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June 1 2006
It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning in Oakland, California....
June 1 2006
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their...
May 1 2006
It's all about people Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark...
April 1 2006
If you, as an owner or manager, are considering expanding the list of services you offer to your clients, you must make absolutely sure that you have the knowledge, expertise and...
March 1 2006
Wisconsin has so many business taxes from sales taxes to county taxes to the use tax that its understandable how a business can make an honest mistake when it comes to reporting taxes...
Dec. 2 2005
From skid-steers to hand-rakes, equipment is the heart of the contractor’s business. Buying it is an investment that brings pride of ownership and tangible assets, a...
Nov. 1 2005
Rich Angelo, president and operations manager for Stay Green, Inc. in Valencia, California, has lived through several earthquakes, including the big one in 1994 that destro...
Oct. 1 2005
Your company has come to a crossroad. You have been able to maintain the customers you regularly service, but sales have been flat. You would like to increase your cust...
Oct. 1 2005
If you’ve been involved in management in the green industry for any length of time, then you’ve been exposed to employee theft. You may not even be aware of...
Sept. 1 2005
BY RON CHEPESIUK 09/05 Today, Jernigan owns two U.S. Lawns franchises: U.S. Lawns of Northwest Mississippi and U.S. Lawns of East Memphis. He has thirteen employees and expects...
Aug. 1 2005
BY THOMAS G. DOLAN. When it comes to workers compensation insurance, youre often caught between a rock and a hard place. Its one of your biggest costs as a businessman and one that always seems to be on...
July 1 2005
07/05 The Department of Homeland Security has released its guidelines on how to file petitions for H-2B workers. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now a...
July 1 2005
Youve got a big job, and your general contractor gives you a contract to sign. However, you dont understand some of the small print terms, such as additional insured, waver of subrogation, completed operation...
June 1 2005
Las Vegas has a reputation for glitz and glamour and the latest addition, the Wynn Las Vegas, does not disappoint. The project was conceived by SteveWynn, famous for creating other Las Vegas landmarks,...
May 1 2005
The design is set. After several drawings, discussions, and re-dos, the client is happy with the plan…and the budget. The design is set. After several drawings, discussions, and re-dos,...
Oct. 1 2004
When it comes to bidding jobs the most crucial part is bidding labor. It is also the most inaccurate part of a bid for most contractors...
Aug. 1 2004
A HOME OFFICE TAX DEDUCTION. A tax deduction for the expenses of operating a home office or studio have provided a tremendous incentive...
Aug. 1 2004
In the fall of 2003, David Pursell, owner of the Ridgeland, Mississippi-based U.S. Lawns of Jackson...
July 2 2004
Starting a business out of the trunk of a car is not unusual for a landscape contracting company. In the 1980’s, that is exactly how Moon Brothers Landscaping in Lewistown...
July 1 2004
General liability insurance rates in our business rocketed over the last few years. Existing carriers are not renewing many contractors, or if they do, the premiums go through the roof. Trying to...