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October 22, 2012
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  • 5 tips for making trade shows work for your business
    To make the most out of attending trade shows, landscape contractors should create a plan attack. Susan Friedmann, the Trade Show Coach, offers five tips, including quantifying what you want to accomplish and preparing specific questions about equipment you're interested in. Lawn & Landscape (10/22) 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 
  • What to do to prepare the garden for lush spring growth
    To prepare the garden for spring, remove spent plants and enrich the soil with compost, experts say. Some perennials that offer winter interest might not need pruning, said Bill Dawson, coordinator of community garden program for the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Ohio. Maintain lawn equipment to have it ready when spring arrives, Dawson added. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green roof promotes sustainability at Md. lawn care firm
    A green roof that features sedum and chives helps manage stormwater runoff at MRW Lawns in La Plata, Md. The 18-month-old structure has a 20% pitch to make it easily visible in the area. The demand for green roofs is growing, as they are included in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Rodney Chaney of Tecta America, the company that installed MRW's roof. Southern Maryland Newspapers Online (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Stronger but still weak third-quarter growth is seen for U.S.
    A poll of U.S. economists yields a prediction of a 1.8% annual growth rate for gross domestic product in the third quarter, up from 1.3% in the preceding period. A jump in consumer spending is credited for the expected rise, which nonetheless would mark the first two successive quarters of sub-2% growth since the country began emerging from recession in 2009. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unemployment falls in 41 states, government says
    U.S. joblessness declined in most states last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Unemployment fell in 41 states, rose in six states and remained unchanged in three, the agency said. Employers in California are putting new workers on their payrolls at a rate ahead of the national average. CNBC (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • A focus on customer service makes social media effective
    Less than half of small businesses use social media for customer service, which might be an opening worth exploiting, writes Frank Strong. A social media survey by Duct Tape Marketing revealed that most businesses use social media to push their services or products and solicit feedback from customers. "Addressing service complaints quickly may not just resolve the issue, but turn a customer into an advocate; there is a bonus in that those observing will credit you for addressing the matter," Strong concludes. Duct Tape Marketing (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  OPEI News 
  • EPA and CPSC to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality; and Janet Buyer, CPSC Division of Combustion and Fire Sciences, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, as featured speakers on Oct. 26. Glenn and Philip will be featured speakers at the 10 a.m. workshop and Janet Buyer will be the featured speaker at our 1 p.m. workshop, both to be held in Room C-202 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. They will be speaking on topics of immediate interest and importance to the OPE industry. There will be time allowed for open Q-and-A at the end of the presentations. These sessions do not require registration, and there is no charge. They are also open to the public. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry party @GIE+EXPO -- don't miss out
    Servicing dealers, rental dealers, retailers, distributors and suppliers will come together for an industry party on Oct. 24 at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. The welcome reception wraps up the first-ever Dealer Day, a preview of the show. Among the festivities will be live music in two locations on the show floor; a 25-cent beer and hot dog reception sponsored by ARI, Husqvarna and Ideal Computer Systems and an Oktoberfest theme in STIHL's booth where they will hold a drawing for a $5,000 giveaway. For info, visit the GIE+EXPO website or call (800) 558-8767. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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