Aug. 15 2016
You’ll get a chance to do just that when the seasons turn and winter’s chill forces green grass into dormancy. In fact, if you play your cards right, you can earn a steady income working through ...
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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. ...
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Nov. 16 2015
The joke’s funny because you can’t picture the Stones’ lead guitarist doing anything more to prepare for winter than maybe, adding more scarves. Non-rock stars, however, who live where ...
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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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Aug. 17 2015
You roll out of bed while it’s still dark, bolt down some coffee, then bundle up in hat, gloves, boots, pants and parka. You head out into the cold, dark streets to push, shovel and melt ice and ...
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Aug. 17 2015
Salt, a.k.a. NaCl, sodium chloride, is so common a compound that it’s hard to imagine running out of it. After all, sodium—atomic number 11 on the periodic table—is the sixth-most abundant ...
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Aug. 17 2015
You roll out of bed while it’s still dark, bolt down some coffee, then bundle up in hat, gloves, boots, pants and parka. You head out into the cold, dark streets to push, shovel and melt ice and ...
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Feb. 19 2015
Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo ...
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Dec. 15 2014
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. ...
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Sept. 15 2014
In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution ...
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Aug. 15 2014
Come winter, Sammy Cahn’s classic, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” will play on every radio from coast to coast. If you’re in the snow removal business, you might well ...
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June 16 2014
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Smith was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for a local building contractor. When his dad was 28, with a wife and five children, he found out that he had a tumor on his ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Many young people graduating from high school don't have a clue as to what to be when they 'grow up'. David Katz, founder and president of Elite Landscaping in Poughkeepsie, New York, was not one of them. ...
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Aug. 14 2013
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage ...
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Aug. 14 2013
These contracts state everything you need to know about your task as a contractor, and what areas you must be fully responsible for. If the contract states that you are responsible for all liability claims, ...
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Feb. 15 2013
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things ...
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Nov. 30 1999
There’s a stump removal contractor in Georgia who says he tries to run his business like a Fortune 500 company. He prides himself on being polite, professional, and punctual ...
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