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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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Key partner: Through education and its design school, CFA gives back to the green industry

February 28, 2017

The floral industry certainly has a long history, with many associations established for decades. It’s been a focus for generations of people, paying special attention to good practices, growth, and education. One of those associations that has been a fixture is the Connecticut Florists Association (CFA). Founded in 1933, the CFA is a professional trade […]

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Focus on greenhouse best practices with our Structurally Sound program

February 21, 2017

The key to success in any greenhouse operation is ensuring a safe, well maintained, and efficient greenhouse. The impacts of a mismanaged greenhouse can spread across the entire operation, while negatively impacting the efficiency, safety, and profitability of an organization. As one of the largest insurance providers in the horticultural industry, we continue to focus […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Helpful hints to manage the busy spring floral season

February 14, 2017

We are just coming out of the holiday season, but in reality, the “holiday rush” for the floral industry is underway. The first few months of the new year include Valentine’s Day, Easter, Administrative Professionals Day, and Mother’s Day—some of which are monster sales events for the floral industry. With all of this added activity, […]

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A refresher on last-minute prep tips for Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2017

  It’s here—one of the busiest times of the year for the floral industry. Flowers are the go-to gift for Valentine’s Day. While you have been prepping for this “holiday” for weeks, the majority of the orders are delivered on Valentine’s Day and heavy walk-in traffic awaits. But you know that already. Perhaps you have […]

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In The Bloom with Maria: Put yourself in the landlord’s shoes

January 31, 2017

A lot of us rent or lease properties to house our shops and studios. We know the type of property we want, the location, and we know what we want the property to look like when it’s ready for business. We would love landlords to simply hand over the keys on something we like, and […]

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