May 16 2016
A few years back, I attended a Detroit Tigers Baseball Fantasy Camp in Lakeland, Florida. For those of you who don’t know, this type of fantasy camp is where you actually get a chance to play live...
May 16 2016
Drugs are everywhere, it seems—from the legally prescribed ones, such as opiate painkillers, to the illegal ones such as crack, heroin and methamphetamine. And then there’s marijuana, legal...
April 29 2016
I get so disturbed when some people find out I’m in the landscape business and they begin to tell me of their problems with landscape contractors. The first thing they tell me is, “Do you...
April 15 2016
The other day, I was having a conversation with George and Mike LaForest, the principals of Apartment Services Company, Inc., a landscape maintenance and snow removal company located in Livonia, Michigan....
March 16 2016
Now that you’re an adult, and the owner of a grown-up landscape contracting business, you might long for those Norman Rockwell-esque days. There are so many more expenses that go into serving your...
March 16 2016
For an example, let’s look to another industry. Back in September, we had our local heating and cooling company come out to do its annual furnace tune-up. As usual, living in Michigan, we wanted...
March 16 2016
With more and more states adopting medical marijuana laws, new questions are arising for employers regarding their requirements for compliance with the new laws...
Feb. 16 2016
Let’s look at the psychology of that statement. If your team is so busy that it doesn’t have time to improve the way it’s doing things, it could be stealing literally thousands of dollars...
Feb. 16 2016
It’s that dreaded time of year again, when the tax monster starts rearing its ugly head. We can’t wriggle away entirely from this demon, but there might be a few ways to make its bite less...
Jan. 15 2016
Anyone who owns and runs a small green industry business knows that one thing never in short supply is a steady stream of problems. Some problems are easy to solve; others are not. What’s a proprietor...
Dec. 15 2015
What is so dangerous about poor communication is that it costs your company an exorbitant amount of money. It is like a thief going into your bank account and stealing funds. This crime of poor communication...
Nov. 16 2015
As a business owner, your days consist of one decision after another. Some are no-brainers: “Should I update my website?” Of course! “Should I check this prospective employee’s...
Nov. 16 2015
By taking a strategic approach to dealing with the challenges that winter brings, you can put your company in an advantageous position. If you can do this, you won’t be caught in a bind when Mother...
Oct. 15 2015
I remember a number of years ago, I met with an individual who worked at a large company, who had enrolled in a stress management class that I would be teaching. As a part of my pre-class interview, I...
Sept. 16 2015
Charlie Hall reported recently in Greenhouse Grower magazine two of the changes forecast for the green industry...
Aug. 17 2015
The late and feisty Sam Goldwyn, the American film producer at MGM, was beside himself. After six straight box office flops, he brought together his staff and said, “I want you to tell me exactly...
July 15 2015
By now the whole world has heard that California’s Governor Jerry Brown has issued an Executive Order which imposes mandatory restrictions, for the first time ever, on California residents, businesses...
June 15 2015
If you’ve decided that it’s time for your kids to take over the family business, there’s more to it than simply handing them the keys. You need to have a succession plan. We can’t...
June 15 2015
Let’s talk about your green industry company’s first impressions… Even if you think your company does a pretty good job managing this all-important step, you’ve probably not...
May 20 2015
Drought Is A National Problem...

2015 STATUS REPORT

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