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Making Silk Purses Out of a SOW'S EAR

Written 2017-04-21 by Scott Straw

There are a lot of strange sayings that have been around for hundreds of years and the one involving the intertwining of Porcine Animal Husbandry with Handbag Design is one of the strangest: “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.”  Of course, leave it to the brainiacs at MIT to prove this idiom false (https://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/purse/).  I ran across this phrase recently and immediately saw the acronym: Scope of Work Statement & Equipment, Accessories, and Resources.  Obviously, I have a very disturbed and demented mind, but I was also aided by the nightmares of a recent system I was asked to integrate.  It dragged on and on and every visit diminished the profit margin.

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How we went from an Idea to #110 on the Inc. 500 in 4 years

Written 2016-10-04 by Chris Bianchet

I still remember the feeling of making the decision to start Herman Integration Services.  After a long stint in the AV Integration space, I knew there was an opportunity, but that didn’t make such a big change any less scary. After talking to David and Jeffrey Wolf, my partners in Herman-IS and the owners of Herman Pro AV, I knew we had something good. We had a combination of a need in the market, an understanding of the business, AND we had what felt like really good timing. In my experience, these are the ingredients to starting a successful business. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t say I was scared. I’ve never met a successful entrepreneur that wasn’t a little scared (Although some may not be willing to admit it). 

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How to Get the Most out of AV Labor Subcontractors

Written 2016-08-02 by Chris Bianchet

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about being a subcontractor in the AV Industry is the way we are most commonly engaged. Let me paint a picture.

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