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2 Big Reasons You Should Really Be Tracking Your Time (and How to Get Started)

The source of revenue is drastically different in a services vs. projects model, so cost tracking needs to be addressed differently.

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2 Big Reasons You Should Really Be Tracking Your Time (and How to Get Started)

2 Big Reasons You Should Really Be Tracking Your Time (and How to Get Started)

May 27, 2016 If you’re a service business, then this simple fact is true: time tracking is the only way to figure out if any given client is profitable.

DSC Launches Reduced Pricing Program for Smart Home Builders, Developers & Installers

DSC Launches Reduced Pricing Program for Smart Home Builders, Developers & Installers

May 25, 2016 New program offers reduced pricing, by as much as 50%, on DSC/Tyco products to homebuilders and developers looking to demo home security and automation systems to clients.

31% of CE Pros Have Taken a Stab at Commercial Projects and Here’s Why

31% of CE Pros Have Taken a Stab at Commercial Projects and Here’s Why

May 25, 2016 Professional Audio Associates owner Lew Freedman, a Class of 2014 CE Pro Master, encourages his residential clients to test the waters of the commercial business with events and resources like PAA Tech Day.

CE Pro People & Places: Vantage Adds 2 to Sales Team; Gramophone Grand Opening

CE Pro People & Places: Vantage Adds 2 to Sales Team; Gramophone Grand Opening

May 25, 2016 The latest in hirings and other notable movement within the custom electronics industry. Check back daily for updated news.

A Tech Owner’s Guide to Profitability

A Tech Owner’s Guide to Profitability

May 25, 2016 Profitability. It makes the difference between loving your technology business and struggling through sleepless nights.

How Will New DOL Overtime Laws Affect Home Tech Integrators?

How Will New DOL Overtime Laws Affect Home Tech Integrators?

May 19, 2016 New rule from Dept. of Labor means employees must be paid overtime if they earn less than $913 per week, or $47,476 per year. How will it affect the home-tech industry? Please take our brief survey.

D&H Sees 121% Growth in Connected Home Market in 2016

D&H Sees 121% Growth in Connected Home Market in 2016

May 16, 2016 During fiscal year 2016 D&H says it has seen its home entertainment dealers grow their business with the distributor by close to 17 percent.

Nortek Reports Positive Net Income, Decrease in A/V Sales in Q1 2016

Nortek Reports Positive Net Income, Decrease in A/V Sales in Q1 2016

May 16, 2016 Nortek reports first quarter net income of $2.6 million after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

CEDIA Business Exchange: 8 Tips for Hiring People with the Right Attitude

CEDIA Business Exchange: 8 Tips for Hiring People with the Right Attitude

May 12, 2016 The surest way to get the honest answer from a candidate, how to ensure a reference returns your call ... and more

What Integrators Can Learn from Donald Trump … Really!

What Integrators Can Learn from Donald Trump … Really!

May 12, 2016 Leadership expert says clarity of message like Trump's 'Make America Great Again' campaign slogan will win out over integrity every time in motivating employees. Here are four ways to make your custom integration company's vision 'stick' with employees.

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CEDIA Business Exchange: 8 Tips for Hiring People with the Right Attitude

CEDIA Business Exchange: 8 Tips for Hiring People with the Right Attitude

May 12, 2016 The surest way to get the honest answer from a candidate, how to ensure a reference returns your call ... and more

The Best CEDIA Business Tool that Dealers Don’t Seem to Know About

The Best CEDIA Business Tool that Dealers Don’t Seem to Know About

May 10, 2016 New Profit Action Plan, free to CEDIA members, is customized for each dealer, reporting how they compare to other integration companies.

Screen Innovations to Offer Lead-Gen, 4K Demo Content for Dealers

Screen Innovations to Offer Lead-Gen, 4K Demo Content for Dealers

May 05, 2016 Screen Innovations has debuted a new program that allows integrators to convert business leads from the SI website into potential clients. It also includes 4K demo content for dealers to use.

Legal: The End of Over-Inflated MSRP and List Prices?

Legal: The End of Over-Inflated MSRP and List Prices?

March 09, 2016 Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock.com and other retailers face legal action over inflated MSRPs, which may constitute deceptive trade practices. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Barco Introduces F90 Series for Commercial Applications

Barco Introduces F90 Series for Commercial Applications

February 09, 2016 Using a laser phosphor light source, the UXGA F90-W13 and the 4K UHD F90-4K13 are designed for commercial applications, including the pro A/V and events categories.

Power Management Provider SurgeX Acquired by Ametek for $130M

Power Management Provider SurgeX Acquired by Ametek for $130M

February 05, 2016 ESP/SurgeX, the No. 5 power-protection brand among CE Pro 100 dealers, is acquired by $4 billion electronics manufacturer.

From Best Buy to VIA: How AudioVisions JV with D-Tools Went Down

From Best Buy to VIA: How AudioVisions JV with D-Tools Went Down

January 28, 2016 CE Pro 100 integrator AudioVisions took on 13 employees from VIA International after its demise, hastening the need for an end-to-end cloud-based software solution to run the larger company. A joint venture with D-Tools was born and new software created for design/engineering, proposals, job costing, inventory control, labor tracking and more.

Leading Security, Home Automation Analysts Cover ADT, Bosch, Control4, More at CES 2016

Leading Security, Home Automation Analysts Cover ADT, Bosch, Control4, More at CES 2016

January 15, 2016 Leading security and home automation research and investment firm Imperial Capital highlights IoT products, trends and companies at CES 2016.

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

December 29, 2015 Flextronics picks up Wink, Legrand invests in Netatmo, Alarm.com goes public, Sears acquires WallyHome, Nortek acquires Numera ... and other IoT and A/V mergers, acquisitions and equity events of 2015.

Control4 Offers Smart-Home Financing through Home Tech Integrators

Control4 Offers Smart-Home Financing through Home Tech Integrators

December 23, 2015 Home automation leader Control4 has teamed with GreenSky to provide consumer financing for smart-home products and installation, including Control4’s own products and services, as well as third-party solutions.

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A Tech Owner’s Guide to Profitability

A Tech Owner’s Guide to Profitability

May 25, 2016 Profitability. It makes the difference between loving your technology business and struggling through sleepless nights.

Presenting the CE Pro 100 of 2016

Presenting the CE Pro 100 of 2016

April 28, 2016 CE Pro’s annual list of the highest revenue custom installation companies reports a huge jump in the volume of installations with entry-level home automation and new construction leading the way.

Stop Spare Change from Falling Through Holes in Your Company’s Processes

Stop Spare Change from Falling Through Holes in Your Company’s Processes

Advertorial · March 31, 2016 Professional Services Automation can make sure billable time doesn’t slip through the cracks and dramatically impact cash flow.

Using Managed Services as the Remedy for Legacy Clients

Using Managed Services as the Remedy for Legacy Clients

Advertorial · March 16, 2016 Four easy steps to transitioning your clients -- the good and the bad -- to your new managed services business model.

Do Your Customers Really Know What You’re Selling?

Do Your Customers Really Know What You’re Selling?

Advertorial · March 08, 2016 Try a new approach to highlighting your value proposition and selling the value of your company as a whole, not just a specific product or service.

Make the Move to Managed Services—But Don’t Rush It

Make the Move to Managed Services—But Don’t Rush It

Advertorial · February 12, 2016 4 things to consider as you sprinkle in recurring revenue to what you do.

Who Are Your Target Customers?

Who Are Your Target Customers?

February 02, 2016 CE Pro consumer survey reveals ideal (and very surprising) demographic information for those who want professional vs. DIY installation — home size, home value, income level, gender and age. The study also reveals the most-desired types of equipment.

The Ultimate Guide to As-a-Service

The Ultimate Guide to As-a-Service

January 29, 2016 Tips, advice, and long-term solutions on how to transition your business to an as-a-service model, and why it’s beneficial to do so.

CE Pro 2016 State of the Industry: Home Technology Integrators See Measured Growth

CE Pro 2016 State of the Industry: Home Technology Integrators See Measured Growth

January 21, 2016 For 2015, integrators report solid 9.1% revenue growth, with a strong increase in the number of projects and revenue per job.

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Bedrock Learning, Inc.

Bedrock Learning, Inc.
Understanding the industry and having technical skills increases sales, improves productivity, lowers costs and builds the bottom line. That’s why companies rely on Bedrock Learning for training and materials that produce...
www.bedrocklearning.com
Christie

Christie
Christie Digital is a global visual, audio and collaboration solutions company offering diverse solutions for business, entertainment and industry.Going to CEDIA? Reserve a seat in the Christie Digital theater presentation or...
www.christiedigital.com
Coleman Cable Inc.

Coleman Cable
CCI is a leading manufacturer and innovator of wire and cable and other electrical products, serving a multitude of channels and industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication...
www.colemancable.com
Cooper Lighting

Eaton
Eaton's Lighting Division delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting and controls solutions, specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. The Lighting...
www.cooperlighting.com
Custom Display Solutions (CDS), Inc.

Custom Display Solutions (CDS), Inc.
Established in 2000, Custom Display Solutions, Inc. (CDS) has flourished into a premier custom design manufacturer for the AV industry. Our foundation is our commitment to quality, integrity and responsiveness to our...
www.cds4av.com
D-Tools

D-Tools
Leader in system design software D-Tools has forged relationships with key Custom Electronics manufacturers such as Crestron, Middle Atlantic, Sony, GE Security, Lutron, Runco, SpeakerCraft and many others to provide product...
www.d-tools.com
Dorrance Supply Company

Dorrance Supply Company
Located in Youngstown, Ohio, Dorrance Supply Company is a third generation family owned and operated business. Founded in 1947, Dorrance Supply has grown from a small localized distribution center to a leading provider of...
www.dorrancesupply.com
IQeye eStore

IQeye
IQinVision network cameras and video management software with attractive reseller discounts. Featuring IQeye BASIC LINE, from VGA to 2.0MP, H.264 or MJPEG, these IP video cameras easily integrate with NVRs. For smaller...
www.IQeStore.com
MSR Acoustics

MSR Acoustics
MSR Acoustics supplies the finest acoustical treatments for home theaters and listening rooms. Anthony Grimani and six Grammy Award-winner Keith Olsen founded MSR in 2003. MSR also supplies sound isolation and noise control...
www.msr-inc.com
Platinum Tools

Platinum Tools
Since 1997, Platinum Tools has provided the finest wiring and cabling installation tools, connectors and testers. Including cutters, strippers, crimpers, EZ RJ45 CAT5&6 & coax connectors, voice/data/video tools and...
www.platinumtools.com
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