TAG: Small Business Administration

The 99 percent

June 11, 2015By

Small business is difficult to define. What do you consider to be a small landscape company? A million dollars in annual revenue is a convenient benchmark because many entrepreneurs romanticize about making their first million. Others, anecdotally, peg $3 million as a better benchmark of “making it” in this industry because one can apparently get to $1 million or even... read more

Systemization Series: 5 steps to building a systemization plan

February 25, 2015By

This post is part one of Dan Pestretto’s seven-part systemization series. Read on to part two, “Systemization Series: Core functions of business—sales,” here.  The accompanying chart, taken from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s March 2014 Frequently Asked Questions report, tells a tale of heartache and concern. The data include entrepreneurs and existing, large firms. But mixing large and small companies together... read more

I want my WBE

July 10, 2013By

Women-owned businesses benefit from third-party certifications. Katharina Hoffman, president of Hoffman Commercial Landscaping, says getting a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certificate isn’t easy. It’s a lot of paperwork. It takes a lot of time. And it isn’t, she says, a free ticket to making money. But she’ll also tell you it saved her Caledonia, Wis.-based business. Hoffman credits her WBE... read more