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Own up to your personal financial planning

February 22, 2013By

Six key focus areas for Green Industry business owners. Simply hoping that a potential sale of your Green Industry business will provide for your retirement needs is not an option. It’s crucial for small business owners to spend time focusing on their long-term personal financial planning to ensure they have the leverage, flexibility and control to achieve financial independence. We’re... read more

Project Portfolio: Mediterranean Dining

February 22, 2013By

A garden and outdoor dining spot evoke Old World design and contemporary flair for this Virginia home. Olney, Md.-based Botanical Decorators was faced with quite a “must-have” list from its client—including an upper-level terrace, a covered patio space, a grilling station, a fireplace, a level lawn area, a driveway to the garage with parking for two cars, a pool and... read more

Stormwater woes

February 22, 2013By

Twin Oaks Landscape differentiates itself by fixing clients’ stormwater problems. Chris Speen, general manager of Twin Oaks Landscape, in Ann Arbor, Mich., was looking for a differentiator. There were a lot of landscape businesses in his area and they all offered the same services. He wanted to not only stand out from the crowd but offer a unique service that... read more

1-Minute Mentor: Maurice Dowell

February 22, 2013By

Meet Maurice Dowell, President of Dowco Enterprises Inc., St. Louis. Who’s your mentor? I have an informal mentor, Bob Coulter. Through his services, he has earned my respect. Bob is a shining example of an individual who can hold up the mirror of what a coach looks like. He’s a friend, an individual who’s shown me so many attributes of... read more

Plan now for 2014 health care reform

February 22, 2013By

For employers who have adopted a wait-and-see approach with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the time to wait is over. This year is a critical planning year to strategize around cost containment and compliance for 2014. These areas should be a key focus for Green Industry employers to get a hold of before this fall. Don’t panic!... read more

Coping with uncertainty

February 22, 2013By

Landscape business owners find it difficult to plan as changes to familiar tax laws leave strategic decisions in limbo. Owners facing new tax challenges will either need to absorb the costs (which few can do and remain profitable), cut other costs to help offset them, change their business structure to meet different criteria or pass the costs on to their... read more