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In the Bloom with Maria: If your wedding services grow beyond flowers—will your insurance cover them?

July 10, 2018

Providing floral arrangements for the wedding party, church, and reception is now only part of the services many shops and studios offer to couples. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd found out, adding services like catering and entertainment should prompt adding an insurance review. In the article, “New Jersey Florist Launches Wedding Planning Platform”, […]

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Preparing your business and employees for wildfires

July 2, 2018

It’s that time of year when wildfires burn millions of acres and destroy hundreds of homes and businesses. When weather conditions such as strong wind, low relative humidity, and high temperatures make wildfires more likely, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues notices. Watches, warnings, and evacuation notices are designed to provide adequate time for evacuation. […]

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Key Partner: Supporting and promoting the landscaping industry with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers

June 26, 2018

  Proper landscaping can certainly turn any business, home, or piece of property into a work of art. But it takes special skills to make sure it’s done properly. That’s where the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) comes in. They’re our Key Partner this month. According to its website, APLD is dedicated to advancing […]

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Avoiding the dangers of heat stress

June 19, 2018

  Summer is upon us and that means more hot and humid weather. But for those who work in greenhouses and outdoors, it can make for long—even dangerous—days. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, if you know what to do. That’s where a prevention program comes in. OSHA has several recommendations for employers:   Provide […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: A well-crafted employee handbook can save you headaches—and heartaches—in the long run

June 12, 2018

Many mom and pop floral shops may not think an employee handbook is necessary when they have fewer than a handful of employees. But a handbook can be a critical tool in providing your staff with guidelines and expectations that can help improve your business. The article “By the Book” by Glenna Hecht, SPHR, published […]

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Preparing your business for hurricane and tornado season

June 4, 2018

You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your business. That’s why it’s so important for you to have a plan to help protect your assets during a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado. We have some tips to help you develop an emergency plan for each. Hurricane safety For six months each […]

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Make better hiring decisions with IntelliCorp® from Hortica

May 29, 2018

  When it comes to hiring people for any job, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. Finding quality people who’ll do a quality job is key to any successful business. That’s why we at Hortica offer our members a new service to help. We’ve teamed with IntelliCorp to better serve you […]

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Reduce your risk for cyber data theft with email, disk, and device encryption.

May 22, 2018

Whether it’s customer or employee information, the data your business stores can be personal or sensitive. Just like you protect your buildings, inventory, and employees, you need to protect confidential information. Here are some precautions you might want to consider: Email encryption Email encryption scrambles information into an unintelligible mess of characters while it travels […]

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Key Partner: SAF shows off the latest floral trends with a 1-Day Profit Blast.

May 15, 2018

    The Society of American Florists (SAF) is one the oldest floral organizations in the country, representing all segments of the industry—from retailers and growers to wholesalers, importers, and suppliers. Founded in Chicago in 1884, the organization soon formed the Florists’ Hail Association of America to protect greenhouse owners against hail damage. That association […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: The changing trends in deliveries and adjusting your insurance to match.

May 8, 2018

We hear a lot about the development of self-driving vehicles. From cars to semi-trucks, automated travel is becoming more common on the roads. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, it’s just one option shop and studio owners are looking at when it comes to the delivery of their products. It’s something that could […]

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