No doubt about it – theNational Floor Trends’2009 Trade Directory and Buying Guide appearing in this month’s issue along with its online, fully searchable version combines the industry’s most up-to-date information available with the immediacy of online updates.

The two versions offer contact information to enable you to sell and supply each job. So whether you are viewing the print version in your office or using the expanded searchable listing information online, this is your daily product information source.

The online edition has the most complete information as it is updated throughout the year – 365 days, 24/7 – and includes more manufacturer, distributor, sales agent, product, buying group, association/market, and cross-referenced technical training school listings. All the online section listings include more robust data (for example, the addition of branch offices and representatives in the manufacturer section) and offer additional listing enhancements like keyword search options, premium ranking and designation online, spec sheets, marketing messages, product photos, videos, and a request for proposal program.

We have thousands of page views on theNational Floor Trendswebsite for the Trade Directory and Buying Guide each month, and expect continued growth as more of our readers move toward online usage. This is the buyer’s guide of choice for floor covering professionals.

Please contact me atgoldenj@bnpmedia.comif you would like to update your listing (new distributor, new address, additional branch office, change in personnel, etc.) after you visit the online directory. Our system is very user friendly (as well as password protected) and allows all industry companies to update their listing information when changes are necessary.

We are always making improvements and would like to hear from you about any suggested information you would like to have within next year’s Buying Guide print and online editions.

I would also like to talk briefly about a new section that will be appearing monthly inNFTbeginning with this issue. The section called, Good News & Bright Ideas, is aimed at sharing stories about the innovative ways dealers and other industry companies are keeping their business in the black (and keeping up morale), as well as financial news that points to economic recovery.

Constant discussion about how bad the economy is will not remedy the situation. Only through individual success stories and repeating these positive events we will change a weak economy to one that is strong. We are all in this together, and we hope the stories and ideas in Good News & Bright Ideas inspire you to think about your business not only in the short term, but far into the future. If you have any stories you’d like to share with us, please send them to our associate editor Michael Chmielecki, atChmieleckiM@bnpmedia.comfor consideration.