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November 30, 2012
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  • Why outdoor living spaces can be a boon for landscape contractors
    Landscapers across the country are seeing increased interest in outdoor living areas -- from simple fire pits with seating to complete outdoor kitchens. To capitalize on the demand, Heart of Texas Landscape & Irrigation in Belton, Texas, exhibited at a home show, and marketed its services through visual media and an online campaign. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • How a N.J. landscape firm found success in stonework
    Creative thinking and fewer available workers helped Bob Pedatella make his landscaping business the go-to company for paving and stonework. Pedatella concentrates on quality work -- and quality clients. He has streamlined operations and is certified in the field. "Staying on top of the latest techniques and tools is how we are able to stay in business now," he says. Lawn & Landscape (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How an Ind. snow removal firm gained presence in 17 cities
    The Fort Wayne Snow Removal company in Indiana has grown its business in 17 cities across the country. Owner Brian Thornton accomplished this by hiring a few managers in each of the cities who, in turn, find contractors willing to take on snow removal jobs with their own trucks or shovels. "As much as you want to work, we've got work for you. As little as you want to work, we've got work for you," Thornton said. The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. GDP growth is revised upward to 2.7% for third quarter
    Revised figures for U.S. growth in the third quarter showed the economy expanding at a 2.7% pace, much better than the original estimate of 2.0%. However, consumer spending for the period was lower than expected, growing at a 1.4% annual rate. "The pace of consumer spending was disappointing, but it seems less worrisome given that some other sectors of the economy are doing better, like housing," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York. Forbes (11/29), Bloomberg (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • How to save money by cutting out waste
    "Lean" principles, which focus on removing waste from business processes, are becoming popular at all sorts of organizations, Stephanie Faris writes. You can incorporate such principles into your company by optimizing your use of space and determining whether there are is any unnecessary equipment around the office, she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to run a successful seasonal business
    If your company tends to be much busier during certain times of the year, you should train your employees so that they are ready for the rush. You should also carefully manage your business' cash flow and use your time wisely during the off-season. "If you're not looking ahead, you're going to get into the busy season and spend a few weeks or a month just figuring it all out again," said Jeff Liebel of Counterpoint Consulting. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • "Fiscal cliff" talks are getting nowhere, Boehner says
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said no real progress has been made in talks between Republican leaders and the White House, and there is a real danger that the "fiscal cliff" will go into effect at year-end. "No substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last two weeks," he said. "There's been no serious discussion of spending cuts so far, and unless there is, there's a real danger of going off the fiscal cliff." Reuters (11/29), (11/30), Bloomberg (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visiting Arlington National Cemetery? There's an app for that
    The ANC Explorer technology application helps visitors to Arlington National Cemetery search the gravesites by name, date of birth or date of death, and gets graves’ locations, interment dates and branches of service. The app also provides pictures of the front and back of headstones, maps routes from a visitor's current location in the cemetery to another gravesite and identifies points of interest near the visitor's location. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (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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