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Year-end payroll tax tips for small-business owners    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ADP Small Business Services division recently offered tips and reminders to small business owners, their accountants and other advisers to get a head start on year-end tax preparation to help avoid delays, streamline the tax filing process and improve outcomes. More

Politicians wary of suggested heating fuel tax for thermal efficiency programs
VTDigger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Top politicians in Vermont are treading carefully around a proposal to levy a tax on home heating fuels to pay for improvements to the thermal efficiency of the state's residential buildings. A thermal efficiency task force report due to lawmakers in January recommends an 11 cent per gallon excise tax on fuels. More

Spending stalemate could mean reduced Maine heating aid
The Associated Press via Kennebec Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. If that happens, there will be an automatic 10 percent reduction in funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program is particularly important in low-income states that rely heavily on heating oil. More

 Updates from OESP

Membership dues reminder
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2013 membership dues are payable by Jan. 1. We are making it easy for you to pay online through our website. Just enter your invoice number and credit card payment — it's as easy as that! More

Looking forward to 2013
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You have no doubt heard about our online training center; it can be accessed from our home page. We have sessions from our 2012 convention and trade show housed there and coming very soon, we'll start adding information about our 2013 education that will be delivered at our convention in Hershey, Pa. The purpose of this is to prepare attendees for class.

You will be able to take the NORA Silver Review at the convention. We'll offer a review and the test but you can prepare early on by viewing the training material that will be added into the training center. This year we plan to add a number of power point presentations and outlines. That way you can make an informed decision about what sessions you want to attend as well as the sessions you want your technicians to attend.

Remember, our 2013 Convention and Trade Show will be held May 19-23 in Hershey, Pa.

ISH 2013
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We still have those three open slots. If you have an interest let us know soon. Just email Judy Garber or call 888-552-0900. As a recap, we depart from Newark, N.J., on March 7 and head to France where we'll visit Normandy and Paris, then head to Wiesbaden, Germany, before returning home March 16.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our readers.

 In The News

Chiller efficiency improvements proposed for Standard 90.1
Fuel Oil News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chiller efficiencies for air and water cooled chillers would be boosted to more than 20 percent under a proposed addendum to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard. Proposed addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, changes the requirements for air and water cooled chillers as defined in section and the efficiency requirements listed in table 6.8.1C. This change is a continuation of the efficiency improvements that were implemented in 2010 by further improving the efficiency requirements. More

Lawmakers to push tax code change for renewable energy in 2013
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A group of U.S. lawmakers said that they plan to push ahead in the new year to change the tax code so renewable energy projects could qualify for beneficial tax structures commonly used by pipelines and other energy-related companies. Democratic and Republican sponsors of proposed legislation said they think momentum is growing for their idea to allow wind, solar, biofuel and other renewable projects to structure as "master limited partnerships." More

How to build value in your business
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A contracting business builds value in a variety of ways: it offers valuable problem-solving and time- and money-saving services and it brings value to the job market by offering solid career opportunities. Ten consultants provide 10 tips on how to build value in your business. More

Heating assistance services on the rise
Wicked Local North Andover    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Action, Inc., in Gloucester, Mass., has been providing human services, including fuel assistance, to the Greater Cape Ann area since 1965. Marie Sanviti, Action's system energy director, said this time of year is very busy as residents' heating bills begin to increase. She said last year alone Action received 2,600 applications for assistance, adding she expects that number to go up even more this year. More

Tips to keep small business owners competitive
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Staying competitive is not only a key component of any successful small business, but it is also one of the biggest challenges that small businesses face. Despite those challenges, small business owners say they have a number of simple and creative strategies that they employ to stay ahead of the competition. More

Alternative energy may be wholly viable for the US by 2030
Hydrogen Fuel News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There have been many reports over the years suggesting that alternative energy systems could meet 100 percent of the energy needs of a full-scale energy grid. Many of these reports suggest that it is feasible to run the world on existing alternative energy technology currently, but other claim that this is not possible for several decades. A new study suggests that the U.S. itself could be meet 99.9 percent of its energy needs through wind, solar and energy storage technologies by 2030. More

How to buddy-up with your bank
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Banks may be easing terms for large businesses. But for small businesses, times remain tough. So if your business needs credit to thrive, it would be smart to improve your relationship with your bank. A 2002 article co-authored by Allen Berger, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, stressed "the importance of a bank relationship to small businesses in terms of both credit availability and credit terms such as loan interest rates and collateral requirements." More

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