TAG: 0313

Finding balance

March 19, 2013By

Instituting a few changes improved business—and quality of life—for one Green Industry owner. In 2010, Robert Welsch was “dog tired and chasing every lead.” The year before, his landscape design/build firm, Westover Landscape Design in Tarrytown, N.Y., had lost money for the first time since opening its doors in 2004. Welsch felt like he was spinning his wheels and knew... read more

Water reincarnated

March 19, 2013By

Use of recycled water in landscaping is slowly catching on, researchers say. When Rain Bird’s 2013 Intelligent Use of Water Summit took place in January at Michigan State University, the focus was on water conservation in the golf course and sports turf industries. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t takeaways for landscape contractors. A speaker at the event, University of... read more

The ins & outs of Houzz

March 18, 2013By

This online platform may give residential landscape designers and design/build firms a boost. Matthew Cunningham of Boston-based Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design knows why he’s smitten with Houzz.com, a free, online visual portfolio that links professionals like him to homeowners seeking to improve their homes, inside or outside. Having promoted his business on the website for 18 months now, Houzz has... read more

Family business transitions

March 18, 2013By

If you’ve ever been involved in a family enterprise, you know it can be a bumpy ride. When it comes to leadership transitions, the process can be particularly difficult if internal conflicts, feuding and personal rivalries obstruct a seamless transition. Data show that 70 percent of family businesses do not survive the transition from founder to second generation; only about... read more

Well worth it

March 18, 2013By

PLANET Community Stewardship Award Winner Category: Large Green Industry Service Provider ($5 million or more in annual revenue) Acres Group invests in its community with an array of service work.  The list of community service activities the Acres Group in Wauconda, Ill., participates in is more than 20 items long. The involvement in most of these opportunities originated organically, but... read more

Profiting from Patel

March 14, 2013By

Northwestern University professor Homi Patel shares 10 tips on how to ensure success. Homi Patel, professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, was a featured speaker at the peer group gathering Next Level University last November. (For more on that event, see “Raising the Bar” in our January issue.) Speaking to leaders and staff from six notable... read more