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CEDIA Saddened by Passing of George Feldstein

CEDIA
Nov 05, 2014

George FeldsteinCEDIA is saddened to hear of the passing of Crestron founder, CEDIA friend, and industry innovation leader George Feldstein.



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5 Problems Standing in the Way of Your Profitability

CEDIA
Nov 03, 2014

calculationsIt isn't uncommon for profits to stall. If your business is facing plateaued profits or is losing money, take a look into these five issues that may be holding your company back.

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How They Did It: Empty-Nesters’ Retreat

CEDIA
Nov 03, 2014

2014 Integrated Home Level II SilverThis empty-nester couple wanted technology that would help them entertain guests, with a focus on lighting, distributed audio, and state-of-the-art entertainment.

ZIO group met the discerning clients’ high expectations with a system that was cost-effective and intuitive.

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Legislative Alert: Attention New Jersey Members

CEDIA
Oct 29, 2014

New Jersey members must pay attention to this upcoming legislation regarding photovoltaic installations, telecommunications wiring exemption, and LED lighting installations.

Learn more on how it can affect you and what CEDIA is doing about it.
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Common Sense in Business

Larry Heuvelman
Oct 28, 2014

light bulbIt never seems to amaze me some of the decisions business owners make every day. What ever happened to common sense?

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How They Did It: Like No Other

CEDIA
Oct 27, 2014

Home Theater Level I Gold 2014 ScreenEncore Custom Audio Video was given an unfinished room, a budget, and one request: A home theater “like no one else has.”

This unique private cinema, built in just five weeks, is now a haven for the homeowner and guests to watch UFC matches.

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Building (or Re-Building) a Company Website: Where to Begin

CEDIA
Oct 27, 2014

websiteHome tech professionals know their business expansion can plateau if they don't take advantage of the Internet. The first step to building an online presence is having a professional website for potential clients to visit.

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Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day…

Oct 27, 2014

However, they were laying bricks every hour.

As a business owner, your goal is to build your own empire. Ultimately working towards building a comfortable and exciting stake in the residential systems industry.

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The Importance of the Breakeven Point

CEDIA
Oct 20, 2014

BreakevenFor business owners who specialize in home technology, financial statements and accounting can be a challenge.

However, financial information is the key to understanding the business's profitability, and knowing the numbers is essential for learning about your company and planning for the future.

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How They Did It: Simply Convenient

CEDIA
Oct 17, 2014

2014 20K & Under GoldThese clients wanted home automation and entertainment control within a strict budget.

CEDIA member AV Prestige, based in Puebla, Mexico, delivered simple control of multiple systems, earning the Gold Technical Design award for Best $20,000 and Under in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

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Answer 3 Questions to Improve Your Marketing Emails

CEDIA
Oct 13, 2014

LaptopEffective email marketing can streamline communication by getting straight to the point and offering as much or as little information as necessary.

However, many of the people you're emailing probably receive a large number of emails. How can you be sure yours won't be lost in the crowd?

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Inside Look: Award-Winning Products

Oct 13, 2014

They are changing the landscape of the industry and giving you more options and flexibility in providing what your clients want.

The Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards are products that have been vetted by home technology professionals and are the premiere products hitting the market now.
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How They Did It: Leave No Trace

CEDIA
Oct 10, 2014

Hidden Installation GoldThe project called for a large TV in the bar area that was viewable from anywhere within the surrounding entertaining space.

The TV was to be completely hidden when not in use – beyond the concealment level of traditional hidden lifts and mounts.

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Markup vs. Margin: The Important Difference

CEDIA
Oct 09, 2014

chartMany home technology professionals are guilty of using the terms markup and margin interchangeably. But should they?

The easy answer is: No.

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Important Attributes of Strong Leaders

CEDIA
Oct 08, 2014

leadershipWhether you’re a business owner, a manager, or still an aspiring leader, following the principles of good leadership can be a boon to anyone’s career.

In the home technology industry, the more seriously you take your position as a leader, the more likely you are to build strong relationships with colleagues and clients and contribute to the strength of your workforce and your business.

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Pricing Time & Materials Contracts for Greater Profitability

CEDIA
Oct 07, 2014

contractsPreparing a bid for a new project isn't as straightforward as many consumers receiving the price quotes may think.

Most home technology professionals are aware there are multiple ways to prepare project estimates, but they may not realize the method they choose could over- or under-price a job.

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Avoid These Human Resources Mistakes (Part 2)

CEDIA
Oct 06, 2014

ContractHuman resources is an important company function. Without knowledge of HR and formal policies in place, small businesses increase their risk of having unhappy employees or being sued. Here are four more common HR mistakes you should be sure to avoid.

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How They Did It: Ultimate Media Room

CEDIA
Oct 03, 2014

2014 Media Room GoldThis client wanted to create a high-tech environment where he could gather with family and friends. Above all, he wanted a multi-player gaming experience as well as the ability to watch movies with his kids.

CEDIA member Integrated Control Concepts of Omaha, Nebraska, created this multi-purpose media room, winning the Gold Technical Design award for Media Room as well as the Best Overall Media Room award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.


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Preparing for Advanced Home Networking

CEDIA
Oct 02, 2014

network securityAdvanced networking and systems integration are fast becoming essential knowledge for home tech professionals. An upcoming CEDIA Training event can show you the ropes.

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A Look at This Year’s Volunteer Award Winners

Oct 01, 2014

It has been said time and time again that volunteers are the life blood of CEDIA. From our Board of Directors who volunteer their time to help “steer the ship” to awards judges and training instructors. These individuals were recognized at the volunteer reception and at the CEDIA Awards Celebration, but we thought we would share their accomplishments again as told by their nominators.
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