborn son.

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It's Not too Late to Catch the Last Two Regional Roundtables


Once, sales great Tom Hopkins couldn’t sell a thing.Hopkins is one of the greatest salespeople of all time, yet during the first six months of his sales career, he couldn’t sell zip, zero, zilch.

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Register Now for HVAC Comfortech and Get Free Gifts


Register before July 19, 2009 and not only do you get over $100 off the regular registration rate, you will receive a ton of free gifts from our friends at Service Roundtable, HVACPROFITBOOSTERS.COM and To Your Success, Inc:

Staying Positive in a Negative World (audio CD)
The Oldest Appliance Contest (audio CD)
FREE subscription to Comanche Marketing
$40 Service Roundtable Gift Certificate (new members only)
A Sample of the “Slackers Guide to HVAC Sales"
To Your Success “Sweet Treat” bag

Again, register by July 19 to save some money and get all this great stuff!. Register here



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Time is Running Out! Enter today for QHCA Awards


ContractingBusiness.com editors are now accepting entries for the annual ContractingBusiness.com Quality Home Comfort Awards.

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Call For Nominations: HVAC Woman of the Year


Contracting Business magazine is accepting nominations for its Seventh Annual Woman of the Year Award.

Nominees must either own a contracting firm or hold an upper management position, and be a leader in the HVAC community. We seek specific examples of outstanding achievements and a solid record of leadership within a candidate’s own HVACR firm, and throughout the industry.

We consider years in the industry, positions held, technical expertise, business acumen, association, involvement, and the commitment to promote and improve the HVAC industry.

The 2009 HVACR Woman of the Year will be profiled in the July 2009 issue of Contracting Business, and be recognized before an audience of her peers at HVAC Comfortech, the national, residential and light commercial HVAC seminar and showcase.

Beyond providing the person’s name, nominations must include a written description of the nominee's history in the industry, and key accomplishments, both in the company, and in the HVACR industry.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, please contact Terry McIver, executive editor, at 216/931-9732 or email him at tmciver@penton.com.



ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE

From the Ground Up, part 1: I'm Fired?
It's Not too Late to Catch the Last Two Regional Roundtables
Register Now for HVAC Comfortech and Get Free Gifts
Time is Running Out! Enter today for QHCA Awards
Call For Nominations: HVAC Woman of the Year




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