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November 19, 2012
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  • Small-business owners support tax reform
    With the nation staring down the possibility of going over the "fiscal cliff," a survey has found that many small-business owners and self-employed people favor comprehensive tax reform that focuses on individual and corporate rates alike. Almost half of respondents supported extending current rates for households that bring in less than a quarter of a million dollars. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Storm-damaged roof of N.J. school receives repairs
    Hurricane Sandy blew off part of an elementary school roof in Hamilton, N.J., but crews did a temporary repair the day after. The school board has approved an emergency contract worth more than $150,000 to pay for the temporary fix and permanent repairs that are now under way. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy-efficiency grant could help pay for roof repairs
    An energy audit and Colorado's BEST grant program could help the city of Trinidad pay for roof repairs at two schools. Greg Lane, a consultant for Siemens Corp., said because of the failing condition of the roofs, energy was being lost. He suggested conducting an energy audit throughout the schools and then applying for the state's energy-saving grant program. Funds could then help repair the roofs as well as pay for other retrofits. The Trinidad Times (Colo.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing company makes an "oops" moment right
    A roofing company in Plain Township, Ohio, has taken steps to correct its mistake after its crew began roofing work at the wrong building. Tony Garman, owner of Anthony Roofing, said the shingles, roofing materials and waste container had been delivered to the wrong address, leading his workers to remove shingles from the front half of the roof and install roofing paper. To make up for the error, the company will reroof the front half with "better" shingles at no cost. The Repository (Canton, Ohio) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • LEED v4 aims to "push the envelope"
    The proposed LEED v4 rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council has been criticized for its credits that encourage chemical ingredient labeling of building materials. However, Scot Horst, senior vice president of the USGBC LEED program, said at last week's Greenbuild that the standards would promote transparency in the green-building process, and Rick Federizzi of USGBC says "we are right." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to improve your cash flow without a bank loan
    Bank loans aren't the only way to enhance your business' cash flow, Edel Flood writes. You might be able to use personal assets to get loans, and you can also try to increase your cash flow by reducing expenses. You can start your search for savings by looking for ways to save money on utilities, Flood suggests. B2C Marketing Insider (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Budget deal looks promising, leadership says
    Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are promising to act quickly to avert a "fiscal cliff" and reach a budget compromise. An agreement for a two-phase plan is likely to trim some entitlement programs and increase some taxes. "This isn't something we're going to wait until the last day of December to get it done," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. National Journal (11/16), The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IRS provides tax relief to Hurricane Sandy victims
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service announced additional tax relief to affected individuals and businesses. Following recent disaster declarations for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS has announced that affected taxpayers in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York will receive tax relief. Other locations may be added based on additional damage assessments by FEMA. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that were originally set for dates starting in late October. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Feb. 1, 2013, to file these returns and pay any taxes due. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don’t forget to apply for the next CSRP exam!
    Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. is accepting applications for its next Certified Solar Roofing Professional exam, which will be held Feb. 7, 2013; the application deadline is Jan. 7, 2013. The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install a roof-mounted PV system. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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