August 24, 2010 Membership Luncheon

"Kill Two Birds with One Luncheon Meeting" 

We know you're busy and it's hard to get away for a breakfast and luncheon meeting each month.  Beginning next month MVNARI will be combining the two meetings and having two speakers at the August 24th membership luncheon meeting.  What a great way to hear important information that is relevant to your business at a fraction of the cost!
Our first speaker is Brian Schlosser, CPA is the founder and President of Schlosser Financial Planning (SFP), a private wealth management firm located in Cincinnati.  Mr. Schlosser's business experience spans 21 years in the areas of commercial banking, public accounting, insurance, private wealth management, and entrepreneurial wealth management.  In 2004, Mr. Schlosser opened Schlosser Financial Planning, a private wealth management firm focused on serving the unique needs of entrepreneurs and their extended families.  SFP provides comprehensive wealth management services in the areas of business and personal financial planning, risk management, retirement planning, business succession and estate planning. 
Brian's talk is on Leading Your Business into Retirement.  Sales lead times are long.  Competitors are bidding jobs with no margin.  Overall demand for your service is down.  Customers are paying late.  Suppliers are not extending credit.  We could go on all day.  Times are tough.  Retirement?  Are you kidding? 
Now is the time to rebuild your business from the ground up.  This session will discuss practical steps on how to lead your business and your people to your goal of financial security and success.  
Our second guest speaker is Bill Bankes, who graduated from UC as an Industrial Engineer and later received his MBA from The University of Dayton in 1999. 


Bill has worked as an Industrial Engineer at Monsanto Research and Co-Op at Corporate Kroger's. Bill has consulted as a process improvement expert when starting Global Manufacturing, aka Global Foam Company in 1996.  Bill will be presenting a talk on Global Foam Company's polystyrene products. The traditional and creative uses for EPS (expanded bead polystyrene) in construction and display applications. These uses include exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS/Stucco), interior and exterior products, amusement park and trade show displays, concrete forms, monument signs, events, insulation and packaging.
The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North, 2301 Wagner Ford Road. Registration and networking begin at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch and the program are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration fees are $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. Register online at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today!


Miami Valley NARI Annual Golf Outing

September 21, 2010

COME SWING WITH US - with your golf club that is!  Yes, we want you to be a part of the golf outing this year.  For only $85 per person you can join other NARI members for a fun day on the golf course.  The Miami Valley NARI golf outing is one of the least expensive golf outings in the area.  It is being held at the Beavercreek Country Club beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.  Contact us today at (937) 222-6274 and let us know of your interest in playing.  We will put all individual registrations in groups of four----a great way to network, too.  See you on the links!
This year's outing is presented by Modlich Stoneworks, a complete custom fabricator of natural stone products like granite, marble and quartz countertops.  Modlich is a family owned business, working in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus markets.  For more information visit Modlich at
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS by putting your name in front of Miami Valley NARI's biggest remodeling companies at the annual golf outing!
YOU have a great opportunity to be a part of this fun day by becoming a sponsor at this year's event.  Target your market by sponsoring Miami Valley NARI's golf outing where you have the perfect chance to market yourself and YOUR business.  With over 70 decision makers from the Dayton and Cincinnati area participating, how can you go wrong?  
As a sponsor, YOU are encouraged to put your personal touch on whatever area you are sponsoring. Bring whatever you want to make your hole the most exciting, interesting and memorable stop on the entire golf course!  And you are welcome to staff (if necessary) your own hole, registration tables, etc.
Call the Miami Valley NARI office at (937) 222-6274 today to let us know what you would like to sponsor or visit and submit your reservation TODAY!


Mark Your Calendars for September 28th

CASINO NIGHT with Ferguson

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Ferguson will host our Member Open House with a Casino Night for NARI members. This is a great opportunity for you to network with your Dayton and Cincinnati area colleagues, and a perfect event to bring prospective NARI members to. In addition to live casino games (blackjack, roulette, and craps) with dealers and giveaways, there will be vendor displays. If you've never been to Ferguson, they sell plumbing, lighting, appliances and cabinets - all of which you can check out while there. Besides networking and education, this event will be used to promote NARI membership so bring a friend!
WHAT:  Miami Valley NARI Member Open House: Casino Night
WHERE: Ferguson - 11860 Mosteller Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2023 - 6 to 10 p.m.
COST:  Compliments of Ferguson Enterprises
RSVP: By September 20 - Call Miami Valley NARI at (937) 222-6274 or
[email protected]


Miami Valley NARI and Housetrends...another successful "Happy Hour"

On July 16th Housetrends hosted a "Happy Hour" for Miami Valley NARI members and a good time was had by all. We convened at Thai 9 restaurant in the Historic Oregon District for time networking, visiting and good old fashioned elbow rubbing. New members, John and Scott Albrecht with Albrecht Wood Interiors, Inc. were on hand as well as many other new faces and potential Miami Valley NARI members. Keep an eye on our website,, for upcoming "Happy Hour" events. Rumor has it that we will be visiting Beef O'Brady's in Centerville for an event hosted by Remodeling Designs, Inc. in the near future.


NARI Day at Requarth Lumber and Millwork

Many thanks to those of you who were able to visit with NARI last Saturday for the first NARI Day hosted by Requarth Lumber and Millwork. Alan, John, Harold and Steve were on hand to provide information, products and services to all who attended. Keep in mind Requarth has established Saturday hours so don't forget to visit them anytime the need arises. They are located at 447 East Monument Avenue, Dayton.


Stimulus Contractors Face New Reporting Rules

First-tier subcontractors working on contracts of $25,000 or more funded by the Recovery Act have significant new reporting requirements, as do the prime contractors for whom they work, under an interim rule issued by several federal agencies.

The interim rule, issued July 2, amends Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Case 2009-009, published in March 2009, to revise the clause at FAR 52.204-11. The rule does not require renegotiation of existing Recovery Act contracts that include the clause dated March 2009; it would apply to all new solicitations and contracts issued on or after July 2.

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Small-Business Owners: Prepare For A Tax Hike

By James B. Davis


Owners of small businesses should prepare themselves for some big changes on the corporate tax front.
Here's the background: The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213) was recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. One provision of the bill is designed to help curb tax abuses by small business owners whose companies are organized as S corporations. The way things are currently structured, many of these small business firms have been able to avoid Social Security and Medicare taxes ("payroll taxes") they will likely now have to pay. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that closing this tax loophole could generate almost $11 billion over the next 10 years. H.R. 4213 is now stalled in the Senate. But even if this loophole-closing provision isn't adopted as part of the pending legislation, expect to see it resurface as Congress struggles for ways to cut the deficit, without harming entitlement programs such as Social Security.
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Customer Service Serves Bottom Line

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer

Several years ago I purchased a big-ticket item and within a matter of weeks it malfunctioned.
Upon contacting the business, the item was serviced, but malfunctioned again. This cycle of repair-malfunction continued for weeks.
Most folks who know me will say I am a patient person; it takes a lot to get me excited. But when I do, I am determined to find a solution. Which is what happened in this incident; the outcome was a win-win for both sides.
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Use the Government's Free Tools

By Tasha Cunningham

As a small-business owner struggling through a recession that shows almost no signs of letting up anytime soon, the federal government probably isn't the first place you would turn to for marketing advice. But believe it or not, you should. With the U.S. economy still in tatters, you might be surprised to learn that the federal government offers free online tools to help you market and promote your product or service.
To find out more about how the feds can help your business, BizBytes turned to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Nancy Rackear, public information officer for the administration's Miami office.
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July 21, 2010





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