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Rebuilding Through Education and Recruitment of Key People

Taking place every fall, AWCI's Industry Executives' Conference and Committee Meetings keep company owners and executives focused on trends impacting their business through informative speakers, networking and committee meetings.

A major problem across the country now is that many talented people left our industry during and after the 2008 recession. And while that difficulty didn’t impact our members in New York City so much as in other locales, it has caused setbacks here. The downturn caused many contractors to react by letting go a significant portion of their talent pool. As a result, some of the best talent chose to leave the industry leaving us with severe gaps in key positions.

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Tides are Changing

The natural EBB and flow of tides has a calming effect on human nature.  Tides are predictable yet ignoring their importance can have a devastating effect on society and businesses alike.  When a storm like super storm Sandy blows through your neighborhood, you have witnessed first-hand how changing tides can have a catastrophic effect on your ability to survive.

From a business point of view, institutions that drive our industry operate in the new paradigm of the natural EBB and flow of business cycles.  A banking facility requires a steady stream of strong financial data to assess risk in providing the capital required to manage cash flow in an industry with archaic payment terms and conditions.  Insurance companies demand a boat load of policy and procedures to help mitigate risk.  State, County and Federal agencies impose a prequalification and requalification process that requires a MBA, CPA and law degree to comply with.  As you navigate your business through this new paradigm, avoiding the peaks and valleys and maintaining a steady course can only enhance your chances to succeed.

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Commercial brokerages remain a sea of whiteness

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What makes a family business different

The subject of family businesses might seem like a natural fit for a Crain Communications publication, especially in 2016: The family-owned company, which publishes this paper and more than 50 other... To view the full story, click the title link.
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2016 scholarship program UPDATE

2016 Scholarships were chosen by a third party and we mailed out checks on August 22, 2016.
Congratulations to all of the winners! It was a hard choice, they were all great candidates!
If you did not receive a letter and check, you may apply once per year.


Winners, cannot apply for another scholarship.