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Unconventional Careers for Women in Roofing

Let’s face it - Roofing has long been viewed as an unconventional career choice for women, and not just for those positions that are literally ‘boots on the roof’. Scratch the surface of ‘unconventional’ and you’ll find more nuance among the different career paths, experiences, and challenges that women in the industry have taken or had. We want to dive into the questions of what these opportunities look like and how they have changed over the [...]

2020-06-25T12:12:41-06:00By |

What to Do if OSHA Shows Up?

If OSHA happens to show up at one of your jobsites or one that you are working on; do you know how to handle the inspection? Let’s face it, if OSHA shows up it’s not like an old friend ringing your doorbell to catch up; they’re there to potentially fine your firm. The key to getting through an OSHA visit effectively is to have an appropriate plan in place prior to the visit taking place, Prior [...]

2020-02-13T10:07:10-07:00By |

Five Ways You Can Market Your Contracting Business

Use Tips From ABC Supply on Professionalism, Online Presence and Customer Reviews So much of what you hear about marketing these days is in the digital space, and while that’s an important component, there is so much more that goes into promoting a business. Here are five ways you can help your business stand out from the competition and win more jobs. 1. Have a Professional Online Presence From a professional website to a consistent social [...]

2020-01-14T05:41:44-07:00By |

Travel Safety: Initiate Responsible Excursions for the International Roofing Expo

As the number of women in roofing is rising, so is the number of women traveling for business – you included! We, as female business travelers, make up 50% (figure 1) of all business travel. One study (figure 2 – 2018 online survey conducted by AIG Travel Inc. and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)) shows that 80% of these traveling women have experienced a safety related event in the past year that has impacted their work [...]

2019-12-10T18:52:11-07:00By |

Enterprise Risk Management for Your Roofing Business

Every business should have a plan in place to mitigate the impact a potential incident could have on the company. At the recent NRCA Legal Resource Center, NRCA Vice President Tom Shanahan presented a session on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). He said that for a long time risk management was focused internally at things like safety, employee theft and financial controls; however, more recently, it has expanded to include external risks such as reputation, financial decisions, [...]

2019-12-01T03:37:30-07:00By |

Is Your Food Safe?

The holidays are quickly approaching. Let’s focus on Food Safety. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people or 1 in 6 Americans will get food poisoning annually. This means your odds of contracting some form of food poisoning is pretty good. Severe food poisoning causes 5000 deaths per year. Under-cooked meat, particularly poultry is the largest culprit. If you look at the symptoms of food poisoning they can mimic the stomach flu- nausea, [...]

2020-06-25T12:33:57-06:00By |

Enterprise Risk Management Case Study: Diamond Roofing

How a roofing contractor was able to navigate the challenge of family members and differing opinions to develop a successful ERM plan. At the recent NRCA Legal Resource Center meeting, NRCA Vice President Tom Shanahan explained what Enterprise Risk Management is and why it is so important for contractors to have plans for their businesses. (Read that article here). To help attendees understand the concept further, Monica Cameron of Kansas-based Diamond Roofing shared the story of [...]

2020-06-25T12:38:34-06:00By |

N.E.W.S. (Network of Educating Women Scholarship) Conference Attendee Program

Based on the association goals of mentoring, education, networking and recruitment, National Women in Roofing is pleased to offer a scholarship program for attendance at NWIR Day and the International Roofing Expo at the 2020 IRE and NRCA Convention in Dallas, Texas. This program is designed to encourage first time attendees who work for a roofing contractor to experience the benefits of professional development in the roofing industry. Attendance at these events can influence one’s career trajectory and [...]

2019-11-04T14:40:32-07:00By |

Council Update: Turning your Quarterly Meetings into Women’s Workshops

Mixing Education and Networking to Build Careers in Northern NJ Fostering opportunities where our fellow NWiR members can learn and grow can feel like a tall order with an active calendar every month. To keep things fresh and engaging in the North New Jersey Council, we’ve leveraged our goals to prioritize recruiting, networking, education or mentoring in our events, and it’s paying dividends in how we’re helping make a difference in advancing women’s careers in roofing. [...]

2019-11-02T13:48:45-06:00By |

How do you pick the best footwear for your job?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost 5% of nonfatal workplace accidents requiring time off are foot related. Before picking out the best- looking pair of boots or shoes there are quite a few questions you need to ask. In addition to those questions, one thing people don't understand is that Steel Toe shoes or boots don’t protect your feet from every hazard. Evaluate what duties you will be performing and what hazards are around [...]

2020-06-25T12:42:04-06:00By |