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Snow & Ice Guide: Shoveling dirt

May 18, 2012By

The lack of snow in 2011-2012 hit landscapers where it hurts—in their wallets. 2011 will go down as one of the wildest weather years in history. Spring mercilessly flooded landscapes with rain. Summer and fall brought an onslaught of tornadoes. And for much of the country, winter brought, well, nothing — except mild temperatures, that is. So if landscaping companies... read more

Risk Management: Defense against theft

May 18, 2012By

Today’s thieves seem to be getting bolder. They have been known to cut right through the trailer to steal what they want. Some might even take the whole truck. While no precautions are 100% foolproof, there are ways to protect your business against theft. And because you can’t prevent everything, it’s important to be covered by insurance. Zachery Bruce, loss... read more

Your balance sheet can make or break you

May 18, 2012By

News flash: Spring arrived about 45 days early this year. While this means opportunity and potential business for some companies, others will experience a substantial shortfall in profit and a tightening of cash flow. What happened to all the snow? Cutting warm-season grass in March? Yikes! Steady the ship and get your arms around your balance sheet. Start with these:... read more

Veterans join The Grounds Guys franchise

May 18, 2012By

When Derek and Maureen Paulk finished their military duty, they began looking for a franchise opportunity. A military job fair led them to The Dwyer Group. And The Dwyer Group’s values and veteran program inspired them to become a franchisee of The Grounds Guys, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group. “It was definitely the people of The Grounds Guys that... read more

The winter (and spring) of our discontent

May 18, 2012By

Snowplows sat idle, gathering dust instead of snow. Temperatures blinked to late spring levels in February before alternating between record heat and below freezing for much of the country. It sent contractors everywhere scrambling and launched their 100 Days of Hell as much as 45 days earlier than in years past. “Everyone is scrambling to find out what it means... read more

Just say ‘no’ to naysaying to customers

May 18, 2012By

The other day, I went to my usual café for a latte. It was late afternoon, and I really needed a boost. But once I stepped inside, much to my surprise, I saw that in just one day’s time the café had released its entire staff and replaced it with a new one. Not one familiar face greeted me. Uh-oh,... read more