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Save money, time, and inventory by installing security cameras

August 15, 2017

Surveillance systems, or security cameras as they are more commonly known, are part of the décor at many retail outlets and other types of businesses. Do you have any on your business property? If the answer is no, you might want to reconsider. Security cameras offer many benefits, which we’ll outline below, and can provide […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: With an expansion in services, florists need to develop agreements and communicate them clearly

August 8, 2017

A recent high-profile wedding filled with controversy and litigation once again demonstrates how those involved in wedding planning—including florists—need to have best practices, procedures, and contracts in place to help protect their work and reputation. An expensive wedding hangover Washington power couple Joan and Bernard Carl decided to foot the bill for their daughter’s extravagant […]

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Key partner: Independent garden centers get the star treatment at IGC show

August 2, 2017

There’s nothing quite like a show targeted just for you. In such a setting, you can meet with your peers and not have to share floor space with the general public. Welcome to the Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show, dedicated exclusively to independent garden centers. The IGC Chicago Show takes place Aug. 15–17 on the […]

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MGS glazing program offers a customized, efficient option for Hortica members

July 18, 2017

At Hortica, we strive to offer our members cost-effective options for their greenhouse operations that are also safe, efficient, and help drive profits. One example of this commitment is our member-exclusive program called Structurally Sound, which leverages our partnerships with industry-leading suppliers and contractors to educate our customers on practices for properly maintaining a greenhouse. […]

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Key partner: Cultivate’17 offers many ways to help your business grow

July 14, 2017

We’re in the delightful days of summer, and that means it’s time for the industry to gather at Cultivate! This year’s event will take place July 15–18 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Columbus Convention Center. Cultivate is billed as a trade show, but it’s so much more. Attendees also consider this to be an educational […]

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Performing regular boiler maintenance improves workplace safety

July 11, 2017

With the heat of summer upon us, perhaps one of the last things on your mind is the condition of your boiler. However, now is the time to consider boiler maintenance so the boiler is ready to fire up when you need it. Boiler room basics When’s the last time you looked inside your boiler […]

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Beat the heat with these heat illness prevention tips

June 27, 2017

The summer heat is just starting to crank up, bringing hot humid weather across the U.S. For those who work in greenhouses and outdoors, it can make for long, uncomfortable, and even dangerous days. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from some form of heat illness, with […]

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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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