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January 31, 2013
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  • Dixie Chopper to expand into Canada
    Lawn mower manufacturer Dixie Chopper is set to enter the Canadian market. The company will establish a network of dealers that also offer service centers in the country. "We’ve had many people request our products, so this is a great opportunity for end-users and dealers alike," said Simon Wilson, president and CEO of Dixie Chopper. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Gevo could resume isobutanol production
    Some investors are speculating that Colorado-based Gevo, a biofuel producer, may restart its production of isobutanol. The price of the company's stock surged 17% Tuesday, and then slipped 2.1% Wednesday, as some investors took their profits, according to Shawn Severson, an analyst at JMP Securities. Since the middle of September when Gevo announced it would stop isobutanol production, the company has seen its market value decline by 34%. Bloomberg (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • John Deere dealership in Ill. battered by heavy winds
    Heavy winds have damaged a John Deere dealership in Ashmore, Ill. The weather ripped off the showroom roof, punched a hole in another building and tore off a large door, according to store manager Josh Long. A few lawn mowers were damaged, but most of the equipment survived the storm. The total amount of damage at the dealership is not yet determined, Long added. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Horticultural therapy brings benefits to seniors, homeless
    Gardening activities have benefited some seniors in southern Florida, according to this piece. Dubbed "horticultural therapy," it helps strengthen physical skills, memory and coordination, especially among those with Alzheimer's disease. Gardening has also helped provide a source of livelihood for some former homeless people in the Miami-Dade area. As one participant observed: "[T]his is about much more than plants, isn’t it?" The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • Using storytelling techniques to connect with customers
    You should tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end when you pitch to prospects, but you should also allow room for improvisation, says Kambri Crews of Ballyhoo Promotions. "If you sound rehearsed, it turns people off and they tune out," Crews says. It's also important to attempt to connect with your audience on a personal level, she says. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways to take the micro out of your management
    Micromanagers often are seen as incapable of leading or collaborating, Anita Bruzzese writes. She suggests ways to break nitpicky habits, including supporting others as they accomplish tasks "even if they approach it differently than you do." The Fast Track (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Business, unions discuss proposed worker visa program
    Last month, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with the presidents of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, asking them to try and work out a compromise about allowing foreign, low-skilled workers. Labor unions want a limit placed on the number of workers who could be hired. Businesses that need workers say it is difficult to prove they tried to hire Americans before turning to foreign workers. The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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