Why pro painters should join the PCA
Running a painting business may sometimes leave you feeling alone, like you’re on a remote island figuring out how to survive on your own—but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a community of painters ready to connect with you and elevate your business. If you’re not part of the Painting Contractors Association (PCA), you may be missing out on cost-saving resources and a network of fellow painters who want to support you.
PCA has come a long way from its 1884 origins as a negotiating arm of the painters’ unions and, later, as a kind of social club for professional painters. Today PCA is focused on equipping painting businesses with the resources, training, and personal support necessary to succeed.
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3 proactive ways to build your business
A new year means a new opportunity to find fresh ways to expand and improve your business. Whether you have been running your own business for decades or you’re just getting started, you likely want to know how to take your team to the next level.
Thankfully, Sherwin-Williams offers several productivity-enhancing tools that can help you make 2023 your business’ best year yet, with unique services that can help contractors recruit talented employees, train them in best practices, and save time on the jobsite.
Continue reading Start the Year Right →
This article by Tom Reber is the fourth in a series from PPC and the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) designed to help you understand and prepare for the challenges of business growth.
Continue reading Are You Ready for Next Year? 2023 Business Planning Tips from the PCA →
As professional painting contractors are all too aware, there is an acute worker shortage affecting not only the coatings industry but the building trades as a whole. Now, some forward-thinking industry leaders are banding together to do something about it.
Continue reading Addressing the Labor Shortage: Industry Leaders Work with Local Agencies to Develop New Painting Talent →
This article is the first of a new four-part series from PPC and the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) designed to help you understand and prepare for the challenges of business growth.
Continue reading The Pro Path: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Business from the PCA →
Has COVID-19 altered your job site activity? Turn your attention to developing and refining a training program for new employees. Continue reading Training Tips for Isolated Times →
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted painting businesses in many different ways.
“One thing is true across the board, though,” says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Every business will face tremendous challenges as our nation begins the path to recovery, while still facing the public health threat of the virus.”
For many painting companies, one of the main challenges continues to be finding good workers. For some insights, PPC sat down with Tim Kenney, owner of W.T. Kenney Co., Inc., a fourth-generation professional painting contracting business based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Continue reading Ready to Meet the Demand? Five Tips for Better Recruitment and Retention in a COVID-19 World →
Poor hires can have a negative impact on your company’s reputation, and high turnover rates can be a time-consuming financial drain. What’s the solution?
Continue reading 5 Keys to Making Great Hires for Your Painting Company →
This summer, PPC hit the road for two days with Noah Kanter, a contractor serving residential customers in northern Vermont. In this article, we talk with him about his decision to hire his first employees and the challenges and benefits it has brought to him and his company.
Continue reading Noah Kanter on the Challenges and Benefits of Hiring His First Employees →
Friends, family, employees and colleagues are great places to look when you’re hiring. But are you making the most of your network?
Continue reading Recruitment & Retention: How to Get Better at Networking to Make Better Hires →
Having a tough time finding the right employees for your residential or commercial painting business? It may be time to consider people working in other construction trades and service industries, says Art Snarzyk, owner of InnerView Advisors. Continue reading Need Good Workers? Tap into Other Trades →
Can you use storytelling techniques to recruit better candidates for your painting company? Henry DeVries, CEO of Indie Books International, says yes. In this article, he shows how it’s done. Continue reading How to Use the Power of Storytelling to Make Better Hires →
Finding the right person for a position is part art and part science. While some people certainly have a gift for finding good people, everyone can improve their success rate by following a methodical step-by-step process. Continue reading 10 Steps to Better Hiring →
Making great hires is essential for today’s painting contractor. A well-designed internship program can help you find the best talent and fuel productivity and growth. Continue reading Recruitment & Retention: Using Internships to Make Better Hires →
In this episode of our Pro on the Go video series, we asked Nick Slavik, owner of Nick Slavik Painting in New Prague, Minnesota, about the best business advice he has ever received. Continue reading Pro on the Go Video: People Are a Problem. What’s the Solution? →
Finding good people for your painting company can be a challenge. It may be tempting to rely on your friends and family. While networking is a great strategy, it’s time to broaden the search. Since the majority of job seekers use online resources in their search, here are a few ways to reach them.
Continue reading 3 Keys to Better Hiring: Broaden Your Search for Good Candidates →
Finding good employees is a challenge throughout the painting industry. As the industry leader, Sherwin-Williams is introducing a comprehensive new program to encourage people to choose a career in painting.
Continue reading Paint Your Path: Building the Workforce of the Future →