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October 15, 2012
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New survey: Pros prefer Kawasaki
In a recent survey of turf pros, Kawasaki commercial mower engines were preferred nearly 2 to 1 over the next leading brand, earning a strong #1 rating in every area: overall performance, reliability, power, torque, ease of maintenance. The research confirms what many know: Pros choose Kawasaki. Learn more.
  Industry Buzz 
  • How a lawn care business grew to into a large tree care company
    Josh Skolnick has been able to establish a multimillion-dollar tree care company through his commitment to customer needs, Cheryl Conner writes. When a client asked him to remove dead trees from a yard, Skolnick hired a contractor for the job, offered the service to neighbors and booked $20,000 that day. Forbes (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Economic Indicators 
  • Analysis: Prospects for U.S. economy truly have improved
    Despite skepticism from conspiracy theorists, data showing significant improvement in the U.S. labor market are real, according to The Economist. "Although the drop in the unemployment rate was surprisingly sharp, there is no obvious reason for it to reverse," the magazine notes. "The [Bureau of Labor Statistics] actually revised up its payroll employment figures for July and August to more robust levels, and in September found people working longer hours at higher pay." The Economist (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Inside & Out 
  • How to stop your company going off the rails
    Corporate culture acts as the guardrails that keep companies on track -- and it's up to the CEO to create and sustain that, says Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Worldwide. That takes steady hands and a crystal-clear, constantly repeated message, Nassetta explains. "You have to know who you are, what you stand for and where you are going, and ... have the discipline to stick with it," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  OPEI News 
  • EPA to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, as featured speakers on Oct. 26. Glenn and Philip will be featured speakers at our 10 a.m. Workshop, to be held in Room C-202, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. They will be speaking on topics of immediate interest and importance to the OPE industry. There will be time allowed for open Q-and-A at the end of the presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPSC to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Janet Buyer, CPSC Division of Combustion and Fire Sciences, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, as a featured speaker on Oct. 26. Buyer will be a featured speaker at our 1 p.m. Workshop, to be held in Room C-202, at the Kentucky Exposition. Buyer will make a presentation on the CPSC’s recently released staff report "Technology Demonstration of a Prototype Low Carbon Monoxide Emission Portable Generator." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Galileo Galilei,
Italian astronomer, philosopher and physicist


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