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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
Oct. 7, 2009
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Small Talk: Local Teams, Even T-Ball, Can Be Marketing Tools
from The Salt Lake Tribune
On football and soccer fields across the nation, small-business owners are taking advantage of a huge marketing opportunity: sponsoring local sports teams. Just about every sport, from T-ball played by 5-year-olds to semi-pro baseball or basketball, offers small businesses a chance to get some name recognition and create goodwill in their communities. More


Understanding the Landscape Contractor
from Lawn & Garden Retailer
You may have heard this year's newest buzzword: "stay-cation." In light of rising prices (in particular, fuel) and uncertain financial conditions, homeowners are foregoing vacation travel during these difficult times and staying home more to relax and entertain. Subsequently, there has been an increase in home improvement and landscaping/gardening related sales. More

Trenchers . . . More Than One Way to Dig
from The Irrigation & Green Industry
Whether installing pipe, laying cable, or digging out space for hardscape or edging, trenching through packed earth can be hard on both people and equipment. The equipment that does your digging can have a big impact on your bottom line. More


Leading the Way in Sustainability
from The Whitehouse
Nancy Sutley was proud to gather with a group of cabinet secretaries and other senior officials as President Obama signed a new executive order on federal sustainability. The executive order challenges agencies to lead by example in energy and environmental performance and gives them 90 days to set a 2020 greenhouse reduction goal. More

New California Water-Use Rules Will Change Landscape Design
from The Mercury Register
Cities and counties in California will be taking on new rules for landscape irrigation as of Jan. 1, requiring many new construction and rehabilitation projects to plan their use of water. Local governments can either adopt rules outlined by the state, or come up with their own programs. More


Pierce Looks at E-Verify Changes
from The News Tribune
The Pierce County Council in Washington state will try again to pass an ordinance that would require private companies that do business with the county to ensure their employees can legally work in the United States. More


DOT Rulemaking Aims to Cut Distracted Driving
from Fleet Owner
As the U.S. Department of Transportation begins ramping up efforts to combat "distracted driving" by crafting regulations to ban cell phone use and texting services while operating vehicles even railroad locomotives a number of experts are trying to gauge whether such initiatives will succeed over the long term. More

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The Double Whammy of Bankruptcies
from the Wall Street Journal
Bankruptcy is an ordeal for executives at any business. But for entrepreneurs, it's often a double whammy: Their personal possessions are in jeopardy along with the business assets. As thousands of business owners are discovering during this downturn, sole proprietors are nearly always forced to file for personal bankruptcy if business debts overwhelm them. More

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