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Let the light shine

July 17, 2015By
Photo: Green Oasis

From holiday light displays to fashion show fundraisers, Green Oasis is brightening lives however it can. For military families, the holidays can be particularly stressful. After all, decorating often isn’t a top priority when a loved one is deployed. The staff members at Green Oasis by Greener Grass Systems, based in Eau Claire, Wis., know this. They have been brightening... read more

Committed to the core

July 17, 2015By
Photo: Colin Conces

Establishing a purpose and values—and living by them—drives growth 
at Sun Valley Landscaping. Paul Fraynd and Hugh Morton have a challenge on their hands. They want to hire a best-in-class staff so they can grow their company. At the same time, they need to expand their operation to attract great people. “Applicants say, ‘I want a company that treats me... read more

SafetyWatch: Identify safety hazards

July 16, 2015By
Photo: Laura Watilo Blake

This photo was staged to show several safety hazards or dangerous work habits. How many can you identify? Click here for a list of potential hazards. Click here for downloadable versions of our July SafetyWatch. Ed. Note: Thanks to Schill Grounds Management in North Ridgeville, Ohio, for participating in our SafetyWatch photo shoots. Schill and LM do not practice or... read more

A giving state of mind

July 15, 2015By
Photo: Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction

In one New Jersey community, a big company 
is making a big difference. It’s been nearly 14 years since 9/11. For many people, life has gone on. But in some places, like Midland Park, N.J., just 20 miles outside New York City, the loss still feels fresh. When Glenn Jacobsen, LIC, owner of Midland Park-based Jacobsen Landscape Design & 
Construction,... read more

Good isn’t good enough

July 14, 2015By
I love my job. Photo: ©

As the economy expands and the labor pool contracts, the No. 1 concern of many North American business owners 
and managers is how to recruit and retain a quality workforce. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that, while the total population of those 65-plus will increase by about 38 percent over the next 10 years, the 18- to 24-year-old group will... read more

Hometown heart

July 13, 2015By

For Tulsa-based LawnAmerica, no local need is too big or small to fill. LawnAmerica’s impact is rooted in much more than the lawns of Tulsa, Okla. The company’s altruism seeps into every crevice of the community, sustaining Tulsa’s disadvantaged in countless ways. Recipients of LawnAmerica’s generosity can be found in Habitat for Humanity homes. In shelters for the abused and... read more