WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

When Your Family's the Boss


Business Articles
Unfortunately, the majority of family-owned businesses don't survive past the second generation. While succeeding generations have every intention of keeping the business going, factors ranging from a lack of estate planning to dissension among family members cause the business to close its doors.    More
 
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ten Ways To Ruin Your Business


Business Articles
Businessmen fail even in days of prosperity, turning otherwise profitable enterprises into dismal failures, often in surprisingly short time. Red ink is an indication, not a cause, for a breakdown in a company's health. Being guilty of one failing, or a combination of several, can sink any profitable business into oblivion.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Capital...

Financial options for Growing Your Business


Business Articles
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

The Business End of Business


Business Articles
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

JOHN BENTLEY


Close-Up Profiles
Born into a family of farm equipment people, it seemed inevitable that John Bentley would follow in their footsteps. However, I don’t think he realized that one day he would be the owner of a manufacturing company as well as a company representing makers of farm-type and construction equipment.    More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

John Jenkins - John Deere & Co.


Close-Up Profiles
When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.    More
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

’Twas Two Months Before the Holidays


Landscape
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 and trees.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Benefits and Pitfalls of Groupon-Type Marketing


Business Articles
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.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


Business Articles
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."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


Business Articles
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.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

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