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    Don’t let the loss of a key employee harm your business.

    Many spa and pool retailers are blessed with close-knit staffs.

     
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    Don’t lose valuable information when your employee leaves.

    For many mid-sized and smaller retailers, the owner and one or two other key people seem to know everything.

     
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    What to do if someone leaves suddenly.

    If one of your best employees gives notice and it’s a complete surprise, some examination is in order, says Vince Crew, author of Keeping the Very Best (Lighthouse CCUNIV Publications Ltd., 2003) and owner of REACH Development Services, a consulting firm

     
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    Housing Starts Still Slipping

    Total housing starts continued to fall in September to a seasonally adjusted 817,000. While a 1.6 percent decrease was expected, new construction actually plummeted 6.3 percent.

     
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    Small-Business Optimism Creeps Upward

    The Small-Business Optimism Index read-ing for September was 92.9, the second consecutive monthly increase

     
  • BioLab Launches Franchising

    The launch of the BioLab franchise will enable entrepreneurs to open pool, spa and backyard stores under the “wknd.” brand.

     
  • Chemical Prices Continue to Climb

    After a series of price hikes in July, pool and spa chemical manufacturers raised prices again in October, citing higher raw material costs.

     
  • Economic Outlook

    The current economic crisis has been described as “unprecedented” and “historic.” Here, industry leaders weigh in, offering their own assessments of the situation and a few recommendations.

     
  • PIE Celebrates 22nd Anniversary

    The Pool Industry Expo held its 22nd edition in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 2-4.

     
  • PoolCorp Conference Addresses Market Downturn

    Last month, approximately 800 employees gathered for the second annual PoolCorp National Sales Conference and Trade Show in Dallas.

     
  • An Industry Leader’s Take on the Economy

    Challenging economic conditions have industry leaders pondering the current state of affairs and where the nation is headed. Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa, president/CEO of distributor giant PoolCorp in Covington, La., offers some insights.

     
  • Texas Prepares for Market Slowdown

    The Texas pool and spa market — once an area of relative strength — has seen new construction drop or even evaporate since the financial crisis began in late summer.

     
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    Playing It Safe

    Pool safety is, of course, a huge concern throughout the industry.

     
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    Rethinking the Cure

    Ideally, homeowners would stay far away from an aquascape under construction.

     
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    Squeeze Play

    Picture opposite ends of a pulley, where one side rises while the other falls.