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February 7, 2013
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  • Give the mower a maintenance check for a carefree spring
    To avoid problems in spring, give the lawn mower a maintenance check to ensure that it will run properly, says Margaret Wicks, co-owner of the Mid Coast Mower & Saw in Atascadero, Calif. Check the machine's spark plug and its fuel, which could go stale if it sits around a long time. Sharpen the blades and have the machine serviced to check for other issues, Wicks advises. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Vanguardā„¢ BIG BLOCKS on Display at WOC
Vanguard Air-Cooled V-Twin BIG BLOCKā„¢ engines, with a gross horsepower range of 25 to 36, are gaining popularity as an alternative power source to small diesel engines. Visit the Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power booth at World of Concrete (No. O31622) to learn why.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Scotts reports higher sales, narrower fiscal Q1 loss
    Lawn and garden products maker Scotts Miracle-Gro posted a fiscal first-quarter loss of $67.7 million for the period ended Dec. 29, compared with a loss of $73.9 million a year earlier. The company saw its revenue rise by 3% from $199.6 million to $205.8 million. "Continued consumer engagement, coupled with solid execution, leaves us well-positioned for the 2013 lawn and garden season," said Jim Hagedorn, CEO and chairman. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Economic Indicators 
  • More metro areas see improving housing market
    Metropolitan areas that have seen their housing market improve increased from 242 in January to 259 this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. The index is based on at least six straight months of uptick in housing permits, home prices and employment. The results show "the housing recovery has substantial momentum and continues to expand from one market to the next," NAHB Chairman Rick Judson said. The Hill/On the Money blog (2/6), Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Inside & Out 
  • What the most innovative companies have in common
    The most innovative companies tend to share a few key characteristics, according to researchers at The Boston Consulting Group. They gather feedback from customers, use data to inform their decisions and understand the trade-offs involved with new initiatives. "They make decisions based on the size of the opportunity that lies ahead," writes Harold L. Sirkin, a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Management Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for managing cash flow at a seasonal business
    If you run a seasonal business, it can be hard to keep your company's cash flow steady during certain parts of the year. For this reason, it's a good idea to search for new sources of income and work with your vendors to address the issue, writes Rohit Arora, co-founder and CEO of Biz2Credit. "Perhaps you can space out payments during the year so that you do not get hit hard by variable expenses ... that occur just before your busy season hits," Arora writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Policy Update 
  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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