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Get Ready for Healthcare Reform! Sign Up for Wednesday’s Webinar!

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TRSA this week will kick off the first in a series of monthly webinars on issues of importance to the textile services industry. Our inaugural webinar will feature healthcare reform expert and former Capitol Hill aide Ilyse Schuman. She will discuss the next steps in healthcare reform and how it will impact textile services industry employers.

The webinar will run from 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday (EST). It will identify liabilities and compliance pitfalls associated with healthcare reform. The presentation also will include comments from UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA, on how it obtained a waiver from a mandate to raise annual benefit caps.

This new law is expected to require employers to choose between offering employees more generous coverage, or subsidizing them so they can buy their own insurance. You’ll learn strategies from this presentation that your company can use to make the right (and legal) choices.

Wednesday’s webinar is your best opportunity to get educated on how this new law will affect your business, so sign up today! Click on the link above to register.


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Differing Personalities Emerge in New Congress

The House and the Senate have a split personality by design, but after the swearing in of the 112th Congress on Wednesday, a stark contrast was revealed between the two chambers that could define the direction of every major debate over the next two years.

At one end of the Capitol, a House brimming with fresh faces and ambitious goals was sworn into office; its new Republican leaders pledging to derail President Barack Obama's agenda and dramatically scale back the size of the federal government.

At the other end, a more somber Senate convened, its Democratic majority intact - albeit much smaller after last November’s elections. Whereas many of the House freshmen are new to politics, the 13 senators in the class of 2010 are a more seasoned lot.

The two lawmakers sworn in to lead the House and Senate are archetypes of the moment. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) rode the Tea Party wave to one of the biggest midterm election victories in recent history and is eager to deliver by repealing healthcare reform and making deep cuts to federal programs. Immediately after Boehner accepted the speaker's gavel from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), now the minority leader, the House began debating changes to budget rules that would force spending reductions.

Harry Reid (D-NV), who narrowly won a fifth term last November against a Tea Party opponent, remains the Senate leader. As he opened the new Senate, Reid pleaded for his Republican colleagues to end what he called their obstructionist ways, setting the tone for coming battles over deficit reduction, the war in Afghanistan, healthcare reform and taxes.

The day's crescendo came shortly past 2 p.m., after the formal roll-call vote for the gavel concluded with Boehner receiving 241 votes and Pelosi 173, ending her historic four-year reign as the nation's first female House speaker.

Despite the confidence of the new House leaders, few of the items on their agenda are likely to pass - beginning with the GOP effort to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, set for a final vote on Wednesday. Reid has vowed to block the effort in the Senate. But Senate Democrats face a similar problem with their priorities, including immigration reform, which many of the House GOP freshmen oppose.

A secondary plotline for the 112th Congress will be the potential divide within party ranks, as both Boehner and Reid face ambitious backbenchers trying to shake up the systems in place. For example, a group of Senate Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008, who provided the critical margins for Obama's early agenda, have begun an effort to change the Senate's filibuster rules to limit the minority's power to stall or block legislation. Reid, who as minority leader five years ago thwarted a similar effort by Republicans, has expressed support for the measure, but he is in private negotiations with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reach a compromise that would nominally change the rules without completely negating the power of the filibuster.

Leadership & Legislative Conference – Stand Up for Your Business!
Combined Committee and ‘Hill Day’ event in DC is right around the corner!

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Mark your calendars today and plan to attend TRSA’s Leadership & Legislative Conference March 21-23 in Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to show the strength of the textile services industry and establish relationships with the decision makers that impact your company’s bottom line.

The agenda for this event combines two of TRSA’s most important meetings to increase the voice of the industry by providing maximum impact for the industry in meetings with federal lawmakers and key staff people.

“A new Congress with divided majorities represents opportunities to the textile services industry. As the country and our industry emerge from the most challenging economic downturn in a generation, we must be able to show the strength of the textile services industry,” said TRSA Director of Government Relations Kevin Schwalb. “Despite the results of the recent elections, the prospect of increased regulation looms large requiring review and response by TRSA.”

The March event represents a key step in that direction by enabling members to speak out for their companies and establish relationships that can help TRSA generate long-term benefits for the industry. Stronger ties to the Hill will boost our partnership with the EPA, OSHA and other agencies of particular concern to us.

The Leadership portion of the conference starts with most committee meetings taking place on the morning of Tuesday, March 22 (other than Associate Members, who meet at 4 p.m. the day before). The following standing committees are scheduled: Education, Environmental, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Marketing & Public Relations (PR), Membership, Plant Operations and Safety & Human Resources (HR). Another group will gather to plan TRSA’s upcoming centennial in 2012.

That afternoon, Hill insider Stephanie Vance will orient attendees to best practices to advocate for the industry and persuade members of Congress to say “yes” to the industry’s concerns. She has over 20 years of experience in congressional affairs, having worked in a prominent DC law firm, lobbied for National Public Radio and worked in various congressional offices, holding positions as legislative director and staff director.

Vance, of Advocacy Associates LLC, Washington, DC, will advise TRSA on how our issues can stand out at a time when legislators are flooded with requests. She will explain how our issues can be tied to matters that representatives must deal with soon, either "hot" legislation or pressing district issues. And she will counsel us on communication: how to be personable, thoughtful, accurate and polite, while telling a compelling story, asking for something specific and getting a response.

Tuesday’s events conclude with a networking reception with your colleagues. The agenda resumes Wednesday morning with a breakfast on the Hill and then individual visits. (Upon registering for the meeting, TRSA members will be assisted in scheduling these.) Lunch will be at noon on Capitol Hill.

Register online for the Leadership & Legislative Conference by clicking on the information above. For more information, contact TRSA’s Director of Government Relations Kevin Schwalb at 877/770-9274 or kschwalb@trsa.org. Committee members may contact their chairs for updates on committee projects.


‘Undercover Boss’ Debrief: Croatti Liked What He Saw (Mostly)
CBS broadcast provided key insights to UniFirst chief

For those of you who saw last night’s episode of Undercover Boss, featuring UniFirst President and CEO Ron Croatti, you can well imagine the challenge of posing as a fellow employee working on the front lines, when in fact you are the executive overseeing the operation.

For Croatti, the experience was an eye-opener in some ways. First, he was harder on himself than his employees, whose performance he generally applauded. “Despite the fact that I had some difficulties performing many of the various tasks, I was pleased to see the systems and procedures we have in place to ensure quality and customer satisfaction are working nicely in the field,” he said. “The team partners who ‘trained’ me were all exemplary workers who treated me and other coworkers with dignity and respect. And that’s extremely important to me because it means our founding family values and culture are also well entrenched throughout our company.”

Second, a key benefit of the episode was that it gave Croatti a chance to observe safety conditions in his plants in a “real-time” setting, without rank-and-file employees knowing that the company president was on-site. What he saw reaffirmed Croatti’s belief that safety is strongly and consistently emphasized at all UniFirst facilities. “I was happy to see that efficient safety training was in place and made a priority at each location we visited. ... Unfortunately, due to the time and other constraints of the show, I was not able to undergo the actual job and safety training we require of all our employees and had a bit of a stumble with one of our washers. But I was certainly never at any risk."

Third, while employees followed safety procedures and other work rules, Croatti said they also showed a strong sense of autonomy. That puts the onus on management to make sure that employee ideas percolate up to executives. “For the most part, they did feel empowered to act independently within their job functions,” Croatti said of his frontline partners. “But there were also instances where employees had great ideas for improvements, but they were not being communicated to the right people. We can always do a better job with internal communications, and that is an ongoing area for ‘continuous improvement’ at UniFirst.”

Fourth, Croatti said he witnessed a strong sense of teamwork among employees, who performed with a high degree of skill and dedication, both individually and as a group. “Certainly … each of the jobs I did required quality work among coworkers and between departments to allow them to succeed at their own jobs. … Ultimately, to service our customers to the highest levels possible.”

Fifth, while staff allegiance was a common feature, one area of concern centered on taking on employees from a company that UniFirst had recently acquired. “I was very encouraged by the high levels of loyalty and commitment to UniFirst demonstrated by the employees I worked with on the show,” Croatti said. “There was one exception that proved to be more of an isolated case. This employee worked at a location that was part of a recent business acquisition. While working with this employee, it became evident that we had not done a great job of effectively communicating our corporate messaging and our range of employee benefits. As a result, it appeared that our highly prized corporate family culture had not yet been as fully integrated as it had been at the other sites we visited. You can be sure this sensitive issue is being addressed as we speak.”


Roger Milliken: An Industry ‘Builder’ Passes On

Roger Milliken, 95, who for 71 years led Milliken & Co. as president and later chairman, passed away on Dec. 30, 2010, in Spartanburg, SC.

While Milliken was known as a pioneering innovator and entrepreneur who expanded his company into one of the world’s largest textile and chemical manufacturers, he also had the common touch.

Visionary industrialist

Bill Mann, TRSA’s director of industry affairs, recalled visiting the Spartanburg campus of Milliken a few years ago with a group of leaders from various companies. They were walking along the well-landscaped grounds, when a large sedan pulled up. The car slowed, then stopped, and the driver, Roger Milliken, got out and greeted the visitors. “He got out and shook hands and introduced himself to each one of us,” Mann said. “He asked us what business we were in and whether we were enjoying our time there. We were amazed that he showed such a personal interest.” Clearly, Milliken was the kind of person who cared enough to welcome every visitor to his company.

That sense of dedication carried over into Milliken’s work. TRSA Chair Woody Ostrow praised Milliken’s attention to quality. “With Roger Milliken, one thing comes to mind: The emphasis on quality,” Ostrow said. “Making products better. Quality is all about doing things right the first time. Quality isn’t about spending money; it lowers costs.”

Ostrow also praised Milliken’s focus on innovation. This emphasis led to the development of linens made from synthetic fabrics that changed the face of textile services in the 1970s.

“I always valued so much that Milliken didn’t sell directly to anybody in TRSA,” Ostrow added. “Yet, they made me aware of how well-run companies can expand their market because by selling Visa and polyester products as the next generation of substitutes for what we had traditionally used, they created a market, even though we never did business directly with Milliken.”

Making great products while building a safety culture is another hallmark of Milliken’s leadership. The company was recognized in 2010 and 2004 among America’s 12 safest companies. Milliken was the first organization to earn that designation twice. Milliken also regularly makes the list of “best companies to work for” based on the opportunities it provides to its employees.

Builder, educator, planter

A tribute posted on Milliken’s corporate website noted that Milliken had wanted his epitaph to read, simply: “Builder.” He took over the company in 1947 upon his father’s death and focused with laser-like precision on each new facility he built. These included the Roger Milliken Research and Customer Center, the world’s largest textile research center, which was named after Milliken in honor of his 50th year with the company.

In 1995, when a Milliken carpet plant in LaGrange, GA, burned down, Milliken directly oversaw a rebuilding operation. A new facility was completed within six months.

Education was another of Milliken’s passions. He promoted lifelong learning in various ways, ranging from his support for the Spartanburg Day School to the Institute of Textile Technology at North Carolina State University. Milliken also donated generously to Spartanburg-based Wofford and Converse colleges. In the 1980s, he established Milliken University as the educational arm of his company. Its goal was to help employees prepare for future challenges in technology and other areas of management. For these and other contributions, Milliken received 13 honorary doctorate degrees.

Milliken also was long active in politics. He helped build a robust Republican Party organization in South Carolina, and forged close ties with numerous elected officials, including Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ).

It’s said that Milliken always had a long-term vision for his country as well as his business. His interest in planting trees reflected a similar desire to enhance the natural beauty of his surroundings in ways that would endure long after his passing. To help meet this goal, Milliken established the Noble Tree Foundation to promote education and encourage the planting of trees around the Spartanburg area. He personally staked and sited every tree on the Milliken campus.

Services last week

A memorial service for Milliken was held on Jan. 3 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg. He was predeceased in 2003 by his wife of 55 years, Justine Van Rensselaer Hooper. Survivors include two daughters, Jan and Nancy; three sons: Roger Jr., David and Weston; and nine grandchildren.


Hamilton Linen & Uniform Celebrates Centennial

Hamilton Linen & Uniform, Denver, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Founded by Fredrick Hamilton Sr. in 1911 as the Hamilton Towel Supply Co., the business has grown to provide linen and uniform rental services to the healthcare and hospitality markets out of its 40,000-square-foot-facility located just north of downtown Denver.

“We are proud to have thrived and grown with Denver and the Front Range communities these past 100 years,” said John Spence, general manager of Hamilton Linen & Uniform. “Reaching our centennial year is a testament to the men and women who have worked for Hamilton Linen & Uniform through the years. It gives our customers peace of mind to know that their supplier has served this area for so long and plans to continue serving them for another hundred years.”

In its early years, Hamilton Towel provided towel and apron services to taverns, barbers, restaurants and other businesses. In the late ‘40s, Fred Hamilton Jr. got involved in the business with his father. Fred Jr. operated the business until 1973 when he sold it to the Spence family, owners of Faultless Laundry Co., Kansas City, MO.


Register Now for PMI!
Year I classes fill up quickly, so act now to reserve your space and take advantage of our early bird rate!

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TRSA’s Roger F. Cocivera Production Management Institute (PMI) is a three-year training program that has educated hundreds of textile services managers and associate members since Cocivera and other industry leaders founded PMI 22 years ago.

PMI features roughly 50 hours of classroom and hands-on training. This year’s PMI runs from April 1-7 at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. It will feature 24 subjects, including Safety, Washroom Management, Fabric Technology, Human Resources, Energy, Accounting, Plant Layout & Design, Management Skills, Communications, Ergonomics, Equipment Operation & Utilization, Merchandise Management, Production Scheduling, Presentation Skills, Customer Service and many more.

Students also will tour a laundry facility as part of the program. A key strength of PMI is that it offers ample opportunities for networking among attendees. This interaction adds significantly to the take-home value of the program by fostering working relationships and information sharing.

PMI students will arrive in Denton on Friday, April 1, and depart on Friday, April 8. Participants will stay at the Holiday Inn near campus. TWU will shuttle them between the hotel and campus. Breakfast is provided at the hotel and lunches are provided on campus. All meals are included except for dinner on four free evenings. The program will begin with check-in registration at 7 p.m., followed by orientation at 8 p.m., on April 1 at the Denton Holiday Inn. The week concludes with a graduation banquet on Thursday, April 7.

The early registration fee for a double occupancy room is $2,095 for TRSA Members and Associate Members, and $2,995 for nonmembers. Single occupancy is $2,195 for TRSA Members and Associate Members, and $3,195 for nonmembers.

This fee covers:

All course materials
Accommodations from Friday, April 1, through Friday morning, April 8
Shuttle transportation between the hotel and the TWU campus
All social functions and meals, except for dinner on four free evenings
The April 7 awards dinner

The early bird PMI registration rate ends March 1, so don’t delay, sign up today!


NLRB Proposes Posted Notice of the Right to Unionize
The New York Times (12/21/10) Greenhouse, Steven

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that it would require companies to post notices on their bulletin boards - and perhaps send out e-mail - to inform employees of their right to unionize under federal law.

The labor board said on Dec. 21, 2010, that it was beginning a 60-day comment period on the proposal to post information on employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which sets rules for unionization efforts. It was the first time since Congress passed the act in 1935 that the labor board would broadly require employers to post notices about employees’ rights under the act. Agricultural, rail and airline employers wouldn’t be covered by the new rule.

NLRB said that the purpose of its proposed rule was “to better enable the exercise of rights under the state and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions.”


Pioneering Consultant in Strategic Planning Passes On

Robert Swift, 77, who served hundreds of clients in the textile services industry during his career as a consultant, passed away on Dec. 29, 2010, following a brief illness. Swift was the founder of Robert Swift & Associates Inc., San Rafael, CA, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning.

TRSA Chair Woody Ostrow, CleanCare, Pittsburgh, remembered Swift as a pioneer of strategic planning. “I think he really opened the eyes of a lot of people in the industry,” Ostrow said, referring to TRSA seminars that Swift led, starting in the early ’70s. “He helped make a lot of people in the industry successful by teaching them how to compete more effectively.”

Born in Lordship, CT, Swift earned a master’s degree from George Washington University. He also was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include: his wife, Chalisa; daughter, Natalie Swift O’Kane, and her husband, John; a brother, Bill Swift, and his wife, Joan; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City, CA. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Swift’s memory are encouraged to consider the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/howtohelp).


Textile Services Community Loses Longtime Operator

Charles Swift, 82, of Mason City, IA, passed away on Dec. 30, 2010. A savvy operator, Swift oversaw the expansion of Marshall & Swift Inc. of Mason City after taking over as one of the partners of the company in 1950.

After the original owners/operators, Erdix Swift (Charles’s father) and Arleigh Marshall, passed away in 1950, the partners’ sons took over the business. Charles Swift teamed with Don Marshall, and they expanded the plant over the next two decades by shifting the focus from a laundry and dry-cleaning plant to a linen and uniform textile services supply company. Today, the company serves customers within 100 miles of Mason City in North-Central Iowa.

“He was really an astute businessperson,” said Swift’s daughter, Alison Konefes, in a Jan. 4 article in the Mason City Globe Gazette. “If he hadn’t expanded Marshall & Swift from dry cleaning and laundry to linen and uniform rental supply, it wouldn’t have continued to exist. The rental portion is 90% of the business. They had the foresight to see that.”

Outside of business, Swift and his wife, Joyce, who predeceased him on Nov. 16, 2010, shared an interest in birding, wildlife and conservation. With the help of friends, Konefes said her mother and father planted more than 16,000 trees.

Swift was a graduate of Drake University and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include Konefes, sons Steve Swift, and his wife, Sheila; Alan Swift, and his wife, Debbie; sisters-in-law, Janice Litteneker and Hetsy Bisbee; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Mason City. Memorials may be sent to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Des Moines, or the First Presbyterian Church of Mason City.


Wanted: Company Listing Info for 2011 TRSA Roster/Buyers’ Guide

Please be on the lookout for a TRSA Roster Update form that recently was mailed to you. We’ll use the information you provide to update your company’s listing in the 2011 TRSA Roster/Buyers’ Guide, which is distributed to more than 5,000 textile services decision-makers.

The form contains the information that’s currently in our database for your business including corporate location and representatives, executive and administrative management, locations, demographics, and Textile Rental magazine and TR Weekly subscriptions. Associate Members also will receive a form to update your Product and Service Categories for the print and online versions of the Buyers’ Guide.

Please review, update and return the form to TRSA by Friday, Jan. 21 to ensure that your information is correct in the 2011 TRSA Roster/Buyers’ Guide. The form can be scanned and sent through e-mail to roster@trsa.org or faxed to 703/519-0026.

Only current members of the association will be listed in the Roster/Buyers’ Guide. Members must renew by the deadline of Jan. 31 to be listed in the print version of the guide.

To place advertising in the Roster/Buyers’ Guide, contact your sales representative or TRSA’s Advertising Production Manager Mittie Spruill at 877/770-9274 or mspruill@trsa.org. The deadline for space and ad materials is Jan. 31.

We also encourage you to provide mailing and e-mail addresses for additional representatives from your company including sales and marketing, customer service and management to receive subscriptions to Textile Rental magazine and TR Weekly. The information also will assist TRSA in the development and launch of its upcoming interactive textile services community.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Freeman at 877/770-9274 or afreeman@trsa.org.


Coast to Coast: Seven States to Boost Minimum Wage
CNNMoney.com (12/21/10)

Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington raised minimum wages on Jan. 1, according to labor advocacy group National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The minimum wage hikes, which are automatic adjustments made each year to reflect regional and national inflation rate changes, will boost payrolls between nine and 12 cents.

Only 10 states automatically adjust their minimum wage levels each year for inflation. The remaining 40 states and DC must legislate any change in minimum wage, and none of those states have plans for increases at this time, according to the NELP, which is pushing for more states to implement the automatic adjustments.


ICE IMAGE Program Helps Ensure Legal Employees
San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner (12/21/10) Dvorak, Kimberly

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) is being used by employers around the United States to combat illegal immigration. The free IMAGE program guarantees that companies use Homeland Security's "best hiring practices" to help identify bogus documents via education and training.

"IMAGE is a win-win partnership between ICE and the business community," said Miguel Unzueta with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego. "The training and education employers enrolled in the IMAGE program receive gives them the tools they need to develop a more secure and stable workforce. And beyond that, each time a new company voluntarily signs up as an IMAGE participant, we are better able to protect lawful workers in this challenging economy."

It takes four to six weeks to complete an IMAGE certification process, in which an ICE agent visits the business several times to carry out on-site training and inspection of the I-9 hiring documents. UNICEL became the first business in Escondido, CA, to be IMAGE certified earlier this month. San Diego County currently boasts a half dozen fully IMAGE certified businesses, and ICE said several more are in the pipeline.

"IMAGE is a powerful tool for businesses who want to follow the law and hire only American and legal workers," said Jeff Schwilk, a local secure borders activist. "IMAGE certification tells the public this business has gone above and beyond in their hiring practices and can be fully trusted. It also gives them a leg up on their competition which is so important in this recession and period of high unemployment.”


Estate-Tax Uncertainty Adds Costs for Small Businesses
Wall Street Journal (12/16/10) Maltby, Emily

Small-business owners are hoping for a more permanent fix for the estate tax because, they say, any temporary measure will require them to spend more time and money to keep up with the shifting code. Each time the tax code changes, business owners must re-evaluate their succession plan and analyze their exposure to the tax, which means they must have several "what-if" scenarios at all times.

Most are able to avoid the estate tax altogether, thanks to either careful planning or relatively high exemption rates. Owners also can work around the tax by "gifting" pieces of the business to their heirs in annual, tax-free installments, or by setting aside more money for life insurance.

Still, the cost of lawyers, accountants, family business advisers and business appraisers is unavoidable, and it has increased in the past decade as the estate-tax rate has continually changed. As such, trade groups are lobbying Congress for a more permanent solution.


New Small Business Loans Approved in 'Minutes'
CNNMoney.com (12/15/10) Clifford, Catherine

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced two new lending initiatives aimed at getting relatively modest loans to small businesses quickly. Applications are only two pages long and can be approved in anywhere from "minutes" to 10 days.

More than 75% of small businesses that applied for a loan during the first half of 2010 received only "some" or "none" of the credit they desired, according to a New York Federal Reserve report released in October.

The first SBA initiative, called Small Loan Advantage, allows preferred lenders to make loans of up to $250,000, and get them approved quickly by submitting a single-page credit memo. The second initiative, Community Advantage, is a three-year pilot program that works with community lenders to reach underserved businesses, such as those in low-income areas or those owned by minorities, women and veterans.


USPS Eases Addressing Restrictions for Small Business
Direct Marketing Association (12/21/10) Washkuch, Frank

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it will ease its rules on simplified addressing to allow businesses to use the format for city delivery routes. The decision will lower costs for businesses by reducing mail preparation time and eliminating the need to purchase address lists and on-press printing, said USPS.

Businesses will be able to address mail to “postal customer” for complete coverage of postal routes. The simplified addressing will enable businesses to use mail delivery route information, instead of exact names and addresses, to reach target customer groups in specific areas. Businesses will be able to use the format for saturation flat-size mail pieces and irregular parcels.


New Tax Law Packed with Obscure Business Tax Cuts
Associated Press (12/25/10) Ohlemacher, Steve

Businesses are reaping the rewards of the new tax law through various tax incentives, subsidies and grants.

Most of the business tax incentives - about 50 in all - are part of a package that expires each year, and many of them have been around for years but fell dormant at the end of 2009. Many of the incentives are designed to generate economic activity, and the new law extends most through 2011 and some through 2012.

Among the provisions of the new law is a tax break that allows profitable companies to write off large capital expenditures immediately - rather than over time - giving some companies huge tax shelters.

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