Friday, April 4, 2014

Week of 4/4/14 in Review
Good day!  Even though the economy continues to be defined by economists as "sluggish," we continue to be encouraged by news reports of optimism among US manufacturers.  Within the past couple of weeks, two furniture related manufacturing companies announced plans to open facilities in the High Point area to produce their products in the US.
On that note, our area is a buzz with International Home Furnishings Market preparation for the opening day of Spring Market this Saturday, April 5th.  Our team will be visiting approximately 20+  
The week's news cycle started with the passing of the Affordable Care Act deadline for individuals to have coverage as of Monday, March 31.  The related stories about numbers enrolled and caveats to the deadline seemed to dominate the week up until the end of the week with the tragic news out of Fort Hood.  Our team sends its thoughts and prayers to all the families of the service men and women at Fort Hood.
Manufacturing Headlines of Note
Forecast of Continued Growth for NC Economy in 2014
UNCC/Babson Capital released an interesting perspective on their forecast for continued optimism in 2014 in North Carolina.  Link below to the full forecast:
 Furniture Shoppers Buying American
Here is a February article that is worth the read.  More news pointing to consumers preference to purchase American made products.  Some companies in the report feel that as much as 80% or more of their customers hare discussing and requesting domestically produced products.  Consumer sentiment is one of the keys to continued resurgence of US manufacturing.  Link below to the article:
Design Trend Projection with Joe Ruggiero
Our family has had the privilege of getting to know Joe Ruggiero over the years and enjoy his articles and perspectives on design.  He recently produced a video of design trends and I hope you will watch.  Also, please connect with him on social media if you would like to stay updated on his work.  Here's the link to his video:
Jobs Data-Good, Bad, and Ok
USA Today issued an analysis of recent jobs data in today's edition.  As with many reports, their are important data and the impact of that data is discussed in a summary format in this article.  Link here to full article:
Learning Opportunities
We are pleased to announce our upcoming seminar opportunities.  We would like to extend an invitation to you to be our guest at any of these events.  Space is limited so please register ahead of time for each event. 
Managing the FMLA: Process and Pitfalls - April 8, 2014, 10-11:30 a.m.
Senn Dunn Insurance, Charlotte Training Room
Employment Law 101 - Managing Employment Practices Liability Exposures
April 9, 2014, 9-10:30 a.m.
Senn Dunn Insurance, Raleigh Training Room
OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training over two days
May 8, 12-5:30 p.m.
May 9, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Greensboro Office Training Room
Seminar registration and additional details can be found on our seminar web page at the link below:


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