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Debate begins anew with special session
Austin American-Statesman
No sooner had the gavels fallen to end a 140-day biennial legislative session marked by a rare degree of consensus than Gov. Rick Perry recently called an immediate special session on redistricting. Within a half-hour, the Senate was launched into a bitter partisan debate over whether rule changes for the special session would empower Republicans to roll over Democrats not just on redistricting, but on a host of hot-button issues that fell by the wayside in the regular session.
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UHP eco factor
Modern Tire Dealer
Tire makers today are challenged to keep up with consumer demands. When it comes to ultra-high performance tires, they're also challenged by new car manufacturers that continue to drive the UHP tire trend. Knowing the nature of the modern UHP tire consumer, how do you sell tires to them? Especially since consumer spending is expected to remain flat in 2013. One way is through green initiatives.
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Your energy affects your team
Inc.
Have you ever considered how your energy affects everyone around you? Think about it from the vantage of being the owner of a company. When you walk in the door, all eyes are on you and your employees' antennae are up looking for any sign of something being not quite right. No pressure, eh? When you're the boss, there are going to be many times when you've gotta put on your "game face" because your energy affects everyone and everything.
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Little tire industry growth expected
Tire Business
Asia is the only real growth area for the world tire industry in the near future, according to Dennis Byrne, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Akron in Ohio. While domestic tire production has rebounded somewhat since the recession of 2008, shipments in 2012 were stagnant, according to Byrne. "The industry is continuing to contract from production levels of five to 10 years ago, and I don't see that stopping." International trade in both tires and vehicles is the major reason for this, he said, noting that about one-fourth of the vehicles and tires sold in the U.S. are imported. Some of the stagnancy in production figures can be traced to other factors, such as the radialization of the tire industry.
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Multiply your message and make the most of your marketing efforts
By Cindy Woudenberg
Customers now have the ability to interact with information about your business in the digital world. They oftentimes encounter your brand and message through social media and make prospective buying decisions and other engagements before getting to the actual sales process. In order to capitalize on this environment, you need to control and push your message through a variety of platforms to drive your site traffic and conversions to make the most of your marketing efforts.
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5 secrets for motivating your staff
American Express OPEN Forum
Running a small business means relying on others to make your dreams come true, and the quality of your team's work will match the quality of how you motivate them. The following five secrets for motivating staff are the same ones used by pros throughout the business world.

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Will my business lose good applicants without health care?
Business Review USA
Small business owners face enough challenges, so when they are not able to offer health care to current or future employees, the job of running a small business becomes that much harder.

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How to win the loyalty marathon
Fast Casual
If you look at it, the mindset needed for successful marathon running is very similar to the mindset you need to launch a successful customer loyalty program. To achieve strong results in either one, you have to be patient, willing to stick to your plan and trust your training.

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2013 National Tire Safety Week coming soon
Tire Review
The week of June 2-8 is the 2013 National Tire Safety Week in the U.S., and the RMA reminds tire dealers that they can obtain valuable POS assistance for free. Supported by TIA, the 12th annual event is part of RMA's ongoing "Be Tire Smart — Play Your PART," which helps drivers learn the basics of tire care and maintenance.
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Why small businesses have trouble getting credit
Small Business Trends
Only one third of small business owners were able to obtain all of the credit that their businesses need, a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey shows. The survey's finding is not surprising. Many economists, policy makers and small business advocacy groups have long explained that small businesses have a harder time obtaining credit than their larger counterparts. When it comes to accessing capital, size definitely matters.
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The world of marketing has changed — social, local, mobile — all powered by content, has happened, it's not a fad — and yet businesses are still acting as though they can treat it as such. But here's the really scary thing — it's changing again.
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How old are your tires?
WTVM-TV
VideoBrief Your tires may be the most important pieces of safety equipment on your vehicle. If they're not in good condition, you're just waiting for an accident to happen. But the old trick of checking your tread depth with a coin isn't enough anymore. Now, manufacturers say the age of your tire is just as important.
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