Year: 2015

Changes in Congress Impacting the Landscape Industry

In late October, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was sworn in as Speaker of the House, taking the place of John Boehner (R-OH) who not only gave up his role as Speaker but also resigned his House seat. Before leaving, Boehner helped his successor by crafting a budget deal with the House and Senate Leadership and […]

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Changing Lives: Job Corps and Certification

Cody Jones recently completed the Job Corps program, earned his certification, and is now working for DeSantis Landscapes, Inc., Salem, Oregon – a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Cody has been a quiet but solid leader who has really come into his own during his Job Corps training. He acquired his Landscape […]

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One student's path to a lawn care career started with certification

We were very happy recently to receive a letter of appreciation from the Federal Jobs Corp program expressing their thanks for our help in aligning its landscape training programs to industry standards. The Tongue Point Jobs Corp Center, Astoria, Oregon, shared a success story from one of its graduates who is now working in the industry. […]

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Teams have to work together to win games

As part of our #NALPKnows series, we talked to Scott Jamieson, Landscape Industry Certified, NALP president and vice president of Bartlett Tree Experts in Chicago, Illinois, about working together as a team, and leaving it on the field during LANDSCAPES 2015. When I hear the expression leaving it on the field, I immediately think of how […]

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Inbound Marketing Trade Secrets

Top 3 takeaways from Inbound Marketing 101, presented by Tyler Richer of HubSpot during the National Association of Landscape Professionals Design/Build/Installation Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts. 1. It’s not about being everywhere; it’s about being the right places. Know where your potential clients are spending time (social media, driving down the highway, etc.) and focus your […]

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Certification is Attracting Young People to the Landscape Industry

I recently joined Tom Delaney, director of government relations at NALP, to talk with staff at the National Office of Job Corps, which is a U.S. Department of Labor program, about the roll-out of its revised landscape program which now includes the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager credential.  Job Corps offers education and training to young people. This […]

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One Company's Secrets to Winning Landscape Contracts

The story is written by guest blogger David Hupman, Landscape Industry Certified. Winning jobs, maintaining clients, and running a top-notch operation involves teamwork and commitment from inside and outside of the company’s real and virtual environments. Recently, our company won three contracts totaling $1 million. This did not just happen by chance or some luck-inspired ritual. […]

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You can't leave it on the field if you don't have a successful business

As part of our #NALPKnows series, we talked to Joy Diaz, Landscape Industry Certified, executive vice president of Land Care, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, about working together as a team, and leaving it on the field during LANDSCAPES 2015. The truth is, you cannot leave it on the field if you don’t have a successful […]

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National Honey Bee Day is a Time for Customer Education

As a steward of the environment we know that you, like other National Association of Landscape Professional members, have a vested interest in protecting pollinators which are essential to our nation’s food supply. Accordingly, in recognition of National Honey Bee Day on August 22, we encourage you to bring attention to the important role bees […]

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Advocacy Needs to Continue After Legislative Day on the Hill

It was wonderful to see such a strong showing of landscape professionals on Capitol Hill last week.  Members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals are well aware of the benefits the landscape industry brings to our environment and our communities: clean air, safer communities, beautiful neighborhoods, and jobs. “Ours is a $175 billion industry […]

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