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TAG: economy

Houzz survey: Landscape pros most sought service provider

May 20, 2014By

unveiled findings from its third annual Houzz & Home Survey, providing the housing market is on the rise and landscape professionals are among the most popular service providers. The annual survey covers historical and planned projects, the motivations behind these projects and the impact of the economy on home remodeling, building and decorating plans. The study yielded data at the... read more

Small business confidence drags

February 13, 2013By

Small-business owner confidence continues to drag, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. The Index gained 0.9 points, rising to 88.9, failing to regain the losses caused by last month’s “fiscal cliff” scare. Expectations for improved business conditions increased by five points, but remain overwhelmingly low—negative 30 percent—the fourth lowest reading in survey history.... read more

10 best practices for a new reality in the Green Industry

May 19, 2012By

I have spent the better part of the first quarter in an airplane, traveling the country meeting with contractors. I’m happy to report there’s good news out there: Prospects for recovery look better than they have in a long time. Contractors I have talked to are increasingly upbeat. They have been able to maintain a positive, proactive attitude even during... read more

10 business resolutions to beat the market

April 11, 2012By

For most of us, 2011 was challenging. The economy continued to be sluggish. Businesses struggled with rising fuel and labor costs against declining prices. New construction in many arenas was non-existent. Cash flow tightened. For many, it was a matter of hanging on tight and riding out the storm. The economy remains sluggish. Unemployment in the construction field is more... read more

A Cut Above: John Catapano

March 11, 2012By

By Tom Crain Western Horticultural Services, Houston, TX, makes safety job No. 1. It has been recognized as a leader in the annual Safety Recognition Awards Program sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) for maintaining a consistent accident-free and “no days lost” work record for its crews. “We stress safety every day,” says owner John Catapano. “We bring our... 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