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February 19, 2013
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  • Stihl advises caution when using leaf blowers to remove snow
    Leaf blowers can be used to remove snow in small spaces, but use the equipment carefully to protect it from damage, according to this article. Stihl recommends that the user check the carburetor, engine air intake and air filter of the blower for snow and ice buildup after using it. The company also warns against using electric models for snow-removal jobs. The Repository (Canton, Ohio) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New survey: Pros prefer Kawasaki
In a recent survey of turf pros, Kawasaki commercial mower engines were preferred nearly 2 to 1 over the next leading brand, earning a strong #1 rating in every area: overall performance, reliability, power, torque, ease of maintenance. The research confirms what many know: Pros choose Kawasaki. Learn more.
  Industry Buzz 
  • How to get rid of old lawn mowers and snowblowers
    If your old lawn mowers and snowblowers still work, but you want new ones, consider donating them or turning them in at lawn mower exchanges, writes Kathryn Sukalich. If they don't work, try selling them as scrap metal or recycle them if your area allows. This article also provides tips on how to get rid of nine other tools and things that take up space in the garage. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Income gains in recovering U.S. economy bypass most Americans
    All the income gains from the U.S. economic recovery that began in 2009 have gone, on average, to the upper 1%, according to an analysis by economist Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley. In fact, real incomes for the lower 99% are less than they were at the end of the recession. Saez says this pattern of upward income redistribution is expected to persist. CBS MoneyWatch (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. consumers still strapped despite rebounding shares, home prices
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    Most of the US$16 trillion lost by American consumers over the course of the economic downturn has been recovered, but mainly in the form of a rising stock market and a recovering housing market, Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said in an interview. With the pressing need to save for retirement and children's educations, U.S. consumer spending is likely to remain subdued, Krueger said. The Wall Street Journal (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Inside & Out 
  • Public-speaking tips from Aristotle
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    Leaders should learn from Aristotle when it comes to planning a public speech or presentation, says John Baldoni. That means keeping things simple, and repeatedly signposting your key points. "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you told 'em," Baldoni says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Building your customer base through better communication
    Personalized communication keeps customers loyal, and that means more than the occasional e-mail, writes business development consultant Belinda Summers. "You can set up regular appointments, either online through open forums, conference calls, and group discussions, or you can plan seminars, conventions and symposiums," she writes. And new customers will be won over by personal greeting cards -- on paper, sent through the traditional mail service -- for holidays and birthdays, writes Summers. B2C Marketing Insider (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Senate bill seeks to repeal EPA approval of E15 fuel
    A proposed measure in the Senate seeks to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of E15 sales. The gasoline with 15% ethanol can cause misfueling, damage engines and lead consumers to lose their warranty coverage, said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., one of the senators who introduced the legislation. "I support an all-inclusive energy strategy, but experimenting before understanding the consequences and potential cost of using E15 is unfair to consumers," said Vitter. (2/15), CSP (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • States, feds take various approaches to health insurance exchanges
    States are grappling with the challenge of making their health insurance exchanges functional by the Oct. 1 enrollment date, experts say. Washington, D.C. and 23 states have committed to running their own exchanges, while almost all other states have chosen to largely default to federal oversight. But the form and number of state exchanges may change over time, according to some experts. "Many of the states have just run out of time for a variety of reasons. I'd be surprised if in the longer run every state didn't want to have its own approach," said Christine Ferguson of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (2/16) 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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