Most companies aren't wired for ongoing innovation, and that needs to change, writes Holly G. Green. To make that happen, bosses much articulate clear goals, create a culture of communication, and support and reward bright ideas. "For companies looking to get ahead, innovation is no longer a 'nice to have.' It needs to become a way of life!" Green writes.
This could be the year that small businesses start to recover, but it will most likely benefit only the strongest of companies, experts say. Revenue is expected to increase, which could spur investments in inventory and equipment for some firms, said National Federation of Independent Business' Bill Dunkelberg. In addition, prices are expected to increase a bit, and small businesses are projected to cautiously pick up hiring.
Mature evergreen trees that grow in stressful environments need watering during dry conditions and should be covered with mulch to strengthen their resistance against Diplodia tip blight, said tree expert Donna Danielson. If trees become infected, their new needles will turn tan and yellow and should be removed, according to Stephanie Adams, the plant health care technician at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois.
Forty-six House Republicans have co-sponsored a bill to delay -- for two years -- the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating methane gases and carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. "I cannot imagine an issue more timely or more relevant to the West Virginia economy than preventing the EPA's regulatory overreach from killing jobs and raising energy prices across the board," said West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.