Business Training Sessions
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    In this recorded session, a panel of fabricators shares insight on the challenges and innovations facing the fabrication market, with a focus on technical, business administration, and marketing.

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    This session explores the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in the hard surface industry. Prior to COVID-19, industry leaders had identified several key objectives that needed to be addressed in order to continue to grow and develop the market for hard surface products, including tile, natural stone, and wood flooring.  Examples include addressing marketing campaigns from competitive products, a lack of trained and qualified labor market, and recruitment pathways to bring more people into the industry. COVID-19 created new challenges for our industry, but many of the issues facing us before the pandemic remain. 

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    What makes a family business successful? Learn from a panel of three stone professionals as they share their experiences and explore best practices for handling the unique dynamics and challenges that come with managing a family business.

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    What is the current state of the natural stone industry?  Learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing product challenges, and forecasting market growth. 

  • Course Code
    B103
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    Do you have the right people working for your company? This webinar is for business owners and operators who desire to hire and retain best-in-class employees to grow their business. This presentation reviews tangible methods for managers to help define the roles within their organization and identify the precise candidate to fit those roles. Participants will also receive information on how to maintain clarity to ensure long term success and reduce turn-over.

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    B110
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    Business Training Sessions
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    2.0

    Do you know your company’s production process?  This course will discuss how to itemize your production process and delineating measurements that produce an accurate report of your company’s efficiency.  Come away with a plan for mapping your production stages, finding bottlenecks and creating efficiencies that will mitigate pain points and backups.

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    B111
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    How does your company estimate a project? Are you estimating to ensure profitability?  This session covers the basics of estimating, including factors that impact a project estimate and how to create estimates based on actual project costs. During this session, we will also review project-specific risks that are often overlooked.  Come away with a list of items you should always consider when estimating a project.

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    B115
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is understanding what metrics are important to measure and how to measure your company against competition. This session will define business benchmarking and discuss what metrics should be measured to ensure a company’s success. The session will also discuss resources for finding industry benchmarks so a company can better measure their metrics against others in the industry.

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    B120
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    Join the Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine as we discuss building your shop through automation. Learn how to investigate products that are new to your process, including tooling equipment and digital software. Learn how to develop focused questions that will help you ensure the product or machine you review will perform as anticipated and provide the expected results.

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    B140
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    Business Training Sessions
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    4.0

    This session is an introduction to sales techniques and measurements in the stone industry. Join us as we discuss demographic analysis, creating measurements, and using the data to increase sales.  Come away from the session with a plan to create a measurable sales process.

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    B145
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    Business Training Sessions
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    Are you a salesperson in the natural stone industry? Join this interactive discussion on selling stone to discuss common challenges in this field with your peers. Learn best practices from leaders in your field, ask questions, and share your own experiences on topics such as acquiring leads, sampling, product knowledge, understanding customer needs, dispelling online myths, and naming consistency.

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    B150
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    Is your company covered in case of disaster? This session will highlight the unique risks associated with stone fabrication, installation, and distribution companies. We will discuss how to effectively manage your company through insurance, or another risk management tool.  The session will also provide insight into newer coverage options such as cyber liability, employment practice liability, social engineering, contractors pollution liability, and business succession planning.   

     

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    B160
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    Business Training Sessions
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    6.0

    Does your company create an environment of safety for employees and customers?  This 5 hour course will discuss how you can build an environment that promotes safety for everyone who enters your facility.  During this session, we will discuss OSHA compliance, safety training, record keeping and creating a culture that promotes safe actions.

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    B161
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    Is the way you feel about your company today different than how you felt about it on January 1 of this year? Join us as we discuss ways to promote best practices in your facility and create a plan for safety and success. Learn how to use these methods to secure your company’s future.

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    B201
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    Join the Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine as we discuss key pulse points for building a successful business. Explore ways to build your team and create metrics to inspire success. Learn how to build a company infrastructure that will create future business growth.

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    B220
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    Business Training Sessions
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    0.5

    Course Description

    This pre-requisite course is geared towards any fabricators interested in attending Terminator CNC Training Center’s Level I Tool Operator Certification.  Taking this course prior to attending the certification will allow the attendee to arrive with a better understanding of the most foundational concepts and basic classroom terminology.

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    B225
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    This session will discuss the science and legality behind water recycling for fabrication facilities.  Learn about current regulatory issues affecting the stone industry and how best to meet those requirements.  This session will also discuss current methods of water recycling and how this can both help the environment and your bottom line.

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    B230
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    Templating is the key to accurately measuring, fabricating, and pricing your product. This session will include a review of manual and automated templating processes and a discussion on the strengths of each. We will also discuss subcontracting options that might be available in your area. Come away from this session with a plan to improve your templating process while keeping cost low.

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    B232
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    Accurate vertical templating is important to insure a successful installation of fireplaces, showers and other vertical applications.  Join us as we discuss how to perform a successful vertical template.  During this session, we will discuss tips and tricks to assure accurate measurements on vertical templates and how to identify uneven substrates.  Come away with checklists and and handouts on how to build a plan to assure successful measurement.

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    B241
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    Join the Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine as we discuss creating a sales structure for your stone fabrication business. During the session, we will discuss the differences between residential, retail, and commercial sales and learn what safeguards should be in place when setting up your sales contracts. Come away with a plan to diversify your sales streams to ensure continued revenue.

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    B246
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you connect with customers? Join a panel of countertop fabricators and installers as they share ideas and best practices for connecting virtually, implementing new policies, and meeting changing expectations. Learn how you can increase sales and find new ways to promote your company and connect with your customers both in person and virtually.

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    B246
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you connect with customers? Join a panel of natural stone slab and landscape distributors as they share ideas and best practices for connecting virtually, implementing new policies, and meeting changing expectations. Learn how you can increase sales and find new ways to promote your company and connect with your customers both in person and virtually.

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    B261
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    Business Training Sessions
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    3.0

    Join the Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine as we discuss creating a stone industry safety program. Day one will include a review of the risks that businesses and employees face every day working with natural stone and successful tools to implement to reduce these risks in your facility and on jobsites. Day two will cover tools and resources available for training employees, creating an overall safety program, and becoming OSHA compliant. Leave this 2-day session with a better understanding of creating a safety program that addresses overall training, recordkeeping, noise and silica exposure, baseline testing, and issues your employees will encounter.

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    B270
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do business in the stone industry. During this roundtable discussion, we will hear from stone industry leaders in several different segments to understand how the pandemic has impacted their business, what changes they have made, and how they are adapting.

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    B342
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    Business Training Sessions
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    Are you a marketing professional in the natural stone industry? Join this interactive discussion on social media marketing for the stone industry. Learn best practices from leaders in your field, ask questions, and share your own experiences on topics such as sourcing photos, efficiency tools, topic identification, and platform best practices.

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    B343
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    Business Training Sessions
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    0.5

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business in the stone industry. This course will explain best practices for connecting with customers during times of crisis and creating a plan for connecting with customers during the coming months.

      

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    B345
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    0.5

    Is your stone yard filled with remnants from past jobs?  Join us as we discuss remnant management.  During this session, we will review how to reduce, recycle and reuse remnants.  Come away with tips on to repurpose salvageable pieces while reducing waste cost for unusable pieces. 

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    B370
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    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do business in the stone industry. Join us as a group of natural stone restoration and maintenance professionals discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted their businesses and how they are adapting to the new reality. Network with others in the industry and learn how you can structure your business to move forward successfully.

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    B371
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do business in the stone industry. Join us as a group of natural stone distributors discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted their businesses and how they are adapting to the new reality. Network with others in the industry and learn how you can structure your business to move forward successfully.

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    B372
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.0

    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do business in the stone industry. Join us as a group of natural stone fabricators and installers discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted their businesses and how they are adapting to the new reality. Network with others in the industry and learn how you can structure your business to move forward successfully.

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    B373
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    Business Training Sessions
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    0.5

    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do business in the stone industry. Join us as a group of suppliers to the natural stone industry discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted their businesses and how they are adapting to the new reality. Network with others in the industry and learn how you can structure your business to move forward successfully.

  • Course Code
    B375
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    Business Training Sessions
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    1.5

    Developing successful relationships is critical to having a successful personal and professional life. This session will show you how to establish and develop effective relationships by providing you with techniques to better identify and understand the intrinsic needs of others. Through storytelling and experiential exercises, author Dave Mitchell will help you gain insight into your own unique interaction style and teach you how to communicate, motivate, sell, and service more successfully no matter the personality types involved. We will discuss being resilient in today’s changing world by better handling the stress of peak performance and work/life balance. David will explain the behaviors that insulate us from being stressed out and how we can manifest them.

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    WIS1
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    Business Training Sessions
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    2020 has turned our worlds upside down. Working mothers have struggled, but many have found solutions and are thriving. Empathy and clear communication have never been more important in the business world, and women are needed in leadership roles. Find out how you can support Women in Stone’s mission to recruit, retain, and advance women in the natural stone industry.