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Starting a home improvement project can be difficult.

Whether it is trying to find the time to renovate your kitchen, knowing what materials to use, or just finding a trustworthy contractor to complete the project, there are a litany of questions many homeowners need answered.

Luckily, Menards is giving people a great opportunity to get that next project started with confidence.

Next week the home improvement store, located at 3600 E 24th Street, is holding a Local Contractor Connection Event where members of the community can go to the store and talk with local contractors about their next project.

The three day event, which will be held Sept. 12-14 from 4 to 8 p.m. will feature local contractors meet face-to-face with store guests who need advice or need to find a contractor locally.

“We will have them with the department that they specialize in, so if they do a lot of cabinetry and kitchen work they will set up there,” Steve Berres, assistant store manager, said. “Our main aisle is set up like a horseshoe and a table will be set up right there and as customers walk in the store they can ask questions as they go by.”

Local contractors that are slated to attend the event include Two Nails and a Hammer, B.W. Construction, Wiese Plumbing, and Boettcher and Sons Construction.

“The contractors will walk the customers over to the products, if there is a certain type of kitchen they did recently they can show they how nice it works and can even talk about pricing,” Berres said. “It’s not going to be a big event but just an opportunity for contractors to get their names out there and it is free of cost.”

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One of the reasons for the event is Menards special relationship to contractors compared to other home improvement stores.

“We strive on being the contractors’ suppliers, not their competitors and that is why we don’t do installing,” Berres said. “So this is a good opportunity for them to showcase their business and talk to guests within the store that are in doing their shopping.”

According to Berres, when a lot of customers come in to the store they often don’t realize that Menards does not do installation.

“A lot of people come in here and don’t realize that we don’t install, so the more business we can get for our contractors the more business they give us,” he said. “So it is a win win.”

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