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(From left to right) Christopher Brown, co-founder of Teed & Brown, Stephan Saia, president and CEO of EPSI, and Adrian Santos, director of grounds maintenance for EPSI.

NAVIGATE Is a Learning Experience for Both the Mentee and Mentor

When trying to grow your company, you may think you’re on your own, but this isn’t the case. NALP’s NAVIGATE program provides you the opportunity to connect with industry mentors, knowns as Trailblazers, who have learned things the hard way so you don’t have to. NAVIGATE is free to NALP members and offers three different […]

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NALP’s Trailblazer Program Rebranded as NAVIGATE

NALP’s Trailblazer Mentoring Program is being expanded and it is also getting a new name as well. Moving forward, the mentoring program will be known as NAVIGATE. “Don’t worry, our Trailblazers haven’t gone anywhere,” says Corey Ruple, AVP, membership and database operations for NALP. “NAVIGATE mentors are our industry Trailblazers. These are an elite group […]

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How I Do It: Making the Most of Your Social Media Posts

Posting on social media is a rather straightforward process but if you don’t have a strategy you may be wondering why you’re not seeing results. Mike Haynes, president of LOVING, based in Gastonia, North Carolina, says it’s all about having a learner’s posture when it comes to testing things out to find what works on […]

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How I Do It: Building A Social Media Brand

Social media is ubiquitous at this point and there are always new platforms rising and falling. You might think it’s not worth investing your time in your social media brand with things constantly changing. Or you might have tried social media branding on some platforms like Facebook but haven’t had the time to make a […]

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How I Do It: Operating Drones In-House or Subcontracting

Drone technology is ripe for adoption in the green industry. If you’re considering the aspects of implementing a drone program, check out the options below on operating them in-house, or subbing out the work. Operating Drones In-House If you decide to operate the drones in-house, here are some of the elements you need to take […]

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Looking for Gas Alternatives as Prices Rise?

Growing consumer demand and crude oil prices have caused gasoline prices to rise recently, with the national average at $2.90 as of May 3, 2021, while the average a year ago was $1.78. In states like California and Oregon, current gas prices can range from $3.05 to $4.04. While the national gas average still has […]

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How I Do It: Operating with A New or Used Fleet

To buy new or used equipment, that is the question. While everyone likes the idea of an all-new fleet, there’s nothing wrong with operating with a fleet of used equipment or a mixture of both. It really all comes down to where you’re at in the business as one size does not fit all. Todd […]

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(From left to right) Owner Justin Decker and COO Corey Owens work hard to invest in their employees and customers.
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How I Do It: Buddy’s Services LLC Invests In People

Justin Decker was just 13 years old when he started working for a landscaper to help support his single mother. The landscaper took Decker under his wing and taught him how to talk to customers and do estimates. Decker says he learned lots of management skills from him. By the time he was 17, he […]

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Lawn Care: Preventing Customer Call Backs

With the official start of spring just around the corner, lawn care crews are ramping up for the season. One way to make sure this season is particularly productive is to cut down on customer call backs. “Call backs are very costly to a business: the inefficiencies on your time and labor, fuel, wear and […]

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Meet the Trailblazers: Loriena Harrington

Loriena Harrington, LIC, owner of Beautiful Blooms LLC, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is one of NALP’s Trailblazer mentors. The Trailblazer mentoring program pairs NALP members with experienced industry professionals who volunteer their time to help others learn about how to run a successful business. Harrington became a Trailblazer back in 2017 after being nominated […]

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