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The Contractors Toolbox Podcast from Certified Contractors Network (CCN) is conversations with experts in the contracting industry. We talk about best practices for scaling a successful home improvement contracting company. We'd love for you to join us at contractors.net

Contractors Toolbox Gary Cohen

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 9 Ratings

The Contractors Toolbox Podcast from Certified Contractors Network (CCN) is conversations with experts in the contracting industry. We talk about best practices for scaling a successful home improvement contracting company. We'd love for you to join us at contractors.net

    The Ins and Outs of Offering Financing Options In Your Business | Neal Christensen

    The Ins and Outs of Offering Financing Options In Your Business | Neal Christensen

    In this episode, Gary talks with Neal Christensen, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager at Enerbank.
    Neal discusses the benefits of financing and various payment options.  He talks about the impact it has on cash flow, the financing process, how it increases viable leads for contractors, the positive impact on close rates, and more.  He also explains the PreQualify and application process, and considerations when choosing a lender. 
    The vast majority of your jobs should be financed because of all of the benefits Neal discusses, so this podcast is one every contractor should listen to and gain benefits for their business.

    • 47 min
    Effectively Utilizing Visualization Tools to Improve Your Sales Process | Brad Finck

    Effectively Utilizing Visualization Tools to Improve Your Sales Process | Brad Finck

    In this episode, Gary talks with Brad Finck, Senior Vice President at Renoworks Software.
    Renoworks is a market leader in providing various visualization tools for a more professional and sophisticated demo in the customer’s home. Brad talks about how these visualization tools can also be utilized on your website, in social media marketing, home shows, and in other marketing and sales activities.
    This is a great episode to learn how to raise the bar in your sales and marketing with visualization tools.

    • 26 min
    A Contractor with a Passion for Technology Builds a Phenomenal Solution for Contractors | Isaac Barlow

    A Contractor with a Passion for Technology Builds a Phenomenal Solution for Contractors | Isaac Barlow

    In this episode, Gary talks with Isaac Barlow, the Founder of BusyBusy. 
    BusyBusy is a technology solution that raises the bar on field labor management and job costing.  Isaac talks about how he created the BusyBusy solution for his own contracting company and the results were so strong after 4 years that they began offering the solution to the industry.
    Isaac also talks about the positive impact the software has on field labor management and job costing, enabling the team to focus on revenue and profits.  He also discussed joining forces with another great tech solution company, ToolWatch, and is on the Board of Directors of the combined company.
    There will be a joint webinar between BusyBusy and CCN on February 15, 2024 that is focused on job costing and here is the link to register.  This is a great episode for any contractor who wants to improve efficiency and accuracy in the field.

    • 24 min
    How a California Roofing Contractor Successfully Scaled his business to $29M | Pete Scudder

    How a California Roofing Contractor Successfully Scaled his business to $29M | Pete Scudder

    In this episode, Gary talks with Pete Scudder, owner of Scudder Roofing in Marino, CA.
    Pete talks about how he got his start in the industry at 18 years old and launched his own company at 24. With a family to feed, Pete talks about what it took to get his business off the ground, how he learned to become a strong business leader, and how he successfully scaled his business to a $29M roofing and solar business.
    Pete has some great advice for listeners and his messages will be powerful for all of those who listen to this episode.

    • 32 min
    How an Ohio Contractor went from a Storm Business to a Booming Retail Contractor | Jon Qualls

    How an Ohio Contractor went from a Storm Business to a Booming Retail Contractor | Jon Qualls

    In this episode, Gary talks with Jon Qualls, President and Co-Owner of Bo Lacey Construction.
    Jon talks about how he forged a close friendship with his business partner, Kevin Lacey, after they played football together in college. He talks about how their first 3 years in business were focused on storms and they came close to going out of business in 2015.
    Jon explains how they learned about CCN while attending a CertainTeed event and they became members. By 2018 they became more active in CCN by attending trainings, roundtables, and masterminds, and this helped them discover and embrace the systems and processes they needed to put in place across their business. From there they continued to grow and expect to exceed $15M in Revenue with a 14.5% net profit this year.
    This is an incredible success story that will be inspiring to all contractors who listen to this episode.

    • 29 min
    A Pittsburgh-Based Contractor Leverages His Corporate Background to Launch and Build His Window and Door Business | Steve Rennekamp

    A Pittsburgh-Based Contractor Leverages His Corporate Background to Launch and Build His Window and Door Business | Steve Rennekamp

    In this episode, Gary talks with Steve Rennekamp, founder and CEO of Energy Swing Windows and Doors.
    Steve has a fascinating background. He talks about how he earned an Engineering degree and was recruited right out of school to work for Alcoa. He spent 33 years at the company in various roles and truly learned many functional areas of business during those Alcoa years.
    He talks about how he and his son, Donny, started Energy Swing from nothing and how they struggled for a while until the business finally turned the corner and started growing profitably. Steve talks quite a bit about the importance of hiring the right people and how this became a game-changer for Energy Swing.
    This is a fantastic conversation with an industry veteran.

    • 33 min

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Title: A Regrettable Disconnect Between Content and Practice

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This podcast presents a promising premise: to educate its listeners on the intricacies of business. Unfortunately, it seems to struggle with implementing the principles it preaches within its own structure. I wanted to know more about CCN! Communication was an endless loop of redirections, leaving me shuffling from one representative to another, each seemingly unaware of how to answer my one and only simple question!!!
One must practice what they preach.

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