Iowa Sales Tax Issues for Construction Contractors

MBI will be holding a MBI Members Only webinar on February 17th beginning at 11:00 am on 'Iowa Sales Tax Issues for Construction Contractors.'  This webinar will addresses several of the tax concerns that Iowa construction companies should be aware. Some of the questions that will be answered in this webinar include…What constitutes a construction contract? Is this job construction or repair? What is taxable? Does the type of construction business affect taxation? Who pays the tax? At what point in the transaction does tax apply? How are nonprofit organizations handled?

Presenter: Terry O'Neill, Iowa Department of Revenue

MBI Members Only webinars are offered at no charge.

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Innovative Strategies for Talent Development

As construction contractors emerge from the industry recession, there is still a significant need to invest in our human resources, especially as the baby boomers continue to retire at increasing rates. What is the best way for your company to go about finding and retaining the best talent? How do you measure the effectiveness of training in terms of outcomes and benefits? Discover the answers to these questions and hear anecdotes from construction contractors that were revealed in the talent development report during an interactive seminar titled Innovative Strategies for Talent Development.  Ed Palpant of FMI Corporation will work with the audience to:

  • Examine training trends, challenges, concerns and innovations having an impact on the construction industry in the past year
  • Identify the training and development strategies that are now required to maximize performance and develop a culture of success
  • Examine the trends training, challenges, concerns and innovations that have had an impact on the construction industry in the past year
  • Understand how to use these trends and strategies to guide training and development practices within your own firms

Join us from 9:00 - 11:45 am on February 24, 2015 for this exciting seminar that is being offered as part of the 2015 Annual Winter Conference in Altoona.  Use the links below for more information and to register.

MBI Annual Winter Conference Brochure & Registration

Winter Conference Registration Page (fillable PDF file)


Turn Your Project Managers into Business Managers

Although they need to have a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the most successful project managers have also developed strong management, leadership and business skills in order to execute projects profitably. Project managers need to understand the financial impact of what they do every day and learn to proactively manage cash flow, accurate forecasting of cost to complete along with tracking, pricing and collecting of change orders. The best project managers will accomplish this while maintaining positive client relationships to leverage future repeat business.

Old E-Verify Records to Be Deleted, Employers Must Download Historic Records Prior to Dec. 31

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective Jan. 1, 2015, E-Verify transaction records more than 10 years old will be deleted from the system. As a result, employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior to Dec. 31, 2004.

HR Labor Benefits for Members

Members of the Master Builders of Iowa have access to a variety of HR/labor resources as a part of their membership fees.  Dealing with workforce issues, such as complex state and federal employment regulations, labor relations, wage negotiations, affirmative action policies and employment discrimination, is often the biggest headache for a company. MBI closely monitors both state and local legislature, regulatory and litigious activity to ensure the interests of the construction industry are not compromised. MBI employs two labor relations specialists who provide members with a full range of services to assist them in dealing with workforce issues.  In addition to having consultants on the MBI staff to help with labor issues, the MBI website contains members only information on the following: