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The end of June reminds us that another quarter is closing out. Half of the year is complete. It is important to take time to review sales and costs in comparison to last year’s numbers and in relation to 2013 goals. Whether operating in a fiscal or calendar manner, always measure performance. Ahead or behind, avoid getting too busy “in” the business to work on the business (as Michael Gerber advises). It may be appropriate to readjust goals or charge full steam forward. There may be detours along the road, but use a reasonable and flexible plan to get to the destination you want. Following clear directions keeps us driving on the right road.

Sometimes along the freeway, we observe an accident and the curiosity factor causes more traffic than the crash. Well, it seems that government entities may operate in a constant state of unneeded slowing down, inefficiency is the norm or maybe it is like driving while distracted, not a productive way to move forward. At the federal level, it seems that there is a need for lots of tow trucks to clear the way, jamming business and not making the road any easier to travel. Read Two EPA Scandals to learn about some incidents that may warrant investigation and most likely a pair of tickets.

Perhaps, as more people take to the road, it is best to leave earlier in the morning to avoid traffic. Often summer is a busy driving season as many take time to enjoy a little free wheeling. For fun, load everyone in the car where day or weekend trips become a mixture of nerve testing and filling the family memory pond. There may be a similar, more frequent activity that brings like reactions without seatbelts. Check out Family Company and see if you agree that we may have a couple of families.

In the news, PPG introduces ULTRAPAX packaged coatings system for metal substrates. It is a packaged system of pretreatment products and powder coatings engineered together to meet stringent standards for the protection of metal substrates. Valspar expands in the European market with the purchase of the industrial coatings company; Inver Group. There is more smart coatings progress with New Energy Technologies development of Polymers for Electricity-generating Coatings on Glass. Behr has introduced an innovative makeover solution for old, weathered wood or concrete. New BEHR DECKOVER® Solid Color Coating has an advanced formula that creates a durable smooth coating to revitalize tired decks, patios, porches and even pool decks.

Benjamin Moore announced its biggest initiative ever to revitalize communities across North America through the launch of “Main Street Matters.” The campaign asks consumers around the country to cast their vote online for which 20 Main Streets should be revitalized of the more than 100 North American cities nominated at The effort will be undertaken with the help of multiple partner organizations around the country, including Make It Right, a long-time partner of Benjamin Moore that was founded by actor-philanthropist Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt will be lending his voice in support of the effort.

Be safe; keep two hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

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Mark Casale, Editor

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