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November 28, 2012
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  News & Trends 
  • Duro Last to cover part of Ark. museum's roof
    Duro Last, a virtually seamless roofing material, will be installed on part of the Helena Museum's roof in Phillips County, Ark. The material needs less maintenance and can withstand high winds, fire and chemicals, said Mikel Lawerence, supervisor of Swindoll Construction and Roofing. It can also reflect about 80% to 85% of the sun's rays, Lawerence added. Hope Star (Ark.) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Roof coatings can help reduce building emissions
    Improvements in insulation and roof coatings can achieve as much as a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in North America, Europe and Japan, according to the International Council of Chemical Associations. "Between now and 2050, you could save about 600 million tons of CO2 equivalent a year. The savings potential in the buildings sector is huge and something governments can control," said Russell Mills, global climate director at Dow Chemical. Bloomberg (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work begins on "breathable" Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh
    Construction has started on the 32-story Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh. Designed by Gensler, with help from Buro Happold and Paladino & Co, the building is designed to be one of the most eco-friendly skyscrapers in the world. Slated for completion in 2015, the structure will feature a double-skin facade with operable windows to bring in fresh air and push out hot air, and a roof that doubles as a solar collector to cool the building. Inhabitat (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Don't toss these vital business documents
    You're bound to accumulate lots of paperwork as you run your business, but some documents are truly important, Tim Parker writes. In particular, you should hold on to documents that are related to your intellectual property or that are necessary for tax purposes. You should also store copies of your contracts with vendors, he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How being an effective leader generates strong followers
    Effective leadership generates strong and engaged followers. Leaders who share their vision of a goal, are resolute and provide their followers with the necessary tools all have a devoted following, writes Michael Mink. Other strategies Mink suggests for leaders include being generous, exhibiting trust and listening to employees' problems -- and then acting on what was learned. Investor's Business Daily (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama, GOP seek support for competing fiscal plans
    President Barack Obama and House Republicans are trying to line up public support for their competing ideas on how to avert the "fiscal cliff." The president has been meeting with business leaders and will head to Pennsylvania this week to promote his ideas, while Republicans are aiming their message at small-business owners. The campaigning suggests that a deal is not close at this point. The Hill (11/27), The Wall Street Journal (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Friday vote scheduled for House GOP immigration bill
    An immigration bill from Republican members of the House of Representatives will be voted on on Friday, but it is unlikely to find support in the Senate. The bill would increase the number of visas for foreigners who hold advanced degrees in science and technology, but it would not likely lead to broader reform and deal with the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Wall Street Journal (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Scholarship program applications are available
    Applications for The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program 2013-14 academic scholarships are available. Recipients of the scholarships are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Eligible applicants include full-time employees of an NRCA contractor or supplier member company or their dependent children or spouses. Applications must be received by Jan. 31, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA pamphlet helps customers choose professional roofing contractors
    Designed for your potential customers, Insist on an NRCA Roofing Professional, is a pamphlet that outlines the steps customers should take to ensure they are dealing with reputable and professional roofing contractors during every project. The brochure advises customers to make sure their potential roofing contractors are insured and committed to safety; licensed and bonded; have positive references; offer warranties; have a professional maintenance program; and show application expertise. The member price for a set of 100 brochures is $50, and the retail price is $100. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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