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February 4, 2013
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  • How to raise rates and keep your clients
    When you need to raise the price for your services, decide whether to do it all at once or space it out over time, writes this author. Then, let your staff know so you're all on the same page. Also, tell your customers why the price is going up and offer them options such as a package deal that could be discounted. GreenIndustryPros.com (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Green your marketing with luminous planters
    Luminous planters known as "glowboxes" from PlantusNYC can add greenery and bring marketing opportunities, according to this article. The frame of the planter has a ribbon of LED strips that can change color at set intervals and highlight a logo or other advertising on the planter's "skin." Crain's New York Business (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to make an urban garden a wildlife habitat
    Urban gardens can double as wildlife habitats when designed properly, according to this article. This can be seen in the Seattle garden of landscape architect Keith Geller, which features spaces for people, layers of shade trees, rocks that collect rainwater and small shrubs to serve as home for birds. Evergreens provide color year-round, while perennials offer nourishment for beneficial insects. The Seattle Times (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. payrolls kept growing in January
    U.S. employers added 157,000 workers in January, and job creation in November and December was better than previously thought, the Labor Department reported. The upward revisions added 127,000 jobs to the total employment growth during the last two months of 2012. Bloomberg (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing growth accelerates in the U.S.
    The Institute for Supply Management said its index of U.S. factory activity rose from 50.2 in December to 53.1 in January, its highest reading in nine months. The index for new orders jumped from 49.7 to 53.3. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • How leaders can be better sellers
    Every leader is a salesperson at heart, spending their days pitching ideas, deals and products to potential customers, employees, suppliers, corporate partners and the board, writes Daniel Pink. To carry out that role successfully, it pays to strike a balance between introversion and extroversion. The best bosses are those "who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert's assertiveness with the introvert's quiet confidence," Pink writes. The Washington Post (1/28), The Washington Post (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good innovators know that less is more
    The best innovators focus on getting rid of stuff, and developing products and processes that deliver memorable and meaningful results with the least effort possible, writes Matthew E. May. "They adopt a 'less is best' approach to innovation, removing just the right things in just the right way in order to achieve the maximum effect through minimum means," he explains. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Outdoor Power Report -- A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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