There are many valid, strategic reasons supporting the decision to change our name. Here is the main one: It immediately describes our audience.

The 2014 Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award, an award promoted with the marketing muscle of one of the biggest names in outdoor power equipment, goes to a Seattle-area coffee shop this year.

Housing starts had a disappointing showing in November, dipping below their monthly and yearly comparisons. And with just one more month left to account for in 2014, breaking the million mark looks unlikely.

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Industry Dashboard

Housing starts regressed a bit in November (and fell below 2013 figures). And once again, gas prices fell further.
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Commentary

DENVER — Some 4,000 people filed into the Bellco Theatre in Denver to...
John Oliver has deep thoughts about the role of the hardware store employee....

Poll

In your opinion, what type of legislation is likely to be the biggest regulatory nightmare in 2015?

Digital Edition

The November/December issue presents People of the Year.

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Archives

HIRI in the News

New Product Showcase

The HCN Hardware Show Product Showcase gives you a sneak peak of the sales floor.
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Financial services report: LBM Extra

As relationships grow, so grows the bottom line.
(Part 3 of a Digital Series) 

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Research & Data

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Companies that participated in the HCN Distributor Scoreboard Survey showed...
Chain Store Age spotlights the winners of its 31st annual Retail Store of the...
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The 2014 HCN Top 200 Pro Dealer Scoreboard picked up where the 2013 list left off — on the upswing — with only a sliver of sales declines reported across the board, and a swelling segment of double-digit gainers.

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