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Taking Care of Business: This Is America: Speak English

I am paraphrasing this headline to make it fit on the page. The sign that is posted in a cheese steak shop in Philadelphia (gee, go figure) actually reads “This is America: When ordering please speak English.”
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Taking Care of Business: It May Not Be ‘Girls Gone Wild,' But...

It is “beach blanket beauty” as described in a recent issue of USA Today. The story was about a recruiting effort of spring break students in Daytona Beach by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.
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Murphy's Law: Finding Gen X, Gen Y, and NexGen

It is a given that as Boomers age, the work force demographics are changing dramatically. People feel differently about their commitment to work. In great demand, these young workers can be more selective about their careers.
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Taking Care of Business: Green Acres or Green Buildings

“Greeeeeeeeeeen buildings are the place to be…”  Sing that once and tell me what TV show theme song that comes from. Oh I forgot, it’s in the headline of this blog.
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Murphy's Law: Define Green For Me

Upon this notable occasion of Celtic heritage and celebration, there will be many a wannabe Irish with green beer coursing through his or her veins. In my amateur days, I too fancied a mug of Miller Lite with some green food coloring as the embodiment of St. Paddy’s Day.
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Skaer-Tactics: If the Airlines Can Do It...

U.S. Airways recently announced, beginning May 5, it is going to charge $25 for a second checked bag. “We’re making these changes to offset record fuel prices and rising airline-related expenses,” the airline stated in a release.
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Taking Care of Business: Competition Saving, Not Killing This Guy

I liked this story I read last week about an HVAC contractor who saved the life of a competitor - literally. I picked up the story from an online version of The Brick Times in Lakehurst, N.J.
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I Think... Association Meetings Are Great

I’ve got a secret for HVAC and refrigeration contractors that want to grow their businesses. Rub elbows with successful contractors at a national meeting. I’ve had the opportunity to attend both the ACCA and MCAA annual conventions in the last 30 days.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC Meetings and Golf

Association meetings provide an excellent opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from industry experts. The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual convention got off to a roaring start March 2 as nearly 2,500 people converged on Palm Desert, Calif. for the four-day event.
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Taking Care of Business: Now We Know Green is Normal

If you ever needed more evidence that going green is normal, look no further than this story. Normal, Illinois made the news recently by taking steps to green their town - and bragged about it.
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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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