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Five to Help You Thrive


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You’ve probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are “married to their work.” It’s true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion. But there is one big difference: while matrimony is all about maintaining a healthy relationship with another person, being married to a business is all about maintaining healthy (and profitable!) relationships with several groups of people.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 TY FREYVOGEL

Back to School


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Back in the day, going to school meant walking, and in my case it was uphill both ways. Well, maybe not both ways . . . my point is that going to school may be tough, but the alternative is tougher, for sure. The same logic goes for continuing education in the workplace.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 RICK CUDDIHE

Staying Strong in a Weak Economy


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THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING. Some companies feel it; some don’t. But whether or not they’re feeling the pinch, there are strategies that can help companies buffer themselves from the economic turmoil around them.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

New Faces from New Places


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While it seems unlikely that Congress will rectify the situation in one fell swoop anytime soon, there are a number of employers who are taking proactive steps to serve their clients. AAA Landscape, a multimillion dollar company with locations in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, is one of them.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Software to Make Your Company Smarter


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AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,” recalls John Gibson, director of operations.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

To Buy or Not To Buy...That is the Question


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Hey, Joe, it’s me again. Can you hold that skid loader for me tomorrow, with the pallet attachment?    More
 
Monday, April 28, 2008

Advertising: Another David & Goliath


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In some respects, advertising is one way large companies stay ahead of their smaller competitors. It takes serious resources to build an effective advertising campaign. That scares a lot of small companies away. But, serious doesn't necessarily mean expensive. It can also mean smart, creative, responsive, and caring. Call it a replay of David and Goliath.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Coming Up Short: The Search for Labor


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Seems like we're short on just about everything these days: time, money, water and especially labor. Advances in green industry technology... have made it possible to work more efficiently, but we still need workers.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

The Business End of Business


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Operating a successful business in this day and age is a major task. Running a landscape contracting business and making a profit is even more difficult.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Capital...

Financial options for Growing Your Business


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Capital - Financial Option for Growing Your Business, Most landscaping businesses today are experiencing rapid growth. This proves that you're marketing effectively against formidable competition and servicing present accounts in such a manner to retain their loyalty. But growth has its problems. The faster and bigger you grow, the more likely it is that you may run out of capital before you run out of marketing steam.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008