My Take: Finding diamonds on your computer

November 1, 2019 | Comments Off on My Take: Finding diamonds on your computer

October 28/November 4, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   Did you ever hear of Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” concept? Basically, the theme behind this is a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them. While the man was searching, the new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property....

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Slowing economy will reverse tracks in 2020

October 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Slowing economy will reverse tracks in 2020

October 14/21, 2019: Volume 35/Issue 8 By Steven Feldman   It’s been awhile since we checked in with our favorite economists, the Beaulieu brothers from ITR Economics in New Hampshire, the oldest privately held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the U.S. Since 1948, the company has provided business leaders with economic information, insight, analysis and strategy. It has an uncommon understanding of long-term economic trends as well as best practices ahead of...

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My take: Reasons why flooring sales might feel off

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Reasons why flooring sales might feel off

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Steven Feldman   I recently spent three days with some of my favorite people—the National Floorcovering Alliance members and its suppliers. Really good people, great businesspeople. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open and you may learn a thing or two. During the group’s closed-door meeting, where the members share best practices and business conditions, it was revealed to me after the fact that, on average,...

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My take: Much to do about nothing

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Much to do about nothing

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   As a member of the media, I have always tried to publish information as accurately and objectively as possible. I have never been concerned about ratings points or “sensationalist” journalism, which seems to be the norm these days. Whether it’s the political, economic or meteorological arena, it’s all about capturing eyes and ears en masse. I was reminded of this last month when just...

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My take: Marketing initiatives should give more than they take

August 26, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Marketing initiatives should give more than they take

August 19/26, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 5 By Steven Feldman   It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of why we’re in business—as crazy as that may sound. We all have a million fires to put out each day. Everyone always wants something—employees, customers, vendors—and they want it now. It’s a constant battle, so consider this little reminder: Business is about one thing and one thing only—selling stuff. Yes, you’re innovating. Yes, you’re creating value. Yes,...

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My take: 10 ways to ensure your brand stands the test of time

August 8, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: 10 ways to ensure your brand stands the test of time

August 5/12, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 4 By Steven Feldman   Ever hear of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)? No? That makes two of us. Anyway, YEC is an invite-only organization comprising the world’s most successful entrepreneurs 45 and younger. To date, the organization has accepted less than 10% of the 14,000-plus applications and is helping disrupt business mentorship and the professional business organization model as we know it. The YEC recently addressed brand building...

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My take: The one column you must read

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: The one column you must read

July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   Back in the Oct. 15/22, 2018 issue of FCNews, I wrote an editorial about my friend Steve Joss, owner of The Vertical Connection Carpet One in Columbia, Md. For those who suffer from memory loss or are new to this publication, Steve was among the 100,000-plus people in this country awaiting a kidney transplant. My intention was to offer four takeaways from that column:...

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My take: The numbers—What you need to know

July 1, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: The numbers—What you need to know

June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Steven Feldman   The most arduous task of the year is now in the rear-view mirror. The FCNews team has been combing through industry statistics for months, making countless phone calls and trying to extrapolate data from annual reports. But at long last, the 2018 statistics are in the can. When the dust settled, FCNews pegged U.S. floor covering industry sales for 2018 to be a...

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My take: Capitalizing on the sense of belonging

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Capitalizing on the sense of belonging

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   Membership. It’s a concept we don’t really think about much, yet seven out of 10 people belong to some sort of club or organization, according to the American Society of Association Executives. This could be anything from a religious group to a frequent flyer program or the Chamber of Commerce. Putting it another way, 70% of us are “joiners” who like the sense of...

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My Take: Award of Excellence—Behind the results

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on My Take: Award of Excellence—Behind the results

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   This issue of FCNews is a bit different than the other 25 we publish throughout the year. For starters, it offers a commercial slant given its distribution at NeoCon, the premier event for the contract design industry. This issue also heralds the 23rd Award of Excellence winners, which produced results that were quite similar to the year prior with a few exceptions. That’s...

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