As I sit down to write my annual list of resolutions for contractors, I am amazed at how much things changed in 2020. Construction was going well and then, in March 2020, COVID-19 hit. At first, we thought it was going to be a disaster for the construction industry. States, cities and towns shut down projects and many applied for PPP loans. Then, something amazing happened. Construction was considered an essential service and everyone was back to work.  That said, the work world changed: companies were donating their PPE to frontline workers, COVID-19 protocols had to be followed and paperwork had to be filed. Everyone was scrambling to figure out how to comply and keep their businesses going. So, you may or may not ask, what was I, as a construction lawyer doing? I spent March and April thinking about the new risks contractors/construction companies were facing and developing contract clauses to protect the industry. I wrote a number of blog posts with clauses to add to your contra

Construction Associations Provide Great Support to Builders

There are a number of different construction organizations in Massachusetts, and it is certainly worth your while to investigate them and attend some meetings. I, for one, belong to BAGB (Builders Association of Greater Boston), and I have been surprised by the amount of value I have received by being a member so far.

This is what I have found:

1. Members tend to be more sophisticated and committed to their profession. Most who I have spoken with say they have never been sued and have good relationships with their clients.

2. The Association is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to its members and makes every effort to stay current on law and developments in building (for example, there is a committee on green construction).

3. Aside from the obvious hope for members to get business from each other, the membership is extremely diverse and consists of tradespeople and associates in insurance, design, banking, accounting, you name it.

4. The group is incredibly welcoming to women. Even though construction is a male-dominated field, I have never felt even a hint of discrimination or prejudice towards women.

5. The members like to have fun together and have created a sense of community.

6. Members frequently hail from other professions (there are a number of former lawyers, for example) and are generally pretty interesting people.

7. BAGB makes the world of construction a bit smaller. I am starting to know people from the group and have run into them at other events, like the Traditional Builders Show.

8. People are supportive. With the downturn in the economy, it has been encouraging to spend time with others whose business has suffered and speak to them about what they are doing to plan for the recovery.

9. Membership also provides membership in NAHB, the National Association of Home Builders.

10. Membership allows me to provide additional value to my clients. I can introduce them to others I have met from the Association, bring them to meetings and work on creating connections.

Isn't that what networking is all about?

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