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Award of Excellence for Power Sweeping Winner for 2008
This year's Award of Excellence winner is Davidson-Macri Sweeping, Inc., the Seattle area-based sweeping contractor that also publishes SweeperMarket magazine. Read the story.

Sweeper Sales Also Sells Hydro Tek Pressure Washers!

Austin Western Miniature Astonishingly Detailed
Model builder, Danny Downs, has made a number of extremely small models in the last four decades. His latest, of a vintage Austin Western sweeper, is one of his finest. Read the story.

Finance Program for Sweeping Contractors

National Pavement Expo Video Interviews's editor conducted a number of video interviews with vendors at the recent National Pavement Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. Take a look. Articles About Sweeping

Customer Fuel Surcharges: When, How, and How Much?
In a time of fast-moving fuel prices, don't let your margins erode because you haven't added in a fuel surcharge to customers. Four top contractors tell what they do in this regard. Go to story. Articles About Sweeping

Perception: Sweeping Contractors Cheat Business Customers at Night
This 'expert writer' for a popular web-based ezine has a poor opinion of parking area sweepers in general. How would you answer his critique? Read the story. Articles About Sweeping

Marketing Ideas That Work
To generate the volume of quality leads your business
needs to achieve your sales goals, you need marketing systems for these seven basic areas.
Read the story.

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Read the Latest in Sweeping at the Editor's Notebook
You'll find the latest in industry news releases and more at our editor's blog. Go to Editor's Notebook. Articles About Sweeping

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The Editor's Overview
In this edition of our opinion page feature,'s editor, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, makes the case for the industry to develop sweeper testing procedures before government agencies take the lead in that regard.
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California Emissions Regs Eliminate Some Auxiliary Engines
A California contractor lost the use of a dozen of his sweepers due to them having an older auxiliary engine than is now allowed. Is this a regulation due to spread across the country? Read the story.

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Broom Bear Being Donated to Promote Breast Cancer Cure
Sweeper being auctioned off to benefit breast cancer awareness. Go to story.

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Recession Marketing: The Rules Change
In a recession, consumers become value oriented, distributors are concerned about cash, and employees worry about their jobs. The key, says professor John Quelch, is to understand how the needs of your customers and partners change, and adapt your strategies to the new reality. Read the story.

Fundamentals of the Power Sweeping Business

Elgin Sponsors 'Women in Sweeping' Talk by Lobbyist
Catharine Cyr Ransom is a member of The Accord Group, which is the company hired by Elgin Sweepers to be their lobbyist for power sweeping interests. Ms. Ransom spoke at Elgin's Women in Sweeping Breakfast during NPE 2008. Read/Listen to the story.

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Outline of the 2008 Economic Stimulus Package
The 2008 Economic Stimulus Act offers significant incentives to spur business investment. Read the story.

California Air Resources Board Proposes New Rules for Sweeper Chassis Engine Emissions
The agency has street-class sweepers included for impending regulation. Go to story.

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Tips for Improving Fuel Economy
Fuel prices have never risen so quickly. Here are a variety of tips for conserving fuel usage, which will help you keep a line on costs and stay competitive with your bidding. Go to story.

Broom Bear Breast Cancer Sweeper Ad

Five Ways to Keep Your Customers Coming Back for More
At times it seems as though quality customer service is a thing of the past. Some companies just don't appear to care about keeping their clientele happy. If only they knew how damaging this is to their business. Read the story. Articles About Sweeping

Practice Makes Perfect - Especially With Conversations
If you want to maximize your results and not get caught offguard, then practice all sides of an important conversation before it takes place. Take a look.

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Managing Your Sweeping Business by the Numbers
Using this methodology, you can calculate how many leads you need per week to hit your target year-end numbers. Read the story. Information

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