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October 30, 2012
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  • Small-engine fuel could end ethanol problems for lawn equipment
    A special fuel for small engines from VP Racing Fuels could end the issues that outdoor power equipment faces with gasoline that contains ethanol. The three fuel blends from VP could be a better alternative than stabilizers because ethanol problems don't even get a chance to occur, according to VP. "Fuel is a component that needs to be chosen just as carefully by engine manufacturers as a cylinder head design," VP CEO Steve Burns says. EquipmentWorld.com/The Construction Blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
You’ve heard of Element V™ drives:
rugged, shift-free lawn tractor, mower and snowblower transmissions from GT that are trouble-free and “tank tough”. Now watch GT's new Element V video, and see the engineering, construction and testing behind the walk-behind and CVT transmissions that are changing the landscape in lawn care.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Demand for generators, tree removal soars in Mass.: The demand for generators and other emergency equipment surged in Massachusetts stores as residents rushed to prepare for superstorm Sandy. "Everything storm-related is going," said Kim Underwood, owner of Robinson's Hardware in Hudson, Mass. Several tree care companies are also busy removing excess tree branches to maintain public safety. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Husqvarna could alter the way you change mower blades
    Husqvarna has unveiled a new technology that allows lawn mower blades to be changed quickly. The "Rapid Release Blade System" employs magnets that guide mower blades into place. The technology, which will be included in three models of lawn tractors to be released in 2013, requires no tools and makes it easier to use the proper blades for mulching, bagging and side-discharging. ConsumerReports.org (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Economic Indicators 
  • Large companies see a stagnant economy
    Global economic demand and growth are not strong, according to CEOs of multinational corporations such as DuPont and Dow Chemical, and large companies are feeling the effects in the form of reduced margins. "This is a difficult time for corporate leadership to try and figure out: what can we do to maintain the type of earning growth that we've enjoyed? Unless something else happens, they won't be able to," said David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial. Bloomberg (10/29), The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandy won't alter fourth-quarter GDP, economists say
    Damage and disruption caused by superstorm Sandy probably won't have significant effect on U.S. economic growth this quarter because natural disasters tend to slow economic activity, then stimulate it, economists said. "We expect any lost output this week from Hurricane Sandy will be made up in subsequent weeks, minimizing the effect on fourth quarter GDP," Moody's Analytics senior economist Ryan Sweet wrote in a research note. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • How company culture is linked to trust
    A strong workplace culture helped The Physio Co regain the trust of a client that had taken its business elsewhere, writes Tristan White, the company's CEO. "A strong culture applies to everything a business does," he writes. "Of course it's how you treat staff, but it's also how you treat your clients, suppliers, neighbors and everyone else in your extended community." SmartCompany.com.au (Australia)/Culture Is Everything blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Keys for achieving sales success
    Continual innovation, a strong culture and the right technology are all important for creating sales success, experts say. It's also important to make sure your sales representatives are using their time productively. HeinzMarketing.com (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • America needs "secretary of business," Obama says
    President Barack Obama says he wants to consolidate some business- and trade-related federal agencies and set up a "secretary of business" if he wins a second term. He proposed such a plan in January but failed to win support. The Mitt Romney campaign disagrees. "We don’t need a ‘secretary of business,' " said Ryan Williams, a Romney campaign spokesman. "We need a new president who actually understands business and won't punish it with the job-killing regulations that have been imposed by the Obama administration." The Hill/On the Money blog (10/29), The Wall Street Journal (10/29) 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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