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The plan: Setting priorities
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Planning is a systematized approach for completing tasks, usually within a specific time frame. Our task list typically includes desired results to our wishes, wants and "musts." Often, we are challenged to make hard choices between competing tasks. The logical approach seems to be to start with the most important task first ("A" items). But how do we determine which is most important, i.e. those with the highest value? MORE from glt & associates



NAILD offers a preconference LC prep course
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NAILD is pleased to once again offer a study class for those who are anticipating sitting for a future NCQLP LC Exam. This prep class will be held April 20–22 prior to the NAILD 35th Annual Conference at the PGA Resort in West Palm Beach, Fla. This two-and-a-half day course will help prepare participants for the LC exam in November 2012. The course will not only cover the practical subject matter required for the exam but also provide preclass evaluation, study materials, breakfast and lunch for the two full-days with a bonus of follow-up online training. More

Americans waking up to light bulb changeover
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The first step in getting people to change the way they consume energy is making them aware that change is afoot. When it comes to lighting technologies, in particular, it seems that consumer awareness is growing. For the first time, a majority of Americans now know that federal legislation will eliminate "most traditional incandescent lighting by 2014," according to a new survey conducted by the lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania. More

Prices of rare earth metals declining sharply
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After nearly three years of soaring prices for rare earth metals, with the cost of some rising nearly thirtyfold, the market is rapidly coming back down. International prices for some light rare earths, like cerium and lanthanum, have fallen as much as two-thirds since August and are still dropping. Prices have declined by roughly one-third since then for highly magnetic rare earths, like neodymium, needed for products like smartphones, computers and large wind turbines. More

Green building certifications enhance reputation
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A new survey finds that 70 percent of U.S. adults think environmental certification of a company facility would enhance their opinion of the business. With the surge in green buildings, LEED accreditation and sustainability efforts, is it time to consider greening your facility or building? More

Facebook scores LEED gold for Oregon data center
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Facebook unveiled its green data center and energy-efficient servers in Oregon in early 2011, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: It's been granted an LEED gold certification. The center uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center. Facebook says it redesigned its entire physical infrastructure, from grid to gates. More

Rebates power business lighting upgrades in Boulder County, Colo.
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The money is on the table. And unless Boulder County, Colo., businesses act by year's end, nearly a quarter million dollars in rebates aimed at upgrading commercial buildings and improving energy efficiency will vanish as revelers welcome in 2012. Since January, $217,000 in EnergySmart rebates have helped 230 commercial properties sport new, high-efficiency lighting. More

Businesses keep inventories unchanged in September after 20 consecutive monthly gains
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Businesses kept their stockpiles steady in September, marking the first time in nearly two years that they have not boosted their inventories. The Commerce Department said that business inventories were unchanged in September after 20 consecutive monthly gains that stretched back to December 2009. Business sales rose 0.6 percent in September, the fourth consecutive gain. A slowdown in inventory building trimmed overall economic growth by 1 percentage point in the July-September quarter. More

Background clutter
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Having a lot of relatively useless stuff running in the background of your computer can make a real difference in how it performs. If your computer is running slow and you suspect it's because there are too many processes from programs being loaded during start-up, take control with these tips. More

HHS offers online insurance finder for small business owners
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Small business owners can find and compare health insurance plan choices with a new tool provided by the Health and Human Services Department. The Web-based health insurance finder tool is designed to enable small employers to research locally available products and promote a more transparent and competitive marketplace for health coverage. More

Everything you really need to know about workers' compensation
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If you have employees, then you probably already know that workers' compensation can be a headache if not properly managed. The reason workers' compensation can be such a difficult insurance coverage to manage is that the premiums can be very dynamic. Don't sweat it if you're confused — here's what you actually need to know. More

Quick walkthrough of Google+ pages for small businesses
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Google recently rolled out Google+ branded pages, similar to a Facebook page. This Google+ feature is good news for small business owners because it allows them to create another marketing distribution channel within the social media landscape. Google holds true to building all of its products to mesh well with one another. More importantly, Google+ is transforming into a stronger tool for small business owners. More
 
 
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