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March 5, 2013
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  • MAPI forecasts rosy manufacturing activity in 2013-2014
    U.S. manufacturing activity this year is predicted to rise 2.2% and 3.6% in 2014, according to a Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report. "Consumer deleveraging is close to an end; there are definitive signs of improvement in the housing market, especially on the supply side; and there is moderate job growth, pent-up demand and the potential for spending that was previously postponed," said Daniel Meckstroth, MAPI chief economist. The Journal of Commerce (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
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  • Fla. task force to address skills gap in manufacturing
    Leaders in business and economic development in the Tampa Bay area have formed a task force to address the manufacturing sector's growing skills gap. The group will complete an analysis aimed at identifying current needs of manufacturers through a survey that will target in-demand skills. The analysis will help educational institutions and elected officials allocate resources to provide appropriate training opportunities American City Business Journals/Tampa, Fla. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spring prep on hold as Hoosiers get ready for snow, again
    Demand for winter supplies and snow-removal services has returned to Indianapolis as snowy weather moves in. A local Ace Hardware store had already started to sell spring supplies, but the forecast prompted it to prepare winter merchandise. Circle City Outdoors looks forward to removing snow, even though its workers are already preparing for spring landscaping work, said irrigation manager Jeff Burhenn. WXIN-TV (Indianapolis) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Analysis: Jobs, salaries stagnate as corporate profits surge
    The Dow Jones industrial average rose to within 75 points of a record high last week, marking what has become a "golden age for corporate profit" while millions of Americans are still unable to find work, Nelson Schwartz writes. Corporate profits accounted for 14.2% of national income in the third quarter, the most since 1950. The portion of that income paid to workers was 61.7%, close to the lowest amount since 1966. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • How to get more mileage out of e-mail marketing
    To get the most bang for your buck out of e-mail marketing, be sure to optimize your e-mails for mobile readers, stay CAN-SPAM compliant and be transparent during sign-up about what kinds of e-mails users will receive. "Being clear upfront will help you to build an interested and engaged mailing list and minimize your unsubscribe rate," Samantha Carlin writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leaders should serve themselves some humble pie
      
    YouTube/John Baldoni
    The best leaders tend also to be the most humble, John Baldoni says in this video. Business schools might not teach humility, but bosses who can check their egos at the door are more likely to command respect and loyalty. "Leaders who value humility are the ones other people want to follow," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • OPEI Foundation and Discovery Education launch TurfMutt's "Paw it Forward" sweepstakes
    From Feb. 18 to March 11, you can enter the TurfMutt sweepstakes to win a $250 donation to your local animal shelter and help dogs (and cats and other critters) find a forever family. Two winners receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack with school supplies.

    To enter, visit TurfMutt's Facebook page.

    To enter, all you have to do is check out TurfMutt's new public service announcement, where TurfMutt is sharing the beauty, fun and discovery families can experience right in their own back yard.

    Those 16 years of age and older can enter.

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Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
--Alexander Graham Bell,
Scottish-born American inventor


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