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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

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