March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Backflow comes in one of two forms: backsiphonage or backpressure. In backsiphonage, water is pulled from a system’s pipes by suction from the public lines. In backpressure, water is pushed out of ...
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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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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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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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Dec. 15 2014
First, in order for any small business owner to be successful, it takes a lot of hard work. Realizing that they can always count on themselves to do it the “right way,” it quickly becomes a ...
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July 15 2014
One of the many decisions a business owner has to make is when and if to purchase new equipment. You ask yourself, “Will this tool help me expand? Cut costs? Streamline the work flow? Will I get ...
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Jan. 15 2014
WHEN WARREN THOMA WAS discharged from the Army in 1976, he was 24 years old. Married and the father of a twomonth old baby, he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. ...
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Jan. 15 2014
My partner Chip and I had just landed a large installation project for a new restaurant chain that was building several locations throughout our city, Nashville, Tennessee. However, at that time, our company ...
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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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Oct. 14 2013
I had to make a change in myself and in the organization. I began to focus on our company and why we do what we do. Was it for money? Was it just for the paycheck? Perhaps yes, but there had to be more ...
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Oct. 14 2013
Talk about a woman in a man’s world, Judy Altmaier is the epitome of that. It’s one thing for women to hold executive positions, and more are reaching the top rung, but you won’t find ...
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July 16 2013
Stan Hoglund knew he was never going to be a scholar. “My first day of school was my last,” he said, at least in terms of his interest. He remembers the teacher dragging him by the ear across ...
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April 16 2013
When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis. “As ...
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April 21 2008
Within five years, David Werning had his passport stamped at least fifty times in Japan, twenty-five times throughout Europe, and twenty times in Latin America, traveling as director of International Operations ...
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Aug. 17 2012
For Peter Lord, and his software company Drafix, in Kansas City, Missouri, that “one thing” is the integrated CAD design/ photo-imaging/proposal software program “PRO Landscape.” ...
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Nov. 23 2010
What makes Manny run? Is it a need to succeed or is it in his DNA? Or just maybe he is one of those people who loves what he's doing and doesn't consider it work ...
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Oct. 20 2009
With winter on its way and its inherent bone-chilling temperatures and falling snow in many parts of the country, many landscape contractors have chosen to add snow removal services as a way to supplement ...
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Aug. 17 2012
When the chilly month of October rolls around, landscape businesses in the colder climates of the country often close their doors for the winter. When the grass goes dormant, that’s the end of ...
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Aug. 18 2011
REMEMBER WHEN YOU STARTED your business? You were embarking on what you hoped would be a lifelong career path. As a landscape contractor, you wore many different hats. On any given day, you’re mowing ...
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