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By now, the demise of many dot-com's—including a variety of construction-related Web sites—is well known and has been highly publicized. As founder and president of The Concrete Network (www.concretenetwork.com), I have spoken with hundreds of concrete contractors over the past couple of years about their businesses and how they use the Internet. I also have another perspective from being a principal in High Grade Form Inc., a $30 million per year foundation contractor in Riverside, California.

While I believe all this gives me a unique perspective, the ideas presented here are only my observations and are not the result of any formal survey or study.