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Archive for July, 2013

California Construction

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The internet is an invaluable information resource for today’s California construction professionals. The latest and most up-to-date industry news is most accessible online. All the major industry publications are online, as well as access to professional licensing agencies and trade organizations. And whenever any of these entities update their print media, you can bet that you’ll have access to it online long before its printed version can reach your home mailbox.

Additionally, the internet is the best place to find updated job postings, contract postings, and requests for proposals. In fact, several trade organizations have devoted all or a portion of their site to researching and posting just this information. By accessing job and contract offerings online, you can get your bids in far ahead of those relying on printed versions (some of which may never come as more and more companies are doing all their business online).

Probably even more important than utilizing online construction information resources is building your own online presence. Plain and simple, if your construction business is not online, it doesn’t exist to a very big portion of your target California construction market. The internet has replaced the yellow pages and trade directories as a consumer’s first choice for contractor location.

The internet is the first place most people will go when they need to find a service professional. And if you think it’s enough that your construction company is listed in some online yellow-pages or trade directory, think again. Clients expect to be able to look you up on the ‘net’ first so they can make their own decision about your professionalism and scope of services. Even people who already know about your business will prefer to learn more about you online before hiring you. Without the presence of a website, your company will be looked upon as one that is ‘behind the times’, one that is unable to keep up with the innovative technologies of today-and they’ll assume the same in regards to your construction services.

Shopping in California

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Kinney Boulevard

If you enjoy the more creative side of life, Abbot Kinney Boulevard should be your first stop. This shopping district holds some of the best collections of arts, crafts, and gifts in the area. Antiques, galleries, paintings, and other handmade gifts fill this one mile stretch. When you are ready to relax and discuss the sights and sounds of the day, stop in at one of the famous restaurants or funky cafes for a refreshing beverage or a bite to eat so you can replenish your energy. This area is a great way to shop and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Main Street and Montana Avenue

This shopping area is similar to Abbot Kinney Boulevard with one important difference; it has world appeal. Surf wear and other popular California fashions are intertwined with unique Japanese pieces difficult to find anywhere else. Pick out your favorite piece of Mexican folk art to adorn your home, or find furniture from the selection of the latest designer collections. Beautiful jewelry and accessories as well as many other unique pieces can all be found here. When you need a break, there are several bars, cafes, and other establishments to quench your thirst and fill your belly.

Montana Avenue is all about luxury. High-end shopping opportunities and designer boutiques ensure you are donned in the latest fashions. In addition to these premium businesses, the neighborhood gives off a feeling of delightful luxury that makes the experience complete. In all, there are more than 150 different establishments from which to choose.

Venice Beach

The Ocean Front Walkway is world renowned for its display of the wild, wacky, and wonderful. No matter what time of year it is, you can find all sorts of vendors lining the Walk. Hats, shoes, and shirts of all styles and descriptions are just a start. Souvenirs and handmade art can be purchased directly from the artisans themselves. Street performers, music, food, and fun add further interest to the area. There’s always something new to see and do here.

Fisherman’s Village

The unique little community known as Fisherman’s Village has any type of food you could imagine as well as boutiques and shops you can’t find anywhere else on the planet. Marina del Rey shopping enthusiasts can choose from places like Universal Jewelers, Marmi, and Chico’s. For something to munch, you can choose one of the many cafes, restaurants, and bistros. Just a short walk away, West Marine expands the Fisherman’s Village to include such eateries as California Pizza Kitchen and Le Marmiton.