Remaking a struggling company
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Remaking a struggling company
Over the course of a few years Switzer’s Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. went from 30 employees down to 3. They went from 5 installation crews and 1 maintenance crew down to 1 crew total, and they shut down the retail garden center that had been in the family for 50+ years. Today, the company is back up to 2 crews, and is more profitable. The garden center has been transformed into a wedding and events center...
HNA – The best education opportunity of the year
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HNA – The best education opportunity of the year
Which classes would you take at Hardscape North America? Glenn Switzer tries to take all of them. "We're a professional design/build hardscape company, and this is the number 1 show for us. Area landscape shows are a fraction of the size…. You can get some information, but not several full days of how to build hardscape." Probably the biggest thing this year is bringing his 2 key employees he hopes will become his future company leaders...
What's keeping you out of the water feature business?
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What's keeping you out of the water feature business?
A lot of the reasons contractors give for staying out of the water feature business just aren't valid anymore; some never were valid. So much has changed in recent years that water feature installation is now much, much easier. Kits have come on the market with everything you need. Products are made much better. Training is now widely available. The emergence of simple water feature products means they fit on any property...
New taxes target business owners – you
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New taxes target business owners – you
Our President has repeatedly stated that “top earners could afford to pay a little more.” For the last 6 years, he has worked very effectively to make certain this will happen. It appears to me we’re about to face the largest tax increase in my lifetime. This tax increase is targeted at 1 group of people: successful business owners. Have you prepared for the coming tax increases?...
Shaping the next generation of employees
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Shaping the next generation of employees
One of the biggest dilemmas facing our industry is finding qualified employees. For this article I want to take a look at how we as contractors can influence the curriculums and training at our local vocational high schools, community colleges and universities as well as ICPI and NCMA certification programs. Hiring laborers who have a solid background of hardscape knowledge and who know correct installation procedures has been important for my company’s success...
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

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Are your designs falling from fashion?

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Lessons learned from years building walls
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Lessons learned from years building walls

Continually expanding skills and improving efficiencies ensures success in the constantly changing market. MORE


Someone in the office makes a difference
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Someone in the office makes a difference

Finally having a capable person managing the office spurs growth for a contractor focused on the field. MORE


Building a team that pushes for perfection
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Building a team that pushes for perfection

Quality website starts company on the right foot while uncompromising service and construction keep it growing. MORE


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