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October 9, 2012
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  • Haircut marathon launches to support cancer patients
    In support of patients struggling with cancer, the hair care products maker Sexy Hair is launching a haircut marathon this week and participating salons will offer cuts for a $10 contribution to nonprofit Look Good Feel Better for each cut. The group helps cancer patients feel better about their body image. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lasers, creams target age spots on skin
    People with age spots can reduce or eliminate them with the use of lasers, chemical peels or traditional creams with the ingredient hydroquinone. Cryosurgery and dermabrasion are other treatments. A strong sunscreen can help prevent new age spots from forming. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Hotels capitalize on growing need for female-only lodging spaces
    The lodging industry is seeing a rise in female-only hotel floors in response to a growing number of female corporate travelers, this feature says. Hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West in Pennsylvania and the Dukes hotel in London offer secure spaces for their female corporate guests, which also provide amenities aimed at meeting their specific needs such as cosmetics mirrors, women-friendly magazines, silk hangers and bath sheets. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Guest usage of hotel-room iPads is rising
    The results of a study conducted by software developer Intelity indicate a rise in the use of in-room iPads at hotels. The study found that 82% of hotel guests with access to these devices used them an average of 11 times each stay. Ordering room service was the most popular use for the tablet, at 41%. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Top 7 ways to sink small-business sales
    Elevator pitches that don't focus on your business' competitive difference. The absence of a documented sales process. Focusing too much on price. These are among the seven sins that cause small businesses to lose sales, write sales experts Rick Faulk and Seamus Egan. They outline the others and how to turn those pitfalls into opportunities. CRM Buyer (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Top 10 tips for a better Facebook presence
    While Facebook doesn't want profiles to be used for making money, businesses need a presence on the social media site and can set up a profile that draws potential customers. Small business writer Heather Clancy outlines the steps to an effective page, from picking a photo that shows off your business to promoting the page to updating it with fresh content. Intuit Small Business Blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Finance and Economics 
  • Online sales tax means big changes for small business
    As more states end the days of tax-free Internet shopping, bricks-and-mortar small businesses will face a a more-level playing field, some experts say. Those that earn more than $500,000 in annual online sales, however, will now be responsible for collecting sales and use taxes. Reuters (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • What does your handwriting say about you?
    The use of computer keyboards is robbing us of our very humanity, writes Philip Hensher in this book excerpt. Writing by hand is more personal, more immediate and far more interesting -- as long as your handwriting is legible and presentable. "Handwriting is what registers our individuality, and the mark which our culture has made on us. It has been seen as the unknowing key to our souls and our innermost nature," Hensher asserts. The Observer (London) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Planting a tree for every Conference attendee
    Did you know that ISPA is partnering with American Forests to plant a tree for every 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo attendee? American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, has planted nearly 40 million trees throughout the world in 21+ years. So, by attending this year's Conference & Expo, you're helping make a difference! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Sponsor Spotlight: Circ-Cell Skincare
    Circ-Cell Skincare’s unique, innovative formulations harness first-to-market approaches to deliver dramatic, visible, and lasting results. Look for your special gift from Circ-Cell Skincare in your Room Drop at the ISPA Conference & Expo! Visit for information on booking your room today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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