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FEATURED CONTENT                                                                        February 4, 2019
Is Valentine’s Day a Hardware Holiday?

Whether or not Valentine’s Day is a hardware holiday really boils down to: Is your significant other in need of or would they be appreciative of some new tools?
More information on Valentine’s Day sales strategies
Wages on the Rise

You should be aware, as of January 1, the minimum wage increased in 17 states. 
Was your state one of them?
Selling Plants to Millennials is Growing Business

While millennials may seem tethered to technology, they also have a sincere desire to connect to 
Mother Nature and be rooted in something beyond their immediate self-interests.
The rest of this Expert Advice article


NEWS AND EVENTS
Retail Jobs Grew Nearly 15,000 in January

Retail industry employment in January was down by 15,100 jobs unadjusted from a year earlier but increased 14,800 jobs seasonally adjusted from December, the National Retail Federation said today.
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Lowe’s ‘Kickoff to Rebuild’ ahead of Super Bowl LIII

More than 100 volunteers from Lowe’s, local organizations and the community joined National Football League players to repair six homes in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII.
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Grainger Recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 2019 ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’

Grainger is again named to FORTUNE‘s annual list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2019.
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$738K Grant to Fund Construction of Special-Needs Housing

Red River Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded a $738,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to help fund the second phase of construction of nine group homes for 72 developmentally disabled individuals.
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New Construction Starts in December Declined 10%

New construction starts in December fell 10% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $708.9 billion, continuing to retreat after November’s 7% slide, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
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