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Help your drivers avoid distracted driving and stay focused on the road

February 19, 2019

With spring on the horizon, it’s a busy season for floral and horticultural businesses. Your drivers face plenty of distractions while on the roads. The good news is, many of the issues can be eliminated or controlled. Driving down your risk exposure Vehicle operations are the biggest liability exposure many businesses face. You’re responsible for […]

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Key Partner: L.L. Klink and Midwest Greenhouse Supply help provide solutions for the greenhouse industry

February 12, 2019

Our Key Partner for the month is a partnership in its own right—L.L. Klink and Midwest Greenhouse Supply (MGS). These two, along with Consolidated Greenhouse Solutions, work under the banner of LLK Greenhouse Solutions and offer fully integrated, turn-key, self-performed greenhouse services. Their approach is focused on identifying customers’ goals, then developing and executing the […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Helping new employees become successful, long-term employees

February 5, 2019

The spring holiday floral season is just about upon us. For many shops, studios, and designers, that means hiring help to deal with the rush caused by Valentine’s Day, Administrative Professional’s Week, Easter, and Mother’s Day. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered there are ways to help make sure the employees you hire are […]

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Energy curtains can boost greenhouse efficiency—but you need to understand the risks

January 29, 2019

An energy curtain is known by many names—shade cloth, shade curtains, energy screen, energy shield, blackout cloth, and heat blanket. Panels of them are generally closed at night in greenhouses to help conserve energy. However, those savings may also come with dangerous risks. The material used to make energy curtains is often flammable and can […]

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Make sure your insurance covers the risks of using chemicals

January 22, 2019

In the horticultural industry, they’re as common as plants and dirt—pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. Odds are you and your workers come into contact with them on a regular basis. That’s why it’s important you review your insurance to make sure you’re covered for any risks you might encounter. It’s especially important for:     […]

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A new leader at Hortica

January 15, 2019

We’re pleased to announce we have a new leader. Tim Noble has been named  President of Hortica, a brand of the Sentry Insurance Group. He replaces Mona Haberer, who retired at the end of 2018, following a 30-year career with us. Tim joined Sentry in 2011 as the Director of Underwriting and Product Management in […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Use the break between the big sales holidays to consider your taxes

January 8, 2019

As most shops begin to take down their winter holiday decorations, there’s a sense of temporary calm before the big spring holiday season. Even before you begin prepping for Valentine’s Day, you may want to start thinking about your taxes. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered there may be some tax breaks to consider. […]

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Key Partner: MANTS steps up to support the green industry and those who work in it

January 2, 2019

Founded in 1970, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) is widely known as “The Masterpiece of Trade Shows” and the place where industry members gather every January. The show covers over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space—filling an entire level of the Baltimore Convention Center. The show provides an opportunity for those in the green […]

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Keep weight regulations in mind when sending your vehicle fleet out on the road

December 20, 2018

Odds are, a big part of your horticultural business involves driving. Whether it’s delivering floral goods, picking up the supplies you need, or getting equipment to a jobsite, small trucks, vans, and trailers help get the job done. But have you stopped to think about how much they weigh? You may want to. In his […]

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Protecting your business from employee issues with Employment Related Practices Liability coverage

December 18, 2018

Employment issues are something every business owner faces. Sometimes, unhappy employees file lawsuits. Fortunately, there are ways you can limit your potential exposure to these kinds of claims. With Hortica’s Employment Related Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), you’re better protected from these and other employment practice claims that may come up. Here are some of the […]

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