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DIY Market Research for Manufacturers

Increasingly more manufacturers are bypassing full-service market research agencies and performing their own in-house research, as GovPro.com's Mike Keating writes in this Expert's Corner. A growing number of manufacturers are looking to tackle market research projects on a do-it-yourself basis. The practice is so popular that the Chicago, Ill.-based American Marketing Association recently staged...

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Business Travel Outlook 2011

Business travel has been under scrutiny as firms responding to weaker profits targeted travel as an immediate cost-cutting area. Here are some corporate-travel trends we can expect in 2011. In 2009, research firm Oxford Economics established the first clear link between business travel and business growth, showing that for every dollar invested in business travel, businesses experience an average...

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What Does the Future Hold for Deepwater Drilling?

In the aftermath of last year's Gulf oil spill, the U.S. government imposed a temporary ban on deepwater oil drilling. Although the moratorium was lifted, the future of deepwater drilling in the U.S. remains uncertain. Although the Obama administration had planned to open up new areas for oil and gas leasing in Virginia, Alaska and the Gulf Coast, the massive spill caused by BP Plc's Deepwater...

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5 Home Projects You Can Do Yourself

Working on DIY projects can be as rewarding as the result. Here are a few projects you can do around the house without breaking too much of a sweat (or the bank). While popular television networks like DIY Network have been capitalizing on the relatively unexpected mainstream appeal of the do-it-yourself spirit, traditional hands-on skills have fallen out of fashion over the years. Moreover, the...

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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

You've come up with a new idea for a product or service and you think it might be a winner. The next step is to protect yourself from other people profiting off your idea or claiming it as their own. Innovation is the lifeblood of successful business, as new products, services and processes drive economic growth. But a new idea, particularly a lucrative one, also has the potential to be stolen by...

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Sustainable Products with Serious Impact

At this point in the sustainability realm, two distinct camps have formed: the haves and the have-nots. Companies that are serious about sustainability have taken the time and money to do so. The have-nots wallow in green washing PR nonsense in an effort to appear more sustainable. When new sustainable products and best practices come along that have serious and far reaching impact, the divide...

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Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion to Light up Las Vegas IPC APEX EXPO

In order to "shed some light" on the growing solar panel assembly market, IPC will host the Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion on the show floor at IPC APEX EXPO, April 12-14, 2011, in Las Vegas. According to iSuppli, a market research firm supporting the electronics industry, the small but growing solar module production industry is projected to increase 273% from 2010 to 2014, and many...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Devastation in Japan to Have Far-Reaching Effects

Plus: U.S. Trade Deficit Widens and Wholesale Inventories Grow. Disasters in Japan to Hit Economy Hard Late last week, a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan moved the main island of Japan by 8 ft., shifted the Earth on its axis and triggered a tsunami that damaged much of the country's coastline. The pulverized coast has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks since. As of this...

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Landfill Gases Put to Good Use by the Government

Finally, a use for all the stink that comes out of the government. Unfortunately this is far from Washington and doesn't involve capping off any Politian's mouths. The gas here is landfill gas at a military installation and its conversion into a renewable energy source. FlexEnergy is a cleantech company that turns harmful greenhouse gases into clean energy and they will be installing their...

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Light Friday: Smile Like You Mean It

Plus: On-the-Job March Madness, Better Decisions on a Full Bladder and a Bridge Delivery. On-the-Job March Madness Activities It's that time of year again for basketball fans, who this month get back into the habit of researching every one of the 68 teams playing in the NCAA men's basketball championship tournament, filling out tournament brackets and entering betting pools in what has become an...

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