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December 4, 2012
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  • Deere works with Wright Manufacturing on stand-on mowers
    John Deere has brokered an agreement with Wright Manufacturing to produce stand-on lawn mowers as demand for them grows in the professional landscaping market. The mowers will feature the technology of Wright, while carrying the logo and branding of John Deere. The partnership has raised some concerns among equipment dealers, but Wright has taken steps to maintain regular distribution of the equipment. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Indicators 
  • "Fiscal cliff" fears blunt hiring, economists say
    Many employers who would ordinarily be hiring are refraining because of uncertainty over whether Congress will find a way to avert the U.S. "fiscal cliff," many economists say. Between July and September, worker productivity rose at an annualized rate of 1.9%, indicating that employers are squeezing as much from workers as they can realistically expect to get, some experts say. But hiring hasn't picked up. NBC News/Economy Watch blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • How to translate insight into action
    Change might make you uncomfortable, but you must be willing to adopt new ideas to move your company in the right direction, according to Ryan Estis. After attending an event, it's a good idea to identify three new insights you have gained that will allow you to take action over the next few months, he said. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cold calling is out; inbound marketing is in
    Cold calling is often ineffective in the current sales climate, but inbound marketing is on the rise, writes Jason Gervais of WSI Milton. This technique "is about getting involved while your prospective customers are doing their research and becoming a resource in helping their decision making process," he writes. B2C Marketing Insider (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • White House rejects GOP plan to avert "fiscal cliff"
    The White House turned down a proposal by House Republicans aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff" because it didn't include tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. "The Republican letter released today does not meet the test of balance," said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. "In fact, it actually promises to lower rates for the wealthy and sticks the middle class with the bill." Reuters (12/3), The Washington Post (12/3), Bloomberg (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health care law draws concern about hiring, costs
    Many small businesses and employers that rely on low-income workers say they are rethinking their business models in light of how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might affect business. Some say it might reduce their hiring or force them to move to more part-time workers, while others have begun to implement the benefits as a way to hang on to top talent. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 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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