Month: August 2016

How Do People Talk About Being Landscape Industry Certified?

Customers say certifications and accreditations are one of the top things they look for when choosing a provider. If you are Landscape Industry Certified, it is important to tout your achievement and let customers and potential employers know what it means and why it is important. Here are some of the ways that people talk about […]

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H-2B  Advocacy Fight Enters Critical Stage

Prior to the August recess, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 Department of Homeland Appropriations bill, which would renew the H-2B returning worker exemption for another year. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Department of Labor Appropriations bill that would extend the H-2B regulatory relief for another […]

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States Continue Taking Action to Protect Pollinators

Last week, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced his signing of an executive order placing some restrictions on neonicotinoid (neonics) use. The governor’s action makes Minnesota the most stringent state in the nation when it comes to neonic use. The executive order directs the Department of Agriculture to: • Require a “verification of need” prior to the […]

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This Secret Will Help You Run Your Business like a Fortune 500 CEO

NALP Consultant Bill Silverman let us in on the secret to running your company like the CEO of a major corporation. Having a multi-million-dollar business is the dream of many business owners. It’s a sign that you’ve made it. It’s the point where you’ll have enough money, time, and freedom to do what you want […]

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How to Bid a Profitable Landscape Job

Do you find that too many of your design/build jobs have a low profit bar? At the NALP Field Trip with Marty Grunder, Marty and Frank Mariani, of Mariani Landscapes in Oak Bluff, Illinois, shared some insights to help raise the bar and your bottom line: Pick the right job and client. Start targeting and […]

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Web Marketing for Landscape Companies: Q & A With Brian Kraff, Market Hardware

NALP recently had a chance to pick the brain of Brian Kraff, the co-founder of Market Hardware, a provider of small business website marketing products and services that cater specifically to the landscape industry. We asked him our top 5 burning web marketing questions. Bring your questions to his session at LANDSCAPES 2016 in Louisville […]

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NALP Field Trip with Marty Grunder is a Sell-Out Success

  It has been a little while since NALP has done facility tours and education in different locations around the country, but at your request it is back and better than ever! This week, we traveled to Chicago to team up with industry powerhouse Marty Grunder for 2-days of networking, education and an in-depth facility […]

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5 Actions That Help Neutralize Price Concerns

What to do when your competition low balls you and you are feeling pressure to lower your prices?  Don’t panic says LandOpt President and CEO Tim Smith. The following are five actions Smith recommends to help neutralize price concerns:

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H-2B Filing Tips

At this point in the year, many landscaping businesses need to focus on preparing and submitting prevailing wage determinations which will ultimately be used to support the processing of H-2B applications for the upcoming 2017 Spring season.  The Department of Labor recently conducted a public webinar on filing tips that will help to ensure timely […]

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NALP Member News – Week of August 15

Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape Purchases a 13.5 Acre Facility Outside Washington D.C. When Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape owner Krisjan Berzins decided his growing company needed more space, he was ready to buy instead of lease space. A lot of planning and a little luck went into the search for a hard-to-come-by commercial property inside the […]

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