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Web Extra: Municipal vs. Commercial RFPs

May 12, 2017By

In some form or another, both municipalities and commercial entities, often property management groups, use RFPs to bid work. Municipal RFPs are often called “formal,” due to their rigidity and cookie-cutter aspects, while “informal” Commercial RFPs are more flexible and open-ended. “Formal RFPs are fairly regimented,” says Ken Thomas, co-founder of Envisor Consulting. “Informal RFPs are more in the property... read more

Web Extra: Where to find RFPs

May 12, 2017By

The Internet makes it very easy to find RFPs—if you know where to look. Municipalities are often legally obligated to publish RFP opportunities in order to create an even playing field, says Mike Voories, COO at Brillar, a Detroit-based landscape maintenance firm. Municipality websites—i.e. City of Cleveland www.city.cleveland.oh.us—are often a good place to start. There are also many regional sites... read more

H-2B users, advocates urge action for relief

April 13, 2017By

It’s a pivotal juncture for the H-2B guest-worker visa program—for 2017 and beyond. “April is a critical month for H-2B,” said Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), in a blog post. To improve the H-2B process, NALP and other advocates of the program are targeting a continuing resolution (CR) that Congress... read more

Web Extra: Some pricing strategy considerations

March 15, 2017By

In the March 2017 issue, Phil Harwood offered a few tips to help you plan your pricing strategy. In addition to that, he also supplied a list of things you need to consider before you start developing your own pricing strategy. They include: New or existing client? New or existing property? Size of client? Growth potential with client? Size of property?... read more

How to tailor offerings for home-service review site customers

February 9, 2017By

In our February cover story, which takes a look at home-service review sites from the contractor’s perspective, Shaun Kanary suggests contractors should tailor their offerings on these sites to the type of customers who use them. “Be aware of the type of consumer that are using each site and match your product pricing,” says Kanary, who is marketing director for Weed Pro, based in... read more

Web Extra: How to get the most from battery-powered equipment

December 12, 2016By

For contractors considering battery-powered equipment, here are some tips from Zack Kline, owner of A.I.R. in Rockville, Md., for how to successfully use it out in the field: 
Learn how long batteries last in each piece of equipment so crews will be near a charging station or charged battery to quickly swap them out. 
Ask whether a smaller battery could... read more