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

CHIC KELTY


Close-Up Profiles
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.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Gas for Grass: Does There Have to be a Tradeoff?


Landscape Maintenance
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 and diesel.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Staying Strong in a Weak Economy


Business Articles
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

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