March 15 2017
A few months back, I woke up one morning with a tightness in my chest. I thought it was some kind of a chest cold. The next day, I started experiencing flu-like symptoms. A few days later, I was feeling ...
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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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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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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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Nov. 23 2015
The City of Santa Monica, California, is banning the use of nearly all new irrigation sprinklers for landscaping, deeming it a water waster. They’ve issued a ban on sprinkler-based irrigation system
Nov. 16 2015
When Deborah Hamlin accepted the position of executive director of the Irrigation Association (IA) in 2006, little did she realize the challenges that lay ahead. But the association soon found out that ...
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Aug. 17 2015
In the very early ’80s, Gail Porter and her family manufactured and sold large satellite TV systems. They installed big dish antennae systems in the southeastern part of South Carolina, near where ...
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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 ...
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June 15 2015
A born entrepreneur, Joe Conrad hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father was an electrical engineer by profession, but also an entrepreneur who has owned a number of businesses ...
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May 15 2015
His father worked for the railroad for his entire career of 30 years. His mother had a number of positions while the kids were growing up, but she ultimately retired as a high school principal’s ...
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May 15 2015
Having an exit strategy two to three years ahead of time allows you to maximize your company’s value. This article addresses common misconceptions and mistakes that we have found business owners ...
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March 16 2015
There are a good number of second-generation companies in our business, and quite a few even third-generation, but how about five generations? Meet the Reinders family and Reinders, Inc., their family-owned, ...
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Feb. 19 2015
With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. ...
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Jan. 15 2015
Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association ...
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Aug. 15 2014
It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. ...
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May 16 2014
John Buchek’s grandfather was also named John. He grew up, married, and was raising a family in Moulton, a small Texas town somewhere between San Antonio and Houston. But when their son, Harvey, ...
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April 15 2014
“A ll I ever wanted to do was manufacture something that I could sell, and to see it say, ‘Made in U.S.A.,’” said Dan Cunado, president of Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting. ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Some business owners are looking to hand down their business to a family member; others may be looking at the option of selling to a hard-working employee. still others may be looking to sell their business ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered ...
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