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BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Building a Plan

Knowing up-to-date information about your market is a critical part of a solid business plan.BY: AL SHERMANLast month, I was embarrassed to mention that,...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Now I Understand…

The wisdom of making a plan - then knowing when to change it.BY: AL SHERMANI spent years telling lumberyard managers how important it is to...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Wrong Or Lucky

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” —Evan EsarBY: AL SHERMANMostly we view forecasters—economic,...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Measuring Success

How’s business? The question gets asked millions of times a day in virtually every language on the planet.BY: AL SHERMANHow’s business? The question gets...

Decision-Making: Vegas Edition

Winners play probabilities; losers play possibilities.For those readers who may have accidentally stumbled onto my website, www.LBMResearch.com, this month’s column will sound a little...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Love the Booms, Hate the Busts

They call it the housing cycle—boom followed by bust followed by boom followed by bust followed by….Personally, I’d rather see slow, steady, unexciting, unbooming...

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