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Business Planner 2011

Sharpening the saw

October 1, 2010By

Scott Frith, vice president — marketing and franchise development for Lawn Doctor, headquartered in Holmdel, NJ, believes the economic situation actually strengthened the company. “It caused us to take a really close look at our business, our team and our processes to look at what opportunities are out there,” he says. “Stephen Covey calls it ‘sharpening the saw,’ so you... read more

Whiplash recovery

October 1, 2010By

Grant & Power Landscaping has been through some major whiplash, but has come out better on the other side of things. In 2008, the company had its best year by far. In 2009, it had its worst. “That catches you off guard,” says Jan-Gerrit Bouwman, RLA, MLA, ASLA, senior landscape architect and partner of the West Chicago, IL-based company. Now,... read more

Maintenance is where it’s at

October 1, 2010By

When things started going downhill with the economy, Earthworks, a Lillian, TX-based company, decided to be proactive. “You can’t fight the environment,” says Chris Lee, president. “You have to look at how you can turn what most people see as a negative into something positive.” Lee says the more he looked at the situation his company was in, the more... read more

Master planners

October 1, 2010By

DLC Resources is spreading its wings like an eagle soaring over deserts in the Southwest as it continues to grow. Jumping from $16.86 million in annual revenue in 2007 to $21.98 million in 2008 and $22 million in 2009, the company recently expanded out of its headquarters into Tucson and Las Vegas. With a niche of managing large master-planned communities,... read more

Wisdom from water

October 1, 2010By

This year Cutting Edge Lawn Care based in Austin, TX is on track for 10% growth in revenue. In fact, over the last three years they’ve managed to increase by 10% each year, despite the weak economy. Jerry Tindel, business manager, says the fact that Austin did not experience as difficult economic problems as other U.S. cities is certainly one... read more

Competitive pricing

October 1, 2010By

In 2009, Novato, Calif.-based Cagwin & Dorward was down around 14% in lost revenue. Like so many other companies, they were hit hard by the economy, and experienced lost accounts and lots of scaling back. Since then, the company has rebounded greatly and is currently looking at a little more than 4% growth for 2010. What that difficult year has... read more