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Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

The makeover of Miami International Airport Hotel: Designer Forum - Nov 2015   Full Article
Aida Bao-Garciga, chief of design for Miami Dade Country Aviation, writes about the renovation of the hotel's lobby, common areas and guest rooms, and how terrazzo and Interface carpet tiles helped fulfill the design vision.

Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design: Best practices - Nov 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design, an Akron, Ohio retailer that does over half of its business in new construction and builder work. Barrington credits judicious diversification for much of its success.

Does your personal brand build your people power? People Power - Nov 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Sam Allman examines the concept of personal brand development, covering issues from trustworthiness and authenticity to consistency, persistence and both giving others recognition for success and taking credit for failures.

Building annuities through bids and annual contracts: Contractor's Corner - Nov 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Dave Stafford lays out the landscape of annuity business and provides essential tips and guidance for how to bid for these types of contracts and how to build a successful revenue stream from annuities.

Schönox APF helps a contractor solve a subfloor problem: Call the Contractor-Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm introduces a new column on challenging contractor projects with the case of the Hensville development project in Toledo, Ohio, where an ancient warehouse subfloor had to be secured an leveled before installing flooring.

The Top 250 Design Survey 2015 - Oct 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm analyzes the results of this year's survey of the nation's top design firms, including top projects, new markets, priorities, top problems and color and design trends, along with designers' favorite flooring manufacturers.

Hardwood Update: Independent retailers find ways to thrive - Oct 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague discusses the challenges of selling hardwood flooring with key retailer experts from Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great Floors and Rusmur Floors, covering everything from big box competition to installation and refinishing.

Flooring Needs in Healthcare: Flooring opportunities in an evolving market - Oct 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier writes about the acute care market and how it is evolving, including a section on the hospitals of tomorrow as well as a section on the science of creating a healing environment.

Independent Contractor or Employee: Agencies are cracking down on retailers - Oct 2015   Full Article
Bradford G. Harvey, a Tennessee lawyer specializing in labor and employment, offers a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, along with the legal challenges in specific cases.

Installation standards, WFCA and CFI, Mullican's 30th: Strategic Exchange - Oct 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp harr discusses the installer problem and on CRI's revised carpet installation standard, and he also weighs in on CFI becoming a division of WFCA. The column also includes a report on Mullican's celebration of its 30th anniversary.