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Is Your Office Running Efficiently?


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A well-run office keeps customers happy and informed. It facilitates smooth scheduling and helps ensure you’re getting paid for all the work you do. Better yet, it can make it easier for you to do every job more profitably.    More
 
Monday, November 16, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

The History of ValleyCrest


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You may be questioning whether the American Dream, and the infinite promise it holds, is still a reality. In today’s day and age, with the economic crisis looming, doubts like this are not uncommon. But there is good news: the American Dream is alive and well.   More
 
Friday, August 14, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Staying in the Black


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In the face of economic stress, people react in different ways. Some hunker down, count their dollars, and do everything they can to hold onto what they have. Others do more; they look for opportunities.    More
 
Saturday, July 18, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

H-2B...Get the Facts


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The H-2B program was designed to legally and temporarily supply immigrant workers to American industries that struggle with labor shortages, especially those in the service areas (hotels, restaurants) as well as seasonal businesses. So now, with a lagging economy and unemployment rates reaching record highs, the need for the program no longer exists, right? Wrong.    More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Business Management Software: Get with the Program


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Many busy entrepreneurs get so caught up in day-to-day operations that they sometimes overlook tools that could make running their business a lot easier. Integrated business management software is one of these tools.    More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Getting an Edge in Tough Times


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Having been involved in the green industry for more than 30 years, I am hard pressed to remember a time so difficult for our industry. In particular, we are facing a very challenging economy.    More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 JON EWING

Put Time on Your Side

With better time management


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You know the type. Maybe you are one. The manager who arrives in the morning before sunrise, who works through lunch and stays until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., or longer. As a society, we often marvel at this commitment: “He’s such a hard worker,” or “She’s so dedicated.”    More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

The Importance of SOPs


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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) are the lifeblood of any successful company and should be developed for every process in your business. You should have procedures for everything from hiring new employees to equipment maintenance, to how to properly install pavers.    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 JODY SHILAN

The ABCs of the Business Plan


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ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided to change his focus.    More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 RON CHEPESIUK

Seven Public Relations Secrets that Get Your Business Noticed


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Publicity can come from anywhere and in many different forms. It can be as simple as having a letter published in the editorial column of your local paper, or as dynamic as having a front-page article with your name and picture splashed across the headlines. But a successful publicity campaign is harder than you may think. It takes huge effort on your part to get your business noticed by the media.    More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 PAM LONTOS