Idaho Business Fueled by the Sun

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Good Better Business Bureau article about Solar Thermal and our Radio Show sponsor Renewable Energy NW, LLC. Idaho Business Fueled by the Sun

Tracing the Chemistry of Household Dust

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This was passed on to me by Stanley Johnson from Heating Equipment Company. 459-2212.  Interesting info regarding dust!  Who would have thought!   Tracing the Chemistry of Household Dust

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Be it at our favorite restaurant, the grocery or hardware store, the gas station, or the mall, when we spend a dollar we are casting our vote. When we spend, or consume if you will, we are supporting a large string of companies and people. For example, you go buy a block of Sharp Cheddar Cheese. In this one transaction, you told the retailer, the store employees, the wholesaler and its employees, the trucking company, the dairy warehouse, the manufacturing plant, the packaging companies and all the way to the cows and people that milk them that you like what they are doing. You support the choices that they make. That you like the way they interact with the community around them and you like their stance on the issues of the day THIS IS CRAZY! All I wanted has some cheese! Yet this is exactly what happens in the economy we live and participate in. There is no way to know if you are...

Who is Your Customer

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The Valley Times Column – NOV 2016 Do you know who your customer is? I found myself in a conversation with a person who just completed her first year of self employed business. I asked her how it was going and if she had a good year. “It was a great year! We were busy almost every day and we took care of a lot of people. Yes, it was a good year.” So I asked her, “Who is your customer?” I received a somewhat confused look as she thought it was a set up question… which it was. From my years in Radio, Retail, advertising and marketing work, and as a Contractor, I have learned something. Know your customer! Knowing your customer is not just having their name, address, phone and email. It is developing a demographic profile of everyone you do business with. The amount of information can be taken to the extreme, but for the window washing business of the woman I was talking to I...

I Built a Fence

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The Valley Times Column  – SEP 2016 It is hard to get to know your neighbors through a fence. That being said, I just built a fence. I must be a bad person because in Church, I listen to sermons that say to “Love thy neighbor”. For me, I realize there is some significant room for me to improve here. “Good fences make good neighbors”. This quote has been attributed to many people in different countries for centuries. Recently we say Robert Frost popularized it. So I built a really good fence, does that make me a really good neighbor? I am understandably confused. On a blog post a person commented on this topic quite well. They said “…When boundaries are clear, relationships can better prosper. If you know where you stand, where your property begins and ends, and are free to do on your side as your neighbor is on his or hers, it makes for better relationships between people”....


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The Independent News Column – JUL 2016 There was this guy when I was growing up in Michigan. I was about 8 years old and he was a Legend. His name was Popo Bobknock. I have no idea how to spell it but that’s what it sounded like. Popo drove a beat-to-death old rusted pickup truck that always had something in the back. He always needed a shave, his hands and face was dirty. He didn’t talk much, but he could do anything. He was the go-to guy for the community that lived on and around Route 2. If you had a tree stump to get out, Popo would do it. You wanted a new roof, call Popo. Cleaned out the garage and had a bunch of junk? Popo would take it off your hands. We did not have a trash service where we lived, nobody did. You hauled your own to the dump. Popo went into business hauling trash which was well salvaged by the time the dump received it. Not much went to waste in Popo’s...