Aug. 15 2017
In the early 1900s, when Constance Manthei decided to go into business, she probably didn't think her family-owned company would weather its fourth generation and still be growing ...
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Aug. 15 2017
Much of the latest discussion of eco-green services in our industry has focused around battery-powered equipment, native plantings and ecologically-friendly maintenance techniques. While these are important ...
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Aug. 15 2017
IT WAS THE AMERICAN BUSINESS magnate Harry Selfridge who coined the phrase, “The customer is always right.” He used it prominently in his advertising, and emphasized a customer-service approach ...
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May 15 2017
What makes Samuel Thayer unique is that he is a free spirit and an independent thinker. From the age of two, Susan Thayer knew she was born in the wrong body; that she was, in fact, male. So in 2011, ...
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April 15 2017
His sentiment is one that many senior company owners in the green industry can identify with. Being a small business owner is as close as any of us are likely to get to being a king—after all, we ...
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April 15 2017
Ever since he was a young teenager, Ross Lazarov knew he wanted to be his own boss. Although he started college, he didn’t feel it would be fast enough or worth it with his level of ambition; he ...
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March 15 2017
Kelly Rozansky, 49, and Ken Shadek, 48, first met on a camping trip about 30 years ago, and they’ve been friends ever since. Little did they realize back then that they would later become business ...
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Feb. 15 2017
Some months ago, our family had three major home improvements that needed to be completed. Discussed in this article is what each company we called did that increased their perceived value to us as they ...
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Feb. 15 2017
When Greg Hunter graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined the family business. However, it’s the dash between the year that he joined ...
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Feb. 15 2017
I started in this industry, I was a 25-year old business owner with almost no money. I was seated in my ridiculously small office, a 10-foot by 12-foot portable building, located in Dad’s backyard. ...
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Jan. 16 2017
He then sold the supermarket and, in 1984, started WAC Lighting in Forest Hills, New York. In the beginning, he was importing lamps from Taiwan. Slowly but surely, they began to introduce track fixtures ...
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Nov. 18 2016
That is below the national average of 5%. That means that it is more difficult for business owners in this state to find top-quality employees. Whether or not the state you are in is above or below the ...
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Nov. 18 2016
this moment, the office at Anewalt’s Landscape and Contracting is in turmoil. Not because anything is wrong, mind you; the company is simply transitioning to a much bigger space on its complex in ...
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Sept. 15 2016
When you ask a green industry business owner the question, “Why are you in business?”, the answer you will usually get is, “To make money.” However, when you take a closer look ...
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Sept. 15 2016
It’s been a year since we last talked with many contractors across the country about how droughts are affecting their business. We’re all a year older, hopefully a year wiser, and while some ...
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Aug. 15 2016
A typical business owner hears from only 4 percent of its dissatisfied clients. That means the other 96 percent are not going to say anything. They will just speak with their feet and go to a competitor. ...
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July 15 2016
His father Tony, now 72, founded De- Santis Landscape, Inc., of Salem, Oregon, a full-service commercial and residential landscape company, back in 1974. Dean worked in the company while growing up, and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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