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Key Partner: National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association building unity across industry

June 21, 2017

When it comes to your greenhouse, you want a quality product that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective. You also want a builder that has similar goals. The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) is in your corner with the same ideals as you, and has created standards for designing, purchasing, and building structures, as well as […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Small businesses benefit in latest ADA reform legislation

June 14, 2017

Most of us would allow any customer to use the restroom at our shop, garden center, or studio, right? Well, in some instances in California, customers are looking for something more than just relief. These customers are looking to see if the business is up to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and they’re taking […]

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Be prepared for hurricane season with these safety tips

June 6, 2017

Though hurricanes are usually seasonal in nature—97 percent of tropical activity occurs between June 1 to November 30—they can have a devastating impact on your business for years. That’s why it’s important to plan for such an event, even if you’re not in an area that would receive a direct hit from a hurricane. Wind, […]

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Greenhouse covering best practices from start to finish

May 31, 2017

Constructing new greenhouse structures or updating current ones is an exciting time for your business. It can also be a little daunting because of the financial investment and issues that can arise in the building process. When it comes to building a greenhouse, you might do it yourself, be the project manager who oversees the […]

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Tips to help prevent equipment theft

May 23, 2017

When it comes to your horticultural business, there are a lot of things that might keep you up at night—temporary help, quality of inventory, delivery schedules, new business software, etc. However, are you also thinking about what’s likely your biggest investment—your equipment? It’s not just mechanical breakdowns that are a cause for concern with equipment. […]

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Proper lifting techniques to help prevent injuries

May 19, 2017

Working in this industry often means lifting and moving heavy items. With this type of work, it’s important to lift and bend in a proper manner to help avoid back strain and muscle pulls. Lifting or moving heavy objects such as shrubs, cement blocks, or bags of fertilizer can result in injuries to your back, […]

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Flood insurance—a blessing or a curse?

May 10, 2017

Bad news can come in all forms, from the loss of a job to your car not starting. When it comes to property owners, they often cringe when informed by their banker that their property is located in a flood zone and they must buy flood insurance. But is this really bad news? Flood insurance […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Use Mother’s Day to make a great first impression

May 2, 2017

Impressions are everything when it comes to business. If your customers have a good first impression when purchasing items from your establishment, they’re likely to come back again and again. After all, we’re creatures of habit. When we find something we like, we stick with it. A great time to make a good impression in […]

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Tips to help prevent slips, trips, and falls

April 25, 2017

That rumbling sound you hear are customers rushing in from the parking lot, ready to shake off the cold-weather blahs and add a little life and color back into their lives. You want them tripping over themselves to get into your business, but once inside, you want to do everything you can to avoid trips […]

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Tips to hiring quality seasonal drivers

April 20, 2017

Only part of your business involves walk-in traffic. You also rely heavily on delivery orders as part of your income. You want your products to get to their destination on time, look good, and be in one piece. A big component of accomplishing those goals lies with your delivery driver. For the majority of the […]

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