Month: November 2016

11 Tips for Training New Employees

Jeffrey Scott, NALP consultant member, and author and owner of his own business development consultancy, shares his top tips to get new employees off to the right start.  1. The First Impression You get one chance at setting the first impression with your new hire – make their first (half) day count. Do you have […]

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What are Landscape Business Owners Grateful for this Year?

With Thanksgiving on our minds, we asked our landscape and lawn care member companies what they are grateful for this year. “At Environmental Enhancements, Inc. we are thankful for our great employees that help provide a memorable service for our clients. The passion that they show for their work is seen in the responses we […]

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Why Wouldn't You Want a Mentor?

Author Rod Dickens talked with Michael Becker an NALP Trailblazer Peer Mentor, and his mentee Casey Hurd about their mentoring experience. Now is the time to sign up for a mentor in 2017.  Trailblazer Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified, is offering something special for his new mentee, Casey Hurd, Greenscapes Land Care in Still Pond, […]

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How Will the Election Affect Industry Advocacy Efforts?

Laurie Flannigan, of DCLRS, NALP’s government relations firm, boils down the potential impact of the election on our advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry.  As you are most certainly aware, as a result of the Nov. 8 election, Donald Trump will be America’s 45th President and Republicans have retained control of both the House and […]

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Five Social Trends for Landscape Professionals to Watch In 2017

Daniel Levine, trends guru, executive director of The Avant-Guide Institute, and featured speaker at the upcoming NALP Leaders Forum, offers some insight into trends you can capitalize on in 2017.  To understand what’s trending, and why, landscape professionals need to look outside of their own industry to see what’s exciting their customers. That’s because trends […]

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The Benefits of Mentoring are a Two-way Street

Willamette Landscape’s Matt Triplett, Landscape Industry Certified, has mentored a half dozen or more landscape professionals during his tenure as an NALP Trailblazer. His most recent mentee, Tim Buiten,  of Tim’s Complete Landscape Management in Kent, WA, recently spent two days at Willamette’s facility in Tualatin, OR. “Tim spent eight hours touring our place and […]

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Year–End Review Tips for Landscape and Lawn Care Companies

NALP consultant member, Monica Muir of Muir & Associates, LLC, provides some good guidance about how to conduct a year-end review. While the year’s not over yet, you probably have a somewhat good idea of your year-end numbers.  As you look back over your year, take the time to list what worked – and what […]

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DOL Posts Overtime Rule Preparation Resources

On October 17, 2016, the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division (DOL) in partnership with the Small Business Office of Advocacy presented a webinar entitled, “Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule.” DOL provided a briefing and a Questions & Answers session regarding the agency’s final rule that makes changes to the Fair Labor Standards […]

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New NPDES Permit Requirements Now in Effect

EPA just released a pre-publication copy of its 2016 Pesticide General Permit (PGP), which takes effect October 31, 2016.  The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit replaces the 2011 PGP that expired at midnight on October 31.  The 2011 permit was issued in response to National Cotton Council of America. v. EPA, in […]

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NALP-PAC Launches Alumni Challenge

This Fall, we’re providing NALP members with an opportunity to not only advance the interests of landscape professionals but to support their school of choice in a football season long head-to-head competition to see which schools’ alumni and fans can raise the most for NALP-PAC, the National Association of Landscape Professional’s Political Action Committee. As a […]

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