Are Contractors An Endangered Species ?

Share Article announces a members-only contest whereby the best story of a contractor-client problem as viewed by the contractor wins a business coaching session valued at one thousand dollars. Qualified judges from every corner of the country and from the heartland will examine and select the entries. End date of submissions is July 8, 2008. Winner will be revealed on Michael King's Home Talk USA Saturday July 20th at 9:30 am CDT.

Polar bears were just granted "endangered species" classification, and while it's probably a good thing, the certification does little to help another endangered species: the contractor. "It is not hyperbole to assert that the contractor in the United States, and in the world, in general, is being moved, one step at a time, towards extinction," so says Lee W, Dodson, owner of, a resource site for the worldwide construction industry.

The Los Angeles Times has noted recently that "the supply of good contractors is twenty years behind the demand," and yet those who enter the profession have become the most maligned of businesspeople.

In its efforts to gain recognition of the contributions of the small contractor, has worked to reveal the true nature of the business climate for one of the prime ingredients to the economy.

To further that effort, has launched:

Dirty Rotten Client Event

Overview: in association with BUILDERnews Magazine and will give a business consultation to one contractor or contracting business who writes the most interesting story of their encounter with a bad client, supplier, official, or another contractor.

The business consultation will consist of a two hour evaluation of the contractor's business and set up of a viable business model, then it will followed up by two one-hour follow up consultations to make sure the model works.

The consultation will be conducted by Ron Roberts of, a well-known and respected business model consultant dedicated to the particular style of the construction business.

The discounted value of the program, available to members of, is $1000.00, and Ron has testimonials that say it's worth $100,000.00 if the construction business is in trouble. By registering on and posting the experience the poster gets it free.

The story does not have to be well written, but it does have to lay out the facts of the business relationship. With well over a hundred years aggregate experience in construction, the event will be judged by people who know the business, a panel of nine regular people from all over the country connected to the business:

In addition to the opportunity to get the best advice keyed to your particular business, has arranged with BUILDERnews magazine to give a free one year online subscription to the publication to each registered user of up to ten thousand new users or repeat posters.

The magazine is a terrific source for business info, well produced, smart, and professional. It could end up to be the best source for industry news and comment this year. If subscribed to, the year price would be $48.80, by registering and entering, the DIRTY ROTTEN CLIENT gets it delivered monthly right to the poster's computer.

Here's How:
Go onto
Register. Participation is limited to new registers or repeat posters

Fill out the form.

The poster tells the story. Keeps it clean and factual. Tells what happened. Tells what the problem did to his or her business, what it cost both financially and personally.

Anonymous postings may be requested.

Every post is read and evaluated according to a point system.

Early entry is advised as the competition closes July 8th.

The winner will be announced on Michael King's Home Talk USA Saturday July 20th at 9:30 am CDT. Only one person will know the name of the voted winner, and she will reveal it to Michael King on the air.

Other prizes may be awarded to runners up the same day and time.

Digital BUILDERnews subscriptions will be awarded on a first come, first served basis up to 10,000, and will be automatically subscribed to the email address on the registration page.

If you drive on it, work in it, or live in it, a contractor built it.

"This project is designed to bring the downs of the business out of the shadows," said

Dodson. "We're particularly grateful that publications like BUILDERnews see the problem and are providing tangible support. As we are for the Michael King of Home Talk USA, and the other judges of the event."

Will anybody listen?

"We believe so, but this one project will not be our last stand. We have a couple of other surprises coming within the month." Dodson grinned. "We're waking our members up to the power of the internet. Should be interesting. The market is smart, we want the contractors to get just as smart."

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