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August 25th 2017

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From Chelle Eliason, Executive Officer

WE WANT YOU MEMBERS!  We are scheduling members as guests to be on our show into the late Summer and Fall.  

We would like to invite you to come in the studios and have a conversation about what your business does in the construction industry along with tips and tricks you can offer the consumer in regards to building, remodeling or repairing homes.

 Call me TODAY at 218-625-3441 to schedule a time. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Since February, the Arrowhead Builders Association has hosted the weekly broadcast of speaking of Homes on WDSM Radio (710 AM/96.1 FM or podcasts online) The show is called Speaking of Homes.  Erick Filby of Marvin Windows and myself, Chelle Eliason, ABA Executive Officer host the show.

Each week, the topic revolves around happenings in the housing industry.  We have special guests come in to discuss their projects, new products or trends, shared ideas and experiences and really showcase their business.  And it's FREE to join us!  

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so you can stay up to date on the latest industry news.

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NAHB Rebate program
Watch the video below to find out how easy this is to recover your  members dues and start making money for the things you buy on your  building projects.

NAHB Membership Rebates How To
Watch this short video!

Builders Testimonials
"As a small to mid-size builder in a rura l market, we were   n't sure this would provide value for us. Our first quarterly rebate covered both our annual dues to our local home builders association and the staff time to complete the simple rebate request form. Three quarters of bonus rebates! Definitely a benefit worthy of membership! Gregg Moneyhun, Shelter Alternatives, Inc. (VA)

"The HBAV Rebate Program offers a great incentive for home builders in Virginia. We were very excited to receive over $2,300 dollars in rebates. There are a variety of companies and quality products involved with the program, with more being added.
every quarter. The submittal process is easy and painless, with minimal forms required. We look forward to receiving more rebates in the future." Caskey Hunt, Southern Development Homes (VA) "

From: Public Affairs Committee Chair Skip Howes
           Membership Committee Chair Sonny Antonio
Don't Miss August Deals on Builders' Show Registration 
The 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show ®  returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11. IBS will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® for the fifth annual Design & Construction Week®. IBS registrants can take advantage of great   August-only registration discounts .
EPA Formally Withdraws Post-Construction Stormwater Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency announced recently that it has abandoned the effort to require all developers to install post-construction stormwater management devices on construction sites.

Almost 80,000 Starts Last Year Were Tear-Downs 
NAHB economists estimate that about 10.2% of single-family starts in 2016 - roughly 79,300 homes - were tear-downs. That is significantly higher than the 55,200 tear-downs that NAHB reported in 2015, when they accounted for about 7.7% of single-family production.

DHS to Allow 15,000 Additional H-2B Guest Worker Visas
The Department of Homeland Security announced in July that it will allow an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary worker visas 
to be issued during this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers for seasonal, non-agricultural positions. In past years, roughly half of the visas have gone to landscaping businesses.

Apply to Serve on an NAHB Committee or Council
Applications are now being accepted for 2018 NAHB committee and council board of trustees appointments. NAHB strongly encourages all those who may be interested to submit an application
. Applications must be submitted online before Sept. 22.

Be a Part of NAHB on Social Media
NAHB members can connect to extensive online communities through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Houzz. Use the social media buttons at the bottom of every page on to connect through these  social media networks .

LANDS Legal Action Conference to Be Held Oct. 19-20 at NAHB
NAHB members with an interest in land-use law should make plans to attend the 2017 LANDS Housing Law Continuing Legal Education & Roundtable. The 
legal education conference   takes place Oct. 19-20 at NAHB's Washington, D.C., headquarters. 

Send in your entry forms today!
Slots are filling up fast!

Replacement Water Heater Permits Required !


  16th Annual
DuWayne Lenuis Golf Classic 
Ridgeview Country Club
700 W Redwing St., Duluth, MN
September 20, 2017
Check in 10:00am

Members Night Out - Bradley Interiors
1735 Maple Grove Rd, Duluth, MN 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Builders News, Brews and Chews!
Tasty treats by Pickwick and brew by Fulton Brewing 

10 Observation Road, Duluth
Thursday, October 19th  12:00-1:00pm
Get a chance to win 4 UMD men's hockey tickets!
You may even have a chance to meet your favorite WDIO TV personalities!
Lunch served by Valentini's Restaurant  

60th Annual Holiday Gala
Annual Meeting & Dinner
Greysolon Ballroom - 
231 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN
Thursday,  Nov 16th

Know someone looking for a job?
Look no further     
  Thank you to all our generous Sponsors for the Second Annual Clay Shoot!

Upcoming ABA Fall Classes

EPA Lead 
Renovation, Repair, & Painting/Certified Renovator:  RRP
Midwest Environmental Consulting 
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
7:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $195.00
Register at:
Location: ABA offices 5255 Maple Grove Rd. Hermantown, MN

EPA/HUD course trains individuals on how to become Certified Lead-Based Paint Renovators with proper lead safe work practices. This course applies to those who work for compensation on pre-1978 residential properties, child occupied facilities or schools including, but not necessarily limited to painter, plumbers, electricians, handymen/handywomen, carpenters, renovation contactors, maintenance persons at schools or multi-housing facilities, etc.

Stocks:The Nuts and Bolts
Edward Jones -Thursday, September 14th, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cost: Members - $10  Non-Members $15
Sign up:
Location: ABA offices 5255 Maple Grove Rd. Hermantown, MN

What you will learn:  As you consider your long-term financial goals, how do stocks measure up?  You will learn the differences  between common and preferred stock, the importance of dividends, ways to craft your stock strategy and different ways to own stock.

Easy Marketing:  Helping people find you!
Quantum Point Strategies - October 10th, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm  Cost: Members - $10 Non-Members $15
Sign up:  -  Sign up by Oct. 2nd to receive a mini online checkup on your site for FREE!
Location: ABA offices 5255 Maple Grove Rd. Hermantown, MN

This one hour class will unravel the Google Search mystery for you.
  •  Claiming your Google My Business Listing
  •  Optimizing your Google My Business page
  •  Listings on other Directory sites and why they affect your ranking
  •  Managing you online Reputation-Reviews
  •  Creating Local Content and why that matters
  •  Google Maps and Street view Virtual Tours
You will leave with a Checklist on How to Get Great Local SEO Rankings for your business!

Email to sign up!