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5 Tips for Caring for Your Boat in the Off-Season

Posted by Craig Zola on Jan 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Boats face many potential maintenance problems throughout the year. With a strong knowledge of proper off-season care techniques, you can avoid or limit many of these preventable issues. In fact, a meticulous winterizing process can improve the performance and appearance of your boat.

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6 Money Making Agriculture Business Ideas That Don’t Require Land

Posted by Craig Zola on Jan 2, 2019 4:35:57 PM

When most people think of money-making agriculture business ideas, their first inclination is to search for land to buy. For many, that’s not an option, though. The amount of investment that goes into starting a modern farm can be substantial, especially when compared to a non-agricultural small business or startup.

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Three Factors to Consider When Designing Awnings for Restaurants

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

The right awning design can help make window seats more appealing, and even increase the amount of seating space by protection from the elements to those dining outdoors. Conversely, the wrong awning design can create poor curb appeal and actually drive customers away.

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Why Vinyl Fabric is the Best Material for Stadium Awnings

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Stadium projects present a host of unique challenges for architectural firms. At capacity, a sporting event could host tens of thousands of guests, all looking to be seated comfortably — no matter where they are. Accommodating those expectations while also providing for infrastructure and amenities isn’t easy.

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Branding Your Retail Store With Awnings

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Your company's brand is one of your most valuable assets, and your retail stores are one of the most common places where consumers will engage with your brand, from the smells of the store, to the artwork, to your actual products.

That's why it's important to ensure that your store's exterior is as well-branded as your packaging. Here are some good examples of companies using awnings to brand their retail store exteriors.


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The Boat Terms and Definitions All New Owners Should Know

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 25, 2018 12:34:21 PM

You‘ve admired boats from afar. You’ve done the research about sizes and motor types. You’ve asked friends for advice and priced out the options. Now, you’ve finally taken the plunge and realized your dream of owning your very own boat.

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5 Questions Smart Buyers Ask When Purchasing a New Boat

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Buying a new boat is a complicated process with many factors to consider. Naturally, you’ll have a few questions to ask the dealer before you pull the trigger on buying your first new yacht. Identifying the information you need to make an informed buying decision is an important first step in the process. When you’ve prepared a list of question to ask your dealer, you can avoid making an impulsive decision based on emotion.

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Pros and Cons of Buying a Boat at a Boat Show

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Boat shows represent a major opportunity for dealers to make big sales and market their brand-name and products. Competition between dealers can be fierce at boat shows, leaving many opportunities for the savvy buyer to get a great deal on a new boat. Buying at a boat show isn’t always a home run and you should go in with plenty of research to avoid buying on an impulse.

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How the Industry Works: A Primer for First-Time Boat Buyers

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When you’re ready to take your interest in boating to the next level by purchasing a vessel, it’s important to understand the inner workings of the industry; entry level boat buyers have a lot to learn about this complicated market. This primer is a valuable resource, outlining the variables of boat-buying — things like whether to buy new or used, at a boat show or through an online listing, and how to select a trustworthy broker.

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3 Sustainable - And Affordable - Building Design Ideas

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 21, 2018 1:10:27 PM

Architects and contractors have a unique opportunity to make new homes and commercial buildings more sustainable for less money. Once a home is built, retrofitting it to be more earth-friendly can be difficult and costly. Designers who equip new properties with affordable sustainable features minimize environmental impacts for the life of the home. And, by employing tactics to use less, they end up saving the property owner money on utilities and waste in the long run, too.

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