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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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In The Bloom with Maria: Poorly trained help can cost you in many ways

April 11, 2017

You survived Valentine’s Day once again. But there are more holidays on the horizon—namely Easter, Administrative Professional’s Day, and Mother’s Day—that are big business for the floral industry. So what did you learn after Valentine’s Day? Did you have enough inventory? Did customers have enough room to browse the store and not feel crowded or […]

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Protect your business by preparing for severe weather before it happens

April 5, 2017

Severe weather can come quickly and without much warning. While you might think there isn’t much you can do to protect yourself and your business from severe weather, we’ll show you steps you can take to save lives, property, and money. Reasons to prepare now According to Preparedness Research Findings, only 20 percent of the […]

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Key partner: IGIA encourages involvement, education in the green industry

March 28, 2017

As a business owner, sometimes you need a little kick in the pants—something to get you thinking about overall strategy rather than just day-to-day tasks. Welcome to the Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA), a leader in getting its members involved, whether it be in leadership positions, program development, or communication strategies. The IGIA is a […]

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Spring storm preparation tips—act now, save money later

March 21, 2017

Spring weather is something we all look forward to after a long, cold winter. Warmer temperatures and longer days help spur the natural world out of dormancy, lifting our spirits in the process. However, spring weather also means the possibility of storms that can bring hail, lightning, high winds, flooding, and tornadoes. These storms can […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Boost your business by hosting an in-store event

March 15, 2017

You’ve no doubt seen social media posts showing groups of people holding up paintings with wine glasses in the forefront on the tables. Or you’ve driven by a boutique shop and wondered why so many cars were parked out front and the lights on deep into the evening. Chances are the social media posts and […]

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Prevent 90 percent of workplace eye injuries with these safety tips

March 8, 2017

Here’s something that will open your eyes—every day, 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment—that’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those injuries, 10–20 percent will lead to temporary or permanent vision loss. Some of these injuries are the result of small objects that come in […]

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