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InSinkErator Sets the Gold Standard for ASA
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InSinkErator's commitment to quality, service, performance and reliability not only applies to their garbage disposals and hot water dispensers, but also to its support for the industry by recommitting as a Gold Level Sponsor in ASA's Supplier Partner Program. InSinkErator's recommitment as a Gold Level Sponsor establishes its trust and recognition of the importance of supporting the industry. ASA's Supplier Partner Program is a year-round initiative that utilizes the investments made by companies such as InSinkErator to fund ASA's industry events throughout the year. In return for InSinkErator's investment, ASA is able to provide programming and services that help to make ASA the "Voice of the Industry." "InSinkErator's commitment to ASA runs deep, as shown by the many years they have been a strong supporter of ASA events and their consistent representation on our committees and councils," said Mike Adelizzi, ASA's executive vice president. "We welcome InSinkErator as a 2012 Supplier Partner and thank them for their ongoing support." Please contact Ruth Mitchell for more information on the Supplier Partner program at

Small Business to Regulators: Don't Forget About Us
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As the implementation of the financial reform law, or Dodd-Frank, continues, small businesses are at risk of being left behind. During passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, Sens. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., were successful in including a provision that requires the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to consider the impact of costly regulations on small businesses. The Snowe-Pryor language contains two key provisions: 1) requiring the CFPB to publicly consider how rules will impact the cost of credit for small firms; and 2) requiring the CFPB to conduct Small Business Advocacy Review panels on rules that will impact small businesses. More

Copper Hits Four-Month High After Fed Statement
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Copper futures edged higher overnight, settling at the highest price in more than four months as the Federal Reserve's forecast for low interest rates into 2014 stoked investor demand for commodities. The most-actively traded copper contract, for March delivery, rose 2.2 cents, or 0.6 percent, to settle at $3.8295 a pound on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest settlement price since Sept. 16. The Federal Reserve's policymaking committee said it expected short-term interest rates to stay close to zero "at least through late 2014," an outcome that could accelerate growth in the U.S. economy. More

Improving Billing to Improve Operations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No matter what business you're in, billing is a key part of your operation. An efficient billing strategy can increase your customers' satisfaction, improve your company's cash flow, and significantly lower operating expenses throughout your organization. Whether your company is a complex operation with multiple billing entities or you run a smaller enterprise and simply prefer to focus on your core competencies, bringing a dedicated billing outsourcer into the equation can enable you to reallocate internal resources to focus on more strategic, revenue-generating tasks. The right billing partner can also support your company as it goes through organizational changes, including consolidation of billing entities and other significant alterations related to scale. More

2012 State of the Union: 5 Things Obama Didn't Say
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What gets into a State of Union matters. What doesn't matters, too — sometimes just as much. President Barack Obama embraced his base Tuesday night by affirming his commitment to Israel, clean energy, economic equality and immigration. He also placated his supporters by avoiding a few sensitive subjects. The following is POLITICO's list of the top five things that didn't make Tuesday's State of the Union. More

Report: Economics, Innovation Priming Comeback for US Manufacturing
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Economic conditions, natural resources and technological innovation are making it harder for manufacturers to "justify moving jobs offshore," according to a new report by Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management. Three drivers are responsible for "breathing life back into manufacturing," according to "Workforce Rising: Why U.S. Manufacturing is Poised for a Comeback," authored by Charlton Reynders and Patrick McVeigh. More

Manufacturers Optimistic About 2012
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Midwest manufacturers performed better in 2011 than in 2010, and expect sales and revenue to be even better in 2012, according to a recent survey. The National Economic Trends Survey was conducted by Waukesha-based MRA, The Management Association. It included 570 manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. About 66 percent of manufacturing respondents are planning significant investments to hire more employees, increase pay and/or get new equipment in 2012. Overall, 92 percent of companies expect the economy to be the same or better this year compared to last year. Individually, manufacturers were more confident in their prospects for 2012, with 77 percent expecting an increase in sales. Only 61 percent of non-manufacturing companies said the same. More

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