Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape
contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred
days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights along rooflines
It’s hard to believe that the first Groupon deal-of-the-day offers arrived in your email inbox less than four years ago. although there were modestly successful predecessors, Groupon (and its competitive cousins Living social, dealster, BuyWithme), has become a consumer mainstay.
It's all about people
Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a
great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough
about our people," says Mark Borst,
owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees
are definitely the backbone of our business."
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.
Chic Kelty will be the first to admit that if he had the chance to do it over again, he would do some things differently. On the other hand, maybe it was because of these life experiences that Kelty is where he is today.
You`re cruising down the
highway, and you notice that
the needle on your fuel gauge
leans toward the empty mark. You
pull into the nearest gas station
and hop out of your truck. Shielding
your eyes from the sun, you
scan the large sign that broadcasts
the prices for regular, plus, premium
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
It was January of 1988 and
John DeCell was out of a job.
He’d worked as a loan officer for
the First American Bank in his
hometown of Baytown, Texas for
five-and-a-half years, but the
banking industry had fallen
under hard times and DeCell suddenly
found himself without a
job. Factor into this the added
pressure of knowing your first
son is only months away from
being born, and you’ve an idea
of the headspace DeCell was in
on this particularly tumultuous
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
During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves at his dad’s company warehouse.