July 23, 2017

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Register Now for the Annual MBI Regional Membership Meetings and the NEW Construction Roundtable Series!

We would like to invite you and members of your firm to attend a local area MBI Regional Membership Meeting, coming to a location near you!  These meetings are luncheon programs for the membership held annually in different locations around the state to introduce new initiatives, services and provide important membership updates and reports.  Members can enjoy lunch and informative conversations over their lunch hour at no charge!

Plan Now to Hold a Successful Construction Week Celebration

We invite and encourage you to join us in celebrating Construction Week 2017!  We held the first annual Construction Week in 2016 and saw many successes.  We invite you to celebrate our built environment and showcase those who create it, increase public dialogue about the shortage of construction workers and bring construction to life for students, educators and parents in an industry-wide collaborative effort.

Free, Members-Only Webinar on Drug & Alcohol Testing – August 16, 2017

Register today for this webinar on August 16th that will describe the rights and obligations of private employers under Iowa law with regard to workplace drug or alcohol testing.  The information is designed to confirm important compliance issues for employers who already conduct testing and provide information for employers considering implementing a drug/alcohol testing program

The New Blog on the Block

MBI entered the world of blogs on February 3, 2017 and we’ve been blogging ever since.  For years, we had been hearing the countless reasons for why a business should have a blog.  They are all great, very valid reasons, but I think the only thing that had been holding us back was the intimidation of actually writing blog posts on a regular basis.  Twenty short years after the term weblog was born, the MBI blog was born.  We can be categorized as a late adopter, but better late than never. 

MBI Partner UFG and the Safety Dividend Paying Insurance Program

As we near the halfway mark of 2017, we want to reach out and remind our members to speak to your insurance agent about the insurance program that is available through United Fire Group (UFG). UFG has written and issued over 140 policies to MBI members and Construction Update Network subscribers, with over $6,311,000 written premium in the program as of June 1, 2017.  Contractors insured in the program are eligible to earn a safety group dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers compensation).

We’re Going to Playa del Carmen in 2018 – Who’s Coming With?!

Following next year’s Annual Winter Conference, we will be heading to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for our ‘Out-of-Country Excursion!’  The trip is scheduled for March 1 – 6, 2018 at the luxurious adults-only Paradisus Playa del Carmen – La Perla, an all-inclusive beach resort where all MBI guests will be receiving the Royal Service!  

The 5-night, 6-day conference trip combines business with pleasure, and has long been one of the Association’s most popular activities.  Nearly 100 people went on the last trip to Punta Cana in 2015 and we already have over 50 members and guests signed up for Playa del Carmen!

Curious how Playa del Carmen was chosen as the 2018 destination?  Contrary to popular belief, there is not a MBI staff ‘vacation bucket list’ that we choose from.  We actually don’t have much say in the decision process at all.  The MBI Convention & Travel Committee is tasked with choosing the location for the out-of-country conference extension that takes place every 3 years.

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders' Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer. Another way is to raise the premiums on the other types of insurance that employers buy in order to offset the costs of keeping their workers’ compensation premiums stagnant. The only way an employer can avoid the increased premiums is to: 1) reduce or eliminate the number of claims, and 2) get competitive bids on its workers’ compensation insurance. This is easy to achieve by having an effective safety program, and by having Midwest Builders Casualty submit a quote at your next insurance renewal.

In 2013, MBI partnered with Midwest Builders’ Casualty Group (MWBC) to provide our members with access to their specialized workers’ compensation insurance program.  MWBC has focused on providing workers’ comp coverage to the commercial construction industry throughout the Midwest for over thirty years.  Their success has come from providing the highest level of service and knowledge because of their focused market.  They understand the construction industry and have built their program on fostering long-term partnerships by maintaining both competitive and stable pricing, while not overreacting when claims occur.  MWBC is also a dividend paying program that utilizes the most generous loss ratio for dividend qualification purposes in the industry.  

Construction Golf Classic & Smoker – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual Construction Golf Classic and Smoker which will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. 

For seventeen years, MBI has brought together construction colleagues from throughout the state to participate in the MBI-PAC’s top fundraising event. The “Smoker” is a great way to share good times with industry partners and play golf at Iowa’s premier golf venue, all while supporting your industry’s important and influential political action committee. Annually, this premier golf event attracts over 150 golfers from over 65 different companies and nearly 40 different sponsoring companies.

Recruitment Tip: Why use social media?

One of the most discussed topics today is social media and it is for a good reason! Nearly all job candidates today are on at least one or more social media platforms. As an employer, you need take a multi-channel approach to reach and engage as many candidates as you can. Optimizing your social media presence is essential for your job search and can be quick and easy to manage.