As we approach September 1st, we are looking toward the end of the year, and there are just 4 months left.
It seems like it was just 2022! However, we are almost into our ninth month of 2023, and you know what that means, the end of the year is just around the corner. It still feels like we have plenty of time before the end of the year, right?
Do you have to start now to be finished by the end of the year? No, of course not, but the longer you wait the more limited your options, budgets, and scheduling dates become. Don't wait until the last minute! Start now if you have a project, even beyond flooring, that you want completed before the end of the year!
Lucas Commercial Flooring is proud to sponsor Construction Suicide Prevention Week again in 2023.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Construction Suicide Prevention Week has dedicated September 4-8, 2023 to providing online resources and job site talks to focus on suicide prevention specifically the construction industry. Construction workers face unique challenges every day, which lead to a higher-than-average rate of suicides. Construction Suicide Prevention Week is working to provide resources, so we can work together to prevent it.
Although the highlight of the event is in September, the Webinar Series for 2023 will begin Thursday, August 10th, with weekly installments leading up to Prevention Week. Topics include:
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Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes World’s Top Women Entrepreneurs
Dana Hetrick, President of Lucas Commercial Flooring, has been named a winner of the 2023 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Dana was recognized at the 21st Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference, for her leadership in the category of $2M- $3M Revenue. The Celebration and Conference brought together dynamic women from around the world to share business insights, expand their networks and deepen mentoring commitments, at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
ABOUT ENTERPRISING WOMEN MAGAZINE:
Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit https://enterprisingwomen.com or call (919) 362-1551.
2023 Woman of Impact Nominees with the American Heart Association include LCFG's President, Dana Hetrick
September 5-9, 2022
Dana Hetrick, President of Lucas Commercial Flooring, joins the new Board of Directors in the role of Sponsorship to assist the organization in creating and implementing a new sponsorship program. Here is the official press release from the organization: https://www.nawbokc.org/blog/nawbo-kc-welcomes-2022-2023-board-of-directors
NAWBO KC Welcomes New Board of Directors
(KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, August 23, 2022)
The Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners welcomes its new board of directors. The 2022-2023 board, led by Ashley Mahoney, founder of Hello Big Idea, includes seven returning members and three new members. It added a new position for Sponsorship this year.
“It is an exciting time for the NAWBO KC chapter. We have members leading at the national level, outlined a solid strategic plan for growth last year, and are in decent shape financially. I am looking forward to what we all accomplish together this year!” Ms. Mahoney said of the new board and the chapter’s 70 members.
The full NAWBO KC board includes women from a variety of organizations. They are the following:
⚫ Ashley Mahoney, Hello Big Idea, Board President
⚫ Kelly Byrnes, Voyage Consulting Group, President-Elect and Marketing
⚫ Robyn Stevens, Robyn Stevens Feng Shui, Secretary
⚫ Stephanie Willis, SBDC Kansas at JCCC, Programming
⚫ Stella Crewse, Fortiviti, Membership
⚫ Karen Reimer, Ad Astra Financial Group, Advocacy
⚫ Kim Specker, Rare Transformation, Treasurer
⚫ Shea Stevens, Burke McClasky Stevens, Governance
⚫ Dana Hetrick, Lucas Commercial Flooring, Sponsorship
⚫ Mandy Shoemaker, Prairie Elder Care, Immediate Past President
NAWBO KC holds events monthly to help business owners build their companies through learning and networking. There are opportunities for service throughout the year as well.
Many events are open to non-members, so if you are a women business owner or supporter of businesses owned by women, visit the Events page.
About NAWBO KC
NAWBO KC brings together local women in business to learn, connect, and grow. The chapter is diverse, yet the vision is shared: supporting the success of women entrepreneurs in Kansas City. NAWBO KC provides opportunities for women business owners to hone their business management and leadership skills, network, and contribute to the community.
Celebrating women in business for four decades, NAWBO’s local chapter is part of a bigger vision – one started and led by the National Association of Women in Business. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of more than 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
My building was built in the 1990's... My flooring was replaced in 2008... It is 2022...
Asbestos was a common filler in the U.S. starting in the 1920’s and continued to be used in flooring and adhesive production for decades. It was a preferred material, as it is strong and fire resistant. It is fibrous, which is what gave the products additional strength; however, that is one of the reasons it is a dangerous material. When scraped or broken apart, the fibers of asbestos can get airborne and be ingested, which can cause many forms of cancer and other health related issues.
The downside of this method is that the material on top is now adhered to the asbestos containing products. When you start removing the top floorcovering, the materials underneath also start coming up. If the asbestos containing materials start to break or release at all, the job must stop, and abatement must be completed. If the material on top is adhered directly to asbestos containing adhesive, there is no safe way to remove the material without disturbing the original adhesives and/or voiding your new material's warranty without abatement.
Working with a quality flooring contractor that investigates under the existing products, performs tests before work starts, and determines the total scope of work, projects can minimize delays and unexpected abatement costs due.
Federal Register, Volume 59 Issue 123 (Tuesday, June 28, 1994) (govinfo.gov)
Asbestos Regulations- Federal & State Laws about Exposure (mesotheliomahub.com)
How long does asbestos stay airborne once disturbed? (oracleasbestos.com)
Top 3 Mistakes Commercial Spaces Make When Making the Change!
by Dana Hetrick, Flooring Specialist- Lucas Commercial Flooring Group
Why are commercial environments making the change?
There are a lot of advantages of LVT/ LVP. Commercial resilient products are low maintenance, without the waxing requirements of its predecessor, VCT. Spills are easy to wipe away with a paper towel or mop up with a micro-fiber mop. The variety of patterns allow for a minimal look or more variation to hide spills that aren't immediately addressed.
When looking at making the change, most evaluate the products themselves, not their current environment. Isolating the material without evaluating the space can lead to undesirable results. Here are 3 things that should be considered before making a change from Carpet to LVT/ LVP to avoid unwanted results:
One of the first noticeable changes in the environment of a space are the acoustics: how loud are the background noises of a space? Are there a lot of people in open spaces having phone conversations? Is there traffic noise? How many interruptions are there from people coming and going with doors opening and closing? Sound travels several ways: directly to your ears or it can bounce off surfaces until it dissipates. Soft surfaces help to minimize the sounds bouncing around, so as sounds travel to the carpet, they are dissipated by that soft surface. Removing that soft surface and replacing with a hard surface can create a louder environment than what occupants are used to hearing.
If acoustics are not considered before making the change from carpet to LVT, the noise and disruption level in a workspace may have a negative effect. If there are other soft surfaces in the space- ceiling tiles, fabric furniture, drapery, etc., the change to a hard surface may not be much of a change at all.
2) Level Subfloors
All flooring forms to what it is being installed on, so what is under your existing carpet? Are there any additional layers of flooring hidden beneath the existing carpet? Do you have concrete or wood subfloors? How level are your floors? Do you have a lot of sunlight that will highlight subfloor imperfections? One advantage of carpet is that it can hide a multitude of subfloor sins, which prevent you from knowing exactly what is going on underneath. The only way to find out what is going on is to remove that carpet; however, partnering with a flooring specialist allows for additional investigating and planning on the front side to know more about what to expect on the final installation. Additional floor preparation may be needed and planned for before making the switch to make sure your new floor is as smooth as possible.
Whether moisture is spilled from the top or hiding in the subfloor, moisture can be a problem for LVT/ LVP. Traditional roll carpet is a breathable surface, allowing moisture to move through the material to evaporate; however, LVT/ LVP can trap moisture between the subfloor and the product, which can mean big problems. Care should be used in selecting an LVT/ LVP for kitchens, water filling stations, or other locations that have a lot of moisture and/or spill potential. Moisture that sits too long on the surface of the flooring can seep between seams and get trapped under the flooring. This can lead to adhesive and/or flooring failure. Subfloors, both wood and concrete, should also be tested prior to replacement for moisture levels to determine if moisture is present. Natural springs, poor drainage, missing vapor barriers, and other factors can cause moisture to reside in subfloors. Checking the moisture levels in the subfloor can prevent future issues with the LVT/ LVP floors.
Lucas Commercial Flooring Group, Inc.
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