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A little over two years ago I started thinking about starting an estimating and consulting business. After about nine months of thinking, planning, and weighing the options, I decided to go for it and started all the paperwork to establish an LLC with the State of Ohio.   [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/b7113b292bb1e81130fe14a0b4d82add?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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Things an AEC Company Or Owner Should Know When Hiring An Estimating Consultant Firm To Do Work For Their Business By Edward Walsh, Executive Director - CERT The Consulting Estimators Round Table [www.CERT-USA.org] has developed some recommended guidelines for any AEC firm, building owner or developer thinking about hiring the services of a CE firm. The CERT is a national non-for profit association which promotes...

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Architects, engineers, owners, developers, planners, law firms, sureties, and contractors no longer have to take as much risk or time when selecting an estimating consultant with whom to partner on their projects. There is now an excellent resource for those with a need for reliable construction cost estimating services to find experienced and dependable consulting construction estimators to work with when they need accurate and...

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n Friday and Saturday February 7-8, 2014, six members of the Consulting Estimators Round Table (CERT) met in Scottsdale, AZ for the 2014 CERT Winter Conference. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/1f7300cc7e00817ed59b2f5d23a30bde?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]O...

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The reader might ask, why would an estimating firm provide services other than estimating? Many of us got started in this business doing something other than estimating. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/470bd12421355ba4cef0369ba3952af2?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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Traditional networking, (no password required), means that the more people one knows, and knows well, the wider the network.  Networking is a valuable resource and many businesses depend on it for survival.  It means we can foster growth through introductions to new contacts by people we know, people who can offer personal references as to our skills and reliability.  Well executed networking can transition into...

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When considering the start up of a construction estimating practice, the business structure of the enterprise is usually the first concern that makes the list. It’s human nature to be concerned about the ramifications of making a mistake on which another person or company makes a cost decision, so this is of course a topic of great concern. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/f6784a5d9aea4a6440abd443eaeec934?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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NEWS from CERT Conference 2013- Philadelphia- July 16 The CERT inks strategic alliance with the American Society of Professional Estimator Patsy Smith- Executive Director of ASPE signs for the Society....

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A Parting Note Fr Fellow CERT Members, Just about a year ago, we held our first election of Board Members for the newly formed Consulting Estimators Round Table, or CERT. For me at least, this was uncharted territory and a new adventure, my first in more than 20 years, and I had no idea what we would do, other than take those first baby steps. We...

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Feeding the Beast - Creating “Buzz” & Marketing your practice. I learned about marketing many many years ago and thought I knew the rules, then the internet happened and all the rules changed. Most folks in business struggle daily with the fundamentals of just doing what they firm claims to do- how then does the business keep moving forward and grow? Is your business worth 30 minutes per...

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