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February 15, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • OPEI's Kiser emphasizes importance of equipment dealers
    The Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville, Ky., this year will offer a special seminar for equipment dealers to help them face the challenges confronting them. Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, said dealers are important for the industry. "If we can help dealers be more profitable, the entire industry benefits. I encourage dealers to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their strategies and offer their techs additional training and industry awareness," Kiser said. GreenIndustryPros.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Industry Buzz 
  • Scotts to introduce fragrant animal repellents for gardeners
    Scotts Miracle-Gro plans to begin advertising its new line of fragrant animal repellents made from essential oils in May. The repellents will be sold under the Ortho brand and are expected to replace putrid products such as animal urine or old eggs to keep animals away from plants. Scotts started work on the product last year after learning that one-third of those people who have gardens give up because animals destroy or devour their plants. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need to mow the lawn more quickly? Try a V-8 ride-on mower
      
    Source: Stuff
    When Colin Evans of New Zealand outfitted a Murray Sentinel riding mower with a 3.5-liter V-8 engine, he showed off his engineering prowess -- and created a mower that can get the job done in a flash. Evans needed to extend the mower chassis to accommodate the engine. It took almost a year to finish the work. Stuff (New Zealand) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Massive snowblower reduces snow buildup at Norway airport
      
    Source: CNN
    A massive snowblower known as the TV 2000 helps remove snow from runways at Oslo Airport in Norway and keep flight schedules on time, according to this article. The equipment weighs 40 tons and can remove snow from a nearly 2-mile-long runway in 15 minutes. "It pushes the snow with a plow, it sweeps the runway and it blows the snow to the side," said Henning Bratebeck, the airport's head of services. CNN (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Economic Indicators 
  • Crowdfunding becomes option for small-business loans
    While many traditional lending sources remain tightfisted, small businesses are finding an alternative in crowdfunding. This article looks at SoMoLend and how it is navigating the legislative and market environment to help small businesses get capital. Some banks have climbed onboard. KeyBank says it will lend $1 million to $50 million using SoMoLend. Forbes (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • How collaboration can improve your business
    It's no secret that your company can operate more effectively when the sales and marketing departments are working together, but that isn't the only sort of collaboration you should try to encourage. For example, your company will also benefit if your sales-training team interacts with the marketing department, allowing the sales-training group to gather customer insights to share with the sales team. HeinzMarketing.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diversion 
  • Want to find love on the job? Try these careers
    Who knew love was in the air in the financial services industry? Or that a tech job could be the road to romance? A new study from CareerBuilder found that those two careers, along with jobs in the fields of hospitality, health care, and professional and business services were the top five fields for office romances. BusinessNewsDaily.com (2/13) 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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If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things."
--Albert Einstein,
German-born theoretical physicist


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