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In the Bloom with Maria: Overcoming issues that can limit the benefits of a diverse team

December 12, 2017

A culturally diverse workforce is often an advantage for an employer. But there can be some issues. While it’s rare, mixing people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexes can lead to conflict in the workplace. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered a few things to look out for—and how you can protect yourself. […]

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Protect your customer records and critical information from hackers

December 5, 2017

You’ve heard about it time and again—hackers getting into a company’s database and stealing critical, personal information about customers, employees, and the business. New computer crimes continue to pop up—like cyber extortion, denial of service attacks, and data theft from sources like cloud storage. That’s on top of information being stolen from un-shredded documents, computers, […]

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Protect your workers and customers during the winter season

November 28, 2017

Soon, winter will be upon us. And that means taking some extra precautions to avoid weather-related risks. Snow, ice, and cold can be a safety issue for your workers and your customers. Slips and falls may lead to sprains, breaks, and even life-threatening injuries. But there are things you can do to help minimize the […]

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Safe winter driving begins with early preparation

November 21, 2017

It happens every year. This year is no different. Soon, the snow will fly, the winds will howl, and driving becomes an extra challenge. Whether it’s getting to and from your workplace, or making deliveries during the day, there are steps you can take to ease the potential for problems. Preparation should start in the […]

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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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