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It’s Not Another Brick in the Wall

CEDIA
Jan 26, 2015

Starting your career in custom electronics? Are you a career-changer just entering the space? Perhaps you are a current professional who is looking to understand all aspects of the channel –not just the work of technicians.

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Hear CES Highlights Distilled by the Experts

CEDIA
Jan 19, 2015

LaptopLooking for help making sense of the mass of technologies on display at CES 2015?

The CEDIA Technology Council members spent countless man-hours on the show floor and have pared their findings down to the top things you need to know for a webinar Thursday, January 22.

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3 Quick Management Tips for Your Growing Business

CEDIA
Jan 19, 2015

MeetingAs your home technology business expands, you take on additional responsibilities. To strengthen your role as a business owner, you need to think of your supervisory responsibilities as falling under three different umbrellas: people, office, and resources.

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How They Did It: Inviting Entertainment Space

CEDIA
Jan 19, 2015

HT Level I 2014 Silver ProsceniumThe objective for this family of five was to turn an underutilized space into a private home theater that could easily transition into a video game and sporting event room.

CEDIA member Encore Custom Audio Video of Chantilly, Virginia, helped maximize the client’s budget to provide a family-friendly home theater, earning the Level I Silver Technical Design award for Home Theater in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

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CEDIA Legislative Rundown

CEDIA
Jan 12, 2015

The start of 2015 has been busy for the CEDIA Government Affairs team, especially as it relates to burdensome regulations currently being proposed in New Jersey.

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Quick: Can You Describe Your Company’s Brand?

CEDIA
Jan 12, 2015

brandBranding is a powerful tool for a business – even, or maybe especially, for a small business. But a lot of work is needed to develop a business into a trusted and associable name. So, where to begin?

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How to Avoid Micromanaging

CEDIA
Jan 12, 2015

micromanagingAs a small-business owner, it's to your benefit to avoid micromanaging your employees. The first step to avoiding an overly scrutinizing management style is to determine if you're guilty of using it. Start by asking yourself these questions…

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How They Did It: Professional-Grade Screening Room

CEDIA
Jan 09, 2015

HT L5 Bronze ScreenThis homeowner, who works for a major Hollywood studio, wanted a room where he could view Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) and dailies during evenings and weekends without traveling to his studio offices. The room also needed to serve as a home theater for the purpose of viewing TV, Apple TV, Xbox, and Blu-ray content.

CEDIA member Bradford Wells + Associates, based in Los Angeles, created a pro-quality screening room that earned the Level V Bronze Technical Design award for Home Theater in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.


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Anatomy of a Successful Project Closing Process

CEDIA
Jan 05, 2015

project closingTying your installations off with a sleek bow at close is not only a great feeling, but also a benefit to your business.

However, there are many processes and steps to the perfect close, and it's a never-ending task for the business owner to ensure quality at each turn.

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Start 2015 Right With These Top 10 Training Offerings

CEDIA
Jan 05, 2015

CEDIA TrainingWhether you’re the New Year’s Resolution type or not, you can’t deny that professional development is a worthy goal to pursue in 2015.

To help you on your path toward career and business growth, we’ve rounded up the top 10 online training offerings from the past year. Take a look at the list, and get started on your training goals today from the comfort of your own desk.

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How They Did It: SY Mondango 3

CEDIA
Jan 05, 2015

SY Mondango 3 AerialThis state-of-the-art superyacht, named SY Mondango 3, was outfitted with an entertainment system to match by New Zealand-based CEDIA member Liquid Automation.

With a Kaleidescape system, HD distribution over fiber, lighting control, a theater, and more, this system earned Liquid Automation both the Gold Technical Design award for Special Project and the Best Documentation award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

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How They Did It: Mountain Retreat

CEDIA
Dec 22, 2014

2014 Best Dressed Exterior Thanks to an equipment rack that is neatly installed and clearly labeled, with tidy cable management, this project earned ListenUp the Best Dressed System award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

Selected by the judges out of the full pool of Designer Awards entries, the Best Dressed System award recognizes the rack that best represents outstanding workmanship and is easily accessible, providing for hassle-free servicing.

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Our Top 10 Stories of 2014

CEDIA
Dec 22, 2014

Top 10Another year has flown by, and 2015 is around the corner.

As we all look back on the ups and downs of 2014, take a moment to discover – or rediscover – the stories that most captured CEDIA blog readers’ attention in the past 12 months.


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Strategies for Reducing Employee Turnover

CEDIA
Dec 18, 2014

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People quit their jobs for a variety of reasons: they don't get along with the manager, they aren't happy with their wages, or sometimes, it's because they feel they aren't given opportunities to develop as a professional.

Many factors come into play when workers decide to give their notice, and many of these issues can be addressed by employers to retain their talented workers.

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5 Steps to More and Better Referrals

CEDIA
Dec 17, 2014

referralsIt doesn't matter whether you're a small business consisting of just you and a few other workers or a growing company with a dozen employees – many of your new customers will come to you based on referrals.

Without a strong word-of-mouth strategy, you'll lose out on many people who could use your services, but never heard about you.

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

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