Brian Melka


Close-Up Profiles
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 assistant. It was probably a good thing for him that the kids were no longer in high school by the time Mom got there.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Grow Your Business by Having a Strong Guarantee


Business Articles
One of the main keys in winning initial and return business from your prospective clients is a solid guarantee. Simply stated, your clients want to have the assurance that the services or products they purchase from your company are going to provide them with what they want and need.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Sell Your Business


Business Articles
Having an exit strategy two to three years ahead of time allows you to maximize your company’s value. This article addresses common misconceptions and mistakes that we have found business owners make when selling a company without an exit strategy in place. Freeman’s expertise in recognizing these misconceptions and mistakes, and how you can avoid them, comes from three decades of selling privately-held companies. If you are looking at retiring and/or selling your company in the next three years, this is a must-read.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Hire an Invisible Sales Person Who Can Close More Business for Your Green Company


Business Articles
Imagine that you had the services of a magnificent sales person to whom you paid a paltry amount of money, yet he or she would work for you 24/7/365 and you would never hear a complaint or a demand for a higher commission....   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mowing is a Large Part of Landscape Maintenance


Landscape Maintenance
Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial institutions. Private equity firms seem to be snatching up landscape companies, and at good multiples. But they aren’t the only ones who are sitting up and paying attention; so are landscape contractors themselves. There seems to have been more activity in the last six months than in the two years prior combined.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Find Short-Term Employees for Your Green Company


Business Articles
In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks. Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy in the first three months of the season, then begins to decline.   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Communicate with Your Boomer Customers


Business Articles
One of my green industry clients recently made the move to invoicing their customers electronically. One thing he and his staff learned immediately was that some of their Baby Boomer customers did not want to receive their invoices via email. They wanted to receive them in hard copy form through the United States Post Office mail.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

LOWELL KAUFHOLD


Close-Up Profiles
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his entire career—in the landscape industry. Kaufhold, now 57, says, “It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

DAVE WESOLOWSKI


Close-Up Profiles
Dave Wesolowski grew up in Southern California, where his father was a landscape contractor; he installed irrigation systems and did tree work. "Before I started high school, I was cleaning trenches and setting heads. I was always mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to build irrigation systems. But it wasn't anything I wanted to do for for the rest of my life. I really didn't want to go into the family business."   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Vista Professional Lighting Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Landscape Lighting
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary, but the path to the company’s beginnings came about when owner and founder Dan Cunado and his parents were granted asylum from Cuba. They landed in New York and made their way to California.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Adam Whelan

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