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February 21, 2013
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Vanguard Power Code Helps In-field Operators
Vanguard Power Code, a square barcode located on Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines, directs equipment operators to an array of important information for that specific engine model after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Steep banks not a problem for remote-controlled mower in Fla.
    A remote-controlled lawn mower helps maintains the grass on the steep banks of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The "Dvorak Spider" slipped down the slopes the first time, but a special attachment was made for a tractor so it could hold the mower on the slope, said Sam Newpher, grounds supervisor at the Speedway. The four-blade mower has made the grass "a lot healthier than before," Newpher said. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Starts increase for single-family houses
    U.S. housing starts declined 8.5% last month, but builders broke ground on the most single-family homes since July 2008, the Commerce Department says. A sharp drop in multifamily construction, traditionally a volatile indicator, drove the overall decline, the department says. Permit issuance, an indicator of future construction, reached its highest level since June 2008. Reuters (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • 6 tips for customer satisfaction
    You can build your business and generate more referrals by communicating with your customers, teaching them what you know and looking for opportunities to surpass their expectations, writes John Jantsch. "Doing what you promised might actually exceed some people's expectation, but it's funny how complacent our customers can become when we merely do what was expected," he writes. Duct Tape Marketing (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead like a chess master
    Former chess star Justin Moore is now CEO of cloud-services company Axcient -- and he says his time at the chessboard helped prepare him to be a better boss. Chess is deeply strategic and involves planning several moves ahead, just as CEOs need to plan for their company's future. "Chess is constantly teaching you to think about what comes next, and what comes after that, and what the repercussions could be," Moore says. Fast Company online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • How employers should prepare for the Affordable Care Act
    March means employers will need to send workers written notices that explain state and federal health care exchanges and that offer the option of purchasing health coverage from an exchange. Some employers may find that most workers want to stick with the coverage they have, lawyer David Barron writes. Employers should plan for the worst-case scenario, Barron writes. TalentMgt.com (2/19) 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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Italian physician and educator


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