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June 22, 2016
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From Window & Door Magazine
Get Serious About Website Security
Website hacking isn’t something that only happens to big companies. Many small business websites are also targets for robots and programs created by hackers to search for and take advantage of security loopholes. Learn how to protect your website. Read More
 
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LaCantina Relocates to Expanded Facility
 
Aluro Opens U.S. Office in Atlanta
 
Decoral Expands its Presence in the U.S. Market
 
PGT Appoints New Director of Southeast Florida and International Sales
 
Product Spotlight
Double Sliding Patio Door by Stanley

Stanley’s double sliding patio door opens from either side and offers optional raise, tilt and lower blinds, and low-emissivity glass. Available in 5- and 6-foot sizes and all standard colors, this patio door has style and durability, according to the company.

 
The Talk

By Ron Crowl, FeneTech Inc.

When I think about relationships, I first think about the bond I have with my immediate family. Undoubtedly, these three individuals forge the most significant and meaningful relationship in my life. I can only assume that the rest of the world also sees relationships through this familial lens.

As I’ve matured, I have discovered that I tend to value relationships with everyone else outside of my family in much the same way. As a businessman, I count these connections not only as an entry in the asset column but also as a testament to how a business should be run. Without cultivating the relationships I’ve built with my partners, my employees and, most importantly, my customers, I would either be a lousy business owner or I wouldn’t be in business at all.

But how does one build such strong, lasting and valuable relationships? We have done so through bringing our best to the table, whether during a live meeting, virtual meeting, telephone call, email, or even over a few beers. We connect in person at events and conferences in both formal and relaxed settings. We create a setting that is conducive to conversation, camaraderie and just a little bit of crazy fun.

It is gratifying to experience the fellowship that comes along with having customers and vendors who have become like family to us. Equally rewarding is developing new friendships among newcomers.

Do you have the same experience? Do you count your business partners as your friends? How do you cultivate your relationships? How has doing so complemented or, perhaps, complicated your life? Post a comment, weigh in on this week’s poll or send an email with your thoughts on the subject.

Do you consider your business partners and customers as your friends?
I have a personal relationship with most of my colleagues.
I have developed a few strong relationships in my professional circle.
I prefer to keep my personal and professional life separate.


Do You Think the E-Warranty Act Will Affect Your Business?
Forty-five percent of the respondents to last week’s poll say "no." Read the Full Results
 
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