Are Your First Impressions First-Rate?


Business Articles
Let’s talk about your green industry company’s first impressions… Even if you think your company does a pretty good job managing this all-important step, you’ve probably not given it all the attention it deserves. In this article, let’s look at just one aspect of this process: the way your telephone is answered. Experts agree that how your telephone is answered at your small business can increase or decrease the possibility of gaining new customers.   More
 
Monday, June 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 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

Why Small Business Owners in the Green Industry Have a Hard Time Delegating and What They Can Do About It


Business Articles
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 habit to do any present task at hand themselves. Habits are funny things.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

Winterizing Your Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is covered or put away.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

TORO Celebrates Its Centennial


Landscape
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of 100 years should be called a "survivor". Today, The Toro Company is much more than just a survivor; it is a thriving $2 billion a year, worldwide business.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MOWER MAINTENANCE


Landscape Maintenance
There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial zero-turn mowers; after all, they’re hardly “little things,” either in size or in cost.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Managing Your Mowing


Landscape Maintenance
The modern commercial mower is an awesome beast. The things it can do, the power it has, the technology that goes into it are truly remarkable. You probably own several of them. As you know, this much mowing “firepower” doesn’t come cheap.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Rorie Family


Close-Up Profiles
Having your family in your business has some drawbacks, but it can also have a great many benefits. “I love it,” said Alle Rorie. “The relationship between my father and my sister has grown stronger and we’ve grown closer.” Sister Rachel agrees, “We’ve become a closer knit team because of our relationship.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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