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Businesses more upbeat on economy despite slower sales growth
Los Angeles Times
Companies are more upbeat about the economy and have increased hiring despite a slowdown in sales in the second quarter, a panel of business economists recently said. Nearly 30 percent of economists reported higher payrolls at their firms in the April through June period, the highest percentage since the end of 2011, according to quarterly industry survey results from the National Association for Business Economics.
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Global Tire Expo keeps expanding
Modern Tire Dealer
The Tire Industry Association announced that the total number of registered exhibitors for the 2013 Global Tire Expo — Powered by TIA (GTE) has already exceeded the 2012 total. GTE takes place in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show Nov. 5-8, in Las Vegas. To date, GTE is showing an increase of 40 companies or 20 percent in the number of exhibitors as compared to the end of June, 2012. Net square footage of exhibit space is also up over 21,000 square feet or 16 percent.
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The most important employment documents
By D. Albert Brannen
Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer's success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts. Employers cannot do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But, experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to improve their position in employment litigation. Most of the time, this shaping of the facts depends on the documentation. Moreover, while the particular facts may be different from case to case, the same types of documents are at issue in nearly every employment law case.
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NHTSA grants tire-related petitions to 3 auto makers
Rubber News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted tire-related petitions for findings of inconsequential noncompliance to three auto makers. These NHTSA decisions mean the auto makers will not have to conduct formal recalls to correct the safety problems.
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American Express OPEN Forum
If you leave your decisions up to chance or make snap judgments you often regret, you are ruining your business. The good news is that we can learn to improve our decision-making skills.

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Who is competitor No. 1? Look in the mirror
Modern Tire Dealer
Who is the competitor you respect the most, or, at the very least, follow more closely than any other? According to a recent Web poll on the topic, it's you. Or at least those who look like you.

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Break the mold and be an independent thinker
Entrepreneur
To come up with truly creative products and unique ideas, great business leaders need to be independent thinkers.

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Why it's critical that small businesses test their disaster recovery plans
Business 2 Community
As a rule of thumb, a small- or mid-sized business should test its disaster recovery plan at least yearly, or any time the business undergoes a major change. However, most businesses are unprepared for common disasters such as floods, hurricanes and cyberattacks. A recent survey suggests that 17 percent of businesses never test their disaster plans and one-third test only once a year. When they do test, 81 percent of respondents report problems, and 11 percent encounter major problems or "complete failure."
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Bridgestone goes green ... and blue
Tire Review
The printing technology Bridgestone previewed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is now a commercial reality. The Japanese manufacturer has released the first tire featuring its sidewall printing process — now known as "Colorside" — in the domestic market.
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Social media tips for your business
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Not tweeting yet? If your small business doesn't have a social media presence, you may be missing out on building brand loyalty with your customers or attracting new ones. "Social media is where the eyeballs are and that's where you want to be," says Steve Strauss, a small business author. "You can build your brand and establish it." So which social media site should you use?
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Brakes Plus partners with Universal Lubricants
Tire Business
Brakes Plus Inc. has partnered with Universal Lubricants L.L.C., manufacturer and distributor of the Eco Ultra line of sustainable motor oils, as the newest auto service company to join its closed-loop cycle for oil re-refining. As part of the deal, Brakes Plus will collect used oil and filters from its 51 locations in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming and to be recycled through Universal Lubricants' "infinitely repeatable closed-loop cycle," the company said.
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