Aug. 1 2007
In 1940, two siblings opened a restaurant in San Bernardino, California. It was based on two factors: good food and speedy service. The people liked it and the trend caught on...
June 1 2007
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about...
June 1 2007
IF YOU'RE FRUSTRATED IN YOUR efforts to elicit the best from each of your subordinates, chances are it's not that they can't be motivated, but that the wrong methods are being used to motivate them...
April 1 2007
Unfortunately, the majority of family-owned businesses don't survive past the second generation. While succeeding generations have every intention of keeping the business going, factors ranging from a...
March 1 2007
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape...
Feb. 1 2007
In recent politics, one of the issues that's received the most widespread media attention is immigration. It's been splashed across newspaper headlines and television news programs for months, particularly...
Feb. 1 2007
PAYROLL. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S your single biggest expense. More than gas, more than materials, more even than equipment, your heftiest expenditure is labor. Beyond that, it also eats up a great deal...
Dec. 1 2006
Its just about that time of year that gives the colors red and black a whole new meaning. Most businessmen open up their ledgers and start scratching their heads, trying to figure out which color applies...
Dec. 1 2006
With most green industry businesses, seasonal ebbs and flows are the norm. Even in warm climates, customer demand typically cycles through predictable peaks and valleys. BY ELIZABETH LEXAU 12/06 With...
Oct. 1 2006
If you look up “landscaping” in the Yellow Pages of most big cities, chances are that you’ll find literally hundreds of listings. Most probably include only the...
Oct. 1 2006
If youve noticed that you seem to need to hire more workers lately, youre not alone. Our economy is expanding, which means that more people have more money to spend on things like revamping their backyards...
Sept. 1 2006
If you want to win profitable projects, you need to learn how to separate your business from the thousands of “me-too” green companies out there. Irrigation & Gre...
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...

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