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In the Bloom with Maria: Serving up flowers with wine, beer, and food

November 14, 2017

It’s a challenge every business owner faces—how do you bring new customers into your store? The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to try some new twists on attracting customers with special events. But as Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd found out, doing something extra at your shop also means taking a look […]

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Protect your greenhouse from heavy winter snowfalls

November 7, 2017

Soon, the snow will fly. But for greenhouse owners, winter means more than clearing it from walks, parking lots, and driveways. Heavy snow also brings the concern of a greenhouse collapse. We have some tips to help protect your facilities all winter long. Reduce the risk While the concern for your greenhouse is with the […]

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Follow these tips for safe use of space heaters

November 2, 2017

For a large portion of the country, you can already feel the change in temperatures this time of year brings. If you haven’t already, the falling temperatures mean heating your business in some fashion, including the use of space heaters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heaters are involved in 79 percent […]

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Extension cord safety tips to follow at home and in business

October 24, 2017

Whether orange, brown, green, or black, extension cords are something everyone uses at some point but rarely think about. They help us get a light plugged in or offer a more convenient charging station for our devices. At our businesses, extension cords are used, well, extensively. Indoors and outdoors, extension cords help keep lights on, […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Make sure customers get what they see

October 17, 2017

The famous saying is a picture is worth a thousand words. But when it comes to online photos of your products, what message will be presented in those thousand words? Your website is a key component to your business—advertising your products and services, attracting new customers, and serving as a sales outlet. You put a […]

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Follow these safe driving tips for the fall season

October 10, 2017

It’s a beautiful time of year. The fall colors are starting to dazzle and the cooler temperatures are more comfortable. Everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the weather and see the sights before the onset of winter. But with the change in seasons come changes in our driving habits, too. Road conditions change, different […]

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How the National Flood Insurance Program can help your business

October 3, 2017

Water—it’s the foundation of life. It can also be detrimental to your business when it comes to flooding. As we’ve mentioned before, the damage from just 1 inch of water can cost more than $20,000. That said, none of us like to think about flooding, until water is literally at—or over— our doorstep. However, there […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Educate customers on flowers and plants that can be toxic to pets

September 28, 2017

When it comes to our inventory, we can gush for hours about our flowers’ beauty, aroma, growing season, and ideal settings. Our knowledge as business owners is one of our best assets, and a true selling point for our customers. With that knowledge also comes the obligation to share any risks that could occur with […]

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As your business changes, so should your business insurance policy

September 21, 2017

Let’s be honest, when it comes to insurance, a lot of us buy a policy and don’t think much about it until the next renewal. That philosophy might work in some instances, but when it comes to your business insurance, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t review your policy on a regular basis. […]

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Why you should consider GPS tracking for your business fleet

September 14, 2017

As a business owner, you’re always looking at your bottom line. A general rule in business is that you need to spend money to make money. It’s why you should always look ahead when it comes to the needs of your business. When that investment can also lead to a safer environment for your business, […]

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