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Four Tips for Better Managing Cash Flow

CEDIA
Dec 16, 2014

cash flowOne of the most important things a home technology professional business can do is actively manage its cash flow. Particularly if the business is growing, owners need to know how much cash the firm has on hand at any given moment.

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Proactively Responding to Negative Online Reviews

CEDIA
Dec 15, 2014

online reviewsBusiness owners can't get rid of negative online reviews, but they can be proactive about addressing them.

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How They Did It: La Quinta Screening Room

CEDIA
Dec 12, 2014

2014 HT L4 Silver ScreenThis private theater, a 50th anniversary gift from a generous son, was intended to be a high-performance screening room with an accurate acoustical environment and low noise floor. The room would be used primarily for the enjoyment of movies, including some pre-release titles.

The challenge was that it would have to fit into the existing exercise room and needed to be designed and completed within a short timeframe and a preset budget.

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Why You Need an Employee Handbook and What Should Be in It

CEDIA
Dec 10, 2014

employee handbookSmall businesses with fewer than 10 employees often forgo the formality of having an employee handbook. But this is a mistake.

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Deciding Which Employee is Ready to Be a Manager

CEDIA
Dec 08, 2014

handshakeAs a business owner, you need help to keep track of your employees, clients, and projects.

That's why it may be a good idea to pick your best and brightest employee to be a manager. By hiring a manager, you have help with your day-to-day operations so you can focus on the long-term goals of your business.

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Do You Know These 3 Basic Financial Statements?

CEDIA
Dec 08, 2014

financial statementsLearning the ins and outs of financial statements can be a new and at times difficult experience – particularly when you're spending most of your energy concentrating on providing superior service to your customers or getting a new business off the ground.

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Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out

CEDIA
Dec 08, 2014

There is one trait among home technology professionals that will stand the test of time – no matter how much the technology evolves and changes.

Passion.

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How They Did It: Bella Teatro Privato

CEDIA
Dec 05, 2014

2014 HT L4 Bronze Front AngleThis new-build Tuscan-inspired California home was to feature a private theater, per the husband’s dream. The caveats were that the sound must not disturb the wife’s office and the 10’6” window planned for the front wall could not detract from the performance of the room.

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How They Did It: Cleverly Constructed

CEDIA
Dec 01, 2014

2014 HT Level III Silver ProsceniumThis client wanted a high-quality theater room in the lower level of his new home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Audio Images worked to maximize the small allocated space and provide sound isolation and a low noise floor.

Their work earned them the Level III Silver Technical Design award for Home Theater in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.


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Meet Your New Board of Directors

Dec 01, 2014

CEDIA LogoAs the governing body for your association, the CEDIA Board of Directors represents a cross section of the industry. These volunteers have the opportunity to contribute talent, expertise, and dedication to support the industry.

Meet the 2015 additions to the CEDIA leadership.

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Two New CEDIA eCourses Now Available

CEDIA
Dec 01, 2014

CEDIA TrainingKeep your skills sharp from the comfort of your own office with these two new e-courses from CEDIA: Audio Set-Up & Calibration and Troubleshooting, Repair & Preventive Maintenance.

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Four Keys to Five-Star Customer Satisfaction

CEDIA
Nov 24, 2014

customer satisfactionThe success of a home technology business can be made or broken based on customer service. Superior attention to clients' wants and needs will result in heightened customer satisfaction and more word-of-mouth referrals.

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Never Start a Project Without an Accurate Estimation of Costs

CEDIA
Nov 24, 2014

job costingThe importance of accurately estimating project costs for home tech professionals can't be understated.

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How They Did It: Silver Screen Sensation

CEDIA
Nov 24, 2014

2014 HT Level IV GoldThis client, a Hollywood talent pro, wanted a 16-seat home theater with the largest screen he could fit in the space along with access to first-run movies.

VIA International worked with Paradise Theater to create a theater that looks as good as it sounds, earning the Level IV Gold Technical Design award for Home Theater in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

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Don’t Let Your Membership Lapse – Renew Today!

CEDIA
Nov 17, 2014

Starting today, November 17, it’s time to renew your CEDIA membership for 2015. Many CEDIA members do not hesitate to cut a renewal check each year – they simply see it as a cost of doing business.

But if you’re on the fence, take a moment to consider the membership benefits you may not be taking advantage of.

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Can You Afford to Hire a New Employee?

CEDIA
Nov 17, 2014

HiringAs small- to medium-sized home technology companies grow, business owners have to make the tough decision as to when the demand and revenue are available to hire new workers.

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How They Did It: Honda Smart Home

CEDIA
Nov 17, 2014

2014 IH Level V GoldThis client’s goal was not just “Net Zero Energy” or “Zero Carbon Footprint,” but rather a home that created more energy than it consumed, allowing excess energy to be sold back to the grid.

Cantara worked with bleeding-edge, first-gen technologies under an inflexible timeline to deliver a winning outcome.

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But I’m Not an Electrician

CEDIA
Nov 17, 2014

You specialize in low-voltage and you’ve got things under control. You’re aware of what requires an electrician and most of your work does not. With this mindset there really is no reason you normally would give changes in National Electrical Code (NEC) a second thought.

Until now…

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Understanding and Tracking Profitability in Your Financial Statements

CEDIA
Nov 10, 2014

profitabilityBetween the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and other financial documents, it might be tough to know where to look to truly define the profitability of your business.

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How They Did It: 1900s Aesthetic, Modern Automation

CEDIA
Nov 07, 2014

2014 IH Level IV SilverThese clients wanted fully integrated systems in their ultimate home.

The challenge was that the home was over 100 years old and was being rebuilt to provide updates while keeping the early 1900s aesthetics.

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CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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