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December 12, 2012
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  • An economic boom is within reach, CEOs say
    A meaningful solution to the fiscal crisis, along with tax reforms and better trade and energy policies, could open the door to economic growth, say the CEOs of some of America's top companies. Policymakers already know that, the executives say, but they are finding it politically difficult to take action. "Both Democrats and Republicans privately agree. They just don't want to be the first to speak out on their side," Warren Buffett said. Politico (Washington, D.C.)/Behind the Curtain blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Vanguard Power Code Helps In-field Operators
Vanguard Power Code, a square barcode located on Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines, directs equipment operators to an array of important information for that specific engine model after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Snow brings need for blower repair in Minn.
    Recent snowfall in St. Cloud, Minn., has brought customers seeking blower repair to Joel's Mower Service, which sells and fixes outdoor power equipment. Most of the engines that come in to the shop have damaged carburetors, which can cost between $80 and $100 to repair. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expertise is the secret to 2013 sales success
    Sellers who are successful in the current business climate have the expertise necessary to engage with customers, writes Ryan Estis. "I am talking about sellers that are informed and invested enough to become experts on the customer's business," he writes. "They are positioned to offer the customer a more compelling value proposition." You can get ready for a strong performance in 2013 by gathering insights from your customers and ensuring that your representatives have the skills they need, Estis advises. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Fee in health care law could be costly for large firms
    The Affordable Care Act calls for a temporary fee for employer and individual health plans in order to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The fee starts at $63 per person in 2014 and is expected to last for three years. "At a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, [companies will] be hit with a multimillion-dollar assessment without getting anything back for it," lawyer Chantel Sheaks says. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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