News from the Construction Suppliers Association

November 14, 2018

Here's Your Chance to Win Free CSA Membership for 2019

Katie BodifordBy Katie Bodiford
CSA Director of Membership & Meetings

Yes, you read the headline correctly! Every CSA member company has a chance to win free membership in 2019!  That's right -- no dues for next year.


We at CSA central have recently undergone a major overhaul of our membership database and have realized that our system is in need of what my grandmother used to call “a good scrubbin’.”

So that’s where you come in! You could win a free membership for 2019. Click on "Read More" to find out how.


Sales Training Coming to Oklahoma!

CSA is excited to offer the “Nuts & Bolts of Lumber and Building Material Sales” in two Oklahoma locations the week after Thanksgiving.

This course combines product knowledge with sales and customer service skills, as well as teaching the concept of project selling. Participants learn about margins and how profits are really made. It’s an eye-opening workshop that benefits both new employees and the most seasoned industry veterans.

The classes are only $189 and include all materials, a lumber reference manual and lunch. They will be held:

Wed. 11/28 -- The Mayo Hotel -- Tulsa
Thur. 11/29 -- CSA Office -- Oklahoma City

Don’t pass up this unique training opportunity!


Free Safety Audits Available at CSA

Have you taken advantage of a complimentary Safety Auditthrough CSA?

This service is free to CSA dealers and can save you thousands of dollars if you get a visit from OSHA or other regulatory agencies.

In Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi, contact Victor Shell at (470) 514-6729.

In Oklahoma, contact Michael Snider at (405) 210-9569.

You're Invited to the CSA Christmas Party in Tulsa

CSA's Oklahoma members have traditionally held a Christmas party in early December, and this year, everyone is invited!

The party will be held Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

During the afternoon, you'll have two opportunities to have some fun! Come to "Show 'N Tell" in the Mayo Hotel for an interactive vendor showcase. Or take part in the Downtown Tulsa Scavenger Hunt that begins and ends at the Mayo!

We'll have a reception and dinner, as well as a silent auction, when CSA members gather to celebrate that evening. Don't miss the fun!

All CSA Members are invited to attend!


6 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Credit Card Chargebacks

By Patrick Redd
Basys Processing

If you don’t know what a chargeback is, congratulations!  Consider yourself lucky.

A chargeback is essentially a refund, or credit, that a cardholder (your customer) requests from the bank that issues their credit or debit card.

Chargebacks can be requested for several reasons, but the most common are:

  • Services or products weren’t received.
  • Theft.
  • Fraud.
  • Incorrect dollar amount.

What can you do? Click below for six tips to help reduce your exposure.


Choose Your Charity Wisely When Reacting to Fires, Floods & Hurricanes

By Charity Navigator

In times of crisis, many individuals find themselves wondering how they can help those affected. Depending on the nature of the disaster (man-made or natural), there are often a variety of organizations committed to helping those affected.

Before you give to an organization responding, however, make sure you're following these tips to ensure that your donation will go to the cause itself and help those affected.


The Most Popular Home Renovation Projects by State

By Hadley Keller
Architectural Digest

On any given day, Americans across the country are undertaking any number of renovations, ranging from projects as simple as applying a new coat of paint to those as complex as a full kitchen remodel. Given our love of browsing the before-and-after photos of a job well done, we began to wonder exactly which projects were most likely to be in the works throughout the country—and where.

We reached out to Thumbtack, an aggregator and booking service for professional jobs (think TaskRabbit but only for certified professionals), to learn about the most popular updates, repairs, and revamps across the U.S.


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