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Why you need tight internal controls

August 24, 2016By

Strong internal controls help ensure accuracy and safeguard assets. The following are basic controls all landscape company owners should implement to protect their businesses and facilitate profitable growth. Prepare policies, procedures A policy and procedure document should be distributed to any employee that has access to company assets and systems and/or authority to bind the company to a legal agreement.... read more

Managing subcontractor risk

August 19, 2016By

Subcontractors can give a company an extra push toward growth, but they also create liability. Here are some tips to manage the extra risk. At some point, a growing snow management business reaches a level where it may need to hire a subcontractor. While sometimes necessary, it’s an inherently risky situation. Just because your business holds itself to a certain... read more

When and how to say no to a potential client

August 17, 2016By

Improve customer service and employee satisfaction by declining some business. Saying “yes” to a customer feels good. It feels really good. In fact, we say “yes,” even when we want to say “no,” we know we should say “no,” and we have no idea how we’re going to fulfill our, “Yes!” In contrast, saying no is scary. We’re in the... read more

Backstory: David Lammers

August 15, 2016By

David Lammers President/Founder Garden Grove Landscaping Mississauga, Ontario Education Nelson High School Burlington, Ontario Class of 1993 Sheridan College Bachelor’s of Business/Marketing Class of 2000 “(Already focused on running my business,) I wanted to get as much learning as fast as I could and be able to apply it as fast as I could.” University of Guelph Studied Horticulture 1997-1998... read more

Step by Step: How to winterize an irrigation system

August 12, 2016By

Water left inside an irrigation system can cause serious problems during the cold winter months, with the potential to freeze, expand and crack the system’s pipes. Freezing water in the backflow assembly also can damage the internal components and can crack the system’s brass body. To minimize the risk of freeze damage, it’s necessary to winterize irrigation systems in regions... read more

Web Extra: Know the rules

August 10, 2016By

In the August 2016 issue, the cover story focused on navigating regulations at the municipal level. In this web extra, Phillip Perry takes a closer look at the ethical boundaries that exist when dealing with politicians. Respect ethical boundaries when you deal with politicians. “You have to follow the rules regarding expenditures or gifts,” says Sean W. Hadley, a Moorestown,... read more