Northeast Construction Resources
The construction industry in the northeastern U.S. continues to grow. This past summer, home construction in the Northeast grew 15.3%, the strongest regional growth in the nation, Tweet This while the New York City metro area led the nation in new construction with $46.6 billion in starts in 2015.
Small business owners in the construction industry have access to a wide range of national resources, organizations and tools to help their businesses grow. At the same time, opportunities exist to forge regional connections and increase visibility in their metro regions and states. A few of the most helpful resources for northeastern construction companies are listed below:
Many associations involving construction and its related industries and disciplines offer state and local chapters—a key networking opportunity for small businesses. Many offer state and regional directories to other contractors and the public at large, which can help raise your company’s visibility and attract leads.
Among the organizations with regional, state or local chapters: the National Association of Home Builders, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Construction Management Association of America, the Construction Financial Management Association, and the American Institute of Constructors.
Conferences and trade shows
A variety of construction-related organizations offer regional conferences and trade shows, providing small businesses the opportunity to learn and network. Among them: the Northeast Buildings and Facilities Management Show & Conference and the JLCLive residential construction show. Many national and international conferences and trade shows also are held in the Northeast on a regular basis; one national calendar of events is available here.
State and regional energy-efficiency initiatives can help builders learn how to use new energy-efficient materials and practices. Some, such as Efficiency Vermont, offer partnerships with contractors and others in the construction industry that can help raise visibility and promote businesses as being focused on sustainability and energy efficiency.
Rules and regulations
Along with state and local building codes and other regulations, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date on federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and training plus any relevant state and municipal laws governing workplace safety and compensation.
Along with the networking opportunities run by the organizations listed above, online sites including BuilderSpace.com allow you to list your business by state or metro area in directories of construction companies and other providers. Many also offer additional resources for small business owners and opportunities to network.
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