am Diane Dennis...
When my (now-ex) husband Curtis and I started our suspended ceiling T-Bar construction
business in 1995 (C and D Acoustics), we were very fortunate
that our supplier, Cal-Ply of Redlands,
us 100%. The people there "took us under their wings"
and taught us so much.
Although he had many, many years of in-the-field construction experience,
I didn't know a darn thing about it and he didn't have any experience with the office and paperwork side of the industry.
The paperwork was overwhelming
to say the least. Many thanks
to Bob Baxter,
and Barbara Walker (all three of Cal-Ply Redlands), for showing us the processes involved
with generating preliminary notices, which release to use
when, how to process progress invoices, etc.
In 2000 I (Diane) started this website because there was
so little out there at the time to help contractors to succeed.
I started out with posting information based on our and
other contractors' experiences and gradually I added downloadable
I was amazed at the response I received, it showed that
there really was a need for the information and forms that
I was posting here.
From 2000 through 2004 I ran the office portion of our construction business and did everything I could
to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for the website.
Finally in 2004, due to the very lacking pool of potential *good*employees, Curtis closed the construction
business and went to work another T-Bar company in San Diego which
100% after I finally got everything closed out for his business.
son's deteriorating health (read
more here) and my Fibromyalgia dictated that
I needed to be home as much as I could to be available for him. This website
I've received has allowed me to do that. :)
I used to publish a monthly newsletter but
our son's health and increasing needs caused me to have
to cut back severely on that (currently I publish no more
quarter unless there are form updates).
Although I've had to cut back I still
plan on keeping on
"forever" (100,000+ orders and still going), until
I'm no longer of this world. It's the only thing that has
him along as far as I have.
With all the time I
spend with him and his needs, there's no way I could hold
a full-time job out of the house.
In December of 2006 we moved our family from California
to Washington, sight unseen, with the goal of getting help
for our son.
While I miss California (I was born and raised
absolutely love the island we "landed" on. I really don't like the house we bought (we bought it online - something I will never recommend), it's old and rickety, and needs SO much work, but the move made so much difference for both Cameron and Shelby.
We are on beautiful
Whidbey Island and the support we received
for our son was absolutely tremendous. My days and nights
can still be
extremely difficult but he's better off than he was and Shelby blossomed.
I sincerely hope that you find
this website useful. I am always open
etc. so please feel
free to email me!
Have a great day! :)
P.S. As mentioned I also have a beautiful, smart, talented, loving, giving
daughter and I am so fortunate to have her. :)
maintained straight A's in both California and Washington, she scored incredibly high on her PSAT and SAT, finished in the top 10% of all Washington state students, and is now out exploring her opportunities. I am so very proud
of her. =)
Monk and DBug, LLC - aka
(Monk = Shelby's nickname Monkey; DBug = Cam's nickname DoodleBug)
3600 57th Lane SE #102 Olympia WA 98501
1-760-646-6303 - Phone
Click here to contact me through email