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February 8, 2013
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  • EPA OKs new E15 fueling option
    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a fueling configuration intended to address concerns about potential commingling of E10 and E15 in single dispensers. The new option requires a dedicated pump for gasoline blends with 10% ethanol or less and another dispenser for E15 that must carry a label that reads: "Passenger Vehicles Only. Use in Other Vehicle Engines and Equipment May Violate Federal Law." (2/8), (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Powerful nor'easter boosts snowblower demand in Conn.
    Source: WTNH-TV
    A powerful storm with winds up to 60 mph is expected to hit the Northeast and dump up to 2 feet of snow, affecting areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. This has boosted sales of snowblowers at Butler Power Equipment in Connecticut. "We sold maybe half a dozen snow blowers today, half a dozen snow throwers. ... If they say we are going to get 1 to 2 feet, it's just going to be a flood of people," said Randy Cornelio of Butler Power Equipment. WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (2/7), The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Don't confuse xeriscapes with "zeroscapes"
    A xeriscape is much more than gravel and rocks, writes Bob Landreth. Consider mulches of materials other than gravel, small trees, shrubs and blooming plants from around the world. The idea is to keep the landscape from requiring much water, not to create a "zeroscape," Landreth advises. Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. jobless claims tick down; consumer confidence improves
    The slow hiring pattern in the U.S. continued last week as reflected in a small decline in the number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits. Consumer confidence, however, picked up during the week for the first uptick since higher payroll taxes came into effect at the beginning of the year, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. CNNMoney (2/7), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • Why good leaders ask "power questions"
    Smart leaders are good conversationalists, which means they know that it's better to ask questions than to talk incessantly, says business author Andrew Sobel. Your curiosity will empower the other person, allowing you both to make a good impression and to learn from them. "When you ask thoughtful questions you supercharge your conversations," Sobel explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hang on: 4 ways to keep the customers you have
    It's so much more cost-effective to retain the customers your business has than to win new ones; by focusing hard on great service and reshaping company policies to make sure they benefit customers, a business can boost retention, writes Sheila Roy, sales and marketing director at USA Fulfillment. Two other ideas for keep clients loyal: Stay connected with customers through e-mail, phone and mailed coupons and be sure customers can get questions answered on the company's website. B2C Marketing Insider (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Unlikely allies: Chamber, labor work on immigration reform
    The Chamber of Commerce and labor unions have teamed up to advocate for immigration reform and propose changes to the current guest-worker program. Unions suggest that a panel of experts could use economic data to determine the number of guest workers needed. That number would change as the economy changes. However, the Chamber is skeptical, saying a panel would be "unwieldy" and slow. Both groups do see a need to devise a way in which undocumented workers could gain citizenship. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Irish argument for farmers' right to drive drunk
    Rural Irish people should be given a license to drive drunk, some local officials say, because otherwise tougher blood-alcohol limits will prevent them from visiting remote pubs. Tipsy farmers should be allowed to drive home -- "maybe on a bike, or maybe on a tractor" -- to help rural businesses, one local official argues. PRI's The World (Boston) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • 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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